Chicago Exhibition Weekend 2023

Friday, Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2023

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL

Chicago Exhibition Weekend 2023

EXPO CHICAGO and Gertie celebrate the inaugural Chicago Exhibition Weekend (CXW) this September 29–October 1. 

The weekend will bring together over 50 galleries, institutions, and artist-run spaces to present exhibitions that encourage everyone from seasoned collectors to those new to engaging with Chicago’s visual arts scene to explore unique programs, extended hours, and more. The weekend emphasizes Chicago’s multitude of non-conventional exhibition spaces as well as the geographic range spanning neighborhoods from Streeterville to West Town, Englewood, and Irving Park to encourage participants to explore the full breadth of the city’s creativity. CXW will also welcome the city’s next generation of talented business, civic, and philanthropic leaders to engage with gallerists, artists, and curators through community dinners, programming, and a closing celebration that aims to cultivate the relationships needed for the city’s arts scene to continue to thrive. 

Over 50 galleries, institutions, and artist-run spaces are aligning to present a weekend of exhibition openings, activations, and events this fall, showcasing art throughout Chicago’s many neighborhoods for the inaugural Chicago Exhibition Weekend. The landmark weekend (September 29 to October 1, 2023) is co-presented by EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, and Chicago-based cultural agency Gertie. 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 29 - An opening night dinner will launch the weekend from 7 – 10pm CT at 1229 W. Concord Pl. Open to the public via ticket, this event will bring together people from across the arts, business, and civic sectors. Tickets are available here. > Purchase Tickets

Saturday, September 30 - Citywide exhibition openings, a full map of participating galleries, institutions, and artist-run spaces are available here. Participants can register here to pick up a free map of Chicago Exhibition Weekend, and receive stamps at each location they visit. Participants with more than two stamps will gain entry to the weekend’s closing dance party at a secret location (to be unveiled on the day). > Claim Your Map

Sunday, October 1 - Citywide exhibition openings continue, concluded by a closing dance party, accessible to all who receive stamps at two or more Chicago Exhibition Weekend participating locations. > Learn More