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Top Five Art and Design Doings This Summer

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Live to Tape (May 18-24): Links Hall (3111 North Western) hosts a festival that curates the best of television-related video and performance work made over the past four decades. A week-long series of screenings that begin each evening at 7pm. livetotapefestival.tumblr.com

Frances Stark: Intimism (May 21-August 30): One of the most prescient contemporary art practices to account for how one’s personal experiences are being shifted by Internet memes, Instagram and camera phones, the Art Institute of Chicago has organized Stark’s first comprehensive museum survey. artic.edu/exhibition/frances-stark-intimism

ACTIVATE (May 15-October 16): Alleyways throughout the Loop are activated as sites for multi-arts events throughout the summer. Monthly events, from 5pm-10pm at a variety of locations. loopchicago.com/activate

The 606 (Opens June 6): A long time coming, the highly designed elevated trail along the former Bloomingdale train line and the six new public parks it connects tops our list of new urban green spaces to explore. the606.org

Renegade Craft Fair (September 19-20): Crafts ranging from textiles, accessories, prints, metal, glass and all manner of handmade is at its wittiest, hippest, and most on trend at this Division Street fair in Wicker Park. renegadecraft.com/chicago/chicago-fair-details

—Matt Morris

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