The fifth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Chicago’s Navy Pier, known as Expo Chicago, opens Sept. 22 with VIP parties and is open to the public Sept.23-25. More than a mere showing of works from 140 galleries across the globe, the fair showcases special exhibitions from art institutions and organizations and has panel discussions. There are also unusual suspended installations as part of IN/SITU.
Details: EXPO Chicago is at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL. Hours are Fri-Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 one day, $30 3-day pass. For more information visit EXPO Chicago. For Navy Pier information call (312) 595-7437.
stARTup Art Fair
For an interesting indie art fair (no gallery representation) go to stARTup over at the Mile North Hotel in East Superior Street. Instead of mounted in the usual art show venues, startup uses hotels. The artists and their work move into the hotel room where they stay for the weekend. Pluses are intimate settings, one on one discussions with artists and a chance to see art in a room situation that might be similar to one at home. The fair is in town concurrent with EXPOChicago. About two years old, the fair partners with local non profits. In Chicago partners are DFBRL8R, Hyde Park Art Center, Roots & Culture, LVL3 – Inside\Within – The Arts of Life, Michelle Grabner and New American Paintings. stARTup is also in LA and San Francisco.
Details: stARTup is at Mile North Hoterl, floors 4-6, 166 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL, Sept 23-25. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students and seniors with ID and discounted by $5 for EXPO Chicago ticket holders. Hours: Friday, noon – 6 p.m., Saturday, noon – 9 p.m.,
Sunday, noon – 7 p.m. Visit startup.
American Craft Exposition is back at the Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend. The show pulls together some of the best crafters in the United States working in wood, glass, ceramics and fabrics. Tickets are. Tickets are $13 CBG members (parking free) and $15 nonmembers (parking charge). Proceeds from ACE benefit pharmacogenomics research at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Details: ACE is at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL Hours: Fri-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit ACE and call (224) 364-7270. Also see Chicago Botanic Garden.