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West Loop Art Fest Returns for its Third Year
New Location at West Fulton Market Provides Even More Art, Expanded Entertainment and Family Friendly Activities!
The hugely successful West Loop Art Fest returns for its third year on Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant West Loop; on Fulton Street from Morgan to Racine. Featuring four blocks of amazing art, dozens of live musical acts, interactive artist demonstrations, hot glass blowers, muralists at work on one of the largest pieces in the city, fire dancers, street entertainers, food trucks and more, the West Loop Art Fest is not to be missed!
“This year’s fest is bigger and better than ever,” said Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization, host of the West Loop Art Fest. “It takes place in one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, and we’re especially excited about our new location on Fulton Street,” she adds. “Over 120 of the country’s most talented artists, many of whom are from the Chicago area, will be joining us, exhibiting work in every medium imaginable. Between the incredible art, the live entertainment, dozens of food options, art projects for kids, and interactive activities for all ages, this show has something for everyone!”
The West Loop Art Fest runs from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm. Artists booths are open until 7 pm both days, with the music and food continuing until the close of each evening. “The artists truly appreciate the hip vibe of this neighborhood and how it’s evolved over the years,” says Amy Amdur, president of Amdur Productions and one of the producers of this event. “They recognize how much the West Loop residents love art, and they are excited to share their work and the stories behind each of their pieces.”
“We’ll have live entertainment all weekend long in various locations throughout the fest,” adds Agostinelli. “A variety of genres will keep everyone entertained, including the kids.” Among those performing at this year’s West Loop Art Fest are David Montoya, DJ Lady D (Chicago), Rae Chardonnay Taylor, Bossa Tres, Bumbac Joe, Carla Prather and Merit School of Music.
Live art demonstrations will be taking place during the weekend including painting by Jasmine G Petersen, Lauren Asta and Jenny Vyas; free form sculpture building by Helen Dannelly Art; and glass blowing demonstrations by Ignite Glass Studios and Fulton Street Collective.
A special addition to the West Loop Art Fest this year is Rich Alapack, of we all live here ” Rich will be creating a 40′ by 40′ pixelated globe mosaic on Lake Street. Festival goers will be able to participate by purchasing a tile and placing it onto the mosaic. Participation in the mosaic will be commemorated with a photo of themselves placing the tile, as well as a print of the completed piece. Sponsors of this project are Daltile and Lyft.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit West Loop Community Organization’s safety and art initiatives to “Light up Lake Street.”
For the young festival goers, there is an area just for them where they can participate in “Draw for the Troops,” a new program launched this year. Kids of all ages are welcome to color a special picture for the brave men and women serving our country. At the end of the show, the drawings will be sent to the troops stationed in the U.S. and abroad.
Produced by Amdur Productions. StarEvents and the West Loop Community Organization, the West Loop Art Fest is free to the public. Parking is convenient with numerous garages nearby. Public transportation will take visitors within minutes of the fest.
For more information about the fest, please call us 312.666.1991
Live Music & Entertainment
SATURDAY, September 16th
8:15PM David Montoya
7:15PM David Sabat
5:00PM Jay Medina
3:45PM Rae Chardonnay
2:30PM Bumbac Joe
1:15PM Bossa Tres
Sunday, September 17th
6:00PM Gene Hunt
4:30PM Lady D
3:00PM DJ Alicia
2:00PM Carla Prather Band
12:30PM Tommy Bradford Band
GETTING TO WEST LOOP
FROM CTA TRAINS
West Loop Art Fest is located on Fulton Market between Racine and Morgan. If you’re planning on taking the train, the best CTA trains to take are the green and pink lines. Each train will drop you off a few blocks east of the event at the Morgan Street stop.
FROM CTA BUSES
If you’re planning on taking the train, the best CTA bus stop to take is the #8 Halsted bus. Get off on Halsted and Fulton Market.
If you’re coming from the suburbs and are planning on taking the Metra, Ogilvie Station is a few block east of the event.
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