Engaging art experiences for everyone at West End Arts Festival in La Grange, September 11-12
With studies from Harvard to the World Health Organization showing the healing powers of art, the 25th annual West End Arts Festival returns to La Grange September 11-12 for much-needed stress relief during the pandemic.
It features the talents of nearly 50 fine artists from across the Midwest plus music performances, artists-at-work, live culinary demonstrations by local chefs and engaging activities for everyone in the family.
Nestled in front of the historic Stone Avenue train station, the free festival has become a favorite of both artists and visitors and has helped define the eclectic West End as a must-see destination for both shopping and dining. The event will run from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12 with artists' tents placed along expansive Burlington Avenue.
Juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums will display and sell their works including painting and photography, glass and functional art, fashion, jewelry and sculpture. Visitors will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. See the full list of artists here.
In addition, a live art auction is featured in front of the train station (701 W. Burlington Avenue) on Saturday beginning at 5:30. Nearly 35 locally-designed, hand-painted dog houses and lounge chairs which were displayed as a summer art exhibit in the village, called Sit, Stay & Play, will be auctioned off to benefit local nonprofits including the La Grange Pet Parade.
Along a winding path near the train station, local restaurants including Antonino's Ristorante, Monk's Burgers & More and Taqueria Mi Taquito will sell their unique menu specialties and Palmer Place Biergarten will offer wine and beer.
A booth showcasing the works of art students from Lyons Township High School will be featured including live demonstrations on the pottery wheel.
Children can engage with interactive art activities and crafts throughout the weekend provided by the La Grange Art League and the La Grange Public Library; face painting and songs with a princess are also scheduled.
THE ART OF FOOD TENT, sponsored by Baird & Warner Real Estate (La Grange), will feature live culinary demonstrations and samplings from the experts at popular area restaurants:
Saturday, Sept. 11
11am Wheelys Cafe
12pm Steak + Vine
1pm Sips & Sweets Cafe
2pm Pazzo Bene
3pm GP Italiano
Sunday, Sept. 12
11am Sushi Ukai
12pm Milk Money Brewing
1pm MilkStop Cafe
"We've been passionate supporters of this event for many years," said Jimmy Janevski, the managing broker of Baird & Warner La Grange. "We recognize the value of giving back to the community, and our agents all love the art of great food, so it's a perfect fit!" he said.
THE ART OF MUSIC TENT will feature live music throughout the weekend:
Saturday, Sept. 11
11am - Lady T Jazz
1pm - Black Partridge
3pm - Matt Wifler's Bourbon Street Quartet
5:30pm - Live Auction of Summer Art Project pieces begins: "Sit, Stay & Play" sponsored by Park District of La Grange
Sunday, Sept. 12
11am SATO Music Studio Recitals
1pm - Steve Knight Trio
3pm - Tank & the Beez
The festival is made possible through the generosity of numerous local businesses including Baird & Warner Real Estate (La Grange); FNBC Bank & Trust; Chiro One; LeafFilter Gutter Protection, North Hill Mobile Framing; Park District of La Grange, Smothers Group with Compass, and the Village of La Grange.
Free parking is available in the nearby commuter lots. Visitors may take the Burlington Northern METRA train directly to the Stone Avenue station.
The La Grange Business Association is a group of over 300 businesses, services and non-profit organizations that strive to energize and enhance the local economy through events, networking and advocacy.