The half mile stretch of Harrison Street between Austin Boulevard to Elmwood is where you’ll find the Oak Park Arts District.
This thriving artistic community is a hotspot for galleries, restaurants, and locally owned small businesses. This is the “artistic and cultural shopping destination in Chicago’s back yard.” Everything from theater to resale shops and coffee houses to fine art galleries have a home here.
Twenty six art galleries and studios are located here providing a continually rotating and ever changing art experience. The third Friday of each month brings open door nights for the galleries new exhibitions. Classes and workshops are also available in the area for people looking for a more interactive experience.
A few other businesses in the area include Val’s Halla Records, where they’ve already sold 17,400 albums, and is outstanding for the vinyl aficionado. You can add to the 5,554,990 cups of coffee sold at Buzz Cafe or take in a show at Open Door Theater. Treasure hunting at the Brown Elephant thrift store is always an experience and then you can stop to have a piece of pie at the Happy Apple Pie Shop.
Morning, noon or night, there’s always something to do in the Oak Park Arts District.