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Often the “Star of the Show” - guests appreciate the wide-open spaces to explore. The 200,000 square foot, historic Starline Factory building was built over 100 years ago. Today it provides a great space to safely distance while visiting the events, dining, shopping, and more!

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Artists submit work to be judged by a guest judge.
• Best of Show (Art or Photography) $50 Cash Prize and Starline Medal
• 1st Place for Art (any Artwork but photography) $25 Starline Gift Card and Starline Medal
• 1st Place for Photography (any photography) $25 Starline Gift Card and Starline Medal
• People’s Choice (Art or Photography) $25 Starline Gift Card and Starline Medal
• Judge’s Option Honorable Mention (Art or Photography) $20 Starline Gift Card


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Dine at the Stanchion Pub. The Stanchion Pub offers a variety of food and drink specials. The 4th Friday Buffet Special is a big hit for attendees of the event. Drinks are also available at a variety of bars throughout the building on 4th Friday evenings.

“Spring into Summer” is an exhibit of strictly watercolors depicting scenes showing our change of seasons of Spring into Summer by the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild members.

The Guild’s purpose is to enhance, enrich, and further work in watercolor, to promote a better understanding of creative art, and to make art available in the community. Formed in 1985 with an initial core of seven members, the group has grown to 120. Members are primarily from Lake and McHenry County, Illinois, and Southern Wisconsin.  LRWG’s focus is on education with demos and workshops by local and nationally known artists. We welcome new members and urge anyone interested in watercolor, whether as a painter or simply an art lover, to attend our meetings The group has grown lasting friendships made through members’ exchange of ideas and knowledge of the wonderful world of watercolor.

Monthly meetings are in person and via Zoom, September through May at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, 43 W. Grass Lake Road, Lake Villa, IL on the second Thursday of the month from 9:30 am-noon. Membership is $25. Guests are always welcome for only $5/per meeting.     See a sample of our Show!   Facebook  



Guests of the 4th Friday's Event can enjoy 3 or more great musical performers or bands throughout the evening. May's entertainment is The Bluesberrys on the Main Stage, Natalie Whalen in the Skylight Loft and Art Karagianis

The Bluesberry's will be performing on our main stage. The band features classic rock and blues  - Skynyrd, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many other tunes of similar taste. 

Garret Floden - Guitar and vocals
Brett Byker - bass and vocals
Jack Rudolf - Drums


Natalie Whalen, sings and plays guitar and ukulele. She loves animals, the Great Outdoors, and, of course, epic tunes. She grew up on Classic Rock but plays from a variety of genres from artists like The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, and The Beatles. Natalie's been playing shows since early high school and absolutely loves observing the way people connect with her music."


Art has performed at many 4th Fridays. He is a favorite that continues to please! See him on the Terrace on the March 4th Friday.




Drew Eurek has been studying oil painting for over 20 years. Self-taught at an early age and later studying under Lester Salburg and Cheri Rittenhouse, Drew Eurek works mainly with oils and graphite as well as ink on canvas. His use of bold lines and inventive colors combine to form deep and rich still lifes as well as breathtaking abstracts. 'I like to incorporate deep and dark tones hidden beneath light and playful brush strokes to form depth within a single piece'. His goal is to approach his work with a less critical thought process and fluid, loose stokes to acheive a purely raw and instant piece while also including any mistakes that happen along the way. 'My pieces tell a story and even the mistakes should be included to the viewer'.

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New to the Starline Factory this year; The Starline Excursion Market is a 20,000 square foot venue for artisans and vendors of home decor and gifts. A great place to shop, sell and explore for the perfect treasure. The Starline Excursion Market will be open on 4th Fridays 11 to 8 pm.


Live Art on 4th Friday

Every 4th Friday we invite artists to demonstrate their art.
This month's artists include the following:

David R. Becker

Watercolor Art...

Sandie Bacon

Art Demonstration -...

Tamara McMillan

Henna Art - Tamara has...

Sheri Cannataro

Bee Products - Sheri is...