Where to buy cheap, quality art in Chicago this summer

Summer is here. Short shorts are back, the beach is a cooler- and beach ball-filled playground, and neighborhood art fairs pop up like the summertime ice cream truck – you know, the one that plays the same 20-second keyboard tune as it circles a six-block radius. Looking for an abstract painting with drips that match the sweat beads running down your forehead? A nude for the living room? New work for little bucks by talented young Chicago artists? Our guide to neighborhood art fairs around Chicago ensures that you’ll be able to start building an art collection without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. And you’ll get to support Chicago talent at the same time.

My new article on CenterstageChicago.com, “The Art of Buying Art,” gives an overview of Chicago’s best art festivals.