The Civic Dispensary
Washington Park, Chicago
Critic: Jennifer Park
Washington Park is one of Chicago’s leading food deserts, with a high number of dialysis clinics and lack of fresh food resources and grocery stores. The Civic Dispensary strives to fulfill this that is lacking in the neighborhood with the hopes of instilling awareness about nutrition and health care. The Civic dispensary functions as a spice, herbal and pill dispensary with supplementary programs and spaces -a teaching kitchen,
meditation and yoga space, tea cafe and dining space, a clinic and culinary library. The space acts as a food archive, a library of food resources and thus this act of storing and dispensing drives this space as the architectural elements of shelving allow the space to be delineated, organized and categorized. The shelving runs through the building sectionally too to connect floors and draw connections and overlaps between spaces.