The annual Beverly Art Walk will include a bevy of “hubs” throughout Beverly/Morgan Park, as well as a list of featured events throughout the community that will give visitors an eclectic sampling of art, music and food.
The sixth edition of the Beverly Art Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 6 p.m., with over 150 artists participating at over 40 venues.
Founded by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance in 2014, the walk has become a local favorite that attracts thousands of residents and visitors every fall.
Lead curator Sal Campbell, co-founder of The Alliance, said attendees can expect a little bit of everything this year.
“There’s just such a wide range of experiences,” Campbell said. “A lot of people may be coming for a certain event that they want to see or a certain band that they want to see, but they’re going to be blown away by all the unique things we’ll have going on.”
The walk spans from 95th to 111th streets, from Western Avenue to Wood Street, with art for sale at every location. Hubs will be set up along several major corridors, with businesses, vacant storefronts and home studios being used for the event.
Artists from Chicago, the suburbs and neighboring states will display their works, and Campbell said returning attendees will likely see something they’ve never seen before.
“There’s just a ton of stuff everywhere. There’s just a lot to take in,” Campbell said. “I would tell people to plan to stay the whole day—pace yourself.”
“A Slice of 95th Street” will take place at 2135 W. 95th St., where several artists will be set up alongside restaurants, and the 99th Street hub will feature 11 locations, including “Noshin’ on 99th Street,” a food fest at All Day Montessori, 1819 W. 99th St., where artists will conduct live paintings before selling the art.
Several businesses on 99th Street and Walden Parkway are participating again, and that corridor will host an art walk after-party from 6 to 10:30 p.m., with music, food and refreshments.
The 103rd Street hub will feature 12 locations, including the Uprising Market at Beverly Bank, 1908 W. 103rd St. The market, held at other businesses in the past, will feature over 40 artists selling handmade items such as jewelry, ceramics, candles and photography.
The “You Are Beautiful” mural by Matthew Hoffman that was on display on the exterior of the bank will be re-installed for the walk.
Citizens Gallery, where over 10 artists—including Campbell—will display their alternative work, will be featured inside the bank.
The Western Avenue hub will feature over 20 locations, including a children’s park at Clissold Elementary School, 2350 W. 110th Place. The interactive play zone, open from noon to 5 p.m., will feature art activities, farm animals and a miniature golf course created by local artists Cathy Sorich and Matt Doherty that includes one hole in which a unicorn blows bubbles.
The University of Chicago, which is conducting a local cancer study, will have a mobile unit set up for people interested in participating.
Other features include an outdoor music stage at the Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., where five bands will perform, and several historic homes: the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House, 10910 S. Prospect Ave.; the Paul Harris Home and Starr House Gallery, both on the 10800 block of South Longwood Drive; and the Olson House, 11112 S. Hoyne Ave.
In celebrating five years in 2018, the walk took place on two days, with a studio tour held one week, then the traditional walk the following week.
The walk returns to one day this year—and is one hour shorter than previous years—but a studio tour will take place in the spring.
Monica Wilczak, who co-founded The Alliance, said city officials informed her that the Beverly Art Walk is the only one in Chicago entirely run by volunteers.
She is grateful for the artists and businesses that have participated from the start, as well as new businesses that have scheduled grand openings around the walk.
The event was previously held in October before moving into late September last year, and Wilczak said one attendee was “angry” because she had scheduled a vacation around the walk—and presumed it would remain in October.
A 2017 Chicago Crain’s Business report cited the walk and other Alliance events as a reason Beverly/Morgan Park recently experienced a spike in home sales and home prices.
Wilczak said organizers view the walk “as economic development through the arts.”
“We’ve had artists who have moved here because of art walk,” Wilczak said, “and that’s one of our greatest accomplishments.”
In celebrating “Art Walk Week,” The Frunchroom, a live storytelling series, will host its next edition on Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.
Founded in 2015 and produced by Morgan Park resident Scott Smith in collaboration with The Alliance, The Frunchroom hosts shows four times a year.
The upcoming show will feature Veronica Arreola, director of Latinas Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago; author and photographer Lee Bey, of Chicago; attorney Karen Clanton; former Chicago Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Don Hayner, of Beverly; and Evelyn Venegas, program coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights.
A $5 donation is requested.
During the walk, a trolley service will be available, with two trolleys available. Organizers also encouraged attendees to bicycle to the event. Wilczak said that one year a visitor biked to every stop on the map.
Other members of The Alliance include Dave Barsotti, Lizzy Benner, Chris Castaneda, Kristen Dobbins, Bill Halverson, Cicely Harris, Ross Weiler, Chris Wilczak and Carla Winterbottom.
Volunteers are still needed for the walk.
For more information on the Beverly Art Walk, including a program, visit The Beverly Area Arts Alliance website at beverlyarts.org.