Art Fest Season Still Going Strong Around Chicago

October 01, 2010

It might be getting colder in Chicago, but hopefully the weather won’t stop the neighborhood art festivals from coming out this weekend.

Here is a line-up of some art-oriented activities that might peak your interest.

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To kick of the 15th annual Chicago Artists Month, check out the Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend.

More than 300 artists and businesses will be participating in this ninth annual tour of arts and industry in the Ravenswood Corridor.

There will be an opening reception awards ceremony on Friday, October 1, at 4011 N. Ravenswood Avenue, from 7 to 10 p.m., honoring John Wertymer, owner of the Cornelia Arts Building, and Bau Graves, of Old Town School of Music.

A free Architectural Trolley Tour, sponsored by Alderman Gene Schulter of the 47th Ward, will run continuously on Saturday and Sunday. A representative from the Ravenswood Lake View Historical Association will be on board to highlight the architectural and historic significance of the buildings along the Ravenswood Corridor.

Then, in addition to the self-guided tours of open studios, galleries and spaces, there will also be live performances and outdoor food vendors along the way.

Maps of the event will be available on site, but you can also find out all the information at www.ravenswoodartwalk.org.

What: Ravenswood ArtWalk

Where: The Ravenswood Corridor in Chicago

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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5th Annual Little Village Arts Festival

The Little Village Arts Fest 2010, presented by Villarte, kicks off today through Sunday with free neighborhood gallery spaces, performances and workshops.

The fest transforms storefronts, cafés and schools over a 10 block radius on and around 26th Street into gallery spaces to showcase the talent of local artists and fulfill the need for art in the community.

What: Little Village Arts Fest 2010

Where: Pick up a map of the fest at Cathedral Café, 2500 S. Christiana Avenue, Chicago

When: Opening night, Friday, October 1, 6 to 10 p.m. at 2801 S. Hamlin; Galleries open, Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 12 to 8 p.m.

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In its 40th year, the Pilsen East Artist’s Open House is the city’s longest running Artist’s Open House.

Pilsen Neighborhood - Chicago's Art District

Pilsen: The Chicago Art District

Set for this weekend in the Pilsen neighborhood, artists will be on hand to discuss their work at the more than 65 art studios, galleries and residences throughout South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago.

Besides amazing art, there will also be live performances, music, gardens and more in the Chicago Arts District.

What: Pilsen East Artist’s Open House

Where: Get a map of the Fest at the information booth at 1821 S. Halsted Street, Chicago

When: Friday, October 1, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 12 to 7 p.m.

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Village of MokenaThe Village of Mokena is hosting a Downtown Fine Art Show Saturday as part of the Mokena Festival of Elegance.

There will be a fantastic art fair with works from 75 artists, a car show, a farmer’s market and a Food and Wine Festival going on at the same time.

What: Mokena Fine Art Show

Where: Front Street, Mokena

When: Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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And, finally, something just for the kids.

October 2 is the first Saturday of the month, so that means there will be a free project to be made at all Home Depot stores for families with kids ages 5 to 12 years old.

This Saturday, in honor of National Fire Safety Month, the kids will construct a wooden fire safety boat.

Everyone who makes one gets to take their craft home along with a kid-sized Home Depot apron and an achievement pin.

What: Free Kid’s Workshops

Where: All Home Depot stores

When: Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Have a great, and art-filled, weekend!

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