The Other Art Fair Returns to Chicago Featuring More Than 100 Artists
The Other Art Fair is set to return to Chicago from April 27 to 30, showcasing its annual weekend of independent art, workshops, and community-driven exhibitions.
The fair’s signature series has been running since 2011 with local editions held in London, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Sydney. Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair aims to break down the stuffy and tired gallery art scene, making the art marketplace accessible to both independent artists and local communities. Each fair features more than 100 independent and emerging artists and offers art at nearly every price point. It also combines art with live performances, immersive installations, food trucks from popular local vendors, and a bar, creating a lively neighborhood open house art party atmosphere rather than the typical expos.
The Other Art Fair runs from Thursday to Sunday and offers a unique vibe each day. On Thursday, opening night attracts the fair’s loyal community members, serious art buyers, and collectors who want to get a first look at the art before the weekend crowds arrive. Friday is known for the late-night party, which features local DJs, a bustling bar scene, and the fashion-forward art community coming out to play. Saturday is probably the busiest day, with weekend warriors scouring for artwork fueled by local coffee trucks and city dwellers meandering through for some casual late-afternoon shopping and cocktails at the bar. On Sunday, there’s something for everyone, from groups getting post-brunch steps in to the stroller set and solo fair-goers looking to get lost in unique art for the day. With four days of the fair, there is something for everyone, no matter what your scene is.
The fifth edition in Chicago features 102 artists with an even mix of popular local Chicago artists, artists from around the globe, and female and BIPOC artists—among whom 60 percent are showing at the fair for the first time. Confirmed exhibitions include CUT, COPY, PASTE from All Star Press Chicago and When I Think of Home from Pigment International. Additionally, fair-goers can participate in Chicago Collage community workshops. There are always surprises on-site and last-minute additions, so follow @theotherartfair on Instagram to stay updated.
The Other Art Fair Chicago takes place April 27 to 30 at Artifact Events in Ravenswood. Weekend tickets start at $15.
Learn more at theotherartfair.com.