RANDOLPH STREET MARKET FESTIVAL RANDOLPH STREET MARKET FESTIVAL WHEN Weekends May–September WHERE Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., West Loop WHY This indoor-outdoor market, held year-round at the historic Plumbers Union Hall, is Chicago’s version of New York’s celebrated Chelsea Flea Market — eclectic, bohemian and chock-full of fascinating finds. Upwards of 250 antique, import, vintage goods and craft dealers draw 10,000+ visitors each weekend. 57TH STREET ART FAIR WHEN June 3–4 WHERE 57th St., between Kenwood & Woodlawn Ave., Hyde Park WHY As the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, this historic Hyde Park event showcases the original work of painters, sculptors, craftsmen and photographers. Of the 200+ participating artists, anywhere from 50–75 are new exhibitors — ensuring a fresh crop of talent every year. LOGAN SQUARE ARTS FESTIVAL WHEN June WHERE W. Logan Blvd., between N. Milwaukee & Kedzie Ave., Logan Square WHY See works by neighborhood artists, catch live indie music, and sample food and drink from some of the hottest restaurants and breweries in Chicago. OLD TOWN ART FAIR WHEN June 10–11 WHERE N. Lincoln Ave. & W. Wisconsin St., Old Town WHY Ranked America’s #1 Art Fair by ArtFairCalendar.com, this established fest — in its 68th year — draws an estimated 30,000 annual visitors to the tree-lined streets of Old Town. Nearly half of the 250-artist offerings are new every year, making the event appealing to artists and patrons alike. WELLS STREET ART FESTIVAL WHEN June 10–11 WHERE Wells St., between North Ave. & Division St., Old Town WHY More than 225 juried artists from around the world anchor this family-friendly fest, with live music, 20+ food vendors and a dedicated Children’s Play Area. Browse traditional painting and sculpture, woodworking, metal smithing and jewel craft. GLENWOOD AVENUE ARTS FEST WHEN August 18–20 WHERE N. Glenwood Ave. & W. Morse Ave., Rogers Park WHY The historic charm of Rogers Park is the ideal setting for this inclusive celebration of the arts. More than 100 visual artists set up booths or open their studios, while three stages showcase the talents of local musicians and theater groups, with culinary and mixology artisans keeping the energy up. BUCKTOWN ARTS FEST WHEN August 26-27 WHERE N. Oakley Ave. & W. Lyndale St., Bucktown WHY This annual summer jam blends nearly 200 juried painters, photographers, textile artisans, jewelers and more with two stages featuring dancers, poets and other performers. Food trucks, craft beer and sangria — along with art activities for kids — contribute to the fest’s overall sunny atmosphere. RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR WHEN September 9–10 WHERE Division St., between Damen & Ashland Ave., Wicker Park WHY Shop Chicago’s craftiest and most authentic “locals only” market, with more than 150 local artisans selling everything from jewelry, clothing and accessories to elegant homespun decor and handmade treats — all accompanied by fresh-spun DJ sets from the experts at Reckless Records. WEST LOOP ART FEST WHEN September 16-17 WHERE W. Washington Blvd. & N. Racine Ave., West Loop WHY Six blocks of juried artists who excel in a variety of media, interactive art tents for budding artists, live music and a variety of local food and drink vendors — just a few more reasons to visit the neighborhood Yahoo! Recently dubbed one of the “Newest Hipster Neighborhoods Across the U.S.” EXPLORE HYDE PARK Since giving birth to the Ferris wheel in 1893, Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood has become one of the city’s primary cultural hubs. If you’ve got an extra day to hang here, don’t miss Museum Campus South, which encompasses the 1 Museum of Science and Industry, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 2 Robie House and the 3 DuSable Museum of African American History, plus four other cultural offerings. If you’d rather soak up the Chicago summer sun, be sure to hit 4 57th Street Beach. CHICAGO INSIDER MARK KELLY COMMISSIONER, CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS What makes Chicago such a haven for artists? Chicago is an arts powerhouse and a global cultural destination — the birthplace of storefront theater, modern architecture, footwork, improv, poetry slams, gospel music, house music, the urban blues and more. Name some of your favorite places to experience the best of Chicago’s arts scene. Combined with the Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park has become Chicago’s town square. The Chicago Riverwalk is another favorite place, offering unique city views and a cool new spot to experience local music. And the Wabash Arts Corridor showcases about 40 large-scale murals. What trends related to arts and culture do you predict for the coming year? Chicago has designated 2017 as the Year of Public Art. The city is home to an incredible collection of 700+ works of public art in parks and plazas, on walls, in transit hubs and airports. What recommendations do you have for visitors who’d like to attend festivals, exhibitions and performances related to the celebration? Be sure to check out cityofchicago.org/yopa for the complete schedule of events. The City of Chicago is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza this summer.
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