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2017 Old Town Art Fair – Chicago



Considered one of the top Art Fairs in the country, the 69th Old Town Art Fair was voted #1 in America for the second year in a row* and named one of Chicago’s favorite festivals.** It takes place the second weekend of June in the heart of the charming Old Town Triangle Historic District on Chicago’s North Side. There are 250 artists, an estimated 30,000 art lovers, a Garden Walk, Live Music, Food Court and Children’s Corner. Gates open Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine.
Exhibiting Artists often name the Old Town Art Fair as one of their most successful events of the year. The enthusiastic collectors, family-friendly atmosphere, and helpful neighborhood volunteers make it a favorite venue for artists.

Applications for the Old Town Art Fair are accepted:
September 15 through December 15 every year
(Applications for the 2017 Fair are now closed)

Apply here through www.zapplication.org

New in 2017:
Artists can now set up
FRIDAY 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Old Town Art Fair also offers:

  • Artists’ Breakfast – Continental Breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Artists’ Aid – Girl Scouts distribute refreshments to the Artists during the Fair
  • Booth Sitting – available Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

We appreciate your interest in the Old Town Art Fair!

Please note: You can apply for up to three categories per application/profile. A separate application and fee is required if you wish to be considered for additional categories.

Two Dimensional Media:
> 2D Mixed Media
> Digital Art
> Drawing/Pastel
> Painting
> Photography
> Printmaking

Three Dimensional Media:
> 3D Mixed Media
> Ceramics
> Fiber
> Glass
> Jewelry
> Metal
> Sculpture
> Stone
> Wood

The Old Town Art Fair is a Fine Art Fair, exclusively. Artwork must first and foremost be an artistic expression; utilitarian purposes must be secondary. All work must be designed and handmade by the accepted artist and the artist must be present during the Fair. Production studio work is absolutely prohibited. The display and sale of commercial reproductions of any kind are not allowed.

The following items are not to be exhibited at the Old Town Art Fair:
> Books
> Buttons
> Calendars
> Calligraphy
> Cards
> Candles
> Clocks
> Clothing
> Desk Accessories
> Hair Ornaments
> Hats
> Lamps
> Leather Goods & Bags
> Mirrors
> Musical Instruments
> Pillows
> Planters
> Posters
> Puzzles
> Stationery
> Toys
> Utensils
> Wearable Art
Click here to download a PDF detailing our full Exhibitor Policies, Artist Rules and Fine Art Requirements.

The Old Town Art Fair is a juried fine art fair. Each year, artists are reviewed and chosen by an independent jury of experienced professionals including gallery owners, artists and museum curators. Jurors are recruited from the Chicago art community and represent a variety of disciplines.

The Jury is convened twice a year, once during the winter and again during the Art Fair. During the winter sessions the jury selects new artists seeking to enter the Fair. Approximately 700 artists apply each year. The Jury meets again during the Art Fair when all of the participating artists are juried on-site. Based on the jury scores, artists are invited back to or juried out of (and eligible to reapply for) the next year’s show.

We’d like to thank these 2017 Jurors for their time and commitment to the Old Town Art Fair!

Peter Brownlee Curator, Terra Foundation of American Art
Todd Crawford Photographer
Jennifer DeCarlo Private Art Dealer, Photography Curator and Gallery Associate
Darlys Ewoldt Metalsmith, Educator
Mary Petrine Livoni Artist of Drawings and Works on Paper
Thomas Masters Fine Art Gallery Owner
Ivan Sagel Fine Jewelry Artist and Metalsmith
Dan Shaughnessy Sculptor, Chicago Sculpture Exhibitor
Kristin Taylor Collections Mgr., Museum of Contemporary Photography
David Trost Ceramic Artist and Educator
Peter Vale Fine Crafts Gallery Owner
Rhonda Wheatley Painter and 3D Artist
Check back here to download a PDF with complete exhibitor information and detailed instructions.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (new extended hours on Saturday)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Old Town Triangle Center Building 1763 N. North Park Ave. (corner of North Park and Menomonee)
When: Friday, June 9, 2017 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Friday, June 9, 2017 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (assigned load-in times)
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 7:00 am to 10:00 am (open load-in)
Click here to download a PDF of our 2017 Artist Index with the booth numbers of your favorite Artists. Click here to download a Map of the Art Fair, including gate, booth, stage and food locations
Where: Old Town Triangle Center Building 1763 N. North Park Ave. (corner of North Park and Menomonee)
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 7:00 am to 9:30 am
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 7:00 am to 9:30 am
Girl Scouts will be on duty to distribute refreshments and smiles to artists during the Fair.
Booth Sitting services are provided especially for artists who are exhibiting alone, but is available to all artists. Volunteers will be available 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm for a 20-minute break on both Saturday and Sunday. If you are unable to leave when your volunteer arrives, you can ask the volunteer to return before they finish their shift. You can request booth sitting assistance at check-in and will be asked to sign a “Booth Sitting Agreement/Waiver.”
You can Like us, Follow us and post information and samples of your work on: Facebook.com/OldTownArtFair. You’ll also find an OTAF badge in our Facebook photos to include on your own page.
Looking for more ways to let people know you’ll be at the Old Town Art Fair? Click here to download a digital version of the Old Town Art Fair post card. You can include the JPEG in an email to use as an invite, reminder, save the date, booth number announcement, thank you card . . .
The following streets will be CLOSED for the Fair starting Friday, June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am. Signs will be posted as NO PARKING – TOW ZONE. Towing will begin Friday morning. Parking in alleys is strictly prohibited.
Lincoln Park West: Lincoln to Menomonee
Menomonee: Sedgwick to Crilly Court
North Park: Menomonee to St. Paul
Orleans: Wisconsin to Menomonee
Willow: North Park to Crilly
Wisconsin: Lincoln to Sedgwick
Unfortunately, the Old Town Art Fair is unable to provide parking to Exhibitors and has no jurisdiction over fees charged by area lots. We suggest the following options:
  • LaSalle Language Academy school lot – 1734 N. Orleans St., entrance is on Sedgwick between Eugenie and Willow.
  • Chicago History Museum lot – 1692 N. Stockton Dr., entrance is on Stockton Dr. near the Clark/LaSalle intersection (no oversized trucks or trailers).
  • 1349 N. North Park Ave. – open-air, paved lot near Cobbler Square, approximately one-half mile south of the Fair.
  • Nearby streets outside the Fair footprint require a permit for overnight parking. A limited number of permits for street parking may be available at check-in.
  • Spothero.com - an online parking search and reservation website that may help locate parking in the Old Town area. Rates are usually discounted.

Chicago has many overnight accommodations including Airbnb, small boutique hotels and large chain hotels. The Old Town Art Fair has no relationship with any provider.

Click here for a list of local hotels and group rates, where available.

**U.S. News & World Report