Its official. We called the general info line at the Mart and got the skinny:
April 28 - May 1
Buy tickets on the 1st FLR, show on 8th FLR
Now that this is sorted out, look here for all the art events to go to instead of ArtChicago. For instance, be sure to visit Erik Wenzel's show at Butcher Shop Dogmatic INFO
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Rumours started this morning that the city may have bailed it out. That is not confirmed. But the official word is that it is at the Merchandise Mart. A number of sources confirm, and TBA has even posted it on the website. Thanks to everyone whose kept us up to date on this story.
- Art Chicago 2006 is on!
Art Chicago in the Park announces a change in venue from Butler Field to the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart located at 350 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL 60654. With the generous assistance of the Merchandise Mart Properties, Art Chicago has been given the opportunity to mount its International Exposition of 104 dealers in one of its massive exhibition halls.
The fair was forced to relocate due to a series of related installation delays. Although we looked forward to returning to the Park, the time was too short for us to successfully mitigate the problems. We approached the Merchandise Mart recently as we were seeking alternative locations to Butler Field should these problems become intractable.
Thomas Blackman Associates, Inc.
104 galleries of the original 125. Not too bad. We'll let you know as we get more info.