Logan Square isn’t often associated with avant-garde art and lively outdoor festivals, but it certainly was last weekend, when hundreds of people came together to celebrate contemporary art at the annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.
The festival was co-presented by the non-profit organization I Am Logan Square. It was also sponsored by several neighborhood businesses, including Saki, The Whistler, Wolfbait & B Girls, Longman and Eagle, and the Logan Theater. Additionally, local bars like Cole’s and the Boiler Room hosted after-hours art parties designed to appeal to anyone interested in late night aperitifs.
On top of all that, the event organizers arranged for a complimentary trolley to ferry festival goers from exhibit to exhibit, and they managed to convince many vendors and musicians to set up booths and sound equipment throughout the neighborhood.
As such, most of the art exhibitions were exceptionally well attended, and some of them were so well attended—in fact—that it was hard to squeeze into specific exhibition spaces.
Standout exhibits included Advance Basic Concept—a display of graffiti art at 2632 N Milwaukee and My Own Worst Enemy—a display of artwork at 2314 N Milwaukee. The Sea of Sculptures Exhibit, located just off the square, was also captivating. But, really, each of the exhibits was worth viewing, and festival goers were able to wander from exhibit to exhibit for hours at a time without running out of things to see.
For more information about the annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, check out milwaukeeavenueartsfestival.org.