Monkey Business

Tonight, check out the work of emerging artists and indie designers at the 10th annual Guerrilla Truck Show ( When the summer event began 10 years ago, it was just a handful of artists looking for a unique platform to display their work during Neocon, the annual design expo held at the Merchandise Mart. Today, it’s grown to a full fleet of more than 60 trucks with thousands of attendees.

Here’s how it works: Artists and other creative types rent 20-foot moving trucks and park them bumper-to-bumper outside Morlen Sinoway Atelier (1052 W. Fulton Market St.). They transform the beds into temporary gallery spaces and room vignettes filled with art installations, product designs and furniture pieces. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., you hop from truck to truck, perusing the exhibits with beer in hand. Entrance is free, and you can find a lineup of all the participating artists at

The Best of the Rest

  • Floral is on-trend for summer, but this annual fashion show takes it to another level. At Fleurotica 2014 (, local floral and landscape artists create complete looks from flowers, plants, and natural materials. The show will be held at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) on Thursday, June 12 and tickets ($250) benefit the conservatory.
  • Threadless ( is holding an Art Market at its West Loop headquarters (1260 W. Madison St.) on Saturday, June 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Along with an assortment of discounted Threadless products, the market will feature handcrafted prints, jewelry, flower boxes, and more made by local artists.
  • Newly opened Bucktown children’s store Peek (1723 N. Damen Ave., 773-649-4810, has just begun its Summer Peek-a-Boom sale. Find markdowns up to 50 percent off.
  • Today only, use code “DAD” to 20 percent off your order from local custom tee shop T-Shirt Deli (
  • The Taste of Randolph Street ( is this weekend, and along with a showcase of the West Loop’s finest food vendors will be a six-block stretch between Peoria and Sangamon Streets of merchants selling handcrafted jewelry, clothing, artwork, and more.