27. September 2011 09:25
The 41st annual Pilsen East Artists' Open House is a unique opportunity for all you art lovers to get a self-guided walking tour of the world of the working artist. The event is taking place Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Chicago Arts District. Sixty artists will participate in this open house tour of their home, studio, theatre, dance space, or gallery, and be there to answer any questions or to just simply discuss their art. Friday begins with CS:41 The Curated Show Opening Gallery from 6:00 to 10:00 and features The Hollow Exhibition. Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 7:00 will be the time allotted for visiting with artists and really experiencing art at its source.
This event is the only one of its kind and is an important part of Chicago’s cultural history, as it helps integrate the public into the local artist’s space. Founded by Mrs. Annelies Podmajersky and local artists in 1970, it has held on as an important event in the art world ever since. This neighborhood also helps support the city’s creative community with a similar event called 2nd Fridays, in which every 2nd Friday of the month galleries, and other artist spaces open new shows. The century-old buildings are occupied by a variety of artists who consistently create a “fresh and dynamic” space. The Pilsen East neighborhood is a place where many artists come to seek space for their creativity and launch their artistic careers. This event allows the public to interact and learn about the artist’s works, inspirations, and creative processes.
Friday September 30th: 6:00 to 10:00 pm, Opening Gala at CS:41 The Curated Show, Hosted by Chicago Arts District
Saturday and Sunday october 1st and 2nd: 12:00 to 7:00 pm, time to visit the world of the working artist
9. August 2011 09:34
A black bag with sleek leather handles and a detailed, colorful illustration of a radiant peacock. Beautiful pink lines grace the surface, tendril-like, weaving their way visually through magnificent paisley patterns. This bag is held by a healthy looking young woman named Yali, the creator of CARRY ON©, a special series of bags that are all created with the intention of charitable donations.
Currently Yali is a 20-year-old student of the University of Pennsylvania, on track to pursue a degree in nursing as an advanced-practice pediatric oncology nurse. Yali herself has been a survivor of a life threatening cancer at a young age. During her battle, as a hobby, she began creating a series of handbags; by age 17, Yali was given the opportunity to partner with Kate Spade, by the Make-A-Wish foundation to create a beautiful black and paisley bag, which raised 50,000 for the foundation. The two also earned “donor of the year” honors.
From beginning as a hobbyist, to becoming a fundraiser for charitable organizations, Yali has continued to make handbags for a cause. She has helped raise over $92,000 dollars to assist children and cancer patients.
Yali has recently teamed up with the Children's Memorial Hospital and the MCA to feature her handbags to continue to assist in raising money. The museum will host a special event entitled Celebrate The Art of Healing: Special Event with Yali. The social occasion will take place on Tuesday August 23, 5 pm, located in the MCA atrium. Her tote bags, Yali’s CARRY ON© will be available at the MCA store through September. The proceeds will benefit K.I.D.S.S for Kids (Kindness is Doing Something Special for Kids.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Il 60611
312.397.4010 (box office)
8. August 2011 12:59
You don’t have to be a seasoned Vexillologist in order to appreciate the intricate history of flags. Nor do you have to be a professional flag stitcher to create one of your own. As humans we have long utilized these textile-based objects as a means of communication, from sailing on the open seas, to national emblems seen outside of embassies, as well as homes, around the world.
The origin of the flag began with field signs, which were apparent during the roman times of antiquity, and continue to be utilized in the present day for the representation of symbolic imagery.
In honor of this rich history, the Lillstreet Art Center brings us a unique presentation of flags created by local Chicago artists. From May through December there will be a call for artists to show their creations on a rotating basis.
If I was able to partake, I’d definitely go raiding the laundry room for silly materials to fly on the pole. But anyway this is a great opportunity for all artists to create an innovative and surprising piece to fly where traditional flags are usually placed. The flag flying space includes four 9ft flagpoles and great visibility from the CTA and Metra trains.
There will be two awards that will go to the best flag installations
- 1st place will receive $500
- 2nd place will receive $150
To submit a proposal to Lillstreet include:
- Sketches of each flag
- Materials you plan to use
- Size of Flag
- Title for series
- Preferred month to display
- Artist statement
- Resume or CV
- Examples of recent work
Mailed proposals should be sent to:
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago IL 60640
C/0 Camille Canales
Emailed proposals should be sent to
You can also visit http://www.lillstreet.com/ for more information!
3. August 2011 10:20
Food Truck mania has hit Chicago, as you have likely seen and experienced. Restaurants and food companies have been jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, hitting the streets, and offering mobile menus to the pedestrian customer on their lunch break.
Today, August 3rd Mars Gallery ups the ante and spices things up before we’re tired of foodtrucks. The gallery will be hosting an arty event on West Fulton Market that includes a large gathering of food trucks from 6-9pm. What a great opportunity to grab some eats, treats and a sneak preview of the new show at Mars titled Lift.
Also, I would like to add, Pets are welcome as there will be a pet food truck on the scene for the pups! If your pup gets hot and hungry in the heat with, right next door to Mars the Chicago Party Animals will be hosting a great event benefiting a Bull Mastiff rescue.
If you are around in the West Loop/Fulton Market area Wednesday evening and looking for something to do or eat, make sure to stop by and see what is happening.
1139 W. Fulton Market
Chicago IL, 60607
T/Su: by appt
Below is a list of Food Trucks from the Chicago Food Truck Website:
27. July 2011 15:06
Wicker Park is always full of innovative and exciting events such as, the Wicker Park Music Fest, Renegade Craft fair, and the Bucktown Arts Festival. So, it is no surprise that another creative festival would be added to the mix.
The Built Festival, hosted by Fuze, will take place Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. It promises an interesting and challenging approach to the presentation of art in an unconventional space: several adjoining shipping containers, such as the ones used by PODS, as well as various open spaces for anyone unable to show in a container. Over 100 artists, curators, performers and the like will be showing their work; some of the artists featured will include members of Chicago Artists’ Coalition, CMYKittens, and Dave Sharma who co-owns Lincoln Park’s R&D Gallery with his best friend.
The Built Festival was created by Tristan J.M Hummel and co-producer David Dvorak, the former known as creator of Chicago’s annual Art on Track el train art show. Tristan is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree specializing in digital art and 3D animation. I always love to hear about SAIC Alumni getting involved with Chicago’s art community by spearheading unique events.
I am super excited about this festival - the thought of being able to move through large containers, exploring and imagining, reminds me of the childhood forts my friends and I built out of cardboard boxes. I’m sure it will be a treat for everyone, child to adult. I am also curious to see what artists will be able to create within these enclosed spaces… Any guesses?
The fest will be held at 1767 North Milwaukee Avenue and tickets will be on sale for $10.00 online at http://www.builtforart.com/.
August 13th 11:00am-10:30 pm
Friday August 12,
1767 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60647