When: The last weekend of September
Where: Navy Pier
Art lovers of all ages and tastes will find something to love about Chicago—with its hundreds of galleries and world-renowned art museums, this city truly has it all. However, you might not have known that Chicago is home to one of the country’s largest international art gallery exhibitions: Expo Chicago. Each year, Navy Pier opens its doors to hundreds of artists and galleries for a weekend-long art extravaganza. If you find yourself in Chicago on the last weekend of September, this is a must-see event.
The Expo Chicago selection committee works hard to bring the world’s best contemporary artists right to Chicago’s door. Famous international gallerists, such as Stefania Bortolami, John Corbett, Kavi Gupta, and David Nolan, have a crucial hand in the gallery and artist selection process. In addition to providing a robust galleries section, Expo is known for its presentations and performance art demonstrations. EXPOSURE features solo and two-artist presentations represented by galleries eight years and younger, while PROFILE presents solo booths and focused projects which showcase ambitious installations and tightly-focused thematic exhibitions. Additionally, a comprehensive “Editions + Books” section showcases limited edition art books and publications.
The best part? The exhibition is showcased in at historic Navy Pier in a building designed by world-renowned architect Jeanne Gang. The showcase is three days long (11am-7pm Friday through Sunday) with a three-hour opening reception on Thursday. Getting to Navy Pier itself is remarkably easy. Rideshare services are a great option, but transportation enthusiasts can take the #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), #66 (Chicago Avenue), or the #124 (Navy Pier Express).