Events

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 last Third Friday was April 18th and here’s what happened. . . 

Harrison Works, 17 Harrison Street

Elizabeth Gaylord’s art and a collection of work from local and regional artists is featured at Harrison Works.  Join Harrison Works in a celebration of Spring!  Truly after this winter, it is something worth celebrating!

Art Gecko, 21 Harrison Street

Discover one of a kind found object jewelry and art in Lisa Nordstrom’s unique boutique and studio.  Art Gecko is ten-years-old and to celebrate this milestone, a selection of the gallery’s unique inventory will be 10% off.  Pop in just to say Happy Anniversary too!

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

Dancing Krow Studio presents “Blue.” A mood, a color, and when you add an s, music.  Join the artist collective for a little dancing too Dave Lombardi and his blues boys.  6-10pm,

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

Music and dinner are always on the menu at Eastgate.

Creative Changes Studio, 140 Harrison Street

The Process Painting and Healing Arts Studio often has special events planned to help you become a healthier you.

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison Street

Bead in Hand, a full-service jewelry design shop, continues its Third Friday Workshop Series with Macrame Sampler.  Learn a few knots that will get you on your way to designing some of the hottest bracelet styles out there.  $10 plus materials. To reserve your seat at the back table register HERE. 6 – 8pm.

Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street

At Gallery PINK see Bobbi and Steve Meier’s installation “InsideOut/OutsideIn” which ”incorporates found materials, and created artifacts in a profusion of works on paper and sculptural forms influenced by the internal, emotionally sensitive world under our skin, and the external, visually stimulating world outside our body. Insides come out and the outside breaks in as organic and geometric expressions interact with one another.”  The Meiers will be at the gallery for a special closing reception.  The show closes April 19th.  6 – 9 pm.

The Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Street

 Head to the Buzz for **Burgers, Beers and Bands!**  From 5 – 9pm, the kitchen serves up its delicious burgers while you bring whatever brew is your latest favorite to the table.  Prophets from the Elk play from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  Kick back and enjoy.  Reservations are recommended.  708-660-0894.

Trattoria 225, 225 Harrison Street

Delicious food, artwork on the walls and an inviting bar to cozy up to are all on hand at Trattoria 225.

Intuit Dance, 237 Harrison Street

Peek in the window and see who’s dancing at the studio.  Maybe you’ll be able to join in!

Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison Street

Go in, listen to music, talk music.  Saturday is Record Store Day so you may want to bring your sleeping bag.