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Artropolis at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago
Photo by Mary Barone
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by Kevin Nance

By various measures -- including the number of exhibitors (780), number of artworks on view (16,000) and, most notably, sheer square footage (more than 230,000) -- last weekendís Artropolis, Apr. 25-28, 2008, a suite of five art fairs at Chicagoís Merchandise Mart, was huge. "There has never been an art fair of this size and scope in Chicago," Mart president Christopher G. Kennedy said in a speech this month, "or anywhere else in the world."