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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 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

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

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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
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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

Tomorrow

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
Wed Feb 20 2019
03:30 pm to 04:45 pm

Matthew House

Various Locations , Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
05:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Armor-Piercing Content: Top Strategies From the PowerPost Masterclass

WeWork , 1 West Monroe Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Designing Your Life Workshop

Kellogg Wieboldt Hall , 340 E Superior Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Speaking and Listening with Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Center for College Access and Success , 770 North Halsted Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Savor Lincoln Park 2019

Theater on the Lake , 2401 N. Lakeshore, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Chicago Women in Digital February Members+1 Meetup: Go Team!

122 North LaSalle Street , Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Problem-solving: an event created and focused on solving your problems

WeWork , 20 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts Open House - February 20, 2019

Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts , 555 East 51st Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Savor Lincoln Park: An Indoor Neighborhood Food Festival

Theater on the Lake - Restaurant/Events/Theater2401 N. Lake Shore Drive , Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Museica's BYOB Sip & Paint - OPEN CLASS!

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

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Thai Cuisine Cooking Class

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

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Conversations Cafe: Me, Myself, & I

Sip of Hope Coffee Bar , 3039 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

AfroSoul Yoga™️

Sweet Magic Studio , 6960 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

RiverBlue (Feb 20 @Loyola)

Loyola University Chicago - Damen Cinema , 6511 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Makespace February

Packback Inc. , 55 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Still, Now by Katie Bender

Columbia College Chicago , 72 East 11th Street, Sheldon Patinkin Studio, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Buy a Home & Pay off Student Loan, AKA Don't Get the Student Loan Blues

Rosa's Lounge , 3420 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Learn the Pendulum - Divining, Dowsing & Kinesiology

The Chakra Shoppe , 5034 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Still, Now by Katie Bender

Columbia College Chicago , 72 East 11th Street, Sheldon Patinkin Studio, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sat Feb 23 2019 at 08:30 pm

Must See Black Superhero Films: Meteor Man to Black Panther

Harper Theater , 5238 South Harper Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Real Estate for Wealth Building

UnivresityCoWork , 6127 South University Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Real Estate Investment -Wealth Building Forum

UniversityCoWork , 6127 S University Ave, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

BYOB Sip & Paint Event - "Catrina"

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

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Silvita Diaz Brown, Meida Teresa McNeal | Co-MISSION Works-In-Progress Series

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

SOLD OUT - Adrianne Lenker [of Big Thief] with Luke Temple

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

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:30 pm to 10:00 pm

MOTIVATION: Where To Find It

Pizzeria Serio , 1708 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
07:30 pm to 09:45 pm

Following Hidden Streams: Healing Performance with Life Force Arts Ensemble

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

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

Welles with Diagonal at Schubas

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

Wed Feb 20 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Chicago Film Scene: Live Podcast!

The Arrogant Frog Bar , 1365 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

KYLE McCOMB TRIO with DAVI PRIEST QUARTET

Fulton Street Collective , 1821 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Mountains Like Wax, Author, Rainbow James - Wed 2/20 at Martyrs'

Martyrs' , 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 20 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Wed Feb 20 2019 at 08:30 pm to Thu Feb 21 2019 at 06:00 am

Feb 21 2019

Love Leigh Lash Class

Chicago , United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
11:00 am to 04:00 pm
Thu Feb 21 2019
12:30 pm to 02:00 pm

G Jones at Concord Music Hall

Concord Music Hall2047 N Milwaukee Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60647

Thu Feb 21 2019 at 02:00 pm to Fri Feb 22 2019 at 06:30 am

Turn Your Old Cards And Letters Into A Masterpiece

Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop , 3521 S. King Drive, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Worlding, Wrighting: Trauma and the Aesthetics of Life Series, Bad News

Franke Institute for the Humanities , 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Art After Work at Revolution Brewing Taproom

Revolution Brewing - Brewery & Taproom , 3340 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Open Books New Volunteer Info Session in West Loop - February 21st

Open Books , 651 West Lake Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Macy's Celebrates Black History Month, featuring Sir the Baptist!

Macy's on State Street , 7th Floor Narcissus Room, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Chicago SQL Server Users Group Meeting February 2019

Microsoft Technology Center , Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Security: Israeli, Palestinian, and US Regional Strategies

Chicago Council on Global Affairs2 Prudential Plz , Chicago, Illinois 60601, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
05:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Léopold Lambert: Political Reading of Arakawa+Gins

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts , 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Carnivale University: Mardi Gras

Carnivale , 702 W Fulton St, Chicago, Illinois 60661, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

[FEBRUARY] Coffee 101: History, Selection & Brewing Perfection

Ipsento Coffee House , 2035 N Western, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Chicago Lights Tutoring Program New Volunteer Orientation

Fourth Presbyterian Church , 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Bell's Brewery Official Hazy IPA Launch Party

Foxtrot Market , 1722 West Division Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Adler After Dark: A Night in the Afrofuture

The Adler Planetarium1300 S Lake Shore Dr , Chicago, Illinois 60605, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Laida Lertxundi: Landscape Plus

Conversations at the Edge164 N State St , Chicago, Illinois 60601, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Barrel Night 2018

Lacuna Artist Lofts , 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Chicago Immigrant Stories: Pilsen

National Museum of Mexican Art , 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:30 pm to 07:45 pm

Eat Better: Quick Meals to Fuel Athletes

Novel Cowork , 73 W Monroe, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Chicago Immigrant Stories II: Pilsen

National Museum of Mexican Art1852 W 19th St , Chicago, Illinois 60608, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:30 pm to 07:45 pm

Dinner at the Inn

Hubbard Inn , 110 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series (2/21 "Beneficence + Religion")

Old Chicago Inn , 3222 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

IN>TIME Performance Festival | Day 1

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Poetry & Music: maeve & quinn

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine61 W Superior St , Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Dave Cullen in conversation with Heidi Stevens

Women & Children First , 5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 21 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 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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