In 1996 the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, seeking to draw attention to the art making that goes on year-round, designated November Chicago Artists’ Month; the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs took over in 2000 and the next year moved the observance to October. Most of the exhibits noted in this year’s brochure are listed by venue under Galleries, here or at For a full schedule, see or call 312-744-6630. Among this week’s highlights:

Neighborhood Events

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest–kickoff Fri 9/30, 7-9 PM, at Heartland Cafe, 7007 N. Glenwood; open studios and kids’ activities, Sat-Sun 10/1-10/2, 11-5, on the 6900 block of Glenwood, with tours starting from Farwell and Glenwood at 2 PM Saturday and 4 PM Sunday, 773-262-3790.

Pilsen East Artists’ Open House–opening Fri 9/30, 6-10 PM, at 2003 S. Halsted (site of a 12-artist curated show) and in nearby galleries, studios, and apartments; continues Sat-Sun 10/1-10/2, noon-7; maps available at 18th and Halsted and participating venues, 312-377-4444.


Hubbard Street Mural Project walk, Sat 10/1, noon, starting from Hubbard and Racine (artists’ reception, 5-10 PM, at the Feather Building, 355 N. Laflin), $5, 312-226-4858.

Riverfront sculpture tour, Wed 10/5, 5:15 PM, starting from northeast corner of Columbus and Wacker, 312-939-0490.


Gisela Insuaste on her art’s ties to surrealism, Sat 10/1, noon, in Price Auditorium at the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams.

Paul R. Jones on his collection of African-American art, Sat 10/1, 2 PM, at Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King, 312-656-8275; a related exhibit runs Sat-Sun 10/1-10/2, 11-6.

Six members of the Chicago Art Critics Association on the work of six area artists, Sat 10/1, 3 PM, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.


Art for Animals, annual art auction fund-raiser for Tree House Animal Foundation, a no-kill shelter, Thu 10/6, 6-9 PM, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, $45, $40 in advance, 773-784-5488, ext. 231.