In spite of its ironic name, Starving Artist is one of the best dining events of the year in Chicago. In fact, it's a sensory wonderland for the eyes and for the taste buds, as artists and chefs converge for an evening of artistry across a plethora of mediums. The 2015 edition of the annual art and food event takes place June 25 at Venue One, an expansion from the Chicago Artists Coalition loft space elsewhere in the West Loop, where the venue has previously been held. The lustrous event promises a lineup of chefs, mixologists, and artists working in tandem to entertain and entice. As is its apropos ethos, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) strives to foster sustainable resources and opportunities for local artists in Chicago.
The multifaceted event takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph St.), a mere stone's throw from the CAC's loft space on Carpenter St. The larger space affords more opportunity for attendees, with room for 500+. Chaired by Todd Heiser, Starving Artist will highlight works from local artists Marissa Lee Benedict, Amber Ginsburg, Maurene Cooper, Andrew Rosinski, Tori Terzakis, and Stacia Yeapanis, working together with chefs to create cohesive table scapes and installations. Chefs include Sean Pharr of The Bristol, Tony Quartaro of Formento's, Pat Sheerin of Trenchermen, and Shawn Doolin of Venue One. There will also be burgers on hand courtesy of Shake Shack.
Additionally, specialty coffee drinks and cocktails come courtesy of Lavazza, with music by DJ Swaguerrilla and other surprise performances throughout the evening. An online auction curated by Paddle 8 is currently live leading up to the event, featuring works by past and present artists from CAC.
General Admission tickets are $175, while VIP Tickets, which include a pre-event reception with the Host Committee at CAC at 6 p.m., go for $250. Artist and Arts Administrator Tickets are $75.
All proceeds from Starving Artist benefit the CAC, notably the Maker Grant, an annual award that lends support for two local artists. Tickets can be purchased here.
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