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Millennium Art Festival brings creative spirit to downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago will kick off the summer with the Millennium Art Festival, a celebration of art and local culture
Downtown Chicago will kick off the summer with the Millennium Art Festival, a celebration of art and local culture
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From Friday, May 30th to Sunday, June 1st, Millennium Park in downtown Chicago will host its annual Millennium Art Festival, a top-ranked art and design show that includes live performances, excellent food, and interactive art-themed activities.

Sunshine Artist Magazine ranks the Millennium Art Festival as one of the top 50 art and design shows in the United States. Amdur Productions sponsors this event in the heart of downtown Chicago as an art exploration experience that celebrates the artists and culture of Chicago. Over 110 juried artists will participate in this year’s festival, displaying their paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and furniture.

Some of this year’s participating artists include Jean-Claude Louis, an experimental photographer who captures beautiful scenes of the natural and man-made world. Val Fisher at Booth 114 will present her incredible photo-realistic acrylic paintings of iconic Chicago landmarks. Liliana Olmos will show off her intricate silver jewelry at Booth 122.7. Festivalgoers in the need of fine leather goods can find them at Caroline Clark’s Booth 110.

The 2014 Millennium Art Festival will feature a variety of interactive activities. A still life Instagram contest will encourage festivalgoers to take their enjoyment of the festival online. Guests can also capture their excitement with an onsite photo booth and express their own creativity by adding their unique perspectives to a freestanding graffiti wall. Furthermore, visitors can relive a favorite at-home art project of 1980s children in grown-up fashion, using a Spin Art machine to create their own splashed and spiraled masterpieces.

For Chicagoans who can only look at booth upon booth of original artwork for so long or for those who want to spend as much time as possible outside on what promises to be a gorgeous weekend, the Millennium Art Festival will offer food from neighboring restaurants and live music. Lisa’s Homemade Italian Ice, Windsor Ice Cream Shop, McGonigal’s Cold Beer, and Popcorn Jester and Jester Juice will offer refreshments. Cirrus Falcon, a classic rock cover band, will entertain guests while they peruse the booths.

For more information about this upcoming free festival and to get a sneak peak at all of the participating artists, including their booth numbers, visit http://amdurproductions.com/millennium-art-festival/#.