Open House Chicago
(October 13-14. Chicago Architecture Foundation website for details)
More than 200 landmarks, theaters, hotels, residential spaces and private clubs open their doors for forty-eight hours, for all and for free. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the city’s most iconic buildings and learn their architectural and cultural stories with behind-the-scenes glimpses during the biggest architecture and design public festival in North America. Survival tips: Wear comfortable shoes and grab a sweater—Octobers in Chicago are tricky.
Renegade Craft Fair
(Division between Damen and Ashland, Wicker Park, September 8-9, 11am-7pm and
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th, December 1-2, 11am-5pm)
Your annual meet-up with artists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs from around the country strikes twice before year-end: Once in the early fall and once right in time for Christmas shopping. The homegrown fair turned global craft showcase phenomenon (the biggest fair in the city is every September in Wicker Park), gives you the perfect excuse to shop small and support your community without it having to be financially overwhelming.
(Navy Pier, November 1-4: Thursday: 5pm-9pm VIP preview, Friday-Saturday: 11am-7pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm)
More than eighty galleries and dealers gather at Navy Pier for the design event of the year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair that turns twenty-five this year. Bringing together fine art, decorative art and design across media ranging from 3D objects, glass and ceramics, to wood, fiber, jewelry and metal, to painting, photography and others is what you make it: A sophisticated weekend pastime, an opportunity to network in the design world or a shopping spree.
Greek-born Vasia Rigou is a Chicago-based art critic and pop culture journalist, largely on the subjects of contemporary art, design, and fashion. She moved to Chicago in 2013 to study Arts Journalism at the School of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC,) where she was awarded the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She grew up to appreciate art after years of carefully planned, culture-filled travel itineraries and museum-hopping around Europe with her family. During this time, she received a bachelor’s in English Literature, in her native Athens; a master’s in Media, in Nottingham, UK; and studied foreign languages—English, German, and Spanish at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her writing—reviewing museum exhibitions, gallery shows, art fairs, fashion shows, and music festivals among others—has been published nationally and internationally both in print and online. In 2017, she founded and now serves as editor-in-chief of Rainbowed.—an independently published website focused on the visual and performing arts, digital media, and popular culture. When she’s not writing about art or looking at art—wine in hand, she keeps up with Chicago’s creative entrepreneurial and startup community, makes lists for pretty much everything, drinks immense amounts of coffee and takes cross-country road trips every chance she gets.
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