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57th Street Art Fair Canceled Again, Organizers Extend Virtual Gallery Instead

"With only a month to go before our early June fair date, there will not [be] enough time to implement any of the plans we considered," organizers said.

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HYDE PARK — The 57th Street Art Fair organizers have canceled the in-person art fair for a second year, as organizers said there’s not enough time to pull together an event.

An ongoing virtual fair featuring artwork from dozens of participating artists will run through May 2022, the art fair’s organizing committee said in a statement.

Though the city recently allowed festivals to be held with limitations, the fair has not received a city permit and doesn’t have permission from Ray Elementary School or Chicago Public Schools to use school property.

“Without the city permit and permission from CPS, and with only a month to go before our early June fair date, there will not [be] enough time to implement any of the plans we considered,” the statement reads. “At this time, we feel we have no choice but to cancel this year’s physical event and focus on our currently ongoing 2021 57th Street Art Fair virtual event.”

Organizers said in March they were optimistic about holding an in-person festival this year.

You can read the 57th Street Art Fair’s full statement on the cancellation here.

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