Sat. May 12 Tour of Fulton Market District Taps Creativity of One of Chicago’s Last Urban Nabes
Twenty-eight venues—ranging from art galleries to fashion boutiques and personal care services, from food and beverage establishments to retail stores—all of them pioneers in the gentrification of one of the city’s last urban neighborhoods
“Explore Fulton Market.” The merchants have banded together to let Chicagoans visit their revitalized ‘hood and glimpse the dramatic changes that have turned it into a vibrant melting pot of businesses. Many are offering incentives to welcome visitors to “Explore Fulton Market,” a trip of discovery and excitement in the Fulton Market District between 800 and 1200 West (roughly Halsted Street to Racine Avenue and Kinzie Street to Randolph Street).
Art galleries and studios participating include Breslow Studio, with a drawing for a tabletop sculpture by artist Jeffrey Breslow, also offering wine and snacks; Design Cloud, show at street level by three photographers, a drawing for one of their prints and a craft beer tasting; Packer Schopf Gallery, drawing for a geometric abstract painting; Linda Warren Projects, talks from 3-4:30pm by artists Tom Torlumke and Jeriah Hildwine; and Mars Gallery, with a children’s drawing corner and book signing by artist/children’
Douglas Dawson Gallery has an exhibition titled “Animal Instinct,” there will be a group exhibit at G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, artist Hebru Brantley at Kasia Kay Art Projects, the drawings and prints of Michael Thompson at Morlen Sinoway Atelier, and the works of Carmen McLeod and Susan Hesuna at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Also participating are Peter Miller Gallery and Western Exhibitions.
A gourmet food basket will be given away as will a reusable shopping bag to everyone by J.P. Graziano Grocery and coffee is on the house at La Colombe. In both cases, you have to mention Explore Fulton Market. And Publican and Public Quality Meats will give away a gift certificate. Also on the scene are the restaurants Dodo and Jupiter Outpost, and Starbucks (at 946 W. Randolph).
A sewing artist from Tucson who draws people’s imagination with a solar-powered sewing machine and a bicycle electric generator will be stitching live at Green Home Chicago, which also will have 25% off any new upholstered, USA-made furniture that day. Other retailers include FIX Fashions, which is offering 30% off that day and giving away a logoed T-shirt and eco-tote bag with purchase; Organic Looms, drawing for a 4-by-6-foot sumac jute rug hand woven in India and wine and nibblies for all who stop in; and Takohl Jewelry, drawing for a sterling silver and amethyst pendant. And don’t forget the vast Jan’s Antiques, a unique experience and mainstay of the entire West Loop neighborhood.
Also participating in “Explore Fulton Market” are several personal services, including Private Dental Services, a drawing for teeth whitening; Downsize Fitness, which offers free fitness assessments;
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Fulton Market Street—between 800 and 1200 West
(Halsted Street west to Racine Avenue and Kinzie Street north to Randolph Street)
>Sewing machine artist Paul Nosa “drawing” people’s imagination at Green Home Chicago, an eco-friendly design store at 213 N Morgan St - Unit 1d
See Nosa in action at http://www.youtube.com/
>Kids at a Children’s Drawing Corner at Mars Gallery, 1139 W Fulton Market
>People being measured for body fat, total body water, muscle mass and metabolic rate at Downsize Fitness, 220 N. Aberdeen - 1 North
>Doggy “socializing” at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W Fulton Market - First Floor
>Jewelry making by designer Tammy Kohl at Takohl Jewelry, 110 N Peoria St - Ste 101
>Pedestrians strolling crowded streets, once home to large meat and produce markets
>12-1pm—doggy cooking class at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W Fulton Market - First Floor
>3-4:30pm—talks by artists at Linda Warren Projects, 327 N Aberdeen - Suite 151