A Summer of Art: Monthly Gallery Nights, Open Studios and Festivals

Summer is almost upon us - we promise!  We have been organizing lots of lists of art destinations for our summer issue, and we wanted to share this handy list of monthly art walks and events so you can plan all your summer weekends from now through August.  If drunken street festivals aren't your thing, this lineup is for you - stimulating art gatherings and happenings in many area neighborhoods througout the city as well as in the suburbs, even into Wisconsin. 

Happy summer! 


3rd Thursday

• Smart Museum of Art

5:30–7:30pm • Free

Extended evening hours every Thursday, 10am-8pm

5550 S. Greenwood


1st Friday

• Lakeside Legacy Arts Park 

5–8pm • Free/donations 

401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake, IL


• Orange Dot First Fridays

Wicker Park / Bucktown: 1579 N. Milwaukee

5–10pm • Free 


• River North First Fridays

5–8pm • Free

Franklin/Superior streets


2nd Friday

• Chicago Arts District 

6–10pm • Free

S. Halsted + 18th St. (Pilsen East)


• Fine Arts Building Open Studios 

5–9pm • Free

410 S. Michigan


3rd Friday

• Bridgeport Art Center / Artists of Eastbank

6-10pm • Free

1200 W. 35th St.


• Bronzeville Trolley Tour

6pm • Contact Gallery Guichard for details: 773-791-7003


• Oak Park Arts District (OPAD) 

6–10pm • Free

Harrison St.


• Zhou B Art Center/Bridgeport Art Walk 

7–10pm • Free

1029 W. 35th St.


2nd Saturday

• LACUNA Artist Lofts + Studios

12–6pm • Free

2150 S. Canalport


• The Lost Artists Show

The Art Colony Studio Building: 2630 W. Fletcher

5-10pm • Free


4th Saturday

• Oak Park/Gallery Pink

11am-Noon • Free

149 Harrison St. • 708-524-2231


Free Saturday Tours

• River North: 11am–12:30pm 

Starbucks: 750 N. Franklin. 

Tours run weekly, year-round, except major holidays. For details and participating galleries see or call 312-649-0064


Milwaukee, WI

• Gallery Night and Day 

Milwaukee, WI. Quarterly: July 24 and 25, 2015 (F 5-9 and Sa 10-4)