You might not have noticed, due to the unusually chilly temperatures, but summer is upon us. That means it’s time to gear up and get ready for two of Chicago’s most popular events: the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Festival!

  The 64th annual Old Town Art Fair weekend has been officially declared by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the City Council to take place June 8th and 9th, 2013, inside the Old Town Triangle district.

The Old Town Art Fair is one of America’s oldest art fairs, and is considered one of the top fairs in the country. It is a historic, non-profit, volunteer-led festival that supports community charities and the preservation of Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle district.Showcasing 250 juried artists in the beautiful open-air setting of the Old Town Triangle, the “original Chicago art fair: will feature a variety of art mediums, including 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and works in metal, stone, and wood.??
In addition to being one of America’s oldest art fairs, this year the organizers showcase the highest number of new artists in years. Also, there will be a “Garden Walk,” featuring more than 50 urban home gardens, a children’s corner with arts and crafts and a fire truck, music performances, and local food and drink vendors.

The Old Town Art Fair

Where: North of North Avenue, between Sedgwick and Clark Streets. Main gates are at 1862 N. Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street.

When:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gates open both days at 10 a.m. rain or shine.

Call for Info: 312-337-1938

Online: @oldtowntriangle #OldTownTriangle

 Admission Policy: $7 donation (proceeds benefit area non-profit organizations)


The Wells Street Art Festival runs through the weekend of June 11th and 12th, and is recognized as one of Chicago’s most prestigious art fairs, attracting exhibitors and prospective buyers from across the country.

 The 37th Annual show this year will feature a conglomeration of fine art, from glass and ceramics to sketches and oil paintings. There will also be live music on a main stage featuring continuous live rock, jazz, and artists including Dan & The Humidors and 10,000 Maniacs. In addition, a silent auction with original works donated by exhibiting artist will be held on both days, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Wells Street Art Festival

 Where:Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street

 When:10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

 Call for Info:Joanna Bielecki at 773-584-6631.

Online:, @SEMevents

Admission Policy:$7 suggested donation (benefits the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.

Have you ever thought about living in the heart of the city in Old Town?