West Town Art Walk to Canvas Chicago Avenue 10.3-10.4

West Town Art Walk

West Town Art Walk

Location: On Chicago Ave from Milwaukee to Western.
Check in: 1850 W Chicago Ave (Empty lot next to Tecalitlan) to pickup official West Town Art Walk pin and map.
Parking: $5 parking in Empty lot at 1850 W. Chicago Ave.
Cost: Free (no donation request)
Website: westtownartwalk.com
Facebook: facebook.com/west.town.art.walk
Phone: 312-850-9390
Hours: Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm

West Town’s thriving art scene takes over the neighborhood on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th for the 4th annual West Town Art Walk. Presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Dovetail and Seek Vintage, this eclectic fest mimes the creative talents of Chicagoans and celebrates West Town’s diverse business community.

“Our mission is to showcase West Town as a rich, cultural hub that has a lot to offer business owners, residents and visitors,” said West Town Chamber of Commerce director Kara Salgado.

West Town Art Walk

West Town Art Walk

Throughout Friday and Saturday, attendees can stroll up and down Chicago Avenue, mingle with local business owners, and enjoy art in all forms: visual, performance, culinary, music, and fashion. The free-to-the-public Art Walk features everything from artistic spins on classic cocktails to full blown pop-up-galleries and takes place within dozens of West Town storefronts, everything from restaurants to boutiques. Many of the participating venues also run their own exclusive promotions and sales during this time.

An official West Town Art Walk touring map will be distributed on-site. Other activities include: complimentary rickshaws for transporting guests throughout the event and after parties at many participating businesses on Friday, Oct 3rd until at least 10pm.

The Participating Venues, Addresses & Artists or Specials:

Ad Hoc 1948 W Chicago Ave TBA
Alcala’s Boutique 1739 W Chicago Ave TBA
Asado Coffee Roasters 1651 W Chicago Ave 25% off coffee & espresso drinks
Awake Café 1357 W Chicago Ave 25% Mocha latte & hot chocolate. Sandwich, side & drink combo for $6.95
Beauty Bar 1444 W Chicago Ave No cover before 10pm & discounted signature cocktail
Bow & Stern Oyster Bar 1371 W Chicago Ave Signature Cocktail: Vander-Slicin’ It Up” $6.00
Broken Art Restoration 1841 W Chicago Ave William & Michelle Marhoefer, Sclupture & Paintings
Chicago Avenue Salon 1941 W Chicago Ave Megan Kind, Paintings & Bella Vintaj, Jewerly
Dovetail 1452 W Chicago Ave Leah Ball, Jewerly & Ceramics
Epic Spices 1725 W Chicago Ave TBA
Five Star Bar 1424 W Chicago Ave Signature Cocktail offered
Flo Café & Bar 1434 W Chicago Ave Christina Silvestri, Paintings
Green Zebra 1460 W Chicago Ave Trio of Roses tasting $10
High Dive 1938 W Chicago Ave Ali Manesh, Projection Mapped Animations
Inside Home 1942 W Chicago Ave Kimberly Creswell, Paintings
Intuit Art Center 756 N Milwaukee Ave Art Exhibit by Found Magazine, Collage & Multiple Artists, Paintings & Sculpture
Krispy Fringe Vintage 2130 W Chicago Ave Sara Engimann, Photography
Le Thrift 1821 W Chicago Ave Christine Sanderson, Paintings, Jorie Gillis & Valerie Hahan, Paintings & Photography
Noble Grape 802 N Wine Tasting
Paperish Mess 1955 W Chicago Ave Jonah Ortiz, Mixed Media Installations
Pie Eyed Pizzeria 1111 W Chicago Ave
Seek Vintage 1432 W Chicago Ave Marisa Klug-Morataya, Photography & Yasmin Panjwani, Graphic Artist
Shaman by Chilam Balam 1438 W Chicago Ave Beef brisket tamal w/ pecan mole & free glass of virgin sangria $9.95 per tamale
Sprout Home 745 W Damen Ave “Living on the Foil-edge”
Study Hall 2016 W Chicago Ave TBA
Tarnish 2024 W Chicago Ave Cormac Kehoe, Photography
The Chicago Academy for the Arts 1010 W Chicago Ave Multiple Artists, Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
Treva Gallery 1659 W Chicago Ave Danielle Monet Morse, Paintings
Ugly Mug Café 1458 W Chicago Ave
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 2320 W Chicago Ave Art Museum: Multiple artists
Unite Urban Grill 1450 W Chicago Ave Allison Evans, Photography / Signature Cocktail: “Chicago Ave” $10.00
Urban Source 1429 W Chicago Ave April Noga, Textile design

The Fine Print
West Town Art Walk is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Revisiting 1984 at Vintage Garage Chicago 9.21

Vintage Garage

Vintage Garage

Um. Best. Year. Ever. BTW!

Looking back on the last century, there are several standout years, one of which is 1984. It may seem like a long time ago, but the folks at Vintage Garage Chicago aim bring it back September 21. It’s the theme for the next Vintage Garage Chicago in Uptown.

“It was a treasure culturally, with movies, music and products,” says Melissa Sands of Vintage Promotions, LLC, producer of the show. “The Van Halen album of that name was the soundtrack of a generation, and where would we be today without Ghostbusters?”

A leap year, 1984 saw the Winter and Summer Olympics, the 1984 World’s Fair, and a Band Aid recording of the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Chrysler introduced the Minivan, Apple released the Macintosh personal computer and the world was introduced to Birkins, Discman, the Tandy 1000 and the Atari 7800. And who can forget Slice?

Along with all their great vintage from all eras, our vendors will be showcasing their 80’s merchandise. Professional DJs Sasha and Ross will be spinning 80s tunes.

“We all realize by now big brother is really watching,” Sands says. “And he wants you to be there.”

Vintage Garage Chicago takes place at 5051 N Broadway September 21 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s at the Argyle stop on the Red Line.

 

Second Annual Fall Fest 10.7-10.12

Fall Fest

Fall Fest

Park Grill at Millennium Park
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 521-7275
ParkGrillChicago.com 

Second Annual Fall Fest at Park Grill and The Plaza at Millennium Park

Celebrate the Harvest Season with Six Days of Festivities

Tuesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 12

Park Grill and The Plaza at Millennium Park will hold a six day “Fall Fest” this October. From Tuesday, October 7 to Sunday, October 12, the restaurant will celebrate the season with a Fall Harvest Menu; live, outdoor musical performances; and the second annual local brewers’ Harvest HopDown. Fall Fest will commence with a Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner and an alfresco Chicago Marathon breakfast buffet and viewing party.

Fall Harvest Menu: Tuesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 12
Newly appointed Executive Chef Jared Case will offer a Fall Harvest Menu that features items sourced from local farms, purveyors and brewers.

Live Music on The Plaza: Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10
The Plaza at Millennium Park will play host to live musical performances by Jazz Perspectives, featuring The Sean Skyler Duo and The Phil Seed Trio. The concerts will take place from 5-8 p.m.

Harvest HopDown: Friday, October 10
The second annual Harvest HopDown will take place on The Plaza on Friday, October 10 from 5-8 p.m. Local brewers will compete for the title of Harvest HopDown “Favorite,” as selected by participating guests. Competing brewers include: Goose Island: Rambler Limited release IPA and Oktoberfest (Chicago); Summit Oktoberfest (Minneapolis, MN); Central Waters Octoberfest (Amherst, WI); Virtue Cider (Fennville, MI); Milwaukee Brewing Hoptoberfest & Sasquash (Milwaukeee, WI); Upland Oktoberfest (Indianapolis, IN); Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Porter (Manhattan, KS); Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat (St. Louis, MO); Johnny Appleseed Cider (St. Louis, MO); and returning winner, Pipeworks Brewing Seasonal Brews (Chicago, IL). Tickets are $25 and the event is 21 and over. Tickets are available at ParkGrillChicago.com.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner: Saturday, October 11
Carb up before the big run at Park Grill’s pasta dinner. The evening will include a pasta buffet with four selections, a build-your-own pasta station, two salads, dessert and choice of Goose Island beer or The Naked Grape wine. Seatings will be offered at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the fee is $35 per guest. Chef Case’s buffet menu will feature butter lettuce salad; caesar salad; smoked gouda mac and cheese cavatappi; roasted vegetarian pasta with marinara; mushroom tortellini with truffle alfredo; gnocchi bolognese grana padano; assorted miniature desserts and much more. Please call 312-521-7275 for reservations.

Chicago Marathon Breakfast and Viewing Party: Sunday, October 12
Enjoy breakfast beneath the bean on Marathon morning. From 8-11 a.m.,
start your race day with a lovely breakfast buffet in the heart of Millennium Park. The menu includes yogurt and granola; honey and mint fruit salad; croissants; mini banana nut muffins; bagels and toppings; Nancy’s apple chicken sausage; parmesan breakfast potatoes; chilaquiles with salsa verde and queso fresco; skillet scrambled eggs with scallions; and cinnamon roll waffles with cream cheese frosting. Catch all the Marathon action and cheer on the runners via large monitors set throughout the Plaza. Tickets are $25, available at ParkGrillChicago.com.

Renegade Craft Fair

12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair 9.6-.97

Renegade Craft Fair

Location: Division St. between Damen and Paulina Avenues
www.renegadecraft.com

Event details: The 12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair September Market returns to Wicker Park this September 6+7. Division St. between Damen and Paulina Avenues will be host to one of the largest curated gatherings of indie craft makers in the US. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

As always, RCF is free to attend. Street parking is available all over Wicker Park, and yes, yes you may bring your adorable pets.

 

 

5th Annual Design Harvest Festival 9.20-9.21

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West Town’s “Grand Avenue Design District” will prove to be a mecca for designers and design enthusiasts on September 20th and 21st when the best local home and garden designers come together for the aesthetic marketplace known as Design Harvest. Now in its 5th year, a revamped Design Harvest will focus more on the designers themselves, boasting a seminar tent with “how to” workshops by sponsor Houzz, design seminars, special guest speakers, expert design panels, interactive design demonstrations and more.

In addition to home and garden objects that range from vintage and antique to environmentally-conscious and modern, Design Harvest 2014 also features great local food vendors, cold beer, good wine, and live music by the Hideout. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center sponsors family-friendly harvest time activities at their Fall Festival, including hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and much more. Attendance each year has grown significantly, with media outlets annually touting Design Harvest as one of the “can’t miss” fests of the year.

Produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce and a planning committee of local Grand Avenue Design District business owners, Design Harvest covers the wide spectrum of home design disciplines found throughout Chicago; as well as spotlights the design businesses specifically on Grand Avenue. The two-day program consists of a juried exhibition of tented vignettes, or “little stores,” each boasting unique themes and products for sale, a silent auction, and the all-new design seminars and Houzz how-to tent.

Besides perusing the participating designer’s vignettes in a large designer tent, fest-goers may sip sponsored wine and craft beer by Leinenkugel, enjoy great food from local restaurant vendors, grab a seat on a hay bale or listen to live music on the WXRT sponsored stage programmed by the legendary Chicago music venue, The Hideout.

The Design Vendors:
Design Harvest is a curated exhibition and vendors are hand selected by the producers and a jury of design experts. The high quality vendors will create vignettes inside a large scale white tent. The 2014 lineup of participating design vendors is TBA in subsequent release.

The Live Music:
Setting the weekend vibe will be the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. Live music takes place throughout both days, featuring East of Edens Soul Express DJs both days, The Lawrence Peters Outfit at 6 pm on Saturday, and Golden Horse Ranch Band with a Huge Square Dance with Caller right in the street on Sunday at 4:30 pm. The rest of the live music schedule is TBA in subsequent release.

The Families Activities:
For children and families, there will again be a ton of fun-filled activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center. Activities include:

* ‘Free’ tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
* Petting zoo 11am-3pm both days
* Mini hay maze for young kids
* Face painting
* Build your own scarecrow! We will supply the straw, rope, sticks and advice – but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to make your scarecrow out of.
* Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
* Fall refreshments – apple cider and homemade baked goods.
* Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras!
* Visit the free range chickens and check out the huge and unusual selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more! Free local delivery for those without cars!

The Fine Print:
Design Harvest takes place September 20th from 11 am to 8 pm and September 21st from 11 am to 6 pm on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood. There is a $5 donation requested for admittance. This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents). For more information, visit http://www.design-harvest.com or find Design Harvest on Facebook at Facebook.com/designharvest, or call (312) 850-9390. More info on the Design District at http://www.grandavedesigndistrict.com.

Design Harvest 2014 sponsors include: West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Magazine, Chairs for Charity, Grand Avenue Design District, Houzz, Leinenkugel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, WXRT, Hailo, Sameday Signs, The Hideout, Eurofurniture, Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, Albany Steel & Brass, and Chicago Event Graphics.