Next weekend brings my favorite Chicago art fair: 57th Street. Actually, most folks don't realize that it's two fairs in one. The 57th Street fair, centered at 57th and Kimbark, is a juried fine arts show. There's a lot of high quality work at all price levels in many different media. The Hyde Park Community Fair, just to the east, is an arts and crafts fair, which also has a lot of fine work. Between the two fairs is a school, which hosts food booths, musical entertainment and bathrooms. The two shows complement each other very well. It's a great way to find gifts (for other folks, or something special for yourself), enjoy people watching, and just spend a relaxing day. It's happening 6/7-6/8. Hours are 11-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.
While you're in Hyde Park, here's an art exhibit worth visiting. The current exhibit at Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago is "Black Is Black Ain't," a show about race. Click here for more info.