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Pilsen Art Fair Returns After 10-Year Hiatus, Bringing Together More Than 100 Midwest Artists 

Artists from across the Midwest are coming together this September to present art installations and discuss their recent projects.

An artist presents an installation at one of MdW's previous assemblies.
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PILSEN — More than 100 creators will present their work at an artist-run fair returning to Pilsen in September after 10 years. 

The MdW fair is Sept. 9-11 at Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St. The free event is open to the public and people of all ages, organizers said.

The event was designed by seven groups that serve artists so they could convene local creators. The two floors of the art center will be filled with art booths, publisher tables and installations from artists across the Midwest, according to a news release.

The event will include a sauna where participants can make dumplings, a live opera performance and microcinema screenings.

There will also be a print lab, poster walls, workshop spaces, parking lot tailgates and space for presentations and screenings, organizers said.

In addition to the presenting artists, anyone who attends can jump in and show off their own projects, according to the news release. 

The schedule:

Friday

  • 5-8 p.m.: Opening night

Saturday

  • Noon-9 p.m.: Assembly visiting hours
  • 6-9 p.m.: Evening programs
  • 9 p.m.-midnight: After-party at 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

Sunday

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Free lunch provided by Community Kitchen
  • 1-5 p.m.: Assembly visiting hours

More information about MdW fair, including participating artists, is online

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