Winding down for cooler weather? Not a chance! Fall is in the air— but so is an artistic lineup of events every bit as bright as the autumn colors themselves.
The only things that can make a vibrant art scene even better is community— and walkability! The mile-long Ravenswood industrial corridor, stretching from Irving Park up to Leland Avenue, is home to an incredible community of makers, and their 16th annual Arts Walk celebrates the beautiful intersection of form and function. More than 300 artists will showcase their works, from watercolor to photography to sculpture and so much more.
Need some highlights? A “Bike to RAW” music meet up and bike parade will be led by youth folk band Young Stracke All-Stars (whose members are student musicians between the ages of 8-14), Big Teeth Productions will hold their 3rd annual 60 Second Film Festival, and free mini dance classes from Ballroom Dance Chicago will be available for all. Between the expanded indoor marketplaces, two stages for live music, and a children’s corner, there will be something for everyone. (Don’t worry, you can always meet back at the roundup of food trucks.)
Sept. 16-17, 2017
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, well-known for their support of artistic journeymen as well providing a home base for many of Chicago’s best industry professionals for 40 years, will present their fall program, Space, In Perspective, for seven performances at Chicago’s Harris Theater this September. The hourlong piece, featuring the talents of the 16 company members as well as 16 dancers in the Hubbard Street Professional Program, will move the audience to smaller spaces and even smaller groups in and around the theater, and will culminate with the entire ensemble— and audience!— onstage.
Choreographed by guest choreographer and creative director Peter Chu of FOX TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ the work shatters the boundaries of audience and artist, and allows for a more personal, incredibly intimate experience— one that does away with any past notion of what the limitations of “space” really are.
Sept. 21-24, 2017
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.
If you’ve been meaning to check out the recently created The Park at Wrigley, fall’s a superbly great time to do so. The Park is hosting their first outdoor classical music experience with ‘The Line-Up,’ a three part musical showcase. The concert series is co-curated by Edwin Outwater (music director Laureate of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Tim Higgins (principal trombone for the San Francisco Symphony) and will take place at three separate stages throughout the campus. Chicago-based musicians will perform works by the likes of J.S. Bach, Bruckner, and Ravel, among others, and is free for all to enjoy.
A visually impressive outdoor space in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood, this open-air experience is not to be missed. Aficionados and newbies alike are invited to bring a blanket, a picnic and a friend; after all, even if baseball is not your thing, Wrigleyville is always better with pals.
Oct. 8, 2017
The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St.