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3 Days Left to apply: 68th Old Town Art Fair

June 10 & 11          
Chicago, Illinois
Historic Old Town Triangle Landmark District
250 artists
Deadline: December 15
Application Fee: $40; Booth Fee: $625
WE NOW OFFER FRIDAY SET-UP!  For the first time, artists will have the option to set up Friday, June 9, 4pm-8pm.
The Old Town Art Fair is a fine art show that takes place under a canopy of tree-lined streets in the landmarked historic district of Chicago's Old Town Triangle neighborhood.  A perennial favorite of artists and buyers alike,  Old Town's historic homes serve as the perfect backdrop for the artists' booths.  
Artists have made their way to Old Town since 1950 to show and sell their work to a singularly appreciative audience.  The Old Town Art Fair is presented by the not-for-profit Old Town Triangle Association.  Hundreds of volunteers team up with neighborhood residents to produce this exceptional show that is an all-volunteer endeavor.  All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic character of the neighborhood, as well as art and cultural programs and local youth groups.
The 68th annual event promises to be one of the best ever!
  • Marketing efforts are already underway
  • Fully 40% of booth spaces are newly available each year
  • Music appropriate to the setting
  • Food and beverage options appropriate to the setting
  • Number of booths is limited to 250
  • Artist Gallery is maintained on website year-round
  • Active social media interaction before and during fair
All two and three-dimensional fine artists who meet the show's qualifications are encouraged to apply for this premier event.
Please visit ( for details and to complete an application

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P.S. Art patrons chose the Old Town Art Fair as the #1 Art Fair in the country in the 2015 & 2016 "Best Art Fairs" survey!

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Comment by Joel Lockridge on December 13, 2016 at 9:15pm

Yeah. I keep hearing people say "try a Chicago show!" This one was on my radar, so I applied to it today after seeing this reminder here. 

What I did was make a $40 donation. I just got this email, basically saying I'm a dumbass for not reading every word of the show description:

"Dear Joel:

I'm sorry to tell you that the Old Town Art Fair must decline your applicaton as we do not allow desk accessories such as pens in this show.  Please review our application under the special note section about items we do not allow and also note that we do not give refunds for ineligible medium applications.
Thank you for your interest in the Old Town Art Fair and we wish you the best.


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