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"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance" quotes Aristotle. Art is a form of expression. Expressing things in a way that it leaves a message behind. Art gives voice to the voiceless and fame to the ignored. Various forms of art include writing, painting, contemporary art, sketching, calligraphy, acting, performing art, dance and many more.

Ever wanted to volunteer in those nukkad nataks or street shows? Wish to learn the basics of painting?

Well, just explore through the art & theatre events in Chicago.

Upcoming Art Events in Chicago

Featured Events

Ongoing

The Chicago Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Reggies2105 S State St , Chicago, Illinois 60616, United States

Fri Feb 15 2019 at 08:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 02:00 am

Seinfeld Themed PopUp Dinner Chicago!

Get in the Kitchen , 3617 North Broadway, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 12:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 02:30 pm

The Craft of Jewelry Making with Steven Blaine Adams

Life Force Arts Center , 1609 W Belmont, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 03:00 pm to Sat May 11 2019 at 07:00 pm

Chicago Opera Theater presents “The Scarlet Ibis”

Studebaker Theater , 410 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sun Feb 24 2019 at 03:00 pm

CHICAGO BRUNCH CLUB & After Party

PERSONA , 408 South Wells Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 08:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 03:00 am
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Garden Of Eden Pop Up Valentines Weekend

The Robey , 2018 West North Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 08:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 01:00 am

Be My Valentine- Afrobeat, HipHop, Reggae, Soca

Velvet Lounge , 67 East Cermak Road, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 03:00 am

Eyes wide shut masquerade

Secret location , Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 01:00 am

Jeremy Olander at Sound-Bar Chicago

Sound-Bar226 W Ontario St , Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 05:00 am

Loft Frequencies 4: Colette & Dj Heather

Chicago , Illinois, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 05:00 am

A Different Vibe @ The Promontory

The Promontory , 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 11:00 pm to Sun Feb 17 2019 at 06:00 am

Today

House of Suntory Presents urbanbelly's Ramenfest 2019

1400 W Randolph St , Chicago, IL 60607-1414, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
12:00 am to 03:00 am

barre3 at Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake , 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
09:30 am to 10:30 am

Otherworld Brunch Babes presents: Of Glass Slippers & Glass Ceilings

Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar , 3914 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Fat Girls Hiking, Chicagoland: Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory , 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The Portrait Simplified: Paint like a French Impressionist!

Gallery 1070 , 1070 W Granville Ave, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
10:00 am to 03:00 pm

Stan Mansion Bridal Open House 2019 Preview- Vendors & More!

Stan Mansion , 2408 North Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
11:00 am to 03:00 pm

Afro-Brazilian Cooking Class - Taste of Bahia!

HI Chicago Hostel - Cultural Kitchen , 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
11:00 am to 02:00 pm

Mama Jean's Presents: Brunch in Wakanda

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery , 9030 South Hermitage Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
11:00 am to 04:00 pm

kids jamm family yoga class

Arts Incubator , 301 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

CHICAGO FIX AND FLIP SHUTTLE TOUR

1200 W 35th St , 1200 West 35th Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
11:00 am to 01:00 pm

Glam & Plan - Bridal Event

The Dalcy302 N. Green Street , Chicago, Illinois 60607, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

SOLD OUT! Paint Your Pet to Benefit FCACC

ALULU Brewery and Pub , 2011 S Laflin St, Chicago, Illinois 60608, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

An Afternoon with Two Award-Winning Authors

Chicago Cultural Center , 78 E. Washington, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Sharing the Crop: Community Migration Cipher with Ayesha Jaco & Roy Kinsey

Stony Island Arts Bank , 6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Weekly Workshop: Arts, Crafts & DIY

2900 W. Irving Park Rd , Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Restorative AkhuYoga

Chaturanga Holistic Fitness , 1525 East 55th Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 02:15 pm

Amigurumi I : (INTRO DROP IN CLASS)

Japanese Culture Center , 1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

Profiles in Excellence

Greenbelt Cultural Center1215 Green Bay Rd , North Chicago, Illinois 60064, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
02:00 pm to 04:30 pm

Wanderlust: Champagne, S’il Vous Plaît

Z Bar , 108 East Superior Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

BYOB Sip & Paint Event

Sip & Paint , 4412 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
02:00 pm to 04:30 pm

Amigurumi II : (ONGOING DROP IN CLASS)

Japanese Culture Center , 1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
02:30 pm to 04:00 pm

Goin To Chicago

Stony Island Arts Bank , 6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
03:30 pm to 05:00 pm

Synergy

Refuge Live , 416 South Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
05:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Model #2 for Chicago's Fashion Week

Joy District Chicago , 112 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART- A LITTLE RED DRESS VALENTINES EVENT

Ignite Glass Studios , 401 North Armour Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Blanket Fort Presents: Hot Dogs

The Crowd Theater , 3935 North Broadway, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

BYOB Terrarium Making Class - Succulents or Cacti

Color Cocktail Factory , 917 West 18th Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks

The Ready , 4546 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Oh, Your life's destiny! FREE 10- 15 minute Personal Archetype reading [Chicago]

[Online Event] , [Access any day of the week], Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sat Feb 23 2019 at 07:30 pm

Improvised Dungeons and Dragons

Otherworld Theatre , 3914 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Surf & Turf Progressive Dinner

GT Fish & Oyster and GT Prime , Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17: AL JACKSON

The Comedy Bar: Main Stage , 500 N Lasalle, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019
07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Midwinter After Party featuring Tortoise @ The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle , 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019 at 08:30 pm to Mon Feb 18 2019 at 06:00 am

Midwinter After Party featuring Tortoise / Mute Duo

The Empty Bottle , 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019 at 08:30 pm

Privileged Sundays

Cuvee Chicago , 308 West Erie Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 17 2019 at 11:00 pm to Mon Feb 18 2019 at 04:00 am

Tomorrow

Haiti Mission Trip

New Life Covenant Church Southeast1021 E. 78th Street , Chicago, Illinois 60619, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
06:00 am to 09:00 am

Canvas and Clay (5-12 Years)

Kidcreate Studio Chicago , 3709 N Southport Ave, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Mon Feb 18 2019
09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Kid & Teen One-Day Camp

The Second City Training Center - Chicago230 W. North Ave. , Fl 4th, Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Community Headshots - photoshoot and networking event

Mark Yee Artist Loft Studio , 3065 N Rockwell, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am

President's Day

Chicago History Museum1601 N Clark St , Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
10:00 am to 03:00 pm

Secret Food Tours Chicago

521 S Dearborn St , 521 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
11:30 am to 02:30 pm

Our Stories- Native Elder & Youth Connections

American Indian Center of Chicago , 3401 West Ainslie Street, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

MATTER Workshop: The Art of Pitching your Startup

MATTER , 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
01:30 pm to 03:00 pm

Touki Bouki

DePaul University - John T. Richardson Library , 2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
04:30 pm to 06:00 pm

Future of Cities

Allstate at the Mart , 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Travis Greene & Mosaic MSC - See The Light Tour

House of Blues Chicago329 N Dearborn St , Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019 at 06:00 pm

LIVE Deal Picking: Power Searching the MLS

Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown , 506 West Harrison Street, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Vegan Night

Naveen's Cuisine , 2325 West North Avenue, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

All For The Money

AMC Studio Movie Grill , 210 W. 87th St. Chicago IL 60620, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Congo Square Presents: Ain't No Dead Thing by a.k. payne - A Staged Reading

eta Creative Arts , 7558 S South Chicago Ave, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Afterthoughts: a Roast Show. FREE WITH RSVP

Laugh Factory , 3175 North Broadway, Chicago, United States

Mon Feb 18 2019
08:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Feb 19 2019

Teacher Institute, Neighborhood Narratives: Addressing Change Through Stories

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum - Resident's Dining Hall , 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
09:30 am to 12:00 pm

Rock & Roll Jews with 'Ravio Dave' Milberg

The Standard Club , 320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
11:45 am to 01:15 pm

MATTER Workshop: Strategically Positioning Your Product in Healthcare

MATTER , 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
01:30 pm to 03:00 pm

African American Read-in

Harry S Truman College , 1145 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Chicago African Americans in Philanthrophy Presents: Education in Black Chicago

National Louis University , 122 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Wine Tasting Experience

Spiaggia , 980 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

DCASE Grant Writing Panel Event

Chicago Cultural Center , 78 E Washington Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Tony P's February Networking Event at Clutch Bar

Clutch Bar , 316 W. Erie Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Past, Present, Future

SAIC at Homan Square , 906 South Homan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

Newberry Library , 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Chi Hack Night

Braintree office , 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Terrarium Workshop: Upcycled Spirits Bottle BYOB

NOBLE TERRARIA Studio , 1644 N Honore Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

Workshop: A Taste of Flamenco Cuisine by Jan Santos

Instituto Cervantes , 31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

Ross Gay in Conversation with Eve Ewing

American Writers Museum180 N. Michigan Ave , 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Museica's BYOB Dine & Paint - Butterfly Frida (Taco Tuesday!)

Museica's Sip & Paint Art Studio , 2052 N. Western Ave., Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Mindfulness, Gratitude + Mindset

155 N Michigan Ave , 155 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

2019 West African Film Festival Events

Various locations , Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019 at 06:30 pm to Sat Feb 23 2019 at 02:00 pm

I Can't: Travel

Mac & Cheese Productions (Wicker Park; exact address sent upon registration) , Division and Honore, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Guac’d - A Guacamole Competition To Benefit Bright Pink

Nacional 27325 W Huron St , Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Current Joys with Gap Girls & Pool Holograph at Lincoln Hall

2424 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, IL 60614-2415, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Gungor and The Brilliance at Subterranean!

Subterranean2011 W North Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Open Door Series: Ruben Quesada & Maggie Andersen

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine , 61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Sound Stage presented by Next Showcase Chicago @ The Promontory

The Promontory , 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019 at 07:00 pm to Wed Feb 20 2019 at 06:00 am

Jukebox: Music Video Exhibition

Elastic Arts , 3429 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Storytelling Basics Workshop

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial , 2831 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

The Office Trivia at Streeter's Tavern

Streeter's Tavern , 50 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
07:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Story Club South Side: Close-Knit

Co-Prosperity Sphere , 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Moonlight Yoga in Logan Square

Your Happy Place Liquors , 2501A North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019
08:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Good Will Hunting (1997)

The Logan Theatre , 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019 at 10:30 pm to Wed Feb 20 2019 at 12:30 am

Feb 20 2019

Internal Investigations: Digging Deeper with Digital Evidence

The Conference Center , 1 North Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:30 am to 09:30 am

Art of Internal Audit Report Writing - Yellow Book & CPA CPE Chicago, IL

Regus Office Facility , 30 S. Wacker Drive, 22nd Floor, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
08:45 am to 04:45 pm

Customer Journey Mapping Masterclass

Highland Solutions , 141 W Jackson, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019 at 09:00 am to Thu Feb 21 2019 at 05:00 pm

IMPRINT: WHAT WILL BE YOUR DESIGN IMPRINT?

theMART , 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Business of Design: Licensing

Design Center at theMART | 6th Floor , 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch Meet & Greet with Corey Damen Jenkins

C.A.I. Designs , 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
12:30 pm to 02:00 pm

The Orchid and The Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive

The University of Chicago SSA , School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
12:30 pm to 01:30 pm

Planning Law Session – Bar Exam 2019

Haymarket Brewery & Pub , 737 W Randolph St., Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
03:30 pm to 05:00 pm

Art in Chicago

The third largest city of the United States, Chicago, has a prolific art scene owing to its rich and diverse cultural history. Its enthralling contemporary art buildup is thriving in its dynamicity and lends a platform where art and the public may come together to collaborate on new ideas. Art in Chicago is inescapable in the vivid art museums, galleries, art events, and art workshops that this city houses. Whether you are a tourist awestruck with the plethora of things to do in Chicago or a local wondering how to spend the day, Chicago has something for everyone including some of the best art galleries and workshops.


Art galleries, museums, and art workshops in Chicago

Chicago has an abundance of world-class art institutions, including museums replete with contemporary art, science, and art history throughout the city. The famous Art Institute of Chicago houses more than 300000 artworks in its sprawling complex of breathtakingly beautiful galleries. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-go-to place for soaking in the largest collection of modern art in the nation. It often hosts major touring exhibitions and organizes art events in Chicago for showcasing rising talent. The Smart Museum of Art located on the campus of the University of Chicago has over 15000 art objects which are divided into four sections of Modern art, contemporary art, Asian art, and European art. The Richard Gray Gallery nestled in Hancock Centre hosts rotating exhibitions by several artists who mainly work with paints and sculpture. The Vertical Gallery is Chicago’s premier contemporary art gallery established in 2013. This gallery draws major crowds since it draws inspiration from street art, urban settlements, graffiti, and pop culture. The Rhona Hoffman Gallery is another famous art gallery which hosts national and international artists in all media.


Art classes in Chicago

Even if you have not painted since childhood, the art and craft classes in Chicago will unleash the artist in you and get your creativity flowing. Art in Chicago through these classes are really enriching. You might head to the School of the Art Institute in Chicago which is one of America’s largest school of art and design. It provides degrees of both graduate and undergraduate levels, which has got its name recognized by the U.S. News and World Report. The Chicago Academy of the Arts, founded in 1981, is a school for the performing and visual art in Chicago. The Painting 1: Acrylics at Aartwerk Studio offers something of interest to both casual students and professional painters. The figure sculpture workshop at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago offers a four-session course focusing on the classical technique of clay sculpture from a live model. Apart from these, the Flying Dolphin Studio offers basic calligraphy courses and Lilly-street Center teaches pottery. You may discover dazzling lights and sound pump up your mood in all sorts of art festivals in Chicago. The famous Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago Ideas Week and the less popular Pivot Arts Festival and Chicago One-Minute Play Festival are some of the top art events that dot the calendar in Chicago.  


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