Back to the Square – Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Returns as Logan Square Arts Festival

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The art fair formerly known as Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival returned this summer as Logan Square Arts Festival.  The celebration was centered at the Centennial Monument at Logan Square,  with Milwaukee Avenue closed to traffic where it passes through Logan Boulevard.

The festival traces its roots to the Palmer Square Art Fair, but transformed to Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in 2009, when it was moved to the Centennial Monument. The idea was to utilize the empty storefronts along Milwaukee Avenue while bringing the neighbors together. In subsequent years, the festival stretched along Milwaukee from Diversey to California and beyond, when some side streets were closed off for music stages.  In 2013 and 2014, the fest was truncated to the stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Diversey and Kedzie.

For 2015, the festival, renamed Logan Square Arts Festival, returned to Centennial Monument. In addition to the celebration at the Square, pop-up galleries were featured in many neighborhood storefronts. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will go toward the restoration of the Centennial Monument.

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