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 weekend’s Artropolis
, Apr. 25-28, 2008, a suite of five art fairs at Chicago’s 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."