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2013 Chicago Old Town Art Fair

Written by  Jamie Albert
Art lovers admire the work of over 250 hand picked artists on the intimate streets of historic Old Town Triangle Art lovers admire the work of over 250 hand picked artists on the intimate streets of historic Old Town Triangle

Chicago’s Old Town Art Fair 2013

The celebrated annual Old Town Art Fair will be held once again this summer in Old Town on June 8-9. The festival is an outdoor event held rain or shine and begins at 10 a.m. each day, with the main gate located at 1862 North Lincoln Avenue (at Wisconsin St.). The requested donation for entry is seven dollars per person (with the exception of children 12 and under who may enter for free accompanied by an adult).

One of the Top Art Fairs in the Country

The volunteer run, community fair is one of the most famous in the U.S., and will be celebrating its 64th year running along the lovely tree-lined streets of the historic Old Town Triangle District. The fair typically draws a minimum of 50,000 spectators and art lovers and features over 250 acclaimed artists from all over and outside the country.

Artists are selected by an independently chosen jury of professional gallery owners, curators, and artists. All forms of 2D and 3D media will be represented from paintings to photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, stone, metal and wood and much more.

Among the many anticipated activities and highlights included as a part of the fair this year are the “Gallery of Gardens” which is a walk through garden of 50+ urban home gardens, an art form of its own, as well as on-stage music with local talent and several children’s activities, including a children’s corner that will feature hands-on arts and crafts. There will be local food vendors, souvenir sales including prints, fair posters, tee shirts, collectibles, and official Old Town Art Fair merchandise.

The fair began 64 years ago as a community art event where neighborhood residents displayed their original work on their fences and yards and asked for small monetary donations to improve the community and neighborhood. Though the fest is much different today, the tradition of the Old Town Holiday, as it was then called, is still alive and well. All of the proceeds go to local schools, youth groups, neighborhood preservation projects, and the presenter of the show, the Old Town Triangle Association.

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