EDGEWATER – A new pop-up market celebrating young artists and entrepreneurs will take over Bryn Mawr Avenue in Edgewater on Friday, seeking to help revitalize a pandemic-battered business district.
Bryn Mawrket will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday on Bryn Mawr Avenue between Broadway and Sheridan Road. The event will see more than 40 young artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations take to the sidewalk and vacant storefronts, sell their wares and perform in front of the crowd.
The types of businesses that will appear on Bryn Mawr Friday include fashion designers, vintage clothing retailers, painters, dancers and musicians. Bryn Mawr Avenue will not be closed during the event.
The historic Bryn Mawr business district has been rocked by the loss of landmark businesses including Italian restaurant Francesca’s and popular restaurant Nookies. He lost other businesses, including Bryn Mawr Jewelry Co. and Mama K’s Cafe.
Neighbors also recently attended a community meeting with Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) on ways to increase security and fight crime on Bryn Mawr Avenue.
The Bryn Mawrket event is trying to help revitalize the hall and restore it to some of its mid-century glory when it was visited by celebrities and politicians alike, said Graema Phillips, organizer of the event.
“Bryn Mawr was once one of Chicago’s most vibrant cultural epicenters,” Phillips said in a statement. “As young [residents]we take responsibility for revitalizing this historic neighborhood by partnering with young business owners and community leaders to help “upcycle” Bryn Mawr.
Bryn Mawrket is produced by Osterman’s office, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Agora and GetFlea, a group that helps young fashion designers break into the industry.
The event is free and open to the public.
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