About Plein Air Painters Chicago

Plein Air Painters Chicago - Affiliated with the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts

We encourages artists to experience painting landscapes and cityscapes onsite. We offer opportunities to paint, critiques and education to improve painting, opportunities and events to bring visibility and sales to paintings and comradely for the members.  

Paint Outs, Education, Exhibits, Events

Paint-outs are offered on the first three Saturdays of each month, and the fourth week, we offer a Friday night nocturne and a Sunday paint-out. At least once a month a celebrated Guest Artist is on hand to demo and critique.  

Everyone is invited to paint. 

Membership Benefits for Artists and Collectors

Members of the PAPC are invited to participate in critiques during printouts, exhibits and events. There is an annual membership fee of $65. 

Questions? Email, pleinairchicago@gmail.com

Painting Chicago - One Brushstroke at a Time

Sep 21 - Friday Nocturne Biograph Theater

6:15 pm Start with 6:49 pm Sundown

Biograph/ Victory Gardens Theater

2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago

Sep 23 - Sunday Demo w\ Frankie Johnson

8:00 am Demo, 9:00 Paint

12:00pm Critique by Frankie Johnson

Lincoln Park Zoo 

2200 N. Cannon Drive

Sep 30 - Saturday Milton Lee Olive Park

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Milton Lee Olive Park

Oct 6 - Goose Island Kendall College

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Goose Island, Kendall College 

900 North Branch (Halsted) 

10/13/18 Osaka Gardens Hyde Park

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Island of the Phoenix

Japanese Garden

10/20/18 - Demo w\ Don Yang Grant Park

8:00 am Demo, 9:00 Paint

12:00pm Critique by Don Yang

Michigan Ave, South of Balboa

Oct 26 Friday Nocturne Water Tower Place

5:15 pm Start w\ 5:53 Sundown

Water Tower Place 

835 N. Michigan Ave

Oct 28 Washington Square Park/ Palette & Chisel

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Paint the Park or the Palette and Chisel 

Season Debrief and Potluck Following

Oct 28 - Member Potluck, and Season Debrief

12:00pm - 3:00 Members Only 
Bring a dish to pass, we'll have wine and other beverages.

12:00 pm - 3:00 Members Only 

We'll have wine and beverages, you bring a dish to pass and we'll dish about the season


Ongoing PAPC Exhibit - Visit McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum - August 18 - September 30

Painters, Collectors and those Who Love the Chicago River…. Learn about the Chicago River, the Bridgehouses and See how the Plein Air Painters Chicago have captured scenes along the River. This event and exhibit are in coordination with the Friends of the River and The McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum. A portion of sales support the work of these organizations.



PAPC Annual Exhibit

Opens Friday, November 30 - Sunday December 9

PAPC Annual Exhibit

Palette and Chisel

1012 N. Dearborn


Join us for our opening November 30. You'll see some of the finest and creative renditions of Chicago from our talented painters at this annual event. Painters submit works done onsite and inspired by their paintings done onsite. Come meet the artists at the opening event, or stop in and take your time enjoying the art. Gallery closes 12/9 3:00.

Members Only - Sunday December 9 3:00-5:00 Left Over Wine and Pick up Painting Party


Sign up to learn about our paint outs and exhibits. Come paint with us, or, come see the results of our paintings of Chicago.

Subscribe to Announcements of Paint Outs and Exhibits

Come paint with us or see our paintings. From April through October you can expect a weekly paint out announcement and a couple times a year you will hear about our exhibits and events. Anyone is invited to paint with us. If you are a member of the PAPC and paint with us, you are invited to exhibit with us as well.

Palette and Chisel, Chicago