October is my favorite month of the year, mostly because being a lifelong Midwesterner, it is the month where the world around us erupts in a beautiful artistic symphony of color. Now there's another reason for me to love this wonderful time of the year: Chicago Artists Month. Throughout the whole month, the city honors its bevy of local artists, with a series of art walks, exhibitions, performances, gallery openings, and open studio tours. This year's events get started a little early, because-let's face it-we just couldn't wait that long.
September 27-29 kicks off Chicago Artists month with the Edgewater Fall Art Fair, a part of EdgeUP, a festival that features artists from Chicago's Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. Besides the amazing displays put on my independent artists, the neighborhood itself comes alive with two new public art initiatives. "People Tend to Sit Where There are Places to Sit" are community donated, moveable, outdoor chairs, hand lettered with the above phrase by artist Annie Feldmeier Adams. September 27 also marks the debut of Edgewater's Painted Lighthouses Art Project. The lighthouses will be on display throughout the neighborhood all month. At the Fall Art Walk in this neighborhood, 12 local musicians will also be featured for your auditory enjoyment.
The next featured neighborhood art walk takes place on October 4-6 in Portage Park. This colorful, artistic neighborhood with a long-standing tradition of community service shows its artistic chops in the streets and local businesses. Featured events include Cubivino's Portable Newsstand and Urban Swamp Cart and a live dance performance of "Secretos," performed by Silvita Diaz Brown and original music and poetry written by Rick Logan. Artist Tony Sparrow will also be perfecting his mural at the Irving Park/Pulaski Blue Line stop. While in the area, check out the National Veterans Art Museum and Filament Theatre Ensemble.
South Chicago and the South Shore are featured in an art walk October 11-13. Against the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan, South Shore artists feature their incredible work at galleries like Studio 71, Under the Bridge, and the South Shore Cultural Center. Featured events include a Lakeside open house, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new South Lake Shore Drive, Snack Fest, and performances by the Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico.
October 18-20's Art Walk takes place in the diverse, colorful neighborhoods of Little Village and Pilsen. This neighborhood proudly features Chicago's largest collection of Mexican and Mexican-American art. The featured events include #Camerachi, a feature about using modern technology for activism and art education with artist Ricardo Gamboa and photographer Monica Cruz. There will also be workshops about the Mexican Dia de los Muertos tradition and the art that is featured, along with a pop-up gallery called Feminart, that features the art of young Chicagoans. While in the neighborhood, stop by the National Museum of Mexican American Art.
Chicago Artists Month closes with October 25-27's East Garfield Park art walk. This vibrant neighborhood is home to the Garfield Park Conservatory, the West Side Cultural Arts Council, Najwa Dance, and the West Community Music Center. The featured events include the Albany Carroll Arts Building Open Studio Event, which allows citizens a look into more than 30 different artist studios and Celestial Bodies, a group science fiction exercise video. There is also a powerful group discussion about urban design called Re-Built.
These are just a few of the amazing events happening throughout October. For more information and a full schedule, check out http://www.