Art Festivals

There will be two opportunities to feed your artful tastes this weekend. The veteran Gold Coast Art Fair (the 54th year for the fest), a showcase of artwork by more than 300 artists including emerging artists from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, also has live music, art demonstrations, speed painting and children's activities. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Butler Field, Grant Park, Monroe and Lake Shore drives; free; 847-926-4300, The more contemporary Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival puts the spotlight on local and emerging artists. Paintings, life-size sculptures and other art objects are what these festival artists, like Star Oakland, who painted performers for an Ice Cube and Mack 10 video, offer for art enthusiasts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue, next to Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave.; free;
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