5 Art-Centric Strolls

Megan Stringer | July 7, 2017 | Feature Features

Keep the heat from killing your creativity while you explore the city with these pedestrian-friendly art festivals.
Zhou B Art Center offers conversations with artists-in-residence as part of its 3rd Friday events.

Mid Summer Art Walk: Enjoy an evening on the town with the galleries of River North, complete with new art and refreshments. Centered around the intersection of Franklin and Superior, explore the collections of 20 local galleries, including Catherine Edelman Gallery and the Rangefinder Gallery. After they’ve rendered you speechless with the work on display, head over to the after party at Bar Lupo to resume conversations. July 14, 5PM

Southport Arts Festival: Wander down the Southport Corridor for an arts festival benefiting the Southport Neighbors Association, representng residents and businesses alike. Adding to the bustling business of restaurants and established shops, the arts festival brings a crowd of 130 local artisans with stylish home goods and more—not to mention plenty of snacks from neighborhood vendors. July 15-16, times vary

Zhou B’s 3rd Fridays: For one of the most diverse art walk experiences in the city, head to Zhou B Art Center every 3rd Friday of the month to see the expansive body of work produced by the artists-in-residence of their four in-house gallery spaces. Zhou B brings a unique, multi-disciplined art experience to patrons while providing opportunities to meet the artists in person and discuss their work. July 21 and Aug. 18, 7PM, 1029 W. 35th St.

Ravenswood Art Walk: Now in its 14th year, this art walk welcomes thousands of visitors from across the Midwest to view the many public sculptures and murals along the festival corridor—already known as an arts hub—as well as a craft beer garden by Begyle Brewing, a food truck roundup and over 50 exhibitors. Sept. 16-17, times vary

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays: These 2nd Friday art events have Pilsen art fiends gawking at refurbished loft galleries and new exhibitions along several blocks of Halsted St. With a diverse array of artistic mediums on display in a highly walkable area, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. July 14 and Aug. 11, 6PM


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