It’s summer in the city, and at least in Chicago, it’s all on. We’re vaxxed and relaxed and ready to play! This past weekend was the Old Town Art Fair, one of the oldest in the country and one that consistently has a nice mix of vetted fine art, jewelry makers and entertainment. It’s not a street fair (although I love those too); the emphasis is on the art and while there are food and beverage vendors, the vibe isn’t “this is just an excuse for day drinking.” Although, again, nothing wrong with that, especially this summer!
I went with my husband, and while we don’t really need any more art (although if we had found something, we would have figured out a place for it), what we did need was a reason to walk outside on a lovely day with a bit of purpose. We enjoyed people watching, art critiquing and strolling the beautiful neighborhood streets of Old Town.
While the Old Town Art Fair is done for this year (but a roaring success—it was packed even with required timed tickets), there are many more art fairs to come in Chicago and wherever you are. Here’s a handy reference of Chicago 2021 Summer Festivals compiled by WTTW that includes suburban events (and also lists what’s not happening, which is pretty helpful).
What outdoor summer art events are you looking forward to this year? I think they’ll be extra fun just because we all missed them last year.