District Wide Events

Third Friday Gallery Walk

It’s all happening on Harrison Street!  The Oak Park Arts District galleries are open for special events from 6:00 – 10:00 pm every Third Friday of the month. Enjoy dinner in the district and stroll the galleries taking in the artwork of the gallery owners and their guest artists.  Many of our unique businesses keep late hours on Third Friday evenings as well.  For neighborhood ambiance, you can count on the Eastgate Cafe, Trattoria 225 and the Buzz Cafe.

The next Third Friday Gallery Walk  is Friday, July 21st. Here are some of the highlights:

Whatever Comes to Mind Studio: Tia Etu’s delightful studio will be open. On your way in, be sure to check out the newest addition to her sculpture garden- a robot made of bicycle parts. 27 Harrison

Expressions Graphics:  “Dogs, Dogs, Dogs” an exhibition of 20 canine monoprints by artist Roberta Raymond opened July 1st. Raymond began the series with a standard French poodle and soon found herself including a dachshund, greyhound, Chihuahua, papillon, corgi, and other breeds. Most are dogs that walked past her house with their owners. Through August. 29 Harrison. 29 Harrison

Art Gecko:  Assemblage art and jewelry created with recycled/upcycled vintage materials by Lisa Nordstrom. Plus: amulets, trinkets, talismans, curiosities, oddities, baubles, remnants and other found objects. 41 Harrison

Dancing Krow Studio and Third Friday Gallery:  The artist collective presents Summer of LoveThis exhibit is based on the gathering in Haight-Ashbury during 1967 where those involved allegedly rejected the conformist and materialist values of modern life; there was an emphasis on sharing and community. Always, there is drink and refreshments. Please note, this will be the last Third Friday at Dancing Krow Studio. Beginning in August, the monthly happening moves to Third Saturday. For more information please click HERE. 6 – 10 pm. 43 Harrison

Bead in Hand:  The jewelry studio continues its Third Friday Workshops with the Simple Person’s Wire Wrap. If you’re not looking for fancy and just want to turn a special stone or shell from your vacation into a wearable memory.  This workshop is for you!  We’ll show you the simple technique for using wire to create a “cage” around your special item and make a loop so you can wear it as a pendant or dangle as a charms. $10 for instruction, materials are extra. Click HERE to register in advance. 6 – 8 pm. 145 Harrison

Buzz Café:   Burgers, Beers and Bands! Organic burgers, live music from Mike Felton and BYOB! July’s Local Artist Spotlight shines the light on Chicago photographer Eric Formato. 5 – 9 pm. 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Open Door Repertory Company: Open Door is honored to have playwright McKinley Johnson return to the stage with his new play “It Don’t Just…Shake Off” as part of the 2016 – 2017 Season. Set in the 1920’s, “It Don’t Just….Shake Off” is a musical based on the true partnership of bluesmen, Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker) and Georgia Tom (Thomas A. Dorsey – the Father of Gospel, composer of Precious Lord, Take My Hand). Using their original blues songs with new compositions to set the tempo, “It Don’t Just…Shake Off” has a cast of three actors accompanied by piano and guitar. The setting is a surreal 1920’s juke joint caught somewhere between “want and lost.” Big D ….the God of the Blues…. finds these two lost souls – Thomas and Hudson – and transports them…to Georgia Tom and Tampa Red…or to where the blues come from…or somewhere where…It Don’t Just…Shake Off. 8 pm showtime. For information and tickets, please visit or call 708.386.5510. 902 Ridgeland Ave.

Of Special Note:  Harrison Works Art Gallery, located in the Oak Park Arts District at 17 Harrison Street, will be closing after fourteen years of business.In the 1990’s painter Elizabeth Gaylord began to frequent the Oak Park Arts District’s Art On Harrison.  The event is a neighborhood art walk where people can visit galleries, studios and retail spaces to view a wide assortment of art.  Wanting to be a part of the excitement brewing on Harrison, Gaylord rented 17 Harrison for both gallery and studio use.  Harrison Works opened just in time for 2002’s Art On Harrison.While always featuring the polar bear paintings of Elizabeth Gaylord, Harrison Works has hosted several solo shows for other artists and held many themed group shows.  There have been eleven baseball shows.  The Moist Guitars Visual Music exhibit, in Autumn 2006, featured artists’ interpretations of songs from the Chicago band’s then newly released CD.  Seated Stories: The Barbershop Experience, held Autumn 2008, was a traveling show inspired by Barrack Obama’s Hyde Park barbershop.  In Autumn 2014 The Cigar Box Ukulele show featured instruments created by Larry Vitalo and painted by Brenda Watkins and Elizabeth Gaylord.  Harrison Works has also been home to the Ukulele Club of Oak Park for the last ten years. Harrison Works is open Thursday – Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm and by appointment until July 21st.  June 16th the gallery will be open until 10 pm for the OPAD’s 3rd Friday event.  Friday, July 21st, 6 pm – 10 pm, there will be a special closing event.  For more information call (708) 308 4602 or e-mail