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September 27 at 5pm-9pm

The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to attend Vernissage, the opening night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. The MCA is proud to participate in the seventh year of the exposition, which presents artwork from 135 leading galleries around the world.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA's education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

A French term for art openings, Vernissage, or ‘varnishing day,’ evokes the energy and excitement that surrounds the commencement of this major international art event—attracting more than 8,500 visitors to one of Chicago’s most sought out and influential events of the year. Guests are invited to take in the vast show floor for an exclusive look at more than 3,000 works of artwork from galleries representing 27 countries and 63 cities from around the world. The MCA’s Women’s Board has partnered with EXPO CHICAGO to present Vernissage since the inception of the exposition seven years ago.

This unique celebration, co-chaired by MCA Women’s Board members Marcia Fraerman and Cathy Ross and Woman’s Board President Ellen B. Wallace, begins with a Patron Reception at 5 pm in the VIP Collector’s Lounge, presented by Northern Trust (located on the west end of Festival Hall) featuring food by some of Chicago’s top restaurants and food providers including: 20E, Benihana, Big Star, Chicago Raw, Eli’s Cheesecake, Goodies, Marisol, Nude Dude Food, Riva Crab House, Tanta, The Windsor, BuzzBox, Essentia, Foodstuffs, RX Bar, Skinny Pop and Sunset Foods. Featured beverage sponsors include Terrazas de los Andes and Pipeworks Brewery.

Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

To purchase tickets, please call 312.397.4017

September 29 - 30

Turn up the volume on culinary harmony this fall with Bon Appétit presents Chicago
Gourmet! To “amp” up for its 11th year, the nation’s favorite epicurean event is getting
in the groove with seven chart topping ancillary events in addition to the Main Event
and Grand Cru

Attendees of the ancillary series will mingle with headlining chefs as they jam out to
one-of-a-kind dinners, tastings and cocktail parties throughout the Windy City. The
lineup includes chefs who have championed Chicago Gourmet since year one; new,
emerging talent to watch; and both homegrown and national celebrity chefs who
have become synonymous with the Chicago Gourmet experience.

Rock the Fork by celebrating all things food and music throughout the city with events on sale now including:

September 26, 7-10 p.m.: Italian Feast on the Symphony Center Stage ($225/person)

September 27, 6-9 p.m.: Blues, Booze & Bites at River Roast ($75/person)

September 28, 12-2 p.m.: Battle of the Masters ($200/person)

September 28, 6-9 p.m.: Hamburger Hop on the Harris Theater Rooftop ($125/person)

September 28, 9 p.m.-midnight: Late Night Gourmet, presented by Chicago magazine at The Underground ($50/person)

September 29, 8-11 p.m.: Global StrEATS on the Harris Theater Rooftop ($85/person)

September 30, 8:30-10:45 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Rise & Shine Gourmet at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel ($40/person)

For more details and to buy tickets, visit

September 27-30

EXPO CHICAGO 2018, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, enters its seventh year as a leading international art fair. Returning to Navy Pier ’s Festival Hall in Chicago this September.

This year, the fair will bring together 135 leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Its diverse programming will include /Dialogues, IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, EXPO VIDEO, the Curatorial Forum, the Art Critics Forum, Special Exhibitions, EXPO Sound and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project.

In addition, there will be the first-ever interview marathontitled Creative Chicago, hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival. A first-ever in the US, the program is funded by The Terra Foundation for American Art’s year-long initiative Art Design Chicago, and in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier.

This year’s edition of EXPO CHICAGO will welcome 135 leading international exhibitors, including strong returning galleries and notable first-time additions representing 27 countries and 63 cities from around the world.

The doors of the fair will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

One-Day Pass will be $20
Three-Day Pass will be $30

Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL