Discover the Artists of Hollywood Park


If you been reading my blog, you’ve heard me recall the good old days of the business district along Bryn Mawr Avenue in Hollywood Park. This weekend that street will show it’s still alive and kickin’ with the first ever North Park Art Walk.

Along Bryn Mawr and Kedzie, in a warehouse, in vacant storefronts and in existing businesses, more than 40 professional artists who live in the neighborhood and several neighborhood art groups will exhibit their work. Documentary filmmakers will screen their works at Northside College Prep and children can make art in a special area sponsored by Northeastern Illinois University.

Resident artists Anna Koh Varilla and Jeffrey Hanson Varilla of Koh-Varilla Guild, 5518 N. Kedzie, came up with the idea and enlisted the participation of co-organizers Hollywood North Park Community Association and the North River Commission. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is lending its support and included the event as part of its Chicago Artists Month.

The North Park Art Walk runs Saturday and Sunday, October 9 -10, 12 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free. Headquarters will be located at 5518 N. Kedzie, and maps will be available in various locations along the art walk, which stretches along  Bryn Mawr between Kedzie and Spaulding and south on Kedzie to Catalpa.  The films will be screened Saturday only, 4 pm to 8 pm.

If you haven’t yet discovered this jewel of a Chicago neighborhood, this is the weekend to do it. If you’ve been away for a while, come back for a visit. The weather promises to be sunny and warm and the art promises to be wonderful.

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