Sunday is going to be an absolutely beautiful, perfect day, and I'm so excited because one of my favorite festivals all year is taking place this weekend: the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. I think this is one of the best collections of local artists working in almost every medium. The booths are beautiful, the artists are really chill and you can truly find some nice pieces. If I had to recommend one artist to you, it would be Anastasia Mak.
Mak mixes natural and surreal elements to create contemporary impressionist pieces. One of her pieces was even chosen for last year's festival poster. The majority of her works are of various places from around the world, but she has an entire collection of Chicago locations. While originals can be pricey, she has great quality prints for between $9 and $50. I have a few of the 5X7 prints, and I plan to buy a larger one this year.
You can also check out the a delicious Windy City Wine Festival. You'll get a souvenir glass to try 10 wines out of 300 from around the world paired with delicious foods from around the city. Tickets are $35 at the door, unless you're the designated driver; then your ticket is $10.
There's a really fun event happening in the Loop this weekend, but what makes it unique is that it's in the middle of the street. State Street will be completely closed from Lake to Van Buren to offer a host of fun and free activities hosted by Open Streets Chicago on Saturday. Take a yoga or Zumba class, borrow a bike, take a nap on the pop-up lawn, create chalk art or try out the walk climbing wall.
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