If you thought just because you didn’t own a turtleneck sweater, a wrist built for wine swilling and an uncanny appetite for cheese cubes, that you couldn’t enjoy some of Chicago’s most cutting edge art and galleries – think again.
The Pilsen East Neighborhood makes for a great night on the town without a big trip to the bank. I recently explored the now more than 6 blocks of gallery and work spaces that make up the artist’s haven known as The Chicago Arts District.
Their monthly “2nd Fridays” gallery openings are one of the best reasons to grab a friend, date, or family member and head over to the 18th streets of S. Halsted for a one-of-a-kind event.
With dozens of galleries literally footsteps away from each other, this strip creates a fun and unique experience similar to “bar-hopping” (without the hang-over or next-day apologies). The area boasts refreshingly unique architecture, lush gardens (which have won several of Mayor Daley’s garden awards) and frequent show openings. There are more than 20 participating galleries who open their door to the public for this very special monthly event.
Whether you have the latest Macintosh accessory fastened to your hip or you can recite the theme song to “Bonanza” from memory, Pilsen East has something for every age. Their events draw a youthful crowd as well as veteran art enthusiasts.
“2nd Fridays” is held on the second Friday of every month from 6pm – 10pm at the 18th streets of S. Halsted and costs a grand total of nothing. That’s not a typo, folks.
Sometimes, the finer things in life are free.