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Chicago Artists' Month Steps Up to the Plate

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 7, 2005 3:10PM

cam05web.jpgSeven days into the month is the perfect time to mention that October is Chicago Artists’ Month. Much like the Bike Chicago festival, CAM is one part examination of a local subculture and one part showcase for events that would’ve happened anyway. The Department of Cultural Affairs arranges this series of free events and “A-game” exhibitions as a reminder that no matter which corner of the city you live in, you’re never too far from a world-class series of visions. They’ve got your bases covered.

Please excuse Chicagoist if we’re a bit distracted by a different type of artistry that we hope will stick around Chicago all month. If Lady Luck conspires with Gentleman Ozzie tonight, Sox fans will have more time this weekend to devote to art walks, gallery tours, and edifying discussions about the state of the art community in uncertain times. (And we know that’s exactly what fans will be doing…)

You won’t be privy to a power hitting clinic with Iguchi and Pierzynski anytime soon, but this weekend you can tour The Chicago Mosaic School. It’s the first school of its kind in the country, soon to offer certificate programs for budding mosaicists. Meanwhile the downtown studios in the majestic, brimming-with-character Fine Arts Building are throwing open their doors for your entertainment. Enjoy the historic architecture and remember to treat the artists and your elevator operator nicely.

Further north, you can wander through the artist studios along the Ravenswood tracks before the next wave of gentrification endangers them. Tonight’s your chance to see the Splat Flats, Division Street’s answer to the Flat Iron Building. And starting Monday, the West Loop becomes the hub of the Chicago Art Open. This Chicago Artists’ Coalition brainchild hosts the work of over 300 Chicago artists in one building, amounting to sensory overload and lots of egos in one place. It’s where you go to see the champions of the local art scene.

Alright then... back to the pre-game festivities.

Art venues mentioned above:

Chicago Mosaic School
3822 N Ashland

Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan

Splat Flats
1815 W Division

Ravenswood studios
On the 3500-4800 blocks of Ravenswood Ave

8th Annual Chicago Art Open
847 W Jackson