Call for Artists: Old Town Art Fair

June 11 & 12
Chicago, Illinois
Streets of Historic Old Town Triangle
Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 10am-6pm
215 Artists
Deadline: December 15
Application fee: $45 Booth fee: $750
The Old Town Art Fair is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the nation. It is held on the streets of the historic Old Town Triangle neighborhood on Chicago’s near north side, amid charming homes, leafy parkways, and welcoming neighbors.
This is a show for artists and art buyers alike -- our art patrons are considered to be discerning, art-educated, and loyal art buyers. In addition, again this year we are putting a strong emphasis on increasing our marketing profile to be able to bring more buyers to you.
The volunteer-led Old Town Art Fair is committed to providing the highest quality experience possible for both our artists and our patrons. The Fair is produced by the Old Town Triangle Association, a nonprofit neighborhood organization whose Director also serves as staff support for the Fair. Fair proceeds go to support the Menomonee Boys and Girls Club, our local schools, community organizations, neighborhood improvements, and the activities and operations of the Triangle Association.
  • Participation in one of the country’s most prestigious outdoor fine art shows in one of the country’s greatest cities
  • Cash awards for Best of Show and Second Place within each of the four media groupings by which artists are juried
  • Website gallery with artist’s full-color, thumbnail image, and link to artist’s website (we use image #1, so plan accordingly)
  • Organized load-in Friday and, if necessary, Saturday morning, and cooperative load-out Sunday
  • Artists retain all proceeds from the sale of their art
  • Electronic postcard provided to artists to send to customers
  • Booth sitters are available for artists and complimentary water and snacks are delivered during the show
  • Complimentary continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday of the show for artists and their assistants and for volunteers
  • Express lanes for artists at food concessions
  • Prepaid, reserved artist parking in nearby lots!
Last year our artists told us that they preferred the reduced number of booths (200 in 2021 down from 250 in 2019) and space between booths (for social distancing) that we had due to protocols. They also said they were willing to pay more for fewer artists and more space between booths.
This year we are featuring 215 artist booths with five feet distance between booths and an increased booth fee to help us maintain our revenue.
We encourage you to apply for one of these highly coveted spots!
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