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Four early to midJune shows feed the craving for art

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The art fair season has begun. Among the joys of summer is seeing the trends in painting, fabric art, jewelry, ceramics, photography and sculpture at area art fairs. Fortunately, there is an outdoor art fair every weekend somewhere in the Chicago area so even when conflicts arise or distance is a factor there is someplace that meets that annual need to wander around booths full of glorious colors and shapes.

Among the fairs coming early to mid June is the 57th Street Art Fair, Old Town Art Fair, Art on the Plaza in Wilmette and Custer’s Last Stand in Evanston.

The famed 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood typically marks the beginning of the art fair season. Held June 1-2 near 5631 S. Kimbark, the event features 250 exhibitors and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information visit 57th Street Art Fair.

The following weekend the Old Town Art Fair takes place at Old Town Triangle, near the 1800 block of Orleans Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8-9. There is a $7 admission fee. For more information visit Old Town Art Fair.

The same weekend, June 8-9, the North Shore Art League has its annual Art on the Plaza in Plaza del Largo. Saturday is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit North Shore Art League.

Among the most fun to attend is Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts in Evanston’s Main Street Station Shopping District. Held June 15-16, it features 250 artists, food and music. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information visit Custer Fair.