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2016 Edgewater Arts Fair Grows Significantly With 60% Attendance Increase


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One thing Edgewater is largely known for in Chicago is its ever-growing arts community. With local art galleries, creative businesses and a thriving theatre scene taking hold, it is no wonder why the Edgewater Arts Fest has become so popular.

Edgewater Artists in Motion, a local non-profit organization that puts on the annual local fest, released a statement this week celebrating an enormous attendance growth at this year’s event that took place on Granville Ave. September 24 and 25. According to the release, the fest recorded an attendance of 12,000 people this year, a 60% growth over last year.

“The Festival got started in 2013 as a passion project of the local non-profit, Edgewater Artists in Motion. With the support of 48th Ward Alderman, Harry Osterman, the organization envisioned the event as a channel to use the arts to help raise the profile of the neighborhood and generate business for the community,” the release stated. “The Festival was designed to represent all the things that make Edgewater special: diversity, inclusiveness, friendliness, and creativity.”

The event also recorded strong sales from a majority of the artists exhibiting at the 2016 fest. Though still small compared to other Chicago art fairs, Artists In Motion try to keep the quality of art high by having a juried selection process and keeping the number of exhibitors at 100.

“This Festival is like a little gem and is the only one I do in Chicago,” said participating artist Jems for Jackie. ” The atmosphere is great and unlike any other art show I’ve been part of. It’s like a big neighborhood party!”

Edgewater’s other high profile street fests include Midsommarfest which brings an estimated 50,000 attendees and Edgefest with 15,000 attendees. The Edgewater Arts Festival is presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion and produced by Big Buzz Idea Group.

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