Living here at Wicker Park Renaissance, there certainly isn’t a lack of fantastic things to do, especially with the amazing art scene in the neighborhood. Artists began the renaissance of this gorgeous area back in the late seventies and early eighties.
Something that our residents can enjoy happens each month: the Wicker Park/Bucktown First Fridays, presented by The Flat Iron Artists’ Association. On the first Friday of each month, the WP/B area comes alive with a unique celebration of the arts. As their own website states, “it’s a pARTy and everyone is invited.” And for the budding artist that is likely living here at Wicker Park Renaissance, it’s a chance to get inspired by other local artists. You go!
Come on out and join us. Spend part of the first Friday evening of the month from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the historic Flat Iron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, a mere block away from Wicker Park Renaissance, where we can explore two floors of art displayed in the intimate setting of over three-dozen resident artists’ studios and living spaces. Also included each month is a selection of guest artists exhibiting in the building’s common areas, as well as impromptu performances throughout the evening. And many of the studios also offer refreshments, which is never a bad thing, right?
In addition to all this, special guest artists are featured in the FIAA Gallery and Cultural Center on the second floor of the Flat Iron Building. You’ll also find literature and special offers from the dozens of WP/B businesses participating in the First Friday events.
Is it possible to see everything in just one visit? Nope. But the best part is that you don’t have to. The Flat Iron Building is so close to home, and while there is a suggested donation to First Friday, there is no true “admission price” to the event, so all of us can keep coming back for more arts and fun! But, do be sure to consider dropping something in the pot.