Fall Preview Week 2013: A Guide the Best Art Events in Chicago for the Fall Season

Fall Preview Week 2013: A Guide the Best Art Events in Chicago for the Fall Season
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is one of the Chicago galleries participating in Expo Chicago. Painting: Sarah Sohn | Lime Slime | 2011

Today Show Me Chicago previews the best art events for Chicago’s Fall Season on day 3 of our Fall Preview Week. Just as September is the kick-off month for theatre, September signals the heating up of the art scene with gallery walks, openings and full scale art shows and exhibitions. Here are some of the major happenings in Chicago’s art world for fall of 2013:


This blockbuster Art Expo is a week-long  citywide celebration of arts and culture with over 100 special events, institutions, museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants participating, September 16th through September 22nd.  The week features Chicago gallery openings, dialogues, panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals.

The main event showcasing 125 Internationally renowned galleries from 17 countries and 36 cities tales place in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (located on the far east side of Navy Pier) from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22.  Admission is $20 daily or $30 for a three-day pass with students and seniors $15. Admission includes: A opportunity to see an amazing representation of contemporary art from around the world plus a dialogues stage with continuous programming throughout each day of the fair running every hour and a half. 600 E. Grand Ave.


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago is the host for Vernissage, the opening-night benefit and preview of EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art on Thursday, September 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Guests will have an exclusive first look at art plus enjoy food and spirits from some of Chicago’s best restaurants. Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Ave.). Tickets for Vernissage (starting at $100) are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling 312 397 3868.


Chicago Artists Month officially opens with “EdgeUP,” an arts festival curated by Tricia Van Eck celebrating the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods as successful examples of “the melting pot” in which a diverse population lives and works together. The inaugural event, opening is on Friday, September 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The mission of CAM is to highlight the work of artists throughout Chicago focusing beyond the visual arts to multiple artistic disciplines including culinary, fashion, architecture, film, dance, DJ spinning, spoken word and even knitting.  More than 200 events will take place throughout the month, listed at Chicago Artists Month. Through October 31.


Although the West Town Art Walk is a part of Chicago’s Artist Month, it is one event you won’t want to overlook. Established in 2011, the West Town Art Walk is an annual event organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Avenue business owners to celebrate the diverse community of businesses while highlighting Chicago artists.

The free Art Walk features art in all forms including visual, musical, culinary, and otherwise — within dozens of storefronts along Chicago Avenue (between Milwaukee/Ogden and Leavitt). During the Friday and Saturday event, attendees can enjoy visual art, performance art, music, and fashion from Chicago artists showcased within West Town’s shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars along Chicago Avenue. New this year is a “party central” location at the Banco Popular parking lot (1445 W. Chicago) with maps and information, a bar with beer and wine, a designer “lounge” area, and DJs.  Other new activities this year include: trolleys and bike rickshaws transporting guests throughout the event.  Hours: Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


SOFA Chicago is the celebration of Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design. This year marks its 20th annual presentation taking place at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, November 1st through November 3rd. The expo showcases an extraordinary range of national and international dealers showcasing more than 800 artists and their work in studio glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal and design, alongside Lectures, Special Exhibitors and Live Demonstrations. General admission tickets are $15 with a 3-day pass available for $25.00.


The One of a Kind Show is part shopping part art…you never know what you’ll see at this large show (wear comfortable walking shoes) with something for everyone.  The show features the work of over 600 amazing artists with media ranging from art, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, stationary, holiday ornaments and ceramics, to mouth-watering specialty confections. Prices run from less than $10 for many items to thousands of dollars for some top quality pieces. The artists and designers are available at their booths to answer any questions. This year’s show runs December 5th through the 8th at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

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Tags: Chicago Art Calendar, Expo Chicago

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