The Ed Paschke Art Center celebrated its grand opening with a private preview party on June 21. More than 300 celebrities, artists, family, and friends guests gathered to honor the late artist and his work. The center, located at 5415 West Higgins Avenue in Jefferson Park, officially opened to the public on June 22, which would have been Paschke’s 75th birthday. The center is open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is free.
It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring Ed Paschke's life’s work.
The public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. They gathered in the park next door and patiently stood in line to enter the building that held dozens of his paintings and drawings, as well as a re-creation of his studio.
By Jake Malooley
The late, legendary Chicago Imagist's spirit is palpable in a remake of his Rogers Park studio at the just-opened Ed Paschke Art Center.