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.



  • Paint Out: Dearborn Station

    May 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at Dearborn Station

    This Saturday contains the excitement of city streets and the historical Dearborn Station along with...

  • Paint Out: Humboldt Park Boat House

    May 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at Humboldt Park Boat House

    If you like choices at your paint outs then this is the place for you.   The very active Humboldt ...

  • Nocturne: Apple Store on the Chicago River

    May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm CDT at Apple Store

    This is an easy place to paint your perfect nocturne.  The Michigan Avenue Apple Store is located o...

  • Paint Out: Astor Street area

    May 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at Cardinal’s residence

    The Astor Street neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets and magnificent homes. The residence...






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Join the Plein Air Painters Chicago today and receive all of the wonderful membership benefits.

Only $35 a year.
$25 for students with I.D. & current enrollment. 

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