District Wide Events
The Oak Park Arts District galleries are open for special events from 6:00 – 10:00pm every Third Friday of the month. Enjoy dinner in the district and stroll the galleries taking in the artwork of the gallery owners and their guest artists.
Shop for fine art or one of a kind gifts at Gallery Pink, Flavor City Studios, Dancing Krow, Art Gecko and Harrison Works, all located between Lombard & Austin. Many of our unique boutiques keep late hours on Third Friday evenings as well.
If you’re looking to create your own work of art, stop in to Bead in Hand or Creative Changes Studio for a scheduled workshop.
For neighborhood ambiance, you can count on the Eastgate Cafe, the Buzz Cafe and Trattoria 225. Enjoy a drink and live music most Fridays at the Eastgate Cafe and the Buzz Cafe.
May 17th’s Third Friday Gallery Walk kicked off our What’s Blooming on Harrison Festival. Here are some of the highlights…
Harrison Works, 17 Harrison Street
Harrison Works proudly presents the art of Sandra Ragan. Sandra will be showing works inspired by The Beatles. Opening night is May 17th 6 – 10 pm. Saturday May 18th hours are 11am – 8pm. Other Beatles inspired works will be presented by gallery owner Liz Gaylord.
Art Gecko, 21 Harrison Street
Discover one of a kind found object jewelry and art in Lisa Nordstrom’s unique boutique and studio.
The Third Friday Gallery, Dancing Krow, 41-43 Harrison Street
Flavor City Studios, 45 Harrison Street
A working artist studio featuring original works by Mike Bochner & Stephen Smith.
Eastgate Cafe & Gift Shop, 102 Harrison Street
Friday night listen to Scattin’ in Tongues while you dine on Eastgate’s newest menu item, Grilled Shrimp Salad.
Creative Changes Studio, 140 Harrison Street
Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison Street
Bead in Hand, a full-service jewelry design shop, will have a $5 all-ages drop-in workshop both Friday night and Saturday. You and your family can make either a wind chime using recycled cds and old keys or a jangle bracelet with memory wire, rubber tubing, beads and bells.
Gallery PINK,149 Harrison
“Surface Pleasures” by artist Susan Sensemann is the latest eyecatching installation at Janice Elkins’ studio. Through May 18.
The Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Street
Looking to sit down with friends at a single evening-long event? Try Buzz After Hours . On Friday night at 7:00pm settle in for a delicious prix fixe dinner at Buzz Cafe. From 8:00 – 10:00pm join host Al DeGenova for Jazz/R&B vocalist and musician Sarah MarieYoung and performance poet extraordinaire Charlie Rossiter. For reservations (708)660-0894
Intuit Dance, 237 Harrison
Be a wallflower or shake it Friday evening as INTUIT hosts a full line up of classes. Stop in and check out TAP class from 7:00 – 8:00pm.
Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison
Stroll to Val’s halla for Oak Park musicologist David Patterson’s lecture “Beethoven — God or Monster?: Frank Lloyd Wright versus John Cage.” More than a century after his death, Beethoven was still a powerful figure who could inspire or repel, depending on one’s artistic leanings. To architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Beethoven was a hero, one of the “greatest architects” he knew of. To composer John Cage, he was nothing more than “a roll of toilet paper.” Equally extreme in either direction, both Wright and Cage frequently used Beethoven to prove their own points, and neither one had a problem with twisting the real image of Beethoven into any shape that might help their cause. 7:00pm.