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Last Call for Artists: Oakbrook Center Fine Craft Exhibition

July 9 & 10

Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, Illinois

110 Artists

March 1

Oakbrook Center is a premier outdoor shopping center located in the affluent western suburbs of Chicago. The Center features more than 160 fine shops, including Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sears. For over 45 years, Oakbrook Center has held the Invitational Fine Craft Exhibition and offering artists from all over the U.S an opportunity to display and sell their original work in metal, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and mixed media. All artists are located throughout the mall's walkways among trees, flowers, plants, waterfalls and fountains.

This is a contemporary fine craft exhibition. ONLY original work in design and concept is allowed. Thus, no imports or works made with the use of commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, stencils, or prefabricated forms accepted. 70% of the artists who participate in the exhibition are invited back each year. The exhibition features live entertainment and a free Children's Art Workshop where children and parents participate in workshop activities.

Festival Facts:
    •    Jury Fee: $25
    •    Booth Fee:  $325
    •    Ribbon Awards:  $3,750
    •    Attendance:  130,000
    •    Event is promoted extensively through various media outlets
    •    Friday evening and Saturday morning set-up
    •    Continental breakfast for exhibitors on both days

For additional information, please contact:

     Oakbrook Center - Marketing Department
     Suzanne Beres, Sr. Marketing Manager
     Miriam Blumenthal, Assistant Marketing Manager
     Stacy Kolios, Marketing Coordinator
        630-573-0700, or

Visit for more information

Or download the application here:
Oakbrook Fine Craft Application

Please mail application and checks to:

     Oakbrook Center
     Attention:  Suzanne Beres
     100 Oakbrook Center
     Oak Brook, IL  60523-1838

Checks Payable to:  Oakbrook Shopping Center LLC
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Comment by Amy Furgiuele on February 28, 2011 at 4:11pm
Connie:  I noticed on the paper application that it says they need to be RECEIVED by March 1, not postmarked (as is usual)...  Do you knowif that's true or not?
Comment by Connie Mettler on February 28, 2011 at 4:16pm
Amy, go with the "postmark" -- put in a note that you found this on this site. Thanks.
Comment by geri a. wegner on March 1, 2011 at 8:55am
Last year this show was not a good one.  The artists seemed to be scattered throughout the mall and it was easy to miss them.  The attendance seems to be more about the people coming to the mall and not necessarily the art festival.  I didn't see a single booth with more than a couple of patrons in them.  Sorry to slam this show but it was not what it used to be last year.  Maybe it will be improved this year cuz it used to be a good one.
Comment by Amy Furgiuele on March 1, 2011 at 10:29am
Geri:  Thanks for your input about this show... It would be good to know if Oakbrook has addressed the issues you discussed.  I thought it was interesting that they have it split between Fine Art and Fine Craft, as it seems to me to be a big enough place to have both at the same time!  As always, I appreciate your (as well as others) insights on shows they've been in and attended.  We all can have "good show weekends" and "bad show weekends", but QUALITY of shows and the audience they pull are all things we can usually agree on, whether we're selling well or not!  Thanks!
Comment by geri a. wegner on March 1, 2011 at 2:25pm
The show has always been split and while I haven't been to the Fine Art one in years it was pretty large in and of itself.   I know that members here have done the Fine Craft show so maybe they will see this and jump in with their comments.  (yes, my hinged friend, I am talking about you!!)
Comment by Connie Mettler on March 1, 2011 at 3:07pm
Amy -- these shows at Oakbrook have been around for years. We used to participate in the fine art show in the '80's and '90's. There has always been a fine craft show in July and a fine art show on Labor Day weekend. Generally speaking this has worked well for the Oakbrook Center and for the artists involved.


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