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June 04, 2014
57th Street Art Fair

As the sun heats up over Chicago, the lure of the temperature-controlled art gallery is undeniable, but it’s worth recalling the bone-chilling horrors of the polar vortex before you banish yourself to a summer draped over an air-conditioning unit. And what better way to celebrate the glorious sunshine than a meander along Hyde Park’s 57th Street for a peek at some of the city’s best contemporary artists and artisans? Now in its 61st year, the 57th Street Art Fair is returning for two days over the first weekend of June with more than 250 exhibitors displaying wares including glass, jewellery, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

Kansan silversmith Mary Louis Wormer was the indomitable lady who first conceptualised the fair in 1948. Her bohemian studio was a popular hang where local artists enjoyed a strong cup of tea and a good natter, and this soon developed into a desire to share artwork in a free-for-all environment. Making good use of the quiet streets around her, Wormer and co. strung wires along the trees and fences of 57th Street to hang their wares, and so the art fair was born. We’re glad to see that little has changed since – a staff of volunteers still set up the event, while others take part in talks, live music performances, and artist demonstrations including hand-pulling prints, throwing pots and hammering bangles. Handy!

7-8 June, 2014.

57th St / Hyde Park / +1 773 234 3247 / 11am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun /