EXPO CHICAGO Returns to Navy Pier

EXPO CHICAGO is returning for its second year at Navy Pier from September 19-22, 2013. Over 125 galleries from 17 different countries and 36 different cities will be exhibiting exceptional modern and contemporary artwork.  A number of emerging spaces will also be featured in the EXPOSURE section, highlighting younger galleries and creating wonderful new opportunities for artists and fair-goers alike to discover new talent and creative spaces. 

EXPO ART WEEK events are happening now through September 22, and EXPO preview events kick off on Thursday, September 19 with a special VIP Preview from 12-6pm (admission granted with VIP card only) and a Vernissage sponsored by The Board of Trustees and Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from 6-9pm. The Vernissage offers an exclusive first look at artworks from the leading galleries at EXPO while enjoying drinks and light fare. Tickets start at $100 and benefactor packages are available. For more information, click here.

An important component of EXPO CHICAGO is the extensive programming scheduled throughout the event, including:

EXPO/DIALOGUES: Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring symposia, panel discussions, and provocative artistic discourse. Held on the /Dialogues stage at the east end of the festival hall; see schedule for daily lineups. 

IN/SITU: Provides the opportunity for exhibitors to showcase large-scale installations, site-specific and performative works by select international artists. Situated throughout the showroom floor, IN/SITU provides a dynamic course that connects various points of interest in and around Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Organized by Shamim M. Momin, director, curator and co-founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).

EXPO VIDEO: A selection of cutting-edge film, video and new media works chosen from this year's international exhibiting galleries, curated by Dean Otto, Program Manager of Film/Video at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center. 

Special exhibitions will also be on display featuring numerous arts organizations including the Chicago Artists Coalition, Bad at Sports, The Conservation Center, and many more.  View full list here.  

See all EXPO has to offer with a lift from complimentary shuttles that will run between EXPO / Navy Pier, the MCA, Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago's River North and West Loop gallery districts during the fair weekend, helping visitors to navigate the city.  Two separate shuttle routes will run continuously, departing from Navy Pier's Entrance 2 on the hour and half hour.  

Shuttle Hours
Friday, September 20: 12-6pm
Saturday, September 21: 12-6pm
Sunday, September 22: 12-4pm

River North Route
Navy Pier/EXPO, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Franklin/Superior (River North Gallery District)
West Loop Route 
Navy Pier/EXPO, Art Institute of Chicago (Monroe entrance), Washington/Peoria, Fulton Market/Carpenter (West Loop Gallery District)

Shuttles are presented by Discover and sponsored by participating galleries, EXPO CHICAGO, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago Gallery News, and the Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA).