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Happy summer! There is so much going on in the city this summer that we are eager to share our calendar as well as our news highlights with you this season.  Art is also happening beyond our borders, in the suburbs, and even into Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Keep up with the current list of openings and enjoy an art-filled weekend.

Coming up there are many chances to explore sculpture parks, museum family days, walking tours, and more. Read our highlights and new interviews in our news pages. We feature Tony Fitzpatrick's Secret Birds at the Poetry Foundation, an interview with painter Gwendolyn Zabicki, the new Jaume Plensa installations in Millennium Park for the park's 10th anniversary, and the recent opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

CGN has been a busy social media bee on Twitter and Facebook for a long time, but we arrived late to the Instagram party (see some of our first images at left). Check out our current snaps here and follow along.

As always our Openings list is the area's go-to guide, and you'll love our expanded calendar, with events sorted by category. Keep scrolling down the page to see more news and opening highlights as well. To read the summer issue online, click here. See you in the galleries! 

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Art Openings This Week

Thursday, July 24

Phantoms in the the Dirt

Exhibition and Opening Reception — 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)

Friday, July 25

24th Anniversary Party & Summer Gallery Night

Galas & Special Event and Opening Reception — 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Gallery 218

Explosive Impressions

Exhibition and Opening Reception — 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tall Grass Arts Association

Ellen Campbell

Exhibition and Opening Reception — 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Firecat Projects

Saturday, July 26

City II: The Artwork of Errol Jacobson

Exhibition and Opening Reception — 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Zygman Voss Gallery


Visiting Artist Talk: Joseph Grigely

Joseph Grigely's work involves the performative act of conversational exchange. 6pm, Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

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24th Anniversary Party & Summer Gallery Night

All galleries in the Historic Third Ward open. Gallery 218 is open from 5-10pm geaturing artists: Judith Hooks, Bernie Newman, James Schaff, Rande Barke; Painting, photography, collage. Live jazz by Keith Watling, food, anniversary cake, + cash bar.  Marshall Building - 207 East Buffalo St, Ste 218, Milwaukee

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Fourth Friday Tour

Get insider access to our exhibitions and programs! Join Deputy Director Christina Jensen on a behind-the-scenes tour 1:30-2:30pm. 5020 S. Cornell

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Our Current Issue

CGN’s May-August 2014 print edition is available around the city in galleries, museums and art centers.

Pick up a copy around town, or read it digitally at Check out the latest Letter from the Publisher for some of this issue's news highlights. The Ed Paschke Art Center opens with its inaugural Paschke in the Park celebration.  A dynamic collecting couple talks about their Chicago collection. We spoke with artist Vera Klement. Kevin Nance explored the studios of some of Chicago's most well known artists.  We highlight a range of summer art festivals taking place in and around Chicago.   More news...

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