The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place, 1989) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace - where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.

All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests these hallmarks of a true "third place": free or inexpensive; food and drink, while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); involve regulars - those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there.

Wing uses photography as a societal mirror and window, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed, providing a collective portrait of the them who are really us. As an extension of his public art installations that create informal communal spaces, in spring 2011 Wing opened The Third Place Gallery. Housed in a building that previously sat empty for 47 years,Wing has turned the space into an urban living room for guest artists, social conversation, karaoke, and ping pong.

Temporary Art Review did a good job of capturing what we do. Read their article about The Third Place.
Duo Gelland with the 113 CollectiveThe Art of Hassan Nor with Poetry by Kaaha Nasteexo and Aishah MohamedOn This Spot: Southside Stories with Daniel BerginCelebrating Women's Music Through KaraokeBook Launch for John Coy and Wing HuieParanoid Giant by Felix Hampton BrownThe Bullet or the Ballot: Average Mohamed's Counter-IdeologyWing Young Huie's Holiday Photo SaleYo soy LatinoaméricaHand in GloveTake Love Easy - Charmin Michelle & Sam MilitichPowderhorn 24 // Bonus Check PointSaint Paul Ballet and Third Place Gallery present: Ballet on the BlockKye Allums Presents: Who Am I? art showcase & book readingJump Boots - Venus De Mars and Lynette Reini-GrandellThrough Our Eyes - Gazillion Strong and Line Break Video WorkshopResisting Normal - Rebecca Dosch BrownWing's Winter "Get Rid of My Art Sale" & Photo NightChineseness Closing EventTell Me About Your Mother - Allison BolahChineseness Opening Event - Wing Young HuieIn The Pursuit of Happiness - Esther Ouray, The Third Place Gallery, and Arts on Chicago'Still Life' Opening Event - Wing Young HuieClass - Barbara JensenMigrations - Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Poetry for ThoughtThe Quilting Bee/Artist Salon Project - Mary BergsObjects from Community Engaged Art: A Holiday ShowVisitations: An Evening with Lacey Prpić Hedtke and Nathan LewisSame Difference: A Cross-Cultural DialogueClosing Reception for "We are the Otherand Urban/EnvironmentPop-Up @ FLOWUrban/Environment with Stephanie L. RogersWe Are the OtherHoop Genius with John Coy & Steve CoyThe Glitter KnitterCommunity Yarn WorkshopRelease Party for The Echo of Keno EvolEat at The Third PlaceArts on Chicago Launch PartyAnnual Photography Salon ShowKaren Kim, Patrick Castillo, and Antoine DukeThe Interrupters - Film Screening(re)locate: A Place to Call Home opens July 21Peter Becker NelsonCommunity Gathering with Erik BrandtThe Andrea Jenkins Multi-media ExperiencePolitical Discourse/Discord in ConversationLight / Dark Show: Isolating the SenseJanaki Ranpura SalomIntroducing (k)nowSalon featuring Ansa Akyea and Rohan PrestonHoliday Open HouseThird Place SalonDigitial HomeAnnual Salon ShowOpen Season with Steve Tang - Film ScreeningThe Painted Response to Life: Overload and ExcessThe Body in Pain Through War and Conflict38th & Chicago: An Open DiscussionThird Place SalonWelcome to The Third Place Gallery