RAVENSWOOD — Ravenswood creators will showcase the industrial corridor’s art, music, food and beer during a three-day festival kicking off Thursday.
Ravenswood Art Walk starts with a launch party 7 p.m. Thursday at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
The event continues 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday along Ravenswood Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and Irving Park Road. A $5 donation is suggested to enter. The drink tents are cash-only, but ATMs will be available, organizers said.
The launch party is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
Now in its 20th year, the festival features open studios and galleries, live music, pop-up performances and activations, an outdoor artist market, children’s corner and beer garden.
At the launch party, Access Contemporary Music will release a album it commissioned over the years as part of its composer alive program, organizers said. The Thursday event also will feature performances from Palomar Ensemble, Origin of Animal and The Hive Dance Studio and live painting by artist John Airo.
The full musical lineup:
- 11 a.m.: The Millers
- 12 p.m.: Hard Femme
- 1:15 p.m.: Angela James
- 2:30 p.m.: Albion West
- 3:45 p.m.: Rami Gabriel & Jazz Trio
- 5 p.m.: Of Wondrous Legends (O.W.L.)
- 11 a.m.: Nathan Graham
- 12 p.m.: Brox
- 1:15 p.m.: Jaewon
- 2:30 p.m.: TBA
- 3:45 p.m.: Junegrass
- 5 p.m.: Olive Avenue
This year’s festival is being organized by Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, Ravenswood Community Council, SSA No. 31, Lillstreet Art Center, Garrett Realty, Begyle Brewing, Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center, Access Contemporary Music, Thresholds and Luckyprints.
“This is such a unique opportunity for people to connect with small, local businesses from art galleries to breweries. We have a lot of fun, exciting and interactive things to do this year,” chamber Associate Director Gene Wagendorf III said.
Proceeds will fund small business support and community programs from the chamber and public art and placemaking projects from the council.
Other highlights this year:
- Artists Janet Austin and Emily Moorhead-Wallace will lead a habitat tree workshop 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday where families can build pollinator nests for the Greater Ravenswood pollinator habitat sculpture, Pino.
- An outdoor arts market and beer garden featuring more than 40 local artists and food from El Zorro Tacos, Sausage Fest Truck, Hilary’s Cookies and more. There will also be beer from Begyle Brewing and a non-alcoholic beverage tent benefiting The Friendship Center Food Pantry.
- Big Teeth Productions’ 60 Second Film Festival allows attendees to screen every participating film in less than 15 minutes. Each one-minute film is inspired by famous works of art.
- The Hive Dance Studio will offer free drop-in classes all weekend for jazz funk, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and kids’ activities.
- Attendees will be able to explore to the industrial corridor’s historical buildings and visit instrument makers, glass workers, museum archives, ceramic studios and more.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
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