Lake Meadows Art Fair status in question; trolley tours set
July 4, 2013

Organizers of the venerable Lake Meadows Art Fair have not decided whether to hold or cancel the event this summer, and a few of the area’s well known galleries have closed. Despite such bumps in the road, the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour rolls on with new destinations to see.

Representatives of the Lake Meadows Shopping Center at 35th Street and King Drive report they and the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) are exploring options for an art related event in 2013. Home to the art fair that Margaret Burroughs originated in the 1950s, the shopping center sponsored the fair’s rebirth in 2005 under the direction of curator Helen West.

Burroughs’s extensive legacy includes the DuSable Museum of African American History as well as the SSCAC (3831 S. Michigan Ave.), one of five stops this year on the trolley tours scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Fridays of July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18.

The tours are free, with donations accepted, and begin at Gallery Guichard, 3323 S. King Dr. Patrons also may board at the other sites along the route — Faie Afrikan Art, 1005 E. 43rd St.; Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. King Dr.; and Radcliffe & Elliott Hunter International Art Gallery, 3800 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour hosts serve everything from cocktails and jerk chicken skewers to collard greens and sparkling tea to light appetizers, sweets, beer, and wine. For descriptions of exhibits and menus at each site, call (773) 268-2889 or visit

The Lake Meadows Shopping Center plans to make an announcement about the art fair’s status in the near future. In the meantime, updates can be obtained from Pat Gleason at (312) 388-1973.

— Carole A. Parks