Thresholds is one of Illinois oldest and largest providers of recovery services for people living with Mental Illnesses. The art that has been made is created by members who participate in the Creative Arts Therapy Team at Thresholds. Our members are visual artists, musicians, performers, writers, everyday human beings. Creative Arts Therapy at Thresholds assists these individuals gain insight into themselves and their worlds through developing and sharing their own creative languages. Members participating in displaying their art, and the community participating in viewing and purchasing their art, is one way we can work towards reducing the stigma of Mental Illness.
FEATURED EDGEWATER ARTIST
GROWING UP, I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS THAT ALWAYS HAD A PAINTBRUSH IN HIS HAND. I WAS SIX WHEN THE KIDS ON THE BLOCK STARTED CALLING ME “THE ARTIST." BUT WHEN IT CAME TIME TO MAKE A LIVING, THE THEATRE CALLED. I ACTED ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS, AND ENDED UP IN A LONG CAREER AS A CHICAGO VOICE-OVER TALENT… EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE ON-AIR HOST OF “NEW SPACES” ON HGTV, A REMODELING SHOW THAT PLAYED ON THAT NETWORK FOR MANY YEARS. AT THE END OF THAT STINT, ITCHING TO PICK UP THE PAINTBRUSH AGAIN, I CONVERTED THE DINING ROOM OF MY HOME INTO A STUDIO AND BEGAN TO PRODUCE THE ART THAT HAD BEEN SITTING THERE, UNEXPRESSED, ALL THOSE YEARS. WHEN THE STARS FINALLY ALIGNED FOR ME TO PAINT, IT ALL CAME GUSHING OUT. ONE AFTER ANOTHER.
We feature live music and events every night at both locations! Our intimate listening rooms host a variety of performances, offering guests special seated dining experiences for each show. Check out our calendar to see a full listing of our upcoming events!
We are thrilled to announce the opening of the first certified organic brewery in the state of Illinois! Cozy storefront micro-brewery next to our Lakeview / Wrigleyville location features a seven-barrel brewhouse along with serving tanks that feed directly into Uncommon Ground’s tap system. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
Uncommon Ground's Edgewater location features the first certified organic rooftop farm in the United States. We utilize 100% of all the produce grown directly below in the restaurant. Additionally, we host annual urban agriculture internship opportunities during the summer, as well as educational and private tours by appointment.
We started off as a small coffee house in the Lakeview neighborhood over 25 years ago. From that starting point the owners, Michael and Helen Cameron, expanded their business to become a restaurant, a music venue, and they recently opened Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. The brewery is at our original location at Clark and Grace. More inspirational than that though is that as their business grew, the Camerons aligned their own personal values with the operations of their businesses. That is why we have become such an ecologically conscious restaurant. Of course you all know the gardens are here, but we also use ecological cleaning supplies, high efficiency light bulbs, solar hot water, and recycle, among other sustainable practices. Our food follows these same values and we emphasize local, organic, sustainable and humanely raised ingredients on our menu.