Expo Chicago will bring more than 135 contemporary arts galleries to Navy Pier this week.

The annual arts exhibition will feature galleries from 25 countries, including Austria, Brazil, China, England, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea,  Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and The Netherlands. It starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Expo Chicago Director Tony Karman said this year's edition was the most global to date, with representation from 58 different cities across the world.

“The sixth edition of Expo Chicago’s participating exhibitors reflects the international partnerships, collaborations and programming that our extraordinary staff has encouraged and fostered over the last several years,” Karman said. “We look forward to welcoming the world in support of our 2017 galleries, and for all to experience the numerous exhibitions and events in September, including the Palais de Tokyo’s Hors les Murs and the opening week of our strategic date alignment with the Chicago Architectural Biennial.”

Leading exhibitors include the Carpenters Workshop Gallery of London, Paris and New York; Galerie Gmurzynska from Zürich; Alexander Gray Associates of New York; GRIMM from Amsterdam; and Perrotin from New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.

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Eataly will offer a special menu of artisanal Italian food that will be available for purchase on the main exposition floor. Visitors will be able to nosh on delicacies like housemade fresh mozzarella, housemade focaccia, gelato cured meats and artisanal cheeses.

“We are honored to partner with Expo Chicago to offer a menu of artisanal dishes paired with a world-class art experience right here in Chicago,” Eataly USA CEO Nicola Farinetti said. “There are many similarities between food and art. Just as artists search for the highest quality tools and canvases, Eataly’s producers and artisans search for the highest quality ingredients. When you get to know your food or art, you start to understand the artists and how much labor and effort goes into making such a masterpiece.”

Tickets start at $20 for one-day admission.

The exhibition is open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


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