Oak Park has been a haven for artists since the early 20th century. This village near Chicago boasts numerous art galleries and creative boutiques. Here are some of the best places to begin your exploration of the local Oak Park art scene:
Oak Park Arts District
Take a stroll down Harrison Street and explore galleries and boutiques displaying local artists and artisans. The Oak Park Arts District was created in 1993 to capture the energy of the growing artistic community on Harrison. As many commercial districts focus on chains and new structures, this district has refurbished and restored buildings to house unique clientele. You’ll also find restaurants and businesses connected to health and wellness here. This walkable, green district is a welcome haven of creativity.
Oak Park Art League
Since 1921, the Oak Park Art League has been home to local artists and has helped make sure art and artists thrive here. They are committed to providing art education to people of all skill levels and backgrounds. You can join their weekly life drawing sessions. These inexpensive lessons are open to the public and provided on a drop-in basis. Their Opal Gallery exhibits the work of both members and other local artists.
Oak Park Public Library
The Oak Park Public Library helps promote local artists by providing a space for their work. Not only does Art in the Library exhibit their work, but they are also building a collection of their art that engages Oak Park’s multicultural community. Their latest acquisition is Rennie in Rhapsody by Jesse Howard. The next time you visit be sure to check it out in its new home on the second floor.
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