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Fountain Square Art Festival celebrates 37th year

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The North Shore’s oldest juried arts fair, presented by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, features eclectic works from more than 150 artists.

The festival, running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, and 10 a.m. to 6 pm.. on Sunday, June 26, centers on the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Church Street, just steps from Evanston’s historic Fountain Square.  A gate donation of $5 benefits the Evanston Chamber.

A relaxing respite for North Shore residents as well as nearby city folks, the fest takes up several city blocks and includes paintings, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, wood work, mixed media and more.

All new at the fest this year will be a ticketed Fountain Square Craft Beer Tasting, a special microbrew event on Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.  For $25, pass holders can sample up to 15 three ounce special beers including those from Evanston as well as regional and national specialties.  Tasting passes can be purchased in advance from EvChamber.com.

Other highlights include: Family Fest area created by the Evanston Art Center with kid friendly activities, Adirondack chairs for parents and fest goers to lounge and an interactive project coordinated by Evanston’s Bottle & Bottega with a surprise ending.
In addition, the City of Evanston’s popular mobile water station will be on-site for visitors to enjoy eco-friendly water bottle fill-ups.

More information about the event is available at EvChamber.com.

Saturday's music lineup features jazz from The Flat Cats and noon and the Chris Greene Quartet at 3 p.m. The pop/rock group The Hat Guys perfomrs at 5 p.m. and the Dave Matthews tribute band Trippin Billies performs at 7 p.m.

Sunday's music lineup festures jazz from Joe Policastro at noon and pop/rock from Classical Blast at 3 p.m.

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