Counterpublic 2019 is sited within an approximately twelve block radius encompassing the neighborhoods surrounding Cherokee Street in South St. Louis. Sites include public spaces, active businesses, and semi-private spaces, so it is highly recommended that you consult individual sites for hours and accessibility. We ask that all visitors respect the unique locations and their space and modes of operation.
Cherokee Street is an active confluence of four neighborhoods: Benton Park, Benton Park West, Gravois Park, and Marine Villa. As the primary Hispanic/Latinx business district, the street has recently been designated “Calle Cherokee” and hosts an array of restaurants, retail spaces, venues, bars, and more alongside some of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods in the region. We encourage visitors to take time and explore the range of spaces both on and off the Counterpublic project map to take in the full frame and layered activities within these communities.
Transportation and Parking
Transportation and Parking: There is metered street parking along Cherokee Street and a free parking lot on Ohio Ave just North of Cherokee Street. Public transportation is available via Metro bus and every bus has wheelchair/mobility device accessibility. The nearest bus stop is located at the intersection of Cherokee Street and Jefferson.
The Luminary is fully ADA accessible and acts as the primary hub for Counterpublic. However, due to the unique nature of the project and its numerous sites, we cannot guarantee that every space is accessible.
Admission is free and no ID is required to experience Counterpublic’s numerous programs. Two multi-stall ADA approved all-gender bathrooms are available at The Luminary.
Texts and programs are in English and Spanish with basic language ASL interpretation available upon request. Large format texts are available upon request. Children and service animals are welcome. Concealed carry is prohibited.
Indigenous Land Recognition
We want to respectfully acknowledge that Counterpublic is organized on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Illini Confederacy, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us to this community today, and the ways in which we may work to care for and repair these legacies in the present.