This Weekend! CL&AF, Diana Berek, Chris Drew and much more at Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest!

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.  Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

A great place for friends to congregate and find original art: This was GAAF 2008.

The 9th annual Fest kicks off with a party on Friday night, August 20.  Starting Saturday at noon the booths open, with music, food and more than 100 exhibiting artists selling their original work.  The festival stays open both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9pm.

  • As we have for the past 4 years, the Chicago Labor & Arts Festival will have Booth #28 at the festival selling tee shirts ($5 each) and new and used books.  Our book prices are extraordinarily LOW ($1 and up, buy three books get one free!) and the HUGE variety of stuff we have varies from dictionaries of all types to poetry, fiction, drama and art to history and politics to Marxist classics.  We look forward to seeing our return visitors as well as making many new friends this year!  New visitors: Stop by, say hello, and introduce yourself!
  • In addition to CLAF, Diana Berek will have Booth #27 at the festival and will be featuring her signature denim constructions, oil paintings, and work in other media. She will invite you to check out the mural between Lunt and Greenleaf, just north of the Festival, where she and a dozen other artists have been completing a mural with the theme “Local History, Global Impact.”
  • Chris Drew, known throughout Chicago for his action in defense of art as free speech, will bring his signature portable screen print operation to the front of Mess Hall, where he will print his political patches for passers by! He’ll be happy to engage in conversation about the Free Speech Art Movement.

  • Mess Hall sponsors a series of events during this weekend including People’s Radio project
  • More than 100 local artists will be showing and selling their work, while dozens of food vendors will have tasty victuals available.  And more than 40 bands will be performing on 3 stages!  Unlike other neighborhood festivals NO ONE WILL PRESSURE YOU FOR A DONATION TO COME IN!  It is FREE!

    Music, food, and original art: in this photo, GAAF 2008

  • Voting for the Underpass Mural project. The 49th ward participatory budget team received 200 submissions for a public mural project for 12 rail underpasses in Rogers Park.  24 have been selected for public voting, which will take place during the GAAF  at  No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave, Sat, August 21st, noon to 9:00 PM & Sun.,  noon to 5 PM. To see a slide show of the images selected for voting, click this link.

  • Sunday only the Rogers Park Farmers Market, a regular Sunday feature on Glenwood, will be selling fresh produce and other goods on the block north of the festival, between Lunt and Greenleaf.

It is a great place for fun for young and old alike, for families and friends, and for individuals to meet friendly people and enjoy the Rogers Park feeling of welcome and community!  So come on out!


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