by Pedro Vélez
Once the king of American art fairs, Art Chicago
, May 1-5, 2009, now in its 29th edition, is trying to reclaim its place (any kind of place), despite the current art-market recession and the difficulties of its own recent history. In pursuit of this goal, its current owner, the deep-pocketed and determined Merchandise Mart
, has embraced a most American of strategies, betting that bigger is better.