Chicago’s most historic Outdoor Art Fairs held on first 2 weekends in June

Two of the most celebrated and oldest outdoor art fairs in the country will be held in Chicago on the first two weekends in June. Both are in historic neighborhoods and attract artists and audiences from all over the United States.

For over 70 years the 57th Street Art Fair, the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, has been held at 57th Street and Kimbark in Hyde Park. (The fair is not to be confused with a neighborhood art show that is set up on the east perimeter of the show on 57th Street).

The Old Town Art Fair will celebrate its 70th year and is held in the Old Town Triangle District. The fair is widely considered one of the best shows in the country both for the quality of the work and the ambience of the neighborhood. (The fair is not to be confused with another show on the same weekend in the Wells Street area just a few blocks away).

Both shows are featured in the book ‘From Clotheslines to Canopies: A History of Outdoor Art Fairs in America’.