Plein Air Paint Outs

Paint outs are offered the first three Saturdays of each month. On the fourth weekend, we offer a Friday night nocturne and Sunday morning paint out. At least once a month, a celebrated guest artist is on hand to demo and critique.

Everyone is invited to paint along with us, as we enjoy each other’s companionship and enhance our artistic skills. As members, we have fun exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods, watching demonstrations by well-known artists, sharing painting insights, and learning from critiques. At the end of each plein air season, all of us – from beginners to professionals – feel a great sense of satisfaction when we frame and exhibit the paintings we created during our paint outs. View the schedule below for this season’s Paint Outs by month or download the schedule below.

 

Downloadable Paint Outs Schedule for 2020 Paint Outs Schedule 2020
Downloadable Personal Safety & Packing List Personal Safety and Packing List

April

4 Sat Cafe Brauer, Lincoln Park, 2021 N. Stockton Dr, 60614 9:00 am – 12:00 Street parking. Restrooms in Café Brauer.
11 Sat Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe 9:00 am – 12:00 Carpool or rides from train. Walk in free. Parking $25. Restrooms at the Garden
18 Sat Webster Avenue Bridge (Ashland & Webster) 9:00 am – 12:00 In Honor of Lee Radtke – Parking on street; restrooms at Mariano’s at 2112 N. Ashland
24 Fri NOCTURNE Ontario and Clark 7:00 pm – 10:00 Nocturne – Hard Rock, Portillos, McDonalds, Street Parking, Restrooms in restaurants
26 Sun Montrose Harbor: Meet west of Bird Sanctuary midway to harbor entrance. 9:00 am – 12:00 Event (Optional) – 3 Pigment Sunday – 3 Random colors will be chosen from your palette, plus white. Paint with this limited palette. Street and paid public parking; rest rooms at boathouse and near harbor.

May

2 Sat The Coffee Studio, 5628 N. Clark St., 60640 9:00 am – 1:00 Paint out and exhibit, 11×14″ max, must wire and frame for 1:00 pm submission. Street parking, restrooms in Coffee Studio, May bring up to one other painting.
9 Sat Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 60654 9:00 am – 12:00 Riverwalk. Public Parking near Merchandise Mart. Recommend using Spot Hero.
Restrooms at the Mart.
16 Sat Loyola University Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., 60660 9:00 am – 12:00 Main Parking Structure-Devon Ave/W Sheridan Rd
22 Fri NOCTURNE Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, 60603 7:45 pm – 10:45 Nocturne – Recommend using Spot Hero.
Restrooms at Starbucks.
24 Sun Wicker Park Fountain, 1425 N Damen Ave, 60622 9:00 am – 12:00 Guest Artist Stuart Fullerton, Paint Out & Critique. Street Parking. Ave Parking Restrooms at Starbucks, Stans Donuts.
30 Sat Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon Ave, 60660 9:00 am – 12:00 Paint on street or from rooftop, Lunch afterward. Park on street rather than parking lot. Restrooms in Café. Uncommon Ground Exhibit 7/13.

June

6 Sat Chinatown: Meet at Cermack and Wentworth across from Chinatown Gate. 9:00 am – 12:00 Guest Artist Errol Jacobson Demo & Critique followed by Dim Sum. Street or Public Parking: 2001, 2155 or 2141 S Wentworth Ave.
13 Sat Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd
9:00 am – 12:00 Mansion and Lake Views, Edgewater Street parking will be tight, restrooms at the Cultural Center.
20 Sat Community Garden 9:00 am – 12:00 TBD
26 Fri NOCTURNE Buckingham Fountain, 5 S Columbus Dr, 60605 7:45 pm – 11:00 Nocturne – Street Parking or Millennium Park
28 Sun Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N Cannon Dr 9:00 am – 12:00 Guest Artist Frankie Johnson, Paint Out & Critique followed by lunch. Street parking.

July

4 Sat Wrigley building with the American Flag; meet on the Riverwalk at Wells 8:00 am – 1:00 Guest Artist Stephanie Weidner, Paint Out & Critique followed by lunch. Recommend using Spot Hero.
11 Sat Foster Avenue Beach, at Foster Ave and Lake Michigan, 60640 9:00 am – 12:00 Parking lot and restrooms at beach.
13 Mon Uncommon Ground Drop Off Paintings 1401 W. Devon, 60660 10:00 AM Exhibit
16 Wed – Oct 12 Uncommon Ground Opening 6-8 pm
18 Sat Humboldt Park Boat House, 1301 N. Humboldt Dr, 60622 9:00 am – 12:00 Parking lot and restrooms at Boat House.
24 Fri NOCTURNE Fulton Market, Fulton and Randolph Streets. 7:45 pm – 11:00 Nocturne
25 Sat The Cliff Dwellers Club, 220 S. Michigan Ave, 60604 Guest Artist Nancie King Mertz, Paint Out, Lunch & Critique, with Cliff Dweller members.

August

1 Sat Lincoln Square; meet at Lincoln Avenue and Leland Avenue 60625 8:00 am – 1:00 Guest Artist Steve Puttrich, Paint Out & Critique.
8 Sat 9:00 am – 12:00
15 Sat Argyle Street, South side of Argyle St near the El. 9:00 am – 12:00 Street parking, restrooms in local restaurants.
21 Fri NOCTURNE SE side Wacker at Michigan 7:15 pm – 10:15 Nocturne – View of Wrigley Building, Apple Store, River Restroom in hotel.
23 Sun Grosse Point Light House, 2601 Sheridan Rd, Evanston IL 60201 9:00 am – 12:00 Parking lot. Onsite restrooms.
29 Sat Anti Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle St. 60654 9:00 am – 12:00

September

5 Sat Garden of the Phoenix/Osaka Garden, Jackson Park, 6300 S Cornell Ave, 60637 9:00 am – 12:00 Wooden Island, Behind Museum of Science and Industry.
12 Sat Clocktower at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, 3600 N. Recreation Drive, 60613 8:00 am – 1:00 Guest Artist , Don Yang Paint Out & Critique followed by Lunch at Clocktower Café.
19 Sat Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe 9:00 am – 12:00 Carpool or rides from train. Walk in free. Parking $25. Restrooms at the Gardens.
25 Fri NOCTURNE Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, 60611 6:15 pm – 10:00 Nocturne – Recommend using Spot Hero.
27 Sun Cloud Gate (The Bean), Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St, 60602 9:00 am – 12:00 Not verified, dependent upon permissions

October

3 Sat Robie House, 5757 S Woodlawn Ave. 60637 9:00 am – 12:00 Plein Air Restaurant Lunch – pending
10 Sat Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, 60605 9:00 am – 12:00 Street parking; Recommend using Spot Hero.
12 Mon Uncommon Ground Pick Up paintings
17 Sat Open House Chicago 9:00 am – 12:00 TBD
18 Sun Open House Chicago TBD
23 Fri NOCTURNE Chicago Theater, 175 N. State St, 60601 5:00 pm – 9:00 Nocturne – Recommend Spot Hero for parking Restrooms at Blick, McDonalds, Starbucks.
25 Sun Rush Triangle; Rush, Division and Bellevue Streets 9:00 am – 12:00 Promote the Annual Exhibit Followed by End of Season Potluck, Restrooms at Starbucks, Palette & Chisel.
31 Sat Roscoe Village, Roscoe and Damen Ave. 9:00 am – 12:00 Street parking, restrooms at Starbucks.

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