Kick off your date night this weekend by stopping by the 19th Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival in Pioneer Court this weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) July 9th – 11th, 2010. The show is free (unless you elect to buy some jewelry for your wife)!
Show Hours: Friday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM Free, no gate.
Pioneer Court in Downtown Chicago, IL. (435 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 )
Voted one of the Top 100 Art Festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, this show is one not to be missed! Scenic and energetic, this art festival is set up in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from the NBC Building and in front of the Chicago Tribune Tower. Only our top exhibitors present their work at this show and the atmosphere of the bustling city makes for a spectacular event.
Two days are not enough for this festivals, it is extended to three days, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of this city art festival. Like all Howard Alan events, the 19th Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival is a juried show, which means each participating artist is hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure a first-class festival with only the highest quality, original artwork.
All exhibiting artists are required to be at the festival the entire weekend, giving you the unique opportunity to meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. All of the work on display is available for purchase, and with prices ranging from $15 earrings to $50 prints to $20,000 sculptures, there is always something for everyone.
Venue: Pioneer Court at the Chicago Tribune Tower, opposite the Wrigley Building and adjacent to NBC, WGN Radio and the river.
Jazz, Outdoor Patio, Art, Wine and Eats: You will find all of these things every Tuesday this summer at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), 220 E. Chicago Ave.
Alfresco Jazz evenings are free for your listening enjoyment; food and drink are both available for purchase. Wolfgang Puck offers a dinner buffet for $22, or you can purchase grilled items ala carte for a more casual dinner. If you get there early, tables are available on the terrace but you are also welcome to bring a blanket and stretch out on the lawn. We’ve been known to purchase a bottle of wine (or two), enjoy a couple hours of night air and music and then follow it all up to a walk over to Ghirardelli’s for an indulgent ice cream treat.
One added bonus of these musical nights is the opportunity you also have for a quick walk through the museums exhibits.
This summers schedule features:
June 8 : 5:30 p.m. Brent Kimbrough
June 15 : 5:30 p.m. Hanah Jon Taylor
June 22 : 5:30 p.m. Julia Huff
June 29 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Anderson
July 6 : 5:30 p.m. Maggie Brown
July 13 : 5:30 p.m. Mwata Bowden
July 20 : 5:30 p.m. Matt Ulery
July 27 : 5:30 p.m. Corey Wilkes
August 3 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Lonberg-Holm
August 10 : 5:30 p.m. Robert Irving III
August 17 : 5:30 p.m. Jason Adasiewicz
August 24 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Anderson
August 31 : 5:30 p.m. Charles Heath
September 7 : 5:30 p.m. Barry Winograd
September 14 : 5:30 p.m. Tomeka Reid
September 21 : 5:30 p.m. Josh Berman
September 28 : 5:30 p.m. World Music Festival
Show your lady that your artistic side is more than just finger painting and beer can pyramids, by taking her to the Chicago Art Districts “2nd Friday Gallery Night”.
Free “Second Fridays” Chicago Gallery Night
The Chicago Arts District hosts its free “2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night” every second Friday of the month featuring free monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. The free receptions begin at 6:00pm and run until 10:00pm.
Over 35 galleries surrounding South Halsted and 18th Streets showcase an exciting free display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. Pick up a map at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted and explore the city’s most vibrant art community, the Chicago Arts District, where people meet ART!
Location:free art gallery night in chicago
Chicago Arts District Information Center
1821 South Halsted Street – Chicago, IL
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