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, May 19th and kicks off the Arts District’s signature spring event, What’s Blooming on Harrison. 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:  The printmaking cooperative hosts a Fine Art Print Sale with all pieces going for $20. Mark Rogovin is donating a collection of Vintage Social Political Posters that will be on sale for $10 – $25. Live dubstep provided by Stormcrow. 29 Harrison

Art Gecko:  Lisa Nordstrom is happy to announce that internationally acclaimed Princess Etch A Sketch, aka Jane Labowitch, will be displaying and selling her magical creations at Art Gecko during What’s Blooming On Harrison. Come see the creations that attracted clients from Disney to MTV to the Cartoon Network and have been covered by the Huffington Post, WGN and CNN. 41 Harrison

Dancing Krow Studio and Third Friday Gallery:  The artist collective asks Who Killed Smiley? At their exhibition “Clueless.” 6 – 10 pm. 43 Harrison

Eastgate Cafe:  The bistro hosts the smooth jazz duo “Nancy & Tom” on Friday night with a pre fixe dinner of champagne cranberry chicken, Cajun potatoes and kale with a drizzle of sweet and spicy sauce. Reservations- 708.660.9091. 102 Harrison 

Bead in Hand:  The jewelry studio hosts Drop In Workshops for all ages. Learn to make charming and petite sculptures for your fairy garden using beads or make a jangle bracelet. $5 per project. 6 – 8 pm. 145 Harrison

Gallery PINK:  The gallery presents Dark Matter, an exhibition of new work by gallery owner Janice Elkins, Richard Shipps and Gina Lee Robbins. The unconscious, unseen and unknown are explored in painting and sculpture. 6 – 9 pm. 149 Harrison

Buzz Café:   Burgers, Beers and Bands! Organic burgers, live music from Roger Kotecki and BYOB! May’s Local Artist Spotlight shines the light on Chicago artist Daniel Weinberg. 5 – 9 pm 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Open Door Repertory Company:  The theater presents The Real Housewives of Oak Park.  A fully improvised spoof for “real” housewives everywhere! The ladies of “The Spew” are back and better than ever before! Swing by Open Door for this hilarious look at the unrealistic side of reality shows and the importance of your child’s position in the t-ball starting line-up. Featuring: Mary Fahey Hughes, Vincent Kracht, Mary Olivieri, Michelle Thompson-Hay, Brittany Davis, Kristin Farmer and Matt Tiegler  8 pm. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. Click to purchase Tickets