District Wide Events

It’s all happening on Harrison Street!  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 Studio, 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.

Our next Third Friday Gallery Walk is September 19th.  The evening kicks off 2014′s Art on Harrison celebration!  Here is some of what’s in store for you…

Harrison Works, 17 Harrison Street

Harrison Works will have on display, and for sale, cigar box ukuleles built and designed by Larry Vitalo.  Vitalo’s special, one of a kind creations will also include 3 and 4 string guitars. Many of the instruments will be handpainted by Harrison Works owner, Liz Gaylord and Brenda Watkins.  There will be music and refreshments both Friday and Saturday.  The show runs through January 16th, 2015.  For more information contact or call (708) 308-4602.

Art Gecko, 21 Harrison Street

Live the charmed life at Art Gecko.  Found object artist and studio owner Lisa Nordstrom will create a custom charm necklace for you on the spot!  A 34″ necklace with three charms chosen by you is $25.00.  Individual charms run from $1 – $8.  Click HERE for details.

The Third Friday Gallery, Dancing Krow Studio, 41 – 43 Harrison Street

Politics and Pinatas, a smashing good combination!  Click BASH for details

Flavor City Studios, 45 Harrison Street

It’s the Third Annual Sidewalk Sale at Flavor City Studios!  Paintings will be specially priced from $20 to $100 during Art on Harrison.  Join artist Stephen Smith for the sale and a paint-along outside the gallery.

Eastgate Cafe & Gift Shop, 102 Harrison Street

Enjoy dinner while listening to Country singer, Hope Rose.  From 7 – 10pm.

Pamela Penney Textile Arts, 130 Harrison Street

Stop in to celebrate the change of the season.  Autumn inspires new felted wall hangings, felted tree root vessels and cozy cashmere art to wear. Also, textile artwork by guest artists Marilyn Hrymak and Parvaneh Mollakarimi.  Put your name into the raffle at Pamela Penney Textile Arts for a basketful of sewing and knitting goodies.  Books, instructions, fabric, yarn, notions and more.  No purchase necessary!

Art Project Gallery, 140 Harrison Street

Olivera Pudar and Marc Servin present their paintings and drawings at the Art Project Gallery. The gallery is known for its high standards and quality, and features cutting-edge figurative art. Come by and enjoy the work, and a glass of wine! 

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison Street

Bead in Hand, a full-service jewelry design shop, invites you to get some hands-on jewelry making experience.  Choose between two different $5 projects on Friday night and Saturday. The staff will show you how to make either a Woven Wire Bead Ring or a Braided Bead Bracelet.  Both projects are suitable for fingers of all ages, although some extra help may be required for those under eight.

Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street

On the walls at Gallery PINK, “Photographs by John Padour.”  View the colorful and striking images Padour shot while in Cuba plus a collection of portraits of local business owners in their element.  The show runs until October 12th.

The Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Street

 Buzz After Hours is back!  As part of your Art on Harrison evening, indulge in  a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $25 from 6 – 9pm.  From 8 – 10pm, enjoy the  live music of Trivia Knights and the poetry of Dan “Sully” Sullivan. $15.  Reservations are recommended for dinner. 708.660.0894.  Details

Whispers from the Moon, 235 Harrison Street

The healing arts studio presents “The Art of Dreaming– Mother and Father Body Maps”  These powerful, soulful expressions are the culmination of a six-month exploration by the women participating in the Art of Dreaming Medicine Circle.  Details

Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison Street

The ten foot movie screen known as Halla-vision returns!  Everyone’s favorite neighborhood record store will screen a series of rare Beatles footage from the band’s trips to the states in the 1960′s.  The lights dim at 7pm.  For more details phone 708.524.1004