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2021 Old Town Art Fair – Chicago


Considered one of the top Art Fairs in the country, the Old Town Art Fair was voted #1 in America for the fourth year in a row.* 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 200 artists, an estimated 15,000 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. Hear what they have to say.

Applications for the Old Town Art Fair are accepted:
September 15 through December 15 every year

Apply here through www.zapplication.org

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.

Painting, Drawing, Pastel, Printmaking
Sally Metzler Curator, Museum Director, Art Historian
Joseph Taylor Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design Artist, Educator
Chris Flynn Artist, Printmaker, Educator
Photography, Mixed Media, Digital Art
Susan Aurinko Photographic Artist, Independent Curator
Deb Flagel Artist, Curator, Educator
Douglas Frohman Artist, Curator
Ceramics, Glass, Stone, Fiber, Wood
Catie Lutsey Wood Artist
Jonathan Pacheco Ceramic Sculpture Artist, Educator
Leslie Speicher Glass Artist, Educator
3D-2 Jewelry, Metal, Sculpture, 3D Mixed Media
Kristian Damholt Furniture Maker, Metalsmith
Sarah Holden Metalsmith
Debra Balchen Artist, Sculptor, Creator
Click here to download a PDF with complete exhibitor information and detailed instructions. Click here to download the Tax Reporting Form.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 13, 2021 – 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 11, 2021 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Friday, June 11, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (assigned load-in times)
Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Check back to download a PDF of our 2021 Artist Index with your booth numbers. 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 13, 2020 – 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 7:00 am to 9:00 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 12:00 pm to 2:00 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.

To sign up, email boothsittingotaf@gmail.com prior to the Fair or you can request booth sitting assistance at check-in. You 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 find an OTAF badge here to include on your own page.

Also follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @oldtownartfair to get OTAF news and live updates during the Fair.
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 11, 2021 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: West side of street from 1900 to 1920
Lincoln Park West: Lincoln to Menomonee
Menomonee: Sedgwick to Crilly Court
North Park: Menomonee to Eugenie
Orleans: Wisconsin to Menomonee
Sedgwick: East side of street from 1849 to 1853
Willow: Sedgwick to Crilly Court
Wisconsin: Lincoln to Sedgwick
The Old Town Art Fair has blocked several locations to provide parking to Exhibitors. For those artists who have already signed up to park through the Art Fair, please click here to make your payment. Click here for a list of parking options in the area.

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.
Illinois and Chicago have been loosening COVID-19 regulations. However, as of May 14, 2021 there are still many restrictions on large, public gatherings. In order for the Old Town Art Fair to safely provide a space for artists and buyers, we require all artists and attendees to adhere to regulations that are in place at that time. The requirements that are current, are listed in the attached links for ARTISTS and for ATTENDEES. Thank you, in advance for adhering to these safety protocols.