More than 80 artisans plus live entertainment and crafts are coming to historic downtown Homewood.
The village and Loulou Belle, a Homewood boutique co-owned by Dodi Wains and Lisa Komorowski, are teaming to present the free Homewood Artisan Street Fair from June 3 to 4.
“With their shop they have wonderful artisans that they showcase. They can cast a much wider net in obtaining and curating these wonderful artists for the event,” said Allisa Opyd, events manager for the village of Homewood.
“It’s so exciting to have 80-plus vendors at the Homewood Artisan Street Fair because in the past, before we started collaborating with Loulou Belle, we really could not get that sort of reach.”
Vendors from Chicagoland and the Midwest offer items including handcrafted products, food, vintage pieces and garden décor.
This year’s Homewood Artisan Street Fair marks a return to full programming after the village presented the Homewood Artisan Market in 2021.
“In 2018 we started collaborating with Loulou Belle. We had a great event in 2019 but then, unfortunately, in 2020 we weren’t able to have the event. Last year we were lucky enough to have artists and vendors and a few food vendors so that’s the reason why it’s so big this year,” Opyd said.
“We are so elated to finally be at this point. It is our only two-day event. We are so excited to bring all the programming back that we had in the past.”
Live entertainment on June 3 includes M.G. Bailey of Homewood (4 p.m.) and How Rude! (7-9 p.m.) while June 4 includes Mark Alexander (10 a.m.), Eric Lambert (1 p.m.) and Timeless Evolution (4-6 p.m.).
“M.G. Bailey has returned from his national tour so it’s great to be able to have him come back and sing. How Rude! is a 1990s tribute band so we’re excited to have a lot of those fun songs from the ’90s. It’s going to be fun to relive those years,” said Opyd of Homewood.
“Then we have performers that we’ve had before at, for example, the farmers market. Mark Alexander has been wonderful to work with and has a great following. We have used Eric Lambert at our Wednesday night market.
“Also on Saturday are Timeless Evolution, up-and-coming performers that we’ve worked with before in the past but now they have really come together and had this great strong band. They’re touring throughout Chicago.”
The fair also includes a makerspace for all ages on Kroner Avenue with Bloom Bouquets with Blum for adults from 6 to 7 p.m. June 3 and 4 to 5 p.m. June 4; bead jewelry from 4 to 8 p.m. June 3 and Create an Herb Garden with Bloom Bouquets with Blum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 4.
Children’s makerspace activities on June 4 include cardboard mosaics with the Art Corner from noon to 1:30 p.m., sand art with the Homewood Business Association from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and coloring 5-inch bicycles made of unfinished wood from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
“We’re coming back strong with something available for everyone,” Opyd said.
“It’s just a fun opportunity to listen to music, eat some food and have an activity.”
Other activities include yoga on June 4. Serendipity Yoga sponsors adult yoga starting at 9 a.m. while yoga circuits and art for children are offered throughout the day at Independence Park, Hickory Road and Dixie Highway.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for someone especially an adult that is fearful about starting a class to participate in a free class,” Opyd said.
June 4 also includes Zumba with Yvette Roberts from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. and line dancing with Dawn Avery from noon to 12:20 p.m. on Kroner Avenue as a preview of Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse’s fundraiser, Dance Away Domestic Violence, on June 11.
Fair attendees can purchase $10 tickets until 5 p.m. June 4 for the raffle of a Sun Bicycles’ Streamway valued at more than $800 and donated by GoodSpeed Cycles in conjunction with the Bike Smart community art project.
“We’re thrilled to have that as part of the event. We will pull the winning raffle ticket at 6 o’clock Saturday as soon as Timeless Evolution is done performing,” Opyd said.
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The raffle benefits the Homewood Business Association, which collaborated with GoodSpeed Cycles, Ford of Homewood and the village for a public art installation. A map of the 20 painted bike racks is available at the association’s fair booth.
Homewood Artisan Street Fair
When: 4-9 p.m. June 3; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 4
Where: Martin Avenue and Hickory Road, Homewood
Information: 708-798-3000; homesweethomewood.com
Jessi Virtusio is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.