In Chicago, creativity never stops. And as a creative agency in Chicago, we love to embrace it. Throughout August, there’s an array of events highlighting the city’s diverse creative scene, ranging from murals to live music to classic cars. We encourage you to step out there this month and see what’s blowing through the Windy City in-between heat waves and ice cream scoops:
August 7-12: Titan Walls Mural Festival
For its 5th consecutive year, artists will make their mark on Chicago at Titan Walls – Chicago’s largest mural festival. Held at District Brew Yards (417 N. Ashland Ave.), art lovers will gather to watch a large-scale mural be painted in real-time. Besides watching the creation of the mural, attendees can also participate in other artistic activities, such as receiving airbrushed tattoos.
August 11-13:Retro on Roscoe
Retro on Roscoe is a vintage fest in Roscoe Village, and every “Pawn Stars” watcher’s dream with retro cars, motorcycles, antique vendors and other merchants. Centered at Roscoe and Damen, there will be three stages with live music relishing in the retro theme, as well as face painting, inflatables and rides. Plus, the Antique and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show will be on display throughout the weekend.
Whether you need to entertain a 4-year-old or heal your inner child, this fest offers plenty of creativity for everyone in one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city.
August 26-27: Bucktown Arts Fest
What was once a small art fair created by four artists wanting to showcase their neighborhood’s work, the Bucktown Arts Fest has grown to celebrate many different mediums of art and promote local artists’ work.
Staged at 2200 N. Oakley Ave. across from Holstein Park and made up entirely of volunteers, the Arts Fest really hones in on a sense of community and praising the hard work of others through admiration and purchase. Even if you don’t leave with some artwork, you’ll definitely leave with some inspiration.
August 31-September 3: Chicago Jazz Fest
The Chicago Jazz Festival is a Chicago tradition during Labor Day weekend, showcasing Chicago’s appreciation for all forms of jazz and making summer nights in the city cooler. With shows in Millenium Park at the Cultural Center, local artists will not only be showcasing their smooth notes, but national and international musicians will be putting on a spectacle as well.
Chicago rejoices in being an immensely creative place, and the options above only show a glimpse into what this city has to offer. So cool down with some jazz, escape the high-rises for the neighborhoods, and enjoy Chicago’s creativity outdoors while you can – because winter is coming, and as always in the city, it’ll be coming in hot!