The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago (KCCoC), located in Wheeling, will receive a $600,000 grant, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant dollars will fund the construction of Bisco Presentation Hall at the Center.
The new 17,841 square foot space will become home to a public programming space complete with a stage and sound systems. The flexible-use space will be able to accommodate theater-style seating and allow for an easy conversion for conferences and other similar events. Additionally, the event space will contain a large kitchen that will be used for cooking classes and demonstrations. The new Bisco Presentation Hall, along with the existing KCCoC spaces, will allow for a broad range of activities to be held.
Additional funding for this project comes from the Bisco Charitable Foundation, as well as KCCoC's Directors and project sponsors. The construction of Bisco Presentation Hall is on track for a groundbreaking in Fall 2021, with an estimated completion date of Fall 2022.
KCCoC was founded in 2004 but did not move into its flagship location in Wheeling until 2010. Established to promote Korean heritage, the KCCoC facility also allows surrounding communities to expand their interest in the rich Korean culture.