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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Last Call: 13 Chicagoland Art Fairs from August to November

Amdur logoFor over thirty years, Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed arts festival produc-tion company, has organized and directed many of the Midwest's most prestigious juried art festivals. 

In 2017 Amdur Productions offers price rollbacks, pro-panel wall system rentals, deals on double spaces and a festival for every artist, from fine art to fine craft.
The festivals are ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine's top 100 and also in the Top 50 Best Art Fairs in's 2016 survey. The Port Clinton Art Festival was ranked #6 in the country by Sunshine Artist and Top 50 by The Lincolnshire Art Festival and the Barrington Art Festival are ranked in the top 100 shows by Sunshine Artists. The Gold Coast Art Fair was rated in the Top 50 best art fairs in 2016 by

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August Art Festivals

August 4
Friday Art Market
Daley Plaza in Downtown Chicago
9AM - 6PM
75 Booth Max

Friday Art Markets is a once a month art market taking place at Chicago's famous Daley Plaza under the Picasso world famous sculpture. All media of art will be featured at each single day Friday Art Market. Set up in the morning, and load out that night. 
  • Thousands of people work in the area. The plaza draws locals and tourists all day long. 
  • Do one, two, three or all four. Back them to a weekend fest for greater sales. 
  • These one-day fests give artists a non-conventional showing and selling opportunity in downtown Chicago and a chance to reach a broader audience.  All media and all price points are welcome!
Learn more & apply: Friday Art Markets

August 5 & 6
14th Annual Art at the Glen
The Glen Town Center
10AM - 5PM
200 Booth Max

The prestigious Art at The Glen festival showcases original works from more than 185 juried artists. The community is affluent, with Glenview's population of 49,000, the median family income is $125,000, with about 21% earning more than $200,000.
The festival is held in the elegant Glen Town Center a spectacular mixed use development which boasts incredible shopping and dining experiences for visitors and the residents of the newly built condominiums, rental apartments and lovely single family home neighborhoods. Parking is close, plentiful and easy for artists and visitors alike. 

August 12 & 13
20th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
Village Green Lincolnshire
120 Booth Max
Just rated 81 top show in the country and located in one of Chicago's most prosperous suburbs, this festival draws thousands of art lovers annually. It is set up around a central plaza with a beautiful fountain and sitting area. The average household income in Lincolnshire is over $215,000 and over 30% of residents have a graduate degree or higher. 

Located about 34 miles north of Chicago, Lincolnshire is surrounded by the affluent suburbs of Riverwoods, Bannockburn and Lake Forest. 
The Lincolnshire Marriott Hotel and many more hotels along with specialty shops, boutiques, and eateries, mixed-use retail, entertainment, and office development make Lincolnshire a hub for shopping and relaxing. Lincolnshire is home to Stevenson High school, one of the top rated schools in the nation.

August 18, 19 & 20
4th Annual Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
On Sherman Avenue from Clarke to Davis
Friday 4PM-Dusk, Saturday 10AM-Dusk, Sunday 10AM-5PM
                            150 Booth Max

The Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival is held on the closed streets of downtown Evanston, a city of 80,000 people just north of Chicago and home to Northwestern University.  Admission is free to the public.  
On its own block and separate from the artists, many of Evanston's great restaurants will serve up their wonderful food as festival goers listen to live music. Evanston supports its festivals with enthusiasm and purchasing power!

August 19 & 20
Oak Brook
55th Annual Fine Art Festival Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center
Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 11AM - 6PM
                            100 Booth Max

The Fine Art Festival at Oakbrook Center presents the best art in all categories at the upscale Oakbrook Center. This is a wealthy community with median home values of about $840,000 who attend and buy at this show. 35% of Oak Brook households have an income of over $200,000 and 63.5% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher. With a community of smart, wealthy and art-loving people, this is a great festival to show and sell your art.
Oakbrook Center is a premier outdoor shopping center located in the affluent western suburbs of Chicago featuring more than 160 fine shops that includes Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture, Anthropologie, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. All artists are located throughout the mall's open air walkways among trees, waterfalls and fountains. 

August 26 & 27
Highland Park
34th Annual Port Clinton Art Festival
Central Avenue, 1st and 2nd Streets
10AM - 6PM
265 Booth Max

More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal
attendees and buyers visit this high caliber festival. Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, it is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country, rated one of the top 6 art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by ArtFairCalendar. 
In Highland Park more than 56% of the households have incomes of $100,000+; about 28% of the households have incomes of $200,000+. In this affluent suburb art collectors wait to buy the really big pieces at this end of summer event. People start arriving at this festival before the official 10 am opening Saturday ready to shop.
Food and music at the "Taste of Highland Park" add to the weekend. Day before set up allows for a comfortable easy paced load in. All artists have an easy street location in the heart of the downtown.

September Art Festivals
September 2 & 3 (Labor Day Weekend!)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6th Annual Third Ward Art Festival
On Broadway from St. Paul to Menomonee
160 Booth Max

Milwaukee residents and art lovers show artists their strong support for the art festival, growing in numbers since the inaugural year in 2012. The Festival is located just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, in the Historic Third Ward knows as "Milwaukee's Arts and Fashion District." This upscale area boasts the city's most dynamic array of restaurants, theaters, galleries and unique shopping. 

Wide sidewalks are home to numerous outdoor cafes which are well situated to look at art with the back to back layout down the street. Each artist has ample back storage space, too. With a population of about 600,000 Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the 30th most populous city in the United States.

September 9 & 10
Deer Park
2nd Annual Deer Park Art Show
Deer Park Town Center
120 Booth Max

This show, which launched last year, features fine art and fine craft for show and sale over a fall weekend in this city, 37 miles north and west of Chicago. Deer Park is an elegant lifestyle center and home to many of the country's best stores and restaurants.

Deer Park is a wealthy, highly educated community which annually ranks  as a top community in the United States making #6 on the list of "Top 100 cities with biggest houses and #79 on the list of "Top median incomes" in the United States.

September 16 & 17
3rd Annual West Loop Art Fest
On Washington Boulevard from Halsted to Racine
180 Booth Max

If you are looking for "urban", this is your fest. Original, unique and emerging art of all media will be displayed and sold at this festival, from edgy to sublime, reasonable to extravagant ... it is all here.

The West Loop, named one of the hottest emerging neighborhoods in the World's Greatest Cities, is the host. It is the epicenter for Chicago's internationally acclaimed restaurants and is a hub for fashion and the arts. The West Loop is a hip urban environment with an art loving population. The West Loop Art Fest lives on six blocks of Washington Street, from busy Halsted to Aberdeen. Music stages on each end add to the event.

The Festival is held in cooperation with the West Loop Community Organization and is a joint venture of Amdur Productions and Star Events, each providing their respective expertise in Art and Music. Live music and great food from neighboring restaurants add to the experience of this outdoor festival.

September 23 & 24
Highwood, Illinois
2nd Annual Starving Artists Show
On Sheridan Avenue from
Highwood to Webster
120 Booth Max

The Starving Artists Show is a wonderful
change of pace, where all art shown must sell for $100 or less. This is a show where artists can discount, reduce and sell off extra art inventory at the end of the season. Visitors come looking for bargains on everything from jewelry to ceramics to fine art. Great art at great prices!

The Starving Artists Show is nestled between three of the wealthiest communities on the North Shore: Highland Park, Lake Forest and Lincolnshire. The atmosphere is relaxed, the booth fee low, with great food and live music adding to the fun. Artists and/or artist's reps are welcome to work the festival.

September 30 - October 1
2nd Annual ArtOberfest
Roosevelt Collection
      60 Booth Max

The Shops at Roosevelt Collection are happy to announce the 2nd Annual ArtOberfest. Located in the heart of Chicago's sophisticated South Loop, Roosevelt Collection is an open-air, mixed-use development for the 21st century. The center is home to premium national and local retailers, 342 Class-A luxury lofts and a vibrant central park.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, food and fun activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

November Art Festivals
November 10, 11 & 12
10th Annual SOAR Artisan Market
Main Floor of Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine
Friday 2PM-8PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 5PM
70 Booth Max
SOAR Artisan Market is a fabulous indoor, pre-holiday and gift art market. The art market will showcase the work of more than 60 of the area's most interesting and unique artists who work in a variety of mediums; unique jewelry, wonderful wearables, decor for the home, and so much more! A percentage of sales goes to SOAR, (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) for their many enriching community projects. The Art Market will be located near Lurie Children's Hospital at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine on the main floor.

November 17, 18 & 19
Highland Park, Illinois
3rd Annual Bling: The Jewelry and Gift Show
Highland Park Country Club
Friday 4PM-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-5PM
80 Booth Max
It's time to get your Bling on! Sending out some love to all of the jewelers and jewelry lovers with this Highland Park INDOOR festival. Jewelers, wearables, gifts and accessory artists are invited to this three day festival in one of the most upscale communities in the greater Chicago area. This event is a free admission, free parking event for the public.

Festival load in takes place during the day Friday, November 17. Pipe and drape and electricity will be provided and artists can reserve tables to make load in even easier. Booth spaces are 10 feet wide by 5 feet deep. Artists can bring their own cases and set ups if they choose. Each space is $500 including rear pipe and drape and electricity.  Artists may request corner, double wide or double deep booths and load in/out staff and power for additional fees as well. 
Deadline: January 16/Learn more here:

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