Most art galleries have free receptions when a new exhibit opens. These are open to the public and are designed to show off an artist’s work, educate people about what’s new and happening in the art world, and maybe even cultivate some buyers! There are a handful almost every weekend in Chicago, and visiting them can be a fun way to spend time with friends. It’s also a good thing to do before a dinner date, because you’ll have something to talk about over food.
The definitive listing is over at Chicago Gallery News. You can find all sorts of art events, at different dates and in different neighborhoods.