Plein Air Paint Outs

Paint outs are offered the first three Saturdays of each month. On the fourth weekend, we offer a Friday night nocturne and Sunday morning paint out. At least once a month, a celebrated guest artist is on hand to demo and critique.

Everyone is invited to paint along with us, as we enjoy each other’s companionship and enhance our artistic skills. As members, we have fun exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods, watching demonstrations by well-known artists, sharing painting insights, and learning from critiques. At the end of each plein air season, all of us – from beginners to professionals – feel a great sense of satisfaction when we frame and exhibit the paintings we created during our paint outs.

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Paint Outs are listed by month below, and also on our Events Calendar page.


  • Asia on Argyle Paint Out

    April 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0 at Asia on Argyle Paint Out

    The first Paint Out of the Season! Restrooms available at Tai Nam Food Market, 4925 N. Broadway.

  • Paint Out: Ping Tom Memorial Park Pagoda

    April 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at Ping Tom Memorial Park

    Enter path at W 19th and S Wells St. This park in the Chinatown neighborhood has a pagoda, industria...

  • Paint Out: Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

    April 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at Spirit of Music Garden Grant Park

    Located east of South Michigan Avenue and north of East Balbo Drive. Several hotels nearby for restr...

  • Paint Out/Nocturne: The Music Box Theatre

    April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT at Music Box Theatre

    The first nocturne of the season at the historic Music Box Theatre. Location includes the beautiful ...

  • Paint Out: North Pond Natural Area

    April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at North Pond Natural Area

    Please note, this paint out is on a Sunday. The meeting place is at a spot between the nearest restr...







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