Whether you are looking for an original piece for your domicile, wearable art that makes a statement or merely something to do on a summer weekend, the Chicago area has a choice of really good art fairs.
They are a way to visit a different part of the metropolitan area and to see what is trending in painting, photography and pottery. In some cases, you may have a second chance to think about and purchase something from an artist you saw at an early show. In other cases, you will see artists from across the Americas who primarily do high-end shows.
The following art fairs are a sample of the good choices you have for August. They are listed by date.
Aug. 4-5 is the Glencoe Festival of Art. About 120 artists fill this North Shore suburb’s downtown at Park and Vernon Avenues west of Green BayRoad. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information visit Glencoe Festival of Art.
Aug. 11-12 has Art at the Glen Town Center. The fair features about 200 artists, demonstration booths and activities for youngsters. The Glen Town Center is at 1800 Patriot Blvd., Glenview south of Willow Road between Waukegan and Pfingston Roads. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information visit Art at the Glen.
The third weekend of August has three home-grown art fairs: Oak Park, Long Grove and Michigan City. The towns are interesting to visit even without a festival. West suburban Oak Park is known for its Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School architecture. Northwest suburban Long Grove is a historic mid-1800’s town whose downtown is filled with antique shops, galleries, restaurants and gift boutiques. Michigan City, a northeastern Indiana town on Lake Michigan about an hour from Chicago, is known for its mega Lighthouse mall. However, it also has a thriving art scene thanks to its Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
Aug. 17-18 is the 37th Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show in Scoville Park at Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street. And yes, you will see familiar east-west Chicago street names such as Lake in Oak Park. The fair has 125 artists juried in by the American Society of Artists. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more fair information visit American Society of Artists. For Oak Park information see Visit Oak Park.
Aug. 18-19 is the Long Grove Art Fest. About 90 artists will have booths in the Archer Parking Lot behind Enzo and Lucia Ristorante at 343 Old McHenry Road on the south side of Robert Parker Coffin Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more fair information visit Art Fest. For village information see Long Grove.
Aug. 18-19 also has the Lakefront Festival of Art. Held at Washington Park in Michigan City, the festival features more than 100 exhibitors, art demonstrations and a children’s activity tent. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
The last weekend of August has three top-notch fairs: The American Craft Exposition in Evanston, the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park and the Bucktown Arts Fest in Chicago.
Aug. 24-26 is the 28th American Craft Exposition. Held in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 N. Campus Dr. at the north end of Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, the event has a $15 admission fee but it covers all three days. The exposition juries in 150 high-end, fine-craft artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit American Craft Expo
Aug. 25-26 is the Port Clinton Art Festival. The fair, featuring 260 artists from across the Americas and around the world, attracts an estimated 250,000 visitors. The event flows over First and Second Street, Central Avenue and the Port Clinton shopping block in downtown Highland Park. Best plan is to come early to find parking and beat the crowds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information visit Port Clinton Art Festival.
Aug. 25-26 is also the Bucktown Arts Fest. Held in this Chicago community’s Senior Citizens Memorial Park at 2300 Oakley Avenue at 2300 W. Lyndale St., the festival features about 200 artists. While in the neighborhood schedule in a stop at one of Bucktown’s restaurants. The neighborhood has a growing reputation as a foodies’ heaven. For more information visit Bucktown Arts Fest. For more information on Bucktown visit Explore Chicago Neighborhoods.