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.

The next Third Friday Gallery Walk is Friday, November 17th which kicks off the Oak Park Arts District’s Holiday Lights Season. Shop Artfully, Shop Locally this year. Please consult the Holiday Lights events page for Friday night’s details.

Here’s what happened in September:

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: The printmaking cooperative hosts the opening reception of Join or Die, works by Carlos Barbarena. There will be a demonstration of T-shirt linocut printing at 8 pm. Create a shirt for $20 (bring your own tee, for $15). 6 – 9 pm. Through October 7th. 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. Curious? Check out Lisa’s work HERE.  41 Harrison

The Dancing Krow: The Ukulele Club of Oak Park, originally formed in the Oak Park Arts District will now be meeting and playing on the Third Friday of each month at Dancing Krow Studio. The club’s performances have ranged from Arts District events, gallery openings, birthday parties and The Fest For Beatle Fans at The Hyatt Regency Hotel; the most high profile performance held at the famous Oak Park institution, the Unity Temple. The club has also made various recordings. Long-time artist and musician on Harrison Street, Liz Gaylord formed the club ten years ago as a way to bring her enthusiasm of playing the ukulele to a wider range of people. Gaylord has founded this group of like-minded players and singers that have an affinity for playing popular songs of old and new. There is no fee to join the club.  Sheet music is provided at each meeting.  All skill levels are welcomed. And visitors are welcome to listen in and view the art! Need more info:  email 43 Harrison

Buzz Café: Burgers, Beers and Bands! Organic burgers, live music from Mike Felton and BYOB! August’s Local Artist Spotlight shines the light on the work of local children created during the Oak Park Summer Creative Arts Workshop. 5 – 9 pm. 905 S. Lombard Ave.