The arts have firmly taken root in River North, the town's old warehouse district along the Platte, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, you can see just how deep they go when you Plant Yourself at RiNo. The town's hippest arts district (winner of a 2008 MasterMind award) has added a few new features to its spring tour, including free ceramic RiNo pins and sunflower seeds for all visitors, and each of the more than forty stops on the tour which range from metal fabricators to art galleries to photography studios will be marked by an artist-created planter (the best wins a $200 prize). There are two hard-hat tours, too: the Dry Ice Factory, which is being turned into artist studios, and RedLine, the art incubator slated to open in September, but where you can now make your mark on a new mural. "Come here and appreciate what we have to offer," says RiNo's Tracy Weil. "And maybe move in." For details, go to www.rivernorthart.com.
Sat., May 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008