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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

May 03 2019

GroundWorks: Enough to Let the Light In // The Itinerant

The Frontier , 1106 W Thorndale Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60660, Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Footloose the Musical - TMC's Youth Theatre Ensemble

The Miracle Center , 2311 N. Pulaski, Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019 at 07:30 pm to Fri May 10 2019 at 09:00 pm

El Hombre de la Mancha de Platano/ Hecho en PueLto Rico

Stahl Family Theater , 5900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019
07:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Bloom

The Edge Theater , 5451 North Broadway, Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019
07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY by Kevin Armento

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

Fri May 03 2019
07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
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Delicate Steve with The Muckers at Schubas

3159 N Southport Ave , Chicago, IL 60657-3226, United States

Fri May 03 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm

8:30pm TICKETS

Stone Flower , 1952 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019
08:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Ronda Flowers @ The Promontory

The Promontory , 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, Illinois 60615, West Chicago, United States

Fri May 03 2019 at 08:30 pm

Ronda Flowers @ The Promontory

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

Fri May 03 2019 at 09:30 pm to Sat May 04 2019 at 06:00 am

May 04 2019

Green City Market Outdoors In Lincoln Park!

Green City Market , 1817 N. Clark St. (South end of Lincoln Park), Chicago, Illinois 60614, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 am to 12:00 pm

Classic EyeLash Extension Training Workshop- Chicago, IL 5/4/19

Chicago Studio , Chicago, Illinois 60018, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 am to 01:00 pm
Sat May 04 2019 at 08:00 am to Sun May 05 2019 at 01:00 pm

Classic EyeLash Extension Training Workshop- Chicago, IL 5/4/19

Chicago Studio , Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
08:00 am to 02:00 pm

Hackathon to End Hunger 2019

Strata Decision Technology , 200 East Randolph St, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
08:00 am to 08:00 pm

Beginner Psychic/ Mediumship Workshop, Chicago IL

Aloft Hotel , Bolingbrook, 500 N Janes Ave, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 06:00 pm

SOLD OUT : Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

Japanese Culture Center , 1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 11:00 am

21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Cricket Hill , 660 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 03:00 pm

PDP- Timberlake Office (Project Leader: Jose Alcantar)

Timber Lake Apartments , 1200 Kings Circle, West Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 12:30 pm

Puente del Pueblo High School Site - West Chicago (Site Leader: Saul Flores)

Glen Arbor Community Church , 204 Church Street, West Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 12:30 pm

Puente del Pueblo - Timberlake Community Center (Site Leader: Alex Hernandez)

Puente del Pueblo - Community Center , 1200 Kings Circle, West Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 12:30 pm

***SOLD OUT***Puente del Pueblo - Main Park Community Center (Site Leader: Miguel Gomez)

Main Park Apartments , 809 Burr Oaks Dr, West Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 12:30 pm

Sesame Street - Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch

Carbon Arc Bar , 4620 N Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois 60625, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Spring Fling 2019

Childrens Lighthouse North Center , 2600 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:30 am to 11:30 am

Entrepreneurship Support for Alumni with Tours of the Polsky Exchange

Polsky Exchange North , 1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
09:30 am to 10:30 am

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

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

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday May 4th, Silhouettes by Cassidy Alexander, Wicker Park

Building Blocks Toy Store , Wicker Park, 2130 W Division St, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Claiming A New World: A Channeled Workshop with Paul Selig in Chicago

Hotel Chicago Downtown , 33 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 10:00 am to Sun May 05 2019 at 04:00 pm

Chicago's Black Literary Renaissance

Kenwood United Church of Christ , 4600-08 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Justice Works Symposium: Envisioning a Transformed Justice System

School of Social Service Administration , 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 04:00 pm

Free Health Screenings and Fitness Classes at the Health & Fitness Fair!

CityPoint Loft , 2345 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 02:00 pm

PRIME Around the World Embassy Tour Meet-Up

Various Locations , Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

May Indoor Market

The Plant , 1400 W 46th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 02:00 pm

2019 Chicago Print Crawl

Chicago , Illinois, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:00 am to 04:00 pm

Jumble Symposium

Chicago Literacy Alliance , 641 West Lake Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:30 am to 01:00 pm

Creative Open Shop: Art Making

Rebuilding Exchange , 1740 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:30 am to 01:30 pm

FxF: Frame-By-Frame Animators Conference 2019

247 S State St , Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
10:30 am to 07:30 pm

Graceland Cemetery Tour: Now With Fewer Rich White Guys!

Graceland Cemetery , 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Chicago West Town Art Run

Chicago Truborn , 1741 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

BYOB Painting With Coffee & Coffee Tasting

River West , 1821 West Hubbard st, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
11:00 am to 01:00 pm

Love Yourself: Intentions & Headshots

The Silk Studio , 4311 N Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
11:00 am to 02:00 pm

Untamed Master Seminar - Chicago, IL

Chicago , United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Yollocalli X Douglas Park

Douglas Park Cultural And Community Center , 1401 South Sacramento Drive, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

FOOD TOUR: Tastes & Tours of Albany Park

Tortuga's Latin Kitchen , 3224 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Runstreet Chicago West Town Art Run

Chicago Truborn , 1741 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 01:30 pm

Vegan cooking class

2111 S Damen Ave , 2111 South Damen Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Michael David Hammond Acting Workshop

Austin Town Hall/Fine Arts Auditorium , 5610 West Lake Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Migration and Housing: A Century of Color Lines

DRW College Prep , 931 S Homan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60624, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm

food + footsteps on Route 66 | Afternoon Tours in Chicago

kicks off from : Central Camera , 230 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Special Topic Workshop: Self Portraits

The Art Institute of Chicago , 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Carve By Number - Digital Detox Workshop

You Are Beautiful , 3368 N Elston, Chicago, Illinois 60618, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Suminagashi - Japanese Paper Marbling Workshop

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

Sat May 04 2019
12:30 pm to 02:30 pm

Untamed Master Seminar - Chicago, IL

Chicago , United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Mindfulness Through Mixed Media Art Workshop at Blick Chicago Loop

Blick Art Materials , 42 South State Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Mindfulness Through Mixed Media Art Workshop at Blick Lincoln Park

Blick Art Materials , 1574 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Let's go FLY A KITE!

Cricket Hill , Montrose & Wilson, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Food Tour: Tastes & Tours of Albany Park

Tortuga's Latin Kitchen , 3224 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Migration and Housing: A Century of Color Lines

DRW College Prep - Power House Great Hall , 931 South Homan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

The Premiere of “Sleeping Beauty” by A&A BALLET

Studebaker Theater , 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 02:00 pm

Energizing Change: Charlene Carruthers and adrienne maree brown

1104 S Wabash Ave , Chicago, IL 60605-2305, United States

Sat May 04 2019
02:00 pm to 03:15 pm

Climate Survival with Bill McKibben

Field Museum , 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
02:00 pm to 03:15 pm

Balance your Mind(s): Exploring the Brain & the Microbiome

Plant Chicago , 1400 West 46th Street, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Afternoon Tea with Pichet Ong

Freehand Chicago , 19 East Ohio Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

2019's Learning Process: Culture and Community

Unity Community Center , 1212 West Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
02:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Balance your Mind(s): Exploring the Brain, Microbiome, and Taste Buds

Plant Chicago Classroom at The Plant , 1400 West 46th Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Chicago Derby Day at Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Haymarket Pub & Brewery , 737 West Randolph Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
03:00 pm to 06:00 pm

How to Draw Anime!

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

Sat May 04 2019
03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Black Panther Film Series: 70 ACRES IN CHICAGO

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

Sat May 04 2019
03:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Uncanny Magazine Presents: I Want My Uncanny TV!

Cards Against Humanity Theater , 1551 West Homer Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Biggie Paint and Sip

Pink Giraffe Art Studio , 2340 East 75th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60649, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Building Resilience, Building Community

yogaview , 2211 N Elston Ave, Ste 200, Chicago, Illinois 60614, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Opening—Kites by Michael Thompson

PAGODA RED , 1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Connected Culture: A Fashion Show

Chicago State University , 9501 s. King Drive , Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

MC Magic, Lil Rob at The Vic Theatre

The Vic Theatre , 3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 05:30 pm

5:30pm TICKETS

Stone Flower , 1952 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Wine Dinner at LH Rooftop

LH Rooftop , 85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Night at the theater with Advancing Justice | Chicago!

Victory Gardens Theater , 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
05:30 pm to 09:00 pm

In the Garden of Atlantis Gala

Fulton Street Collective , 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, Illinois 60622, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Spring Tribal Stomp 2019

Mankind Project-Chicago , 1900 W Fulton St, Chicago, Illinois 60612, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Our House: Heaven Gallery 19th Annual Benefit

Heaven Gallery , 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, Illinois 60622, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Galactic Force Battle for Chi-Town

360 CHICAGO , 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Chicago No Wave

Co-Prosperity Sphere , 3219 S Morgan St, Chicago, Illinois 60608, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:00 pm to 10:59 pm

Alzheimer’s Association’s 32nd Annual Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala

Hilton Chicago , 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:30 pm to 10:30 pm

100 Years of Protest--Pete Seeger Centennial

Old Town School of Folk Music , 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60625, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Advancing Justice | Chicago's theater night at Victory Gardens!

Victory Gardens Theater , 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Flight - World Premiere of Musical

Beverly Arts Center , 2407 W 111th St, Chicago, Illinois 60655, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

LondonHouse Chicago: Château D'Esclans Wine Dinner

LondonHouse Chicago , 85 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
06:30 pm to 10:00 pm

In the Garden of Atlantis

Fulton Street Collective , 1821 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

TOUR SECRETS 2: Beyond the Stage

DuSable Museum of African American History , 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Bruno Major with Guest at Lincoln Hall

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

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

BAPS Comedy Spring Showcase

Steppenwolf Theatre Company , 1650 N Halsted Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

The Brook & The Bluff with Jamie Drake, The Midwesterns

3159 N Southport Ave , Chicago, IL 60657-3226, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Our House: Heaven Gallery 19th Annual Benefit

Heaven Gallery , 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sun May 05 2019 at 12:00 am

May the 4th Cosplay Pizza Party

U. S. Pizza Museum , 1146 South Delano Court, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

BYOB Sip & Paint Event - "Northern Lights"

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

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Alice In Wonderland at Clissold

Clissold Elementary School , 2350 West 110th Place, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Book Signing Party

3450 W Lake St , 3450 West Lake Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
07:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Glitter Moneyyy / DXTR Spits / McKinley Dixon / So Pretty

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

Sat May 04 2019 at 07:30 pm

Turkish Film Month 2019 [CHICAGO]

Gene Siskel Film Center , 164 North State Street, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 08:00 pm to Tue Jun 04 2019 at 11:00 pm

8:30pm TICKETS

Stone Flower , 1952 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019
08:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Curate Chi Presents: A Night @ The Robey

2018 W North Ave , 2018 West North Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat May 04 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sun May 05 2019 at 02:00 am

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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