FRIDAY - Loop Art Crawl / Art Loop Open

"Loop Art Crawl" reception
Friday, Oct. 15, 5 - 8 p.m.
@ 10 venues throughout the Loop

Jason Messinger chosen for Chicago's new Art Loop Open. 

“Sympathies” (a 5' x 9' tile mural) on display at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St.,  - just past 'Hilton HHonors' Registration desk. 
Chicago’s inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition judged by the public, launches with a festive Loop Art Crawl throughout the downtown area, Friday, October 15, 5 - 8 p.m.

190 local artists, selected by an esteemed jury from a pool of over 800 entries, will be on display at the ten official Art Loop Open venues: Block 37, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Hotel Burnham, Macy’s, Merchandise Mart, French Market - Metra Mart, Palmer House, Hotel Allegro, theWit Hotel, and W Chicago-City Center. Together these iconic venues will create a web of instantly connected neighborhood galleries, open and free to the public. 

Friday Oct. 15th, from 5 - 8 pm, the public can visit each venue and begin voting for their favorite artworks, while enjoying specially-priced “Artini” cocktails and other offerings. Artists will be on hand to discuss their works. 

From Oct. 15 - 21, the public participates in the First Round of voting, when they can vote once on as many pieces as they’d like. Please come out to visit the sites, see the artwork, and vote via Smart Phone app or Text Message - info at each site!  Artists are competing in over $60,000 in cash and other prizes, with top cash prizes awarded by the public. 

Viewers will have access to a wealth of information about the Artists and the work available to them via the web site, traditional print materials and through specially designed technology accessible through their smart phones and social media applications, including technologies that will enable audiences to engage with art, artists and venues through innovative mapping tools, virtual dialogues, and extensions to artists’ studios. Viewers can also follow ALO through Facebook and Twitter. 

For more information about the inaugural Art Loop Open, including location map, please visit

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