"Art That Walks" to March Through West Town

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New Parade at Annual West Town Art Walk Next Weekend aims to Transform the Neighborhood into a Living, Walking Work of Art.

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We are proud to highlight our diverse businesses and artists by providing art through every door.

West Town will showcase its thriving art scene at the 5th annual West Town Art Walk on October 2nd and 3rd. Presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Dovetail and Seek Vintage, this unique aesthetic festival celebrates art in all forms – visual, musical, culinary, fashion – on Chicago Avenue in the heart of West Town (from Milwaukee Avenue to Western Avenue). New features this year include a parade called Art That Walks where art walkers young and old can show off their creative chops, food trucks, local beer tastings, interactive demos, and more.

“West Town is a rich, cultural hub that is full of creativity and spirit,” said West Town Chamber of Commerce director Kara Salgado. “We are proud to highlight our diverse businesses and artists by providing art through every door."

Throughout the free two-day event (hours provided below under fine print), attendees stroll up and down Chicago Avenue, mingling with shop owners and other art walkers while enjoying an arts bonanza. The West Town Art Walk features everything from artistic spins on classic cocktails to full blown pop-up-galleries. The neighborhood-wide event takes place within dozens of West Town storefronts, everything from restaurants to boutiques, with free rickshaws providing aid to tired feet. Many of the participating venues also run their own exclusive promotions and sales during this time, and an official West Town Art Walk raffle for prizes will be featured – offering gifts from vendors and artists, gift cards, and even a set of tickets to "Wait, Wait. Don't Tell Me."

Art That Walks
On Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am to 1 pm, the West Town Art Walk and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art will present Art That Walks, a brand new immersive art making and art sharing experience. Intended for families and individuals, Art That Walks aims to transform the neighborhood into a living, walking work of art. Art walkers of all ages are invited to gather at Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.), where they can test their own artistic creativity by making colorful masks and costumes before parading down the West Town Art Walk strip together. Art That Walks will include a marching band and conclude with a special dance party celebration with live music.

“Given the art supplies and inspiration, every person is capable of creating works of beauty and enchantment,” said artist Hugh Musick, who conceived the Art That Walks parade.

The Art That Walks schedule is as follows:

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Mask and costume making activities in park:
Staffed by event volunteers, the public is invited to make masks and paint plain white tee shirts at the various stations for free. Participants are also invited to bring their own masks or costumes from home to walk in.

11:30 a.m. – Staging for start of Art That Walks
Everyone who has made a costume or brought a costume will line up in front of the Eckhart Park field house along Chicago Avenue.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Art That Walks Parade
Participants will parade to Western Avenue and back to Eckhart Park, led by organizers and a marching band. After they’re done walking, gathers are invited to stay in Eckhart Park to dance, mingle and celebrate each other’s creativity.

Food Trucks & Beer
Also new to the West Town Art Walk this year is a beer and food truck tie-in. Participating Art Walk businesses will be offering specialty beer tastings from Tenth & Blake and Forbidden Root, who will we be sampling fall suds over the two day event. In addition, some of Chicago’s leading food trucks will all stage their four wheeled-kitchens along the West Town Art Walk route, offering mobile delicacies for art walkers. Food trucks will be parked along the South Side of Chicago Avenue between Hermitage and Paulina. Hometown favorites on-hand will include: Da Lobsta, Perogi Wagon, Chicago Cupcake, and more.

Maps & Pins
An official West Town Art Walk touring map will be distributed on-site at any of the 30 participating venues (a full list of participants can be found at westtownartwalk.com). Art walkers are invited to check in and get an official West Town Art Walk pin, which provides access to discounts, rickshaw rides, after parties, samples of beer donated by Tenth & Blake and Forbidden Root. On Friday, an exciting lineup of after parties will ring in this year’s West Town Art Walk. The special events will feature everything from -live music to manicures. The full lineup of events and specials can also be found on the website.

Scotchgard Activation
New to the West Town Art Walk this year is Scotchgard Brand with Chicago-based lifestyle blogger Jess Keys of The Golden Girl. Scotchgard Brand understands that when somebody loves something, they want to make it last. Art walkers are invited to stop by on Saturday, October 3 to see how Scotchgard Products help protect the things they love most — from suede boots and parkas to vintage chairs or new sofas and more. They’ll receive a sample of Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector to try at home as well as have a chance to get tips and tricks from Keys.

Fine Print
West Town Art Walk Location: On Chicago Ave from Milwaukee to Western
Headquarters: Dovetail (1452 W Chicago)
Hours: Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Cost: Free (no donation request)
Website: westtownartwalk.com
Facebook: facebook.com/west.town.art.walk
Twitter: twitter.com/westtownartwalk
Instagram: Instagram.com/westtownartwalk,
Official Social Media Hashtag: #westtownartwalk
Phone: 312-850-9390
Email: info(at)westtownchamber(dot)org
Sponsors: Tenth and Blake Beer Company, Forbidden Root, Dovetail, Seek Vintage, Windy City Café, Chicago Truborn, Maxwell Colette, Urban Source, Yelp, Chicago Artists Month, West Town Chamber of Commerce, West Town SSA, Scotchgard, WBEZ, Time Out Chicago, and Boxed Water.

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