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 souvenir glass. 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!
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.
LIVE ART AUCTION
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 & BEVERAGE VENDORS
Food from local establishments will be available for purchase at the festival, including:
La Buona Vita
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Palmer Place (selling beer & wine)
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
|FNBC Bank & Trust
|Club Pilates of La Grange
Park District of La Grange
|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
|Little People's Country
|A Sound Education
|Horizon Wealth Management
|The Local Workout
|Smothers Realty Group