Our Picks for the Must-See Expo Chicago Events Hitting Town This Week

An image from Expo Chicago 2023. (Credit: Justin Barbin)An image from Expo Chicago 2023. (Credit: Justin Barbin)

Expo Chicago is back for its eleventh anniversary this week and organizers are celebrating with a slew of programs, initiatives and digital events to engage the public both at Navy Pier and throughout the city. 

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The organization aims to encourage discourse around the international arts community in Chicago.

A Museum Loop Shuttle will run from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and Expo Chicago at Navy Pier free of charge on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from noon-5 p.m. You can also utilize this map to help you navigate all the activities.

Below is a snapshot of the many events happening around the city during Expo Chicago on April 11-14 and in the days after.

At Navy Pier


This series is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and offers conversations with curators, artists, designers and art professionals on topics of the moment. A full panel list and schedule can be found here. The panels take place at Festival Hall on Navy Pier.

Curating Civil Listening Through Art Identities

Panelists: Antonius Tín Bui, Lisa Lee, Jake Troyli and moderated by Toni Anderson

Details: April 11, 2-3 p.m.

Entre Horizontes

Panelists: Candida Alvarez and Omar Velázquez. Moderated by Carla Acevedo-Yates

Details: April 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st  Century

Panelists: Chance the Rapper, Thelonious Stokes, Asma Naeem and moderated by Nate Freeman

Details: April 11, 7-8 p.m.


This section of Expo features a large-scale sculpture, video and film, and a series of works created by 15 different artists. Curated by Amara Antilla, her curatorial statement says together the artists are examining the precarious nature of contemporary life. 

Events are held in partnership with Expo and are located throughout the city. Read more about the featured artists and their work featured in IN/SITU here

An image from Expo Chicago 2023. (Credit: Kyle Flubacker)An image from Expo Chicago 2023. (Credit: Kyle Flubacker)

EXPO Art Week

A number of exhibitions throughout the city will be open for special hours in conjunction with Expo and DCASE for a week full of festivities titled EXPO Art Week from April 8-14.

There will be a slew of events that aim to amplify the work in existing creative spaces with artist talks, opening receptions and other programming. Some of those events include:

Costumes and Collapse: A Screening and Conversation with Nick Cave, with a performance by Chaos

Details: April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Annual Breakfast + Bolt Open Studios

Details: April 12, 9-11 a.m. at Chicago Artists Coalition, 2130 W. Fulton St.

Roll Call: A Black Women in the Arts Convening

Details: April 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Avenue

Family Day: Paper Quilting Workshop with Jason Wesaw

Details: April 13, noon-2 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave.

Art and Madness: A Special Storytelling Night

Details: April 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at South Asia Institute, 1925 S. Michigan Ave.

Check out the full list here. An RSVP is required for some events.

Featured Alignment

This portion of EXPO Art Week amplifies Chicago exhibits without additional programming. Some of these exhibits run beyond April.

Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan 

Details: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., through June 3

A Journey: Highlights from the Ron and Ann Pizzuti Collection 

Details: The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., through June 4 

Nicole Eisenman: What Happened

Details: MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., through Sept. 22

Karla Walker: Back of Hand 

Details: The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., through May 18

Nora Turato: This is a Test of Severance. Can you let go? 

Details: ART on THE MART, Chicago River walk between Franklin and Wells, April 12- June 5

Sif Itona Westberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin

Details: Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., through April 14 

Actions for the Earth

Details: Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, through July 7 

Learn more about the exhibitions here.

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Angel Idowu is the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent.

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