Room to Grow

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
Sat., May 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008


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