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Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2013



CHIME IN: A Weekend Celebration for Chicago Artist Month

Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2013
Hours: Varies
Where: Various locations at the Conservatory
Cost: Free!


CHIME IN is a special East Garfield Park “Art in the Neighborhood” weekend celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory, as part of Chicago Artist Month. The weekend activities include spoken word, poetry, music, performance, and wind chime inspired exhibits by local artists.


For more information about Chicago Artists Month and related happenings in East Garfield Park and throughout Chicago, please click here.


WIND CHIME Exhibition Continues
October 2 through November 11, Viewing available during Conservatory hours

Artists from local galleries and studios have designed wind chime inspired work in the trees around the Conservatory. What can you hang from a tree and call a chime? Come see what our talented neighbors have come up with. Walk from one wind-driven installation to another, let your senses be your guide, and listen to the world move in mysterious ways around you. Click here for a map of the WIND CHIME Exhibition, as well as information about the contributing artists and their pieces.


CHIME IN Evening Reception with Theaster Gates
Friday, October 25, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Garfield Park Conservatory opens its indoor and outdoor grounds to the public on this evening, featuring spoken word, poet, sound, and performance artists with West Side roots. Performers and activities for this evening include:


Theaster Gates, speaking on artistic practice, public art, resourcefulness, and community engagement. Theaster Gates will speak from 7pm to 7:45pm in the Jensen Room.

Marvin Tate, poet and singer

Awthentik, spoken word artist

David Houston, Chicago West Community Center

Krystele Matthews, body paint artist, stenciling Conservatory leaf patterns on visitors so they can BLEND IN to the surroundings and the evening


In addition to the people-powered sound of this evening, exploration of the outdoor WIND CHIME exhibit highlights the wind powered sound in the trees of the Conservatory’s outdoor grounds as interpreted by local East Garfield Park and other west side artists.


CHIME IN Public Practice Event
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of the WIND CHIME exhibition at the Garfield Park Conservatory and the ongoing Public Practice Series instrument players, singers, and performers of all levels and ages are invited to practice in public and get better together during this special weekend art celebration. Bring your instrument, and play twinkle, twinkle, little star under our Sacred Fig, practice that aria you are polishing up for the Met near the Historic Hawthorns, or perform a piece of spoken word next to the tall horsetail in the Fern Room. Grab a music stand if you need one, park yourself anywhere on the Conservatory grounds, and showcase your effort to others.


Fire Truck Trolley Tours
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3:00 – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 27, 2013, Noon – 6:00 pm

This weekend, the Garfield Park Conservatory hosts a vintage Fire Truck Trolley Tour of East Garfield Park art and culture “hot spots.” The trolley chimes in with its siren to shuttle visitors to locations that include the Lake & Kedzie market space, Najwa Dance Corps at the Gold Dome, the Switching Station Artists’ Lofts, and more. The trolley leaves regularly throughout tour hours.


Family Wind Chime Activity
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Design a wind instrument in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden using natural materials, plant stems and mirrors. All ages welcome.


Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Take part in a group science fiction exercise video in the Jensen Room. All ages welcome.