After 37 years as a North Shore juried art show, the Fountain Square Art Fest in Evanston is getting a major makeover this year. 

Rebranded as the “Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest” it will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Sherman Avenue. and Church Street downtown.

A $5 suggested adult gate donation benefits the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors will experience the eclectic handiwork of more than 80 juried artists plus 30 “Remix” artists who craft unique eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. The Remix area will also offer free educational workshops.

Other features of the event include::

  • Ticketed craft beer & wine tastings for ages 21 and older from 2 to 6 p.m. each afternoon With the purchase of a $25 pass, visitors can sample up to 15 specialty brews and fine wines.
  • Pop-up street musicians and performers throughout the weekend.
  • Food, beer and wine vendors throughout the festival

A street mural, created by children attending the event be installed at an Evanston location that will be announced at the fest. 

Craft beer/wine tasting passes are available online. More info about the Remix activities can be found at RemixChicago.com.

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  1. Art Fair

    The former Fountain Square Art Fair has been “showing its age” for the past few years —- fewer artists / poorer quality art —- all easily seen by those of us have gone, year after year after year.

    let’s hope we get a rejuvenated Art Fair in June !     If not, then this art fair has become old & tired, which is why the exhibiting artists are fewer & fewer each year — and some of the best disappeared several years ago .   Here’s to a strong renewal !   

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