West Town has been expanding and buzzing for quite awhile now, and the latest addition to the buzz began last year with the launch of the Annual West Town Art Walk along Chicago Avenue, presented by the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce. This year, the Walk will take place next weekend October 5-7. Chicago is at it's best in the fall, and the next few weekends will be ideal for staying outdoors and exploring new neighborhoods and discovering new art.
Starting with a series of opening receptions scheduled for Friday, October 5, 6-10 pm at all participating Art Walk locations the event draws attention to the thriving West Town community while using art as the lens through which to view the neighborhood's dozens of local and upcoming artists and designers. Every participating location – from restaurants to boutiques – will transform into a weekend gallery, each featuring a specific local artist(s), along with food, drink and music (in select spots).
Paintings, sculptures and everything in between will be on display, and for sale, at the following participating Art Walk locations: Branch 27, RR1, Urban Source, Flo Café & Bar, Leopold, The Architrouve, Living Room Realty, Shear Conviction Salon & Photo Studio, JK Imaging & Craft, Dovetail, Seek Vintage, Café Central, The Noble Grape, Five Star Bar, Inside Home, Sprout Home, Pie-Eyed Pizzeria, White Dental Studio, and Swim Café.
The Art Walk will also feature a series of programs aimed at children, particularly as the community begins efforts to raise funds for and awareness of Eckhart Park. The following activities will be available for children on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at Eckhart Park:
• Bubble Bonanza: Artists will make giant bubble creations and younger kids can participate by making their own smaller bubble wands and learning how the process works.
• Kites: Older children can make and decorate their own kites and then fly them in the park.
• Sidewalk Chalk: Kids of all ages are invited to create a chalk mural on the sidewalks leading into the park.
The organizers behind the West Town Art Walk hope that the event draws visitors to the area and that they see what the restaurants, galleries, boutiques and shops have to offer in an area that's centrally located in the city but that occupies its own niche along Chicago Ave. between Michigan Ave. and Wicker Park and Bucktown. The Art Walk officially includes all businesses on Chicago Avenue, from Noble to Damen and surrounding areas. Up-and-coming also seems to be a key-theme for the group, and they want other business owners and creatives to take advantage of the possibilities and affordability now while things are still emerging.
The West Town Art Walk: October 5-7, 2012
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Location: On Chicago Ave from Milwaukee to Damen
Cost: Free (no donation request)
Hours: Fri, 6-10pm; Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Sponsors: Yelp, Windy City Café, Chicago Gallery News, Urban Source, Flo Café and Bar, Leopold, JK Imaging and Craft, Dovetail, Seek Vintage, West Town Chamber of Commerce and West Town Special Service Area.