Today marks the official first day of summer! Each summer Chicagoland has enough festivals to make your head spin. You don’t want to miss any, but how do you choose? One of my favorite warm weather pastimes is wandering around art fairs with my mom who happens to always know the best ones to experience. If you appreciate all things artsy too, check out three art fairs that will get your creative juices flowing all summer long.
Remix Chicago, which has a focus of turning what might end up in trash bins into art, used to have a festival in Logan Square. I enjoyed browsing the vendors to see what cool creations could be made. My mom and I learned how to make notebooks out of recycled materials such as cardboard used to package beer, crackers and tea. We loved this workshop and now a few years later my mom continues to make these notebooks for family and friends. This year Remix Chicago is joining forces with the Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest for an event planned for this weekend! It looks like they will stick with the tradition of offering free workshops for adults and children. This could be a great opportunity to teach your kiddos about taking care of the planet and making cool art, too!
Keep the artistic fun going in Evanston with the World Arts & Music Festival at Dawes Park. This event features so many good things, including art, different cultures, music and a sweet lakefront location. Your family could wander around the globe right in Evanston. Little ones can sample food from other countries and see art from around the world. If the July weather is steamy the lake breeze and cute pond can make things feel cooler. If you want an opportunity to give your budding artists a taste of creativity and culture, this festival could be great fit.
August: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
This fun festival takes over the streets in my neck of the woods. Rogers Park seems to be bursting with all kinds of cool art when this event hits each year. The free festival will feature more than 100 artists. Something that my mom and I have enjoyed in past years is touring the open studios of working artists. This is an option again this year, and I can’t think of a better way to give your pint-sized Picassos a sneak peek into an artist’s unique life. What are your favorite art fairs of the season? Chime in! I would love to hear from you.