The following event release comes from Downtown Oak Park:
Downtown Oak Park’s popular summer event, Art dans la Rue (Art in the Street) is back! Marion Street transforms into an urban French street festival for participants to celebrate a day full of art, film, food, wine, music, dance and all things authentically European. Art dans la Rue will take place Tuesday, August 5th from 12-9PM in Downtown Oak Park on Marion Street between Lake Street & North Blvd.
Oak Park Art District artists provide a European backdrop for the festival with their artwork on display to purchase or admire. The French-love continues at the First Tuesday Film Club’s showing of Umbrellas of Cherbourg at 12PM and 7PM – movie tickets are available online or at Lake Threatre, 1022 Lake Street. Also, Oak Park Art League will offer kids’ activities and present Pop-Up Plein A.I.R (Artists in Residence) with artists painting and sculpting French inspired models.
Other European-themed activities throughout the day include outdoor café dining, wine tastings and a poodle parade. Crepes, fresh-cut flowers and berets will add extra French flair. Local retailers including HooDoo Headwear, CarefulPeach Boutique,Sugarcup Trading, Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie, Polished Nails and Day Spa, and Lemonmade Style & Snips will also be showcasing French goods and services.
Francophiles will be serenaded by Claudia Hommel from 1-3pm, lePercolateur from 3-5pm, followed by Paris Swing from 7-9pm. There will also be a special performance by CanCan dancers from 5-6:30pm. The French festival esthetic is complete with Rickshaw Rick rides, an artistic face painter and a roaming mime.
Downtown Oak Park will also be hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest – L’art sur le trottoir (Art on the Sidewalk). Artists will compete to win $100 Downtown Oak Park gift certificate for their chalk masterpieces displayed throughout Downtown Oak Park during Art dans la Rue. A winner will be announced at 8pm during Art dans la Rue. Click here for registration information and for full contest details.