The 62nd Annual Old Town Art Fair is one of the oldest juried art fairs in the country and this year attracted 260 talented artists from every medium. There were beautiful paintings, sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, photography, ceramics, metalworks and even some darling whimsical pieces that were hard to describe except for the fact that they just made you smile. The gardens, that were on view this year, were especially lush after all of the rain. The Children's Corner offered face painting, Mad Science projects and dancing with Thodos Dance Chicago while the adults were treated to wonderful food stands that included funnel cakes, corn dogs, blue crabcakes, key lime pie, BBQ, sirloin pita pockets, brats, Polish sausage, hot dogs, tacos, tamales, guacamole, sweet potato fries, cheese fries, organic donuts and grilled corn on the cob. My waistline is expanding just writing these words but it was a fine weekend of fun and I can't wait until my little street is magically transformed again next year with the Hobbit-like little booths of the artists.
My highlights of the Old Town Art Fair this year included Lucy and Steve Weiss' fantastic party in the courtyard of the famous Yellow House, Diane and Tom Leibig's musical get-together with Tom's famous marinated lamb kebobs, Pat and John Hall's surprise party for former Alderman Vi Daley and the much anticipated launch of Shirley Baugher's latest book, about this area we love so much, entitled "Hidden History of Old Town."
Can't wait to see what memories we will make NEXT year! Hope to see you there!