This annual program, coordinated by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs, points to the year-round variety of local artistic activity by framing a month's worth of events. The Chicago Art Open, presented by the Chicago Artists' Coalition (which originated Artists' Month in 1996), runs Mon 10/10-Mon 10/24, on the third floor of 847 W. Jackson (11 AM-5 PM daily, 312-670-2060). Most other exhibits noted in this year's brochure are listed by venue under Galleries, here or at www.chicagoreader.com. For a full schedule, see chicagoartistsmonth.org or call 312-744-6630. Among this week's highlights:
Fine Arts Bldg., 410 S. Michigan, Fri 10/7, 4-8 PM, and Sat 10/8, noon-6 PM, 312-913-0537.
Chicago Mosaic School, 3822 N. Ashland, Fri 10/7, 6-9 PM, and Sat-Sun 10/8-10/9, 10 AM-4 PM, 773-975-7522.
Splat Flats, 1815-25 W. Division, Fri 10/7, 7-10 PM, 312-961-9958.
2418 W. Bloomingdale, Fri 10/7, 7-10 PM, 312-458-0978.
Studios along Ravenswood between Lawrence and Cornelia, Sat 10/8, noon-6 PM; start from Peter Jones, 1806 W. Cuyler, 773-883-4407.
Cornelia Arts Bldg., Sun 10/9, 1-6 PM, 773-935-1854.
Judy and Howard Tullman's contemporary art collection, Sat 10/8, 10 AM-noon, upstairs from Intuit at 754 N. Milwaukee, 312-226-3500.
Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative, reception Tue 10/11, 6:30-9 PM, at John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden, with tours of outdoor sculpture throughout the 43rd Ward leaving at 7:30 and 8:30, 773-327-9111.
Poet Gregorio Gomez and artists William Conger and Anna Tyler commemorate artists Carlos Cortez, Ed Paschke, and Allen Stringfellow, Wed 10/12, 6 PM, in conjunction with the Day of the Dead exhibit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th, 312-738-1503.