What's Happening in West Town
September 2020

A monthly round-up of neighborhood business events & news!
The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce releases TWO monthly newsletters. One (this one) "What's Happening in West Town" is a promotional summary of neighborhood happenings and business events, and the other newsletter is informational for Chamber Members announcing meetings and chamber programs. If you would like to receive the Chamber Member's monthly newsletter, we encourage you to join the chamber by clicking here.
West Town Art Walk
Arts & Entertainment
Food & Beverage
Retail & Community
Celebrate Art in All Forms
Public Art Walking Tour, Gallery Exhibitions, Specials from Neighborhood Businesses, and More From September 25 - October 3
The Hybrid Festival
The West Town Chamber of Commerce invites patrons to enjoy the 2020 West Town Art Walk from September 25 through October 3. Returning this year as a hybrid event, guests can celebrate art in all forms through a mix of socially distanced, in-person experiences, as well as new virtual elements. The event will feature ten days of art openings and happenings, a self guided public art walking tour, local business specials; plus all new virtual exhibitions, gallery tours, and artist talks. Admission is free. To make your reservations and to peruse the vendors and their limited time specials, visit www.westtownartwalk.com.
Weinberg Newton Gallery
688 N Milwaukee Ave
September 11 - December 19

Planned to coincide with the 2020 presidential election cycle, Anthem looks past partisan divisiveness and focuses on the issue of voting as a fundamental right. The works on view both online and in the gallery's storefront windows examine familiar emblems of American patriotism, along with experiences of collective identity, and acts of resistance. The various mythologies ascribed to political leaders - their likenesses as well as their legacies - are also scrutinized.

Anthem features work by Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi and is organized in collaboration with the ACLU of Illinois.

Let People Vote
September 16, 7-8 p.m.

Event one of our series, Vote Like Your Rights Depend On it: We must protect our health and our civil liberties, including our fundamental right to vote. Join us for a panel discussion featuring voting rights experts from the national ACLU and ACLU of Illinois focusing on voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting voter suppression and expanding access to the ballot, and knowing your rights as a voter in advance of the general election.
Western Exhibitions
1709 W. Chicago Ave.
Elijah Burgher: Until the beasts and all the mountain are wild with divinity
September 11, 2020 - October 31, 2020

For his fourth solo show with Western Exhibitions, Until the beasts and all the mountain are wild with divinity, Elijah Burgher presents a series of photographs that are hand-manipulated with ink, bleach and other materials in Gallery 1. Gallery 2 will feature a small group of recent portrait drawings alongside a multi-panel print installation, Nude Ghosts. The show will begin on September 11 and will run through October 31, 2020.
Catherine Edelman Gallery
1637 W. Chicago Ave.
Opening Reception: "What is Home?"
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 12-7 p.m.
On view: September 11 to October 31, 2020
Gallery Tours: September 12 & 19, 10-11 a.m.

Catherine Edelman Gallery is excited to open the Fall season with What is Home? featuring work by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam and Rubén Martín de Lucas. All three artists create work that invites us into different physical spaces that challenge the definition of home. We hope this exhibition inspires visitors to think about the concept of home and the inherent complexities this word invokes.

Artist Talk: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas
Friday, September 25, 12-1 p.m.

Join us via Zoom for a conversation with artists Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam and Rubén Martín de Lucas, who are all featured in the exhibition What is Home?. The artists will be discussing their work as it relates to the concept of home. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask the artists questions. This event is free. For more information or to sign up, visit Eventbrite.

Virtual Gallery Tour
Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m.

Join us via Instagram Live for a tour of the exhibition What is Home?, which features the work of Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas.
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation
1463 W. Chicago Ave.
Virtual Opening: September 12, 4-5 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Sept 4–26, 2020
Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 p.m., Sat & Sun 12-4 p.m.

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

Bryana Bibbs: Power Trip
Virtual Opening: September 12, 4-5 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Sept 4–26, 2020

Bryana Bibbs is a textile artist and painter. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2014, Fiber and Material Studies) and is currently a teaching artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center. Power Trip is a body of work about exploitation, relationships, and self-validation. The exhibition features six new textile pieces and paintings.
Chicago Truborn
1741 W. Chicago Ave.
"Revive" an Eelco Solo Show (And Chicago Truborn's 7 Year anniversary show!)
Opens Virtually on September 19
On view in gallery beginning September 22

Eelco is a Dutch painter and muralist who has painted hundreds of murals all over the world. "Revive" is his second solo show at Chicago Truborn where he is represented exclusively in Chicago. Chicago Truborn is West Town's premier destination for Street and graffiti art. Passionate about providing artwork at affordable price points, Chicago Truborn has also been lucrative in the publics art initiative all over the city and West Town, specifically. Celebrate with us on our 7 year anniversary!

His best known work in Chicago is the four story mural which can be seen daily on the facade of the gallery at 1741 W Chicago Ave. It brings in mural hunters and Instagrammers from all over the globe. His style is characterized by his branded color palate mixed with the use of folk lore animals in an almost kaleidoscope type arrangement thanks to his adaptation of geometric shapes.
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Ave.
Virtual Arts Fundraiser Gala
Saturday, September 26, 7-8 p.m.

Mix your favorite cocktail and join us online for an entertaining, relaxing evening with friends of the Institute around the world (and exciting surprises!). To grab your ticket, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uimas-virtual-gala-fundraiser-tickets-115822705831?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Visit Intuit!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Intuit is open with new hours and safety measures! Admission is $5 for adults and free for members and guests under the age of 18. Reserve tickets today on our website via Tock (https://www.exploretock.com/intuit) or by contacting the museum at intuit@art.org.

Art After Work
Thursday, September 17 from 5-6 p.m.

Join Intuit for Art After Work, a free series of drop-in art making. A teaching artist will lead a workshop inspired by an artist in Intuit’s exhibitions, permanent collection or the outsider art genre. This workshop is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” Free Zoom Videoconference (RSVP will be available on Eventbrite).

One Night Stand
Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

One work of art. By one artist. For one night. Join us on the last Wednesday of the month for One Night Stand, an event where Intuit will dive deep into one of the pieces on view in Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen. Free Zoom Videoconference (RSVP will be available on Eventbrite).
Chicago Center for Music Education - ChiME
1148 W. Chicago Ave.
Back to School Special
September 1 - September 30

Mention Back to School Special for a FREE virtual private lesson trial for new students.
District Brew Yards
417 N. Ashland Ave.
The Plantier Outdoor Pop-Up Plant Shop at District Brew Yards
September 4 & 5, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Have a hankering for a new houseplant buddy to keep you company? Stop by The Plantier plant sale pop-up at District Brew Yards Friday-Saturday, Sept. 4-5 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The pop-up takes place on the patio, but attendees should first enter through the front doors at 417 N. Ashland to get set up with a beer card for the beer hall.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Frontier's Kentucky Derby Watch Event
September 5, 3-6 p.m.

Watch the Kentucky Derby at Frontier! Our Derby party will be hosted throughout the entire restaurant from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th. $25/person includes a fried chicken or pulled pork sandwich with mac & cheese, coleslaw and cornbread plus a welcome cocktail. Drink specials include mint juleps, old fashioneds and whiskey sours. There will be a contest for best dressed and best hat. Derby will be streamed live! To reserve your ticket, click here.
Chicago Neighbors United
1501 W. Randolph St (Union Park)
Book Bag Giveaway
September 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drive through and walk up book bag giveaway. Bags will be distributed on Washington Street.
Erie Neighborhood House
1701 W Superior St
All in for Erie House Virtual Poker Tournament
September 19, 2020, 4-7 p.m.

Our annual Texas hold 'em tournament is going virtual, and you can bet this will be a night you won't want to miss. Every player at the last table standing will win a prize! Proceeds from this event will go toward college scholarships for graduating seniors at Erie House. For more information, visit our Facebook page.
The Robey
2018 W. North Ave
Stay 24 hours
Through September

Stay for the night and take your time to enjoy all The Robey has to offer, without the pressure of standard check-in and check-out times. For a limited time, you may check-in any time after 3 p.m. (and no later than 10 p.m.) and we will guarantee your check-out time 24-hours later. Subject to availability/blackout dates may apply.
Chang's Martial Arts
1856 W. Chicago Ave
E-Learning School Camp
Enroll now!

Join our e-learning school camp, available for all day or after school. Visit our website for more information.
Milktooth Pediatric Dentistry
2127 W. Chicago Ave
Back to School Dental Forms
All month long!

School is almost back in session! Whether your child is in-class or remote, come in for their annual school dental forms.
2640 W. Bradley Pl
Business Service Offer
All month long!

Now when you sign up for RCN Business service, RCN will purchase $200 worth of gift cards from your business, in any denomination you choose, to be used for a giveaway promotion. We will provide all the marketing materials free of change to drive business straight to your door.
Club Pilates - Wicker Park
1348 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Complimentary 30-min Intro classes!
Available now!

We are offering complimentary 30-min Introductory classes to give you a glimpse of what Reformer Pilates is all about and how we are keeping our community strong while keeping safety in mind.
Spanish Acueducto
1367 W. Chicago Ave.
Private Lessons Special

If you buy a package of 10 private hours and schedule your lesson any time before 5:30 p.m. (lesson needs to be done by 6:55 p.m.), the price of the package will be $500.00 (regular price $600.00).
Wicker Park Inn
1331 N. Wicker Park Ave.
Stay Local
Through August 31

Travel plans cancelled? Try a local vacation instead! Staycation packages now available at the Wicker Park Inn. Plus use promo code STAYLOCAL when booking and receive 15% off your stay. 

Private Office at Wicker Park Inn
Through November 31

The Wicker Park Inn is now offering private offices for professionals who need a productive space to work remotely. Our guest rooms offer a dedicated VPN, ethernet connection, large desk, plush seating and private bathroom. Rates as low as $50/day when using promo code OFFICE when you reserve directly.
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