Lakeview East's Festival of the Arts Review - 10th Anniversary


Lakeview East's Festival of the Arts celebrated its 10-year anniversary with beautiful fall weather, but with over 150+ juried local and national artists, the weather was certainly not the most beautiful part of the weekend. The festival took place on Broadway, all the way from Belmont to Hawthorne, and ran from September 12th - 14th. As you walked through the festival, many different types of art caught your eye. From photography that truly captured the subject, to paintings that made you stop for a moment to gaze at its beauty, there was no lack of things to see. As I walked through, I noticed that several artists were actually drawing or painting in front of their booths, which was very unique to watch. Observing the artists sketch out their next work of art really made the whole experience come together. 

Art, however, wasn't the only thing patrons were able to enjoy. The festival also presented live music from many local musicians while also offering cooking classes from area chefs. Organizers even offered a play area for kids. With two stages that had talented musicians playing a variety of different music, audiences got a chance to experience bands they may not have heard before, all in an entertaining environment. 


The cooking demonstrations provided spectators with the ins and outs of how to make an assortment of enjoyable dishes. Lakeview East's Festival of the Arts also provided a fun place for kids to get creative. For me, there is nothing more fulfilling then seeing youngsters able to get involved with the arts. Several booths were set up for the little ones to make craft projects, play games, and see a puppet show.


Promoting hometown businesses was another aspect of the festival. Businesses were located throughout the festival grounds giving those in attendance a chance to not only experience the entertainment, but also learn more about supporting local business establishments. Having recently moved to the area, I was thrilled to learn about all that was offered in the Lakeview community. I even patronized a few of the fabulous shops on my walk home, which was a great way for a “newbie” like me to get acquainted with all Chicago has to offer.


It goes without saying that this festival was truly a treat to have attended and a great way for all types of area artists to display their work. Mark your calendar for next year. This is a festival not to be missed!

Photos: Allison Taylor

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