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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

HAPPY PLACE Comes to Chicago

HAPPY PLACE Comes to Chicago

WDCB's Gary Zidek visits HAPPY PLACE Chicago and talks to founder Jared Paul.

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"I had this idea, that this was an emerging genre of entertainment. I enjoy going to these things myself. We know we're not alone, but we're on the forefront of this new genre." - Jared Paul, founder of HAPPY PLACE

 Jared Paul, Founder of HAPPY PLACE

Jared Paul, Founder of HAPPY PLACE

The Chicago version of HAPPY PLACE is located in an industrial area of the Noble Square neighborhood.  I made my way to 1004 N. Elston Avenue, from the back it just looked like a warehouse with bright yellow windows ...

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But it was clear I found the right spot when I made my way around to the front.

 Front of HAPPY PLACE Chicago

Front of HAPPY PLACE Chicago

Inside the yellow warehouse sits a new breed of pop-up installation designed to create joy and some unique Instagrammable moments.

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The 20,000-square foot industrial space has been transformed into 13 unique rooms, each offering visitors a unique experience and photo-op.

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A look inside the sparkly disco ball-themed room

In another room, it looks like a field and sky of golden flowers ...

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The set-up allows visitors to pop-up from underneath for a fun photo-op

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The confetti dome seems to be a fan favorite.

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HAPPY PLACE Chicago is located at 1004 N. Elston Ave. It's open through August 6th. Click here for more info.

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