//Featuring Over 100 Independent Artists//

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We’re so excited to be featuring work by over 100 independent artists and we’ll be continuing to evolve, grow, expand and add on to the current offerings as we go along. Please follow along with us on facebook and twitter for updates and monthly events!


Chicago Artists Month: Rattle The Cage, Kinetic Installations by Jonah Ortiz & LIVE MUSIC by The Oarsman


Paperish Mess, located in Ukrainian Village, is excited to host Rattle The Cage, Kinetic Installations by Jonah Ortiz as part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The event will also take place in conjunction with the West Town Art Walk. Please join us on Oct. 3rd, 2014 from 5-10pm and Oct. 4th from 11am-10pm and experience Jonah’s collection of installations and 3D creations.

Opening night (Oct 3rd) will also include live music by local musicians, The OarsmanCelebratory libations and hors d’oeuvres will be provided throughout the evening.


Jonah Ortiz’s work is a complex blend of high and low-brow pop-media references, coupled with a subtext of analogies to personal stories.  Grounded in concept and wild in form, his work plays on noise and color to create an aesthetic style which offends the senses and challenges the mind. Using familiar games and toys as rudimentary models, the artwork aims to bridge the gap between the creativity of childhood, and the reality of adulthood. The ironic message behind each piece is partially derived from personal experience, but the all-inclusive style of the work allows for a unique experience no matter what level of fluency one has in the art world.



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Event Title: Rattle the Cage, Kinetic Installations by Jonah Ortiz and LIVE MUSIC from the Oarsman

Event Type: Art Exhibit Opening, Art Walk and Live Music Performance

Event Date/Times: Fri Oct 3rd, 5-10pm and Sat Oct 4th 11am-10pm.

Event Address: Paperish Mess, 1955 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Contact Info: (email) paperishmess@gmail.com or (phone) 312.265.1497

Website(s): paperishmess.com, chicagoartistsmonth.org, youtube.com/user/jonahortiz, and ilovetheoarsman.com

Public transit accessible via #50 Damen, #66 Chicago.

Closest subway lines are Chicago (Blue), Damen (Blue), Division (Blue).

After Hours on Chicago Avenue!


We’re happy to announce, in collaboration with the West Town Chamber of Commerce, that over 15 local businesses along West Town’s Chicago Avenue corridor will be kicking off their monthly summer event, After Hours on Chicago Avenue. This is a brand new initiative and will launch on June 27th, 2014 from 6-9pm. On the last Friday of every month, community businesses will open their doors after hours and offer exclusive promotions, sales and complimentary refreshments.

After Hours on Chicago Ave was formed as a group effort to encourage the community to discover all of the great new and established businesses in the neighborhood. Summer dates include June 27th, July 25th, and Aug 29th, 2014.

Please join us for celebratory drinks and special offerings at participating independent businesses, such as Ad Hoc, Study Hall, Paperish Mess, Tarnish, Sprout Home, Permanent Records, Epic Spices, Seek Vintage and many more!



“Passed Glances” by Ilyana Schwartz, Show Runs Through Feb 12th


1549279_591078624295090_1692114754_nPlease join Paperish Mess on Saturday, January 11th from 7-11pm for the opening night of Passed Glances by Chicago-based wood block printer, Ilyana Schwartz.

To celebrate the opening of the month-long installation, we’ll have complimentary drinks and libations on hand throughout the evening! This will be our last show until Spring, so we hope you’ll join us, hang out and enjoy sweet artwork by this *absolutely* fantastic artist!

Artist Statement from Ilyana Schwartz:

This work explores pattern, mark, and shape making
through the medium of woodblock prints. I am drawn
to how the harsh lines of the wood and the sectioned
patterns can depict emotion on a human face. It is for
this reason that I originally chose to make portraits. As I
began my process of carving people, my work ultimately
took the form of a crowd.

Opening Reception Date/Time: Saturday, Jan 11th 7pm-11pm
Show Runs through Feb 12, Tues-Fri 12-7, Sat & Sun 12-6

Address: Paperish Mess, 1955 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Contact Info: (email) paperishmess@gmail.com or (phone) 312.265.1497

Website(s): paperishmess.com and ilyanaschwartz.com

Public transit accessible via #50 Damen and #66 Chicago. Closest subway lines are Chicago (Blue), Damen (Blue), Division (Blue).




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Opening Night!


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Urban Perspectives by Tim Jarosz // Opening Reception on Sat. Dec 7th: 7-11pm

unnamed-2Please join us at the opening reception for “Urban Perspectives” featuring the work of Chicago-based artist, Tim Jarosz on Saturday, December 7th from 7-11pm. We’ve loved Tim’s work for so long now and we’re thrilled to feature a large collection coming up THIS Saturday, Dec. 7th for the month of December. Included in the show are brand new pieces, large-scale works and everything in between! Complimentary libations will be on-hand from the amazing Allagash Brewing as well! Seriously delish and sure to make it a great night.

More from Tim Jarosz: 

The Work.

Overall, I would say my work can be described as “Gritty digital urban landscape collages”. It’s a bit of a long process, even though sometimes my artwork only takes a few hours to create. It pretty much always starts with photography. Shooting lots of photos, mostly street photography. It then moves to digitally editing and collaging those photographs together and then adding my own color and texture treatments. I wouldn’t be able to create my style of work if I didn’t use photography and design equally. For me, they go hand in hand and both are a crucial part of what I call art.

The Process.

The process I use to print my work is called Sublimation printing. It’s basically a two-part printing process that includes printing my work out with special inks on paper and then heat pressing the image into the material it is mounted on. This process is what gives the work that super glossy look. The images are printed on chromalux wood board, similar in style to masonite, but with a beautiful glossy finish.

Check out the ONLINE INVITE HERE! 

Saturday, December 7th 2013, 7-11pm
Paperish Mess
1955 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

SHOP SMALL with Paperish Mess, Lost Girls Vintage and Chicago Avenue Salon THIS Small Business Saturday, 12-6pm!

unnamedTo celebrate supporting local and indie businesses this Small Business Saturday, we are hosting a get-together THIS SATURDAY afternoon with mobile vintage shop, Lost Girls Vintage and Chicago Avenue Salon at Paperish Mess. So much handmade and vintage goodness will be on hand and select items in the shop will be 10-25% OFF! Swing by for cocktails, a pop-up photo booth with one of our fave photographers Staci Cilantro, AND get the cutest vintage-y braids and 5 minute up-do’s for FREE all day long at the shop, compliments of the lovely Chicago Ave Salon! We hope you’ll join us and shop small! Support three businesses in one this upcoming Small Business Saturday– actually, we have now have 100 artists featured here at Paperish Mess, so really it’s like supporting 103 businesses in one! YAY!

Paperish Mess 1 Year Anniversary Party! Art Opening for “Emotional Likeness” by Matt Wojtan and Space Cubs’ EP Release Party!

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We’re thrilled to announce our One Year Anniversary Gathering! YAY for ONE YEAR! We could NOT have done it without you guys and we can’t thank you enough for all of your love and support over these past 12 months. The event will feature the opening reception for “Emotional Likeness” featuring the work of Chicago-based artist Matt Wojtan and EP Release Party for Chicago electronic/experimental musician Space Cubs on Saturday, November 9th from 7:00pm-11:00pm.

In celebration of Paperish Mess’ One Year Anniversary, complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the evening! ALSO, these:

-The first 20 purchases over $40 will get to choose their FREE pick from a specially curated selection of artwork, jewelry and handmade goods.

-10-50% OFF select art pieces, jewelry items, clothing & more for one night only!

 -Most importantly though, 10% of every purchase that night will go to Esperanza Community Services, a local Chicago (West Town) organization focusing on the arts, music, education and vocational training for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


About Matt Wojtan:
Matt Wojtan’s quest to represent what he sees has led to another beast entirely. As humans, we discuss everything from friends, strangers, family and people we distrust. Wojtan continues this conversation through illustration, paint and colored pencil. The artist has studied the city of Chicago greatly through a mix of life drawing and candid photo reference. The artist’s passion no longer thrives on capturing a physical likeness, but an emotional one.


About Space Cubs:
The event will also feature the release of Space Cubs’  EP Release titled Come Forth, Die Down. Space Cubs is the one-woman moniker of Suzanne Bonifacio, a recent transplant to Chicago, IL. Bonifacio floats effortlessly between distinct vocal melodies and instrumental sound-scapes, while drawing inspiration from names such as Bjork, Boards of Canada, Kate Bush, Junior Boys and Aphex Twin.

Event Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2013 – 7PM-11PM

Event Address: Paperish Mess, 1955 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Contact Info: (Email) paperishmess@gmail.com
(Phone) 312.265.1497

Website(s): www.paperishmess.com, mattwojtan.com
and soundcloud.com/spacecubs

Public transit accessible via #50 Damen, #66 Chicago.

Closest subway lines include Chicago (Blue), Damen (Blue) and Division (Blue).

SHORTCOMINGS OF COIN by Ian “hydEON” Ferguson w/ BARO Records Ambient Sound Installation // Chicago Artists Month 2013 // Sat. Oct 12th, 7-11pm

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SHORTCOMINGS OF COIN, New Visual Works by Ian “hydEON” Ferguson is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.   

The event will take place on Oct. 12th from 7-11pm and will feature works on paper, wood, video, and wall mural installations by Ian “hydEON” Ferguson. The opening will also include BARO Records ambient sound installations by ANT’LRD, and KEVIN HEIN. Celebratory beverages will be provided throughout the evening as well!

Ferguson’s series of work focuses on the emotional hardships of being suppressed in a labor intensive fast food service industry. $0 Tip on $800 order for party of 30. The never-ending financial struggles of life in a world engulfed in greed, unnecessary plastic bags, crumbling healthcare systems, depressing human services, and existing in the endlessly looming poverty line.  The artist explores these experiences in vivid depictions of the struggles, dealing with them, overcoming them, and rising above to succeed in bigger dreams. Focusing on a deeper existence, one that is in more of a spiritual realm of consciousness rather than one that is rooted in the pregnant wealth of commerce.

Opening Show w/ BARO Records Sound Installation: Saturday, Oct 12th, 7-11pm

Visual Art Exhibit runs October 12-November 2nd

For more information, visit www.paperishmess.com, www.hydeonart.com and www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

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Official App Release Party from Buy Art Not People// LIVE Music by Andy and the Pandys // Oct 27th 6-9pm

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We’re so excited to host the Official Release Party for a new phone app put out by Buy Art Not People, a Chicago-based arts and awareness group focusing on raising awareness and resources to combat modern day slavery, aka. human trafficking. Join us Sunday, October 27th from 6-9 pm– there will be gadgets available to explore the app, celebratory refreshments provided and live music by Detroit band, Andy and the Pandys.

283591_211298108920242_5319350_nThe app will be used to spread awareness about human trafficking through links to anti-trafficking resources, providing the ability to submit trafficking tips and research instances of trafficking and abuse in a given neighborhood or area of Chicago, and to share images of artwork as well as info about arts-related events in the city to network with other social justice-minded artists. 


The Release Party will take place at Paperish Mess (1955 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) on Sunday, October 27th from 6-9 pm. For more details, please check out buyartnotpeople.org and andyandthepandys.bandcamp.com.

Hoofprint Workshop turns Paperish Mess INKSIDE OUT! Join us Oct 4th & 5th!


Bring your brains on down to Paperish Mess for INKSIDE OUT–a celebration of Hand-pulled Printing Power at the West Town Art Walk during the weekend of Oct. 4th and 5th! Chicago-based print-duo Liz Born and Gabe Hoare will be displaying work from their Pilsen print studio, Hoofprint Workshop. Friday from 6pm-10pm will kick-off with an exhibition of new and collaborative prints in the Paperish Mess space and Olde Fashioned Ram! Press Demos on the sidewalk, weather permitting. (Free admission!)


Also, join us Saturday for 45 minute Linoleum Mini-cut Workshops starting at noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6! We’ll take you through this ancient printing technique one step at a time! (Limit 8 per session, children should be accompanied by an adult, please rsvp to hoofprintworkshop@gmail.com to reserve a spot in advance, suggested donation $10.) Walk away with your very own relief print!

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Complimentary celebratory libations will be served in-store and throughout the West Town Art Walk as well! We look forward to sharing an ink-filled weekend with you.


Art Walk and Shop Hours for the weekend: Friday, Oct 4th 6pm-10pm, Saturday Oct 5th, 11am-10pm. Visit hoofprintworkshop.com or westtownartwalk.com for more information!

Paperish Mess Presents: (001) These Animals, Options & surprises from Sweet Cakes Bakery // Friday the 13th!

Come on by for our Friday the 13th celebration, and take in the work of Miguel Guzman, eat some delicious Sweet Cakes Bakery goods, and meet These Animals, a New York City indie-pop quartet, that create a mix of dreamy pop and dance-able rock and roll. The band met while attending art school and began writing together in the early months of 2010. With keen pop sensibilities, their sixties-inspired harmonies sit comfortably on top of shoe-gaze guitar textures and toe-tapping rhythms. Cultivated from influences of friends and the city around them, there is something strangely familiar and reminiscent about These Animals’ music. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for a memory you wish you had.

Options will be playing sweet tunes for the show as well– check out more details online HERE!


…and check out some of their tunes HERE!

//Live Music//Art//Drinks//Snacks//