We've often talked about how Chicago is an art lover's paradise in reference to the amazing art museums and public art all over the city, but there is another way to enjoy Chicago's finest artists and their work this summer and fall. It's with the extensive series of art fairs held in the city limits. These fairs give travelers and locals an opportunity to see, explore, and support art's next big thing. Here's a list of how and where you can get your art on in Chicago.
This is another art fair that takes place in the heart of Chicago's vibrant downtown area. This festival, which last three days, hosts 200 artists and their works in Pioneer Park, outside the Tribune Building. It takes place from 10-6 Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday.
Celebrate Clark Street (July 20-21)
This street party celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Rogers Park neighborhood. Along with a wonderful selection of artists displaying their work, this fair up the party factor with day-long live music, food, and entertainment for the kids. It takes place on Clark Street between Morse and Estes from 1-11PM on Saturday and 1-10 PM on Sunday.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (August 17-18)
This is another festival in Rogers Park that takes over the quiet, cobblestoned walk of Glenwood Avenue. It features more than 100 artists' work, while also offering live music and theatre on the streets. The Avenue is already lined by beautiful murals, and the festival takes place from noon to 9PM both days.
Bucktown Arts Fest (August 24-25)
This festival, in its 27th year, features 200 artists and their astounding work. The festival takes place from 10 to 6 in the beautiful Senior Citizens Memorial Park on 2300 N. Oakley Avenue and 2300 W. Lyndale Street in the vibrant Bucktown neighborhood.
African Festival of the Arts (August 30-Sept 2)
This four-day long art extravaganza includes a music festival, local and international artists, education and participation in traditional African culture and heritage, and opportunities for the exploration of all elements of African history. Taking place from noon to 10PM on Friday and 10AM-10PM on the other days in Bronzeville's Washington Park, this festival will surely educate, inspire, and excite your whole family.
Ravenswood Remix (August 31-September 1)
This festival features 50 artists who create their work from use, found, or recycled materials and celebrates the ways in which art can help the environment in creative ways. It is held on the lovely Ravenswood Avenue just north of Irving Park Rd. The hours for both days are noon to 10PM.
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts (September 7-8)
This festival, taking place in the lovely and culturally rich Lakeview neighborhood is heralded as one of the premier art fairs in the city. Featuring 175 acclaimed artists, the festival is held from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday on Broadway north of Belmont.
Renegade Craft Fair (September 7-8)
This fair features people who were rejected from the pompous fine art world, but create interesting, creative, and beautiful pieces. They have found their home at this fair in Wicker Park's neighborhood on Division St between Damen and Paulina. Hours are 11-7 both days.
Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure (September 28-29)
This event, in its 8th year, features more than 35 artists and crafters. It takes place in the University of Chicago outdoor courtyard on 1526 E. 55th Avenue. Hours are 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.
Edgewater Fall Art Fair (September 28-29)
This event, organized by artists, offers the best of the beautiful and diverse Edgewater neighborhood. Featuring a private beer garden, street stages, a fashion show, kids area, students' art show, and more than 60 exhibitors, this show is a must-see. The festival is on Granville Avenue, between Broadway and Winthrop from 11-6.
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