Downers Grove's new Lytle Auditorium will debut a temporary Lego art installation in late April
This month, construction is scheduled to start on the Lytle Auditorium, a natural light photography and production studio in Downers Grove. Work is scheduled to be completed in late 2023.
The owners are Michelle and Robyn Lytle of Chicago, the couple behind a small event space, The Lytle House, in the Edgewater neighborhood.
The Lytles are excited to relocate their family and open their newest venture in Downers Grove, which is Michelle's childhood hometown. With construction just getting underway, Michelle wanted to find a way to bring art to the community instead of just a construction zone.
This commercial building at 4919 Belmont Road will be the first "Insulated Concrete Forms" building in Downers Grove. ICF is environmentally friendly and the most energy efficient building method on the market.
It also just so happens to look like giant lego pieces being joined together as the ICF blocks are stacked to frame the exterior walls.
The Lytle's oldest daughter, Sunny, is a big fan of legos, and her love for the colorful blocks is what helped drive the art installation.
Each ICF block has been painted classic lego colors, and as the building starts to be assembled beginning in late April, a real life lego building will be created.
The Lytle Auditorium construction site is visible to commuters riding the BNSF line at Belmont on the North East side of the road and on the East side of Belmont just before Puffer Elementary School to anyone traveling Northbound through the underpass. The structure is expected to remain Legos for about four weeks until it receives its final cladding, concealing the bright colors forever.
For more information, visit www.thelytleauditorium.com/legos.html.