Union, 2019 Credit: Ruby T

Every September Navy Pier is flooded with gallerygoers from Chicago locals to people from abroad walking through the maze of booths at the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art (Expo Chicago). More than 100 booths showing and selling contemporary visual work from international galleries are situated inside Festival Hall at Navy Pier. This year’s Expo conveniently coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, where creatives have no excuse but to wander through gallery spaces and attend lectures by prominent artists.

This isn’t to say that Expo is here to dominate the month. Smaller DIY spaces like Pilsen’s Baby Blue Gallery and Humboldt Park’s New Works are also opening shows, and Julius Caesar in East Garfield Park has created its own miniature art fair called Barely Fair. Galleries all over the city have capitalized on making their showrooms a destination point in the upcoming weeks. If you’re looking to escape the glitz and glam of Expo, the Franklin’s “Outliers (Q3-Q1)” is a show presenting artists from regions in political turmoil, and Wicker Park’s Heaven Gallery’s “Knows No Bounds” looks at how experiencing art has been influenced by technology. Here are some more exhibitions we encourage you to check out. 

Western Exhibitions
Through 11/2:
Orkideh Torabi, “Heaven on Earth”
Ruby T, “Underwater Flood”
1709 W. Chicago, suite 2C
Tue-Sat 11 AM-6 PM

Prairie Chicago
Through 10/27:
Joel Dean, “Evolve Right Now”
2055 W. Cermak
Sun 1-4 PM; Thu 6-9 PM

Julius Caesar
Through 10/20:
“Barely Fair,” miniature art fair with two dozen art galleries and project spaces with works exhibited in 1:12 scale booths.
3311 W. Carroll
Fri 6-10 PM; Sat 11 AM-7 PM; Sun 1-4 PM or by appointment

Baby Blue Gallery
Through 11/6:
“I Know You Would Never Laugh at Me,” group exhibition with artists Darius Airo, Spencer Harris, and Kaitlin Smrcina; opens Fri 9/20, 7-11 PM.
2201 S. Halsted
Sun 1-3 PM or by appointment

Mariane Ibrahim
Through 10/26:
Ayana V. Jackson, “Take Me to the Water”; opens Fri 9/20, 6-8 PM.
437 N. Paulina
By appointment

New Works
Through 10/20:
Vincent Larouche, “Coch/lear/sweat”; opens Sat 9/21, 6-10 PM.
3403 W. Grand
Sun 1-4 PM or by appointment

Produce Model Gallery
Through 11/30:
Maggie Crowley and Javier Bosques, “New Again,” and Iria Prieto and Christhian Diaz, “Vía”; open Sat 9/21, 7-10 PM.
1007 W. 19th
Fri-Sat noon-5 PM or by appointment

The Franklin
Through 10/27:
“Outliers (Q3-Q1),” group show with Aman Mojadidi, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Khalil Chishtee, and Sana Kazi.
3522 W. Franklin
Sat 2-4 PM and by appointment

Corbett vs. Dempsey
Through 10/12:
Carol Jackson, “End World Music”
2156 W. Fulton
Tue-Sat 10 AM-5 PM and by appointment

Heaven Gallery
Through 10/20:
“Knows No Bounds,” group exhibition with work by Mike Rea, Gwendolyn Zabicki, and more.
1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor
Fri-Sat 1-6 PM; Sun 1-5 PM or by appointment

Agitator: a Co-Operative Gallery
Through 10/6:
“Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA,” group exhibition
1112 N. Ashland
Mon, Wed 6-9 PM; Tue 6-7 PM; Fri 5-8 PM; third and fourth Sat 2-5 PM or by appointment

Co-Prosperity Sphere
Through 10/2:
“Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968,” organized in part by ArchiteXX
Work by the late Sabina Ott in the window spaces
“Networks of Resistance,” group show of activist artists and collectives including work by members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, William Estrada, and the Art Build Workers.
3219 S. Morgan
Thu 11 AM-7 PM; Sun noon-5 PM or by appointment

The Renaissance Society
Through 12/1:
LaToya Ruby Frazier, “The Last Cruze”
University of Chicago
Cobb Hall, fourth floor
5811 S. Ellis
Tue-Wed, Fri 10 AM-5 PM; Thu 10 AM-8 PM; Sat-Sun noon-5 PM

Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Through 10/12:
“Envisioning Justice: New Visions Beyond Incarceration by Chicago Artists and Communities”
33 S. State, seventh floor
Tue-Sat 11 AM-6 PM

Logan Center for the Arts
Through 10/27
“Tufting Gun Tapestries,” experiments in textiles
915 E. 60th
Tue-Sat 9 AM-9 PM; Sun 11 AM-9 PM  v