2018 West End Arts Festival

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Name: 2018 West End Arts Festival
Date: September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Hot art. Cool jazz. Great wines!

The 23rd annual West End Arts Festival is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate with a line-up that includes exhibits from fine artists from throughout the Midwest plus culinary demonstrations from local chefs, wine tastings led by sommeliers and live jazz performances throughout the weekend.
Visitors may browse and purchase from 60 top artists with works that include oils, acrylics, photography, jewelry, pottery, fabrics and sculpture. There will also be a booth showcasing the work of art students from Lyons Township High School.

Activities for kids include face painting and art activities throughout the weekend hosted by The Park District of La Grange.
THE ART OF FOOD TENT is sponsored by Baird & Warner and will feature live culinary demonstrations and sampling from chefs at popular area restaurants:

Chefs on Saturday, September 8 
11:00    Chef Bret Bohning of 1416
12:00    Chef from Steak + Vine
1:00      Chef Dong of Sushi Ukai 
2:00      Chef/OwnerTerry Rempert of La Buona Vita 
3:00      Chef from Solstice Restaurant
4:00      Chef/Owner Allison Muscolino of Clever Fig 
Chefs on Sunday, September 9
11:00    Chef/Owners Yejin Yoon & Aaron Best of AldA Food
12:00    Chef Kevin Hunter of prasino
1:00      Chef/Owner Vikram Singh of Kama Bistro 
2:00      Chef/Owner Jason Korinek of  Posto 31 

All schedules are subject to change.
THE ART OF WINE TENT is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and provides a selection of 40 varietals along with commentary from wine sommeliers.  Cost is $20 in advance & $25 at the door. Wines by the bottle are also available to purchase from Cork, Keg & Spirits and Vino e Birra. Ticket includes 8 tastings and a complimentary Riedel glass, while supplies last.  Read here to purchase.
THE ART OF MUSIC TENT is sponsored by WDCB Jazz Radio and features live jazz entertainment throughout the weekend including the renowned Elmhurst College Jazz Band.

Jazz on Saturday, Sept. 8
10-11:30am     Shady Play
Creates and performs old timey jazz arrangements of rock and pop songs.
12-1:30pm    Leah Shoshanah
A multi-faceted singer, songwriter & guitarist whose soulful, orignal music deftly navigates the jazz, rock and folk genres.
2-3:30pm    John Chadwick Trio
Traditional jazz with a Modern Twist.
4-6pm    Heisenberg Uncertainty Players (HUP)
A Chicago-area 17 piece big band playing only original compositions. Nearing the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road album, the group is performing director John Dorhauer's arrangements of every song from Abbey Road.
7-9:30pm    Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Back for the second year! Under the direction of Grammy Award winner Doug Beach, the band has performed around the world and has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival and many others.

Jazz on Sunday, Sept. 9
10-11:30am    Scott Niekelski of Go Time!
Acoustic music.
11:30-12pm    Kensington Arts Center
12-1:30pm    Afternoon Logic
An ecclectic mix of rock/pop/jazz. Bringing you the coolest covers in an acoust-lectronic fashion. Frampton to Drake and everything in between.
1:30-2PM    Sato Music Studios
Sato Music Studios offers quality piano and voice lessons in La Grange.
2-3:30pm    Multiplicity Jazz Band
A jazz-inspired ensemble of talented Chicago-based musicians who draw from varied eras and styles to create fresh, improvised interpretations of music by legendary artists.

All schedules are subject to change.
Saturday will also feature an auction of 30 hand-painted love seats that have been displayed in an outdoor art exhibit called "Live Love La Grange" sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The auction is live beginning at 6 p.m., and it will benefit local nonprofits, including Pet Parade Charities.
Food from local establishments will be available for purchase at the festival, including:
AldA Foods,
Antonino's Ristorante
La Buona Vita 
Nothing Bundt Cakes 
Palmer Place (selling beer & wine)
We're Nuts 

The West End Arts Festival is a celebration of local art in many forms. We're grateful for the generosity of our event sponsors who share our passion for the importance of supporting community art including:
Baird & Warner
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Chiro One
Design Inside
FNBC Bank & Trust
Club Pilates of La Grange
Park District of La Grange
Republic Services
WDCB Jazz Radio
Mike Murray - Guaranteed Rate
Cork Keg & Spirits
Kathy Dierkes State Farm Insurance
Vino e Birra
Village of La Grange
Continental Motors Group
Hinsdale Orthopaedics
Little People's Country
A Sound Education
Wiemelt Law
Horizon Wealth Management
The Local Workout
Smothers Realty Group
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This free festival is held in the shadow of the landmark Stone Avenue METRA Station along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Waiola Avenues. Convenient free parking is available in the commuter lot on Brainard at Burlington. Visitors may also take the Burlington Northern METRA to the Stone Avenue Station.

Would you like to volunteer to assist at this renowned festival? We need your help. Read here for available shifts and registration.
Date/Time Information:
Artists booths will be open from 10am to 6pm; limited artists will remain open for browsing and purchase from 6pm - 10pm. Evening entertainment includes a performance by the Elmhurst College Jazz Band and an art auction of hand-painted love seats.The Wine Tasting Tent is open 3pm - 8pm.

Festival hours are 10am - 4pm. 
The Wine Tasting Tent is open from 12:30-3:30pm.
Contact Information:
La Grange Business Association

Admission to the festival is free.

Admission to the Wine Tasting Tent is $20 in advance (purchase online here) and $25 at the tent entrance. The price includes 8 tasting tickets and a complimentary Riedel glass, while supplies last. 
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