October is Chicago Artist Month, this means that there are hundreds of art events throughout the city for you to choose from, that's right hundreds! It was a tough job narrowing the list down, especially with so many great artists and communities being featured this year, but I did it because I like you. If you're in Chicago and like art, these five Chicago Artists Month events are a must!
Switching Station Artist Lofts 9th Annual Open House
Saturday, October 13, 2012; 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 2012; 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
15 S. Homan Ave. Chicago, IL
Artists at Garfield Park's Switching Station open their doors and welcome you to plenty of exhibitions and performances including painting, photography, book and paper arts, printmaking, sculpture, installation, multi-media, spoken-word, theatre, dance and music. You can't miss this great event, plus it's FREE.
Bustes en Rose
Friday, October 19, 2012; 7:00 p.m. to Friday, November 16, 2012Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street Group Dance Gallery, 2nd Floor
Over 35 of Chicago's most talented artists and fashion designers present the first annual Bustes en Rose: Art and Fashion Against Breast Cancer exhibition. Bustes en Rose takes place in the heart of the Bridgeport Art District and showcases one-of-a-kind bustiers and corsets, a runway show, and live entertainment. A suggested donation of $10 will get you into this great event, and help in the fight against breast cancer.
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios
Saturday, October 20, 2012; 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2012; 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2032 W. 18th Street
It's the 10th anniversary of the Pilsen Open Studios annual art walk, which takes place along the 18th Street corridor. This year features current works from over 80 artists who live and work in the Pilsen neighborhood. Artists, galleries, cafés and cultural centers open their doors for this FREE family-friendly celebration of art, culture, and community.
Chicago's Twelve at Garfield Park Conservatory Curated by Sergio Gomez
Open through Saturday, December 15, 2012Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
12 Chicago artists propose new and innovative ways of reducing our human footprint by reusing and salvaging discarded materials. From dead trees to metal waste, these compelling works challenge the production of art, evoke a sense of renewal, and captivate the aesthetic qualities of decay, erosion, and environmental transformation. Don't miss this FREE event.
Saturday, October 27, 2012; 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell
The Hyde Park Art Center hosts Mischief Night each year: a free, day-long, collaborative community arts festival that allows all of you to be playful, mischievous, and imaginative. The series of events features family friendly activities during the day and fun for adults after 6:00 p.m.
Starting at 5:00 p.m., or whenever you've put the kids away, be sure to catch this performance:
The Act of Drinking Alone (+ Karaoke) is the Highest Form of Art by Alex Rauch
This performance features the artist drinking and singing karaoke by himself. How can you resist watching this?