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Art of Three Neighborhoods: Inside and Out

It’s a critical time for arts on the South Side. After years of attention being focused on the pillars of the Pilsen visual art scene, the tide is shifting–in large part because many artists have trickled into other communities south of the Loop, bringing with them both the hope of a colorful neighborhood and the threat of gentrification. This past weekend, artists in Pilsen, Bridgeport, and Bronzeville organized informal tours-cum-street celebrations intended to bring together the artists with art lovers in their respective areas and from across the city. The event was a spectrum of media, methods, and merrymaking that seemed to reflect both its artistic foundation and its Second City context. It was also a great chance to learn about South Side art. Here’s a roundup of the festivities.