One more thing about this weekend's Printer's Row Lit Fest. It's the largest free outdoor book fair in the Midwest. If you were one of the tens of thousands of book lovers on South Dearborn Street Saturday and Sunday, you know what a great event it is.
Books, magazines, pictures, posters, and authors in one of the great neighborhoods of the city--Printer's Row--where new, big lofts and small businesses have taken the place of old buildings that once housed printing presses. Browsing through it all I was thinking how you can't do this on Amazon. It's like spending time in dozens of old book stores that no longer exist. Adding to the fun and flavor of the event, people who live in the south loop have parties where writers, readers, and many teachers from nearby Columbia College get together.
I'm sure quite a few people who didn't know about this neighborhood are now fans of the area and will return.
And that started me thinking---the city should stage an event like that- only centering on music, for all the people who miss record stores. Have a giant record fair with old vinyl, music books, instruments, and memorabilia.
I know just the place for it: South Michigan Ave. right outside the old chess studio at 2120 S. Last week in a Sun-Times column, Buddy Guy wrote:
"With the help of my friends I would like to see the creation of music row, a south loop music and arts district dedicated to the men and women who gave this city the right to call itself the world capital of the blues. Chicago, help me keep these damn blues alive."
I'm trying to do my part buddy. Rick Nielsen and cheap trick bought a building just south of chess that they plan to develop into their own entertainment center. There's a lot of music history on the south side--once home to many record companies, performers, and the birthplace of soul train's Don Cornelius. We need a permanent tribute to all that, and boost the area's economic development. "the record row music fest." How about it Mayor Emanuel?