Your art-filled Thursday eve
If this erratic weather has been turning your feel-good summer vibes inside-out, like a cheap CVS umbrella in a gust of wind, we don't blame you. But as a wise redheaded orphan once told me, "The sun'll come out tomorrow." (And then her friends were like, "You're never fully dressed without a smile," and I was like, "Girls! ENOUGH.") Sun or no sun, there's lots of art to see and experience tonight—free food and drink to enjoy, too—so walk, don't run (cause you'll miss stuff) to the following:
Pop-Up Art Loop: First Thursdays Gallery Walk | Block 37 and Loop galleries
Pop-Up Art Loop—the Chicago Loop Alliance's initiative to fill empty storefronts downtown with eye-popping art—unveils its new 17,000-square-foot space at Block 37. It features the Chicago Design Museum's 2013 exhibition "Work at Play." Stop by for food, beverages, and works by Marian Bantjes, John Massey, Michael C. Place and Wolfgang Weingart. Then take a free, self-guided tour to any of the other walk-in and walk-by galleries in the area. Go to popupartloop.com for a map. Free, 5–8pm.
Brave New Art World | River North gallery district
The second installment of Brave New Art World—a radical new initiative to unify disparate art communities by providing a once-a-month forum in River North—returns for another evening of critical talks, performance art, food and drink. Pick up a map at Franklin and Superior or in any of the participating galleries (listed at bravenewartworld.com). It's free. It's inclusive. It's attempting to do something hospitable and transparent and to elevate art-focused discourse without alienating people. If this is the future, we are stoked. Free, 5–8pm.
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