One of the many amazing things about living in Chicago is having access to an incredible arts and culture scene. There's nothing better than strolling through the galleries at the Art Institute, taking the architectural river cruise, hearing a live orchestra at Grant Park or Symphony Center—seriously, the list goes on. But our cup is not so full that we don't have room for more, so we were excited to hear about the inaugural West Loop Art Fest. It's taking place on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, along Washington Boulevard between Aberdeen and Halsted Streets. The best part? You don't just get to look at the pieces, you can purchase them, too.
The fest will showcase more than 150 juried artists from across the country working in a bevy of media, ranging from paintings and photography to ceramics and jewelry. In addition to ogling the goods, the kids also have the option to try their hands at being artists, with the help of a team led by local artist Bryan Butler. And when you feel like cooling your heels, there are two music stages and noshes from neighboring eateries, including Publican Quality Meats, Mas, Bar Che, Parlor Pizza, Nicholas Quality Meats, and Chicken Shop.
There is a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the West Loop Community Organization. For more information, visit the West Loop Art Fest website.