EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. Initiating the beginning of the international fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO takes place at historic Navy Pier, whose vast vaulted architecture hosts leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Dedicated to rigorous and challenging programming, EXPO CHICAGO initiates strategic international partnerships, built alongside strong institutional relationships with major local museums and organizations to open parallel exhibitions and events. The 2017 edition of EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17) will align with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16–January 07), and launch an official partnership with the Palais de Tokyo and Institut français to present an off-site exhibition opening to the public on Tuesday, September 12. Entitled Singing Stones (September 13–October 29), curated by the Palais de Tokyo's Katell Jaffrès, the exhibition brings together 11 emerging artists from the French and Chicago art scenes at The Roundhouse—a 17,000 sq. ft. space built in 1881 and designed by Burnham & Root—at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park.


The EXPOSURE section, presented within the main exposition hall, is dedicated to emerging programs presenting solo and two-artist presentations represented by galleries 8 years and younger. An unrivaled talks program for both public and VIP audiences on two stages, /Dialogues and Exchange by Northern Trust continue to feature the most established and respected voices in contemporary art and culture. The on-site installations program IN/SITU, selected by a major international curator, and EXPO Projects organized by the fair Directors, feature large-scale suspended sculptures and site-specific works within the exhibition hall, alongside EXPO VIDEO, featuring a dynamic curated screening program for film, video, and new media works, and Special Exhibitions booths highlighting non-profit organizations. The off-site public program engages the city’s long legacy with public art, including IN/SITU Outside, siting works by major contemporary artists throughout Chicago Park District locations for up to one year, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, presenting a curated selection of digital art on the citywide network. Committed to fostering contemporary art criticism and discourse, EXPO CHICAGO publishes THE SEEN, Chicago’s only international journal of contemporary and modern art, online and in print.

Expanding on its renowned VIP Program—an audience of top international collectors, gallerists, art advisors, artists, and academics—the annual EXPO CHICAGO Curatorial Forum provides a conference platform to leading institutional and independent exhibition organizers.

September in Chicago. Be here.