Serving as a very important reminder that Chicago’s best art isn’t kept solely inside museum walls, I’m just going to go ahead and declare the month of June `Art Fair Season.’ Celebrate the beautiful temps with even more beautiful creations–and plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get in the picture.
Head to Hyde Park for the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest–and an absolutely astounding amount of glass, jewelry, leather, photography, print-making, painting, sculpture, digital arts, wood, ceramics and fiber.
Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at the Eat and Give Back food court, a partnership with William H. Ray Elementary School, with proceeds directly benefitting the Ray PTA.
Young artists won’t want to miss the Community Arts & Activities area (featuring all-ages fun provided by local community organizations), and their grownups won’t want to miss the 200 exhibitors–at least one of which is sure to have your home’s new favorite piece.
June 2-3; 57th Street at Kimbark Avenue, Chicago
If you like accolades with your art, you’ll love the original Old Town Art Fair, voted America’s No. 1 Art Fair for the third year in a row (by ArtFairCalendar.com) and named by U.S. News & World Reports as one of Chicago’s favorite festivals. Strict guidelines only allow for Fine Art to be showcased at this one, and every single piece is an original. Coinciding with the neighborhood Garden Walk, this is a great chance to stroll through one of Chicago’s prettiest neighborhoods–and into 50 gardens normally off-limits to the public. Tinies in tow? They’ll love the Children’s Corner, with a magic show, a Mad Scientist and enough Eco-Art to start them down the (green!) path toward their artistic futures.
June 9-10; Old Town Triangle Association building, 1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago; $10 adults, kids free
Regardless of the date on the calendar (or the temps on your weather app), true summer begins when Chicagoans head to Grant Park. The 61st annual Gold Coast Art Fair promises to bring even more loveliness to that experience with 300 juried artists from around the world and some downright incredible demonstrations and interactive art projects.
Live music, beer and food are featured in three oases, and gate donations go directly to the Chicago Park District’s art projects. Kids will show their true colors with a number of fam-friendly activities like spin art, art fest bingo and, true to the urban experience, a graffiti wall.
June 16-17; Grant Park’s Butler Field, corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago; $5