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 and a delicious dinner, you can count on the Eastgate Cafe, Trattoria 225 and the Buzz Cafe. District Kitchen and Tap and MORA Asian Kitchen are both opening soon!

The next Third Friday Gallery Walk will be held on May 18th which is the evening before What’s Blooming on Harrison, our annual spring street festival. Harrison Street galleries include: Black Moon Gallery, Whatever Comes to Mind Studio, Expressions Graphics, Art Gecko, Dancing Krow Studio, Gallery PINK and Buzz Cafe. Dancing Krow Studio stages a Third Saturday event.

Here are some of the May Walk’s highlights:

Expressions Graphics:  The print making cooperative hosts a “What’s Blooming” print exhibit. 29 Harrison

Art Gecko:  Good buys and Goodbyes. This year’s What’s Blooming will be last for Art Gecko. Come take advantage of great discounts on unique assemblages and quirky found object art supplies. Frames, shadow boxes, cigar boxes, tins, tools, rubber stamps, paper, card stock, leather scraps, game pieces, Scrabble letter tiles, charms, beads, brass stencils, antique books, art books, craft books, old maps, vintage magazines, doll parts, keys, toys, miniatures and all manor of odd objects will be for sale at rock bottom prices. As always, the popular eclectic jewelry of artist Lisa Nordstrom will be for sale too. 41 Harrison

Dancing Krow:  On Friday evening, the Ukulele Club of Oak Park hosts it’s monthly get together at the studio. Plus, a special exhibit of original artworks by the uniquely talented members of the collective. Open Minds opens at 6 pm.  43 Harrison

Eastgate Cafe:  The bistro hosts Life Laughing with comedy duo Val and Jeff. 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Ring 708.660.9091 for dinner reservations. 102 Harrison

Bead in Hand:  The jewelry design shop and studio hosts an all ages drop in project on Friday night from 6 – 8 pm. Guests can make a Bead Catcher Game or a Stretchy Flower Bangle. Both projects are $5. 145 Harrison

Buzz Cafe:  Head to the cafe for this month’s Local Artist Spotlight featuring the work of photographer Alan Ball. Prophets of the Elk performs. 905 S. Lombard Ave.