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2021 Old Town Art Fair – Chicago

NEIGHBORS

Thank you to all of our neighbors for moving your cars, sprucing up your yards, dealing with crowds, being kind and generous to artists, and graciously hosting one terrific Art Fair!

STREET CLOSURES:

Please note: Artists will have the option setting up their booths on Friday evening between 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please contact the Triangle office ASAP if you live within the Fair boundaries and will need to access your alley/garage Friday after 4:00 pm.

Streets will be closed, as usual, from 9:00 am Friday, June 11, 2021 through 3:00 pm Monday, June 14, 2021. We will open streets sooner if possible, once street cleaning is finished.

The following streets will be closed during this time. Signs will be posted as NO PARKING – TOW ZONE. Towing will begin Friday morning.

Lincoln: West side of street from 1900 to 1920
Lincoln Park West: Wisconsin to Menomonee
Menomonee: Sedgwick to Crilly Court
North Park: Menomonee to Eugenie
Orleans: Wisconsin to Eugenie
Sedgwick: East side of street from 1849 to 1853
Willow: Sedgwick to Crilly Court
Wisconsin: Lincoln to Sedgwick

GARDEN WALK

Share your beautiful garden and let others see what makes your home and our neighborhood so special. We ask that you write a short description of your garden, plants, flowers, history of your home and/or brief anecdote of past or present residents. We will provide signage in advance of the Fair.

If you’d like to participate in the Garden Walk, click here to contact us. Deadline to sign up is April 15, 2021.

VOLUNTEER

Click here to volunteer.

DONATE

Click here to donate.

DIGITAL POSTCARD

Click here to download a digital version of the Old Town Art Fair postcard.  You can include the JPEG in an email to use as a party invite, Art Fair reminder or save-the-date announcement.

Announcement from the Art Fair Chair for 2021

May 2021

We’ve all been through the ringer this past year. From having to cancel the 2020 Old Town Art Fair, to closed schools, beaches, basketball pods (!), social distancing and masks, and now we’re all ready to break down barriers!

This year started with the intent of hosting “some kind” of Art Fair. We expected and worked with differing guidelines. We fully expected to still be limited on attendance figures until just over a week ago. All it took was for the Mayor to announce that all restrictions would be lifted on June 11, 2021. The day before the 71st Old Town Art Fair opens! Needless to say, things haven’t been the same since. Actually, once the Mayor announced in her Cultural Press Conference that the Old Town Art Fair would take place, everything began to change.

The Old Town Art Fair succeeds in raising a large amount of money each year is in no small measure due to the top-quality artists who exhibit here. They are the ones that attract visitors from across the city, all over the Midwest and beyond – patrons who often pay airfare, hotel fees and still come to the Fair and purchase art! Lots of art. We hope you have friends visiting from near and far this weekend. We are so thrilled to welcome these artists back to our streets this year. I know that our community welcomes the artists and the visitors and shares the enthusiasm of once again being immersed in works of great creativity, passion, and ingenuity.

Thank you to all of the neighbors who live with this disruption, one weekend every year. In order to meet the earlier distancing requirements, we have expanded the footprint. New streets are impacted and I am grateful to everyone of you who finds a way to accept the change with understanding. The entire Art Fair Committee is making every effort to meet these sudden changes with as much grace as possible.

Come out, celebrate our new-found freedoms and say hello to your neighbors, the artists and visitors from all over.

Anne Giffles

2021 Art Fair Chair