Date: Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11
Time: Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: On Wells St. between North Ave. & Division
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Address: 1400 N. Wells Street
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Old Town Merchants & Residents Association
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Iconic. Trailblazing. Inspirational. And bursting with creativity. The early summer street extravaganza that is the Wells Street Art Festival returns for its 43rd year to the eponymous strip of Wells Street between North Avenue and Division in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

An eclectic mix of juried art. The tasty cuisine of neighborhood restaurants. A breezy music stage lineup. And activities for kids and families are just a few of many highlights of this post-Memorial Day celebration of art in nearly a dozen mediums that features the eye-catching handiwork of more than 200 creative individuals from Chicago, the Midwest and beyond.

Festival proceeds benefit the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.

Get Social!


11:30am - SEMPLE
1:30pm - The Remedy
2:00pm - Jesse White Tumblers
2:45pm - To The 9's
5:15pm - Boy Band Review
7:30pm - 16 Candles
Noon - School of Rock
1:15pm - The Remedy
1:45pm - Jesse White Tumblers
2:30pm - Lynne Jordan & The Shivers
4:30pm - The Funk Crusaders
7:00pm - Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press

Best Fest Package - A Great Discount to Sample!

A "Best Fest" Ticket Package is available for event-goers who want to get the most out of their festival experience! The package costs $54 and includes:

  • TWO gate donations
  • TWO beverage tickets ($5 each)
  • FOUR food tickets ($5 each)
  • TWO commemorative cups


About the Beneficiary: Old Town Merchants & Residents Association

The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association, sponsor of Wells Street Art Festival, has its origins as the Old Town Chamber of Commerce which was founded in 1971. It later changed its name to OTMRA. In addition to holding its annual art fest, the group serves as the voice of the Old Town community in addressing commercial and residential development, zoning, neighborhood beautification, community safety and city services. It also oversees assorted marketing and public relations initiatives to promote both the neighborhood and its businesses. For more visit oldtownchicago.org.

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Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Vendor Opportunities

ARTISTS - Click Here to Apply Online

MERCHANT/NFP - Click Here to Apply Online

Artist Participation Deadlines

DEADLINE: February 7, 2017: Regular Deadline: Online applications must be received by midnight CST.

*Paper applications will not be accepted for the 2017 Art Festival

February 8-12, 2017: Jury Session

Week of February 13th, 2017: Acceptance Notifications are sent out (please do not call).

March 13 2017: Deadline for Accepting and confirming your participation by picking out your booth space and finalizing payment for booth fee and any optional equipment rentals on zapplication. Please remember that you are not confirmed into the event unless you have paid for your booth fees and your status shows "Confirmed". CHECKS NOT ACCEPTED.

Early June 2017: Booth space assignments, Load in location and times, as well as other information will be sent out to confirmed artists' e-mail addresses on file. Phone calls will not be made.

May 13, 2017: Deadline to cancel and receive 50% refund (less $50 administrative fee)

June 10, 2017: Artist Set-Up between 6:00 am and 7:30 am

Please note: Dates are subject to change without notice.

Paper Application

Participating Artists

*Please note:  This list is subject to change.

2-D Mixed Media
Anderson, Shane - http://shaneandersonillustrations.com/
Baldauf, Stephen - http://stephenbaldauf.com/blog/
Bondroff, Daniel - http://danbondroff.com/
Casarietti, Robert - http://www.casariettistudio.com/
Christensen, Derek - https://www.facebook.com/derekchristensenreclaimedcreations/
Curry, Erin - http://erincurry.com/
Gawel, Janine - http://janine-rose.squarespace.com/
Gaxhaj, Marelvi
Irbe, Igors
Jennings, Chandra - https://www.boardtoart.net/
Kremen , Esteban - http://www.kremenart.com/
Krouse, Katheryn - http://www.katherynkrouse.com/
Long, Jay - http://www.jaylongstudio.com/
McKelvey, Brian - http://www.pubsof.com/
Morgan , Chris - http://chrismorganart.blogspot.com/
P, Mariano
Phillips, Jurate - http://www.gourmetartstudio.com/
Rice, Jamie - http://www.jamiericeart.com/
Spoon, Marisol - http://marisolspoon.com/
Taeoalii, Tai - http://www.artbytai.com/
Van Leeuwen, Kale - https://www.etsy.com/shop/vankale
Wampler, Sondra - http://www.sondrawampler.com/
Whitten, Melinda - http://lightandsand.com/
WILSON, ken - http://www.kenwilsonartist.com/

3-D Mixed Media & Sculpture
Barreneche/Schemel, Juan/Daniel
Beck, Chris - http://www.becksculpture.com/
Bettag, Barbara
Cooley, Richard - http://www.sparkplugguy.com/
Lamar, John - http://www.studio-451.com/
Mamandi, rezgar - http://mannapottery.com/
Nehring, Robert - http://www.rustynoodlestudios.com/
Petersen, Carl
Siefert, Harold - https://www.hsartonline.com/
Smith, Woody
Thoem, Jenifer - http://www.jeniferthoem.com/
Thompson, Dave - https://www.davethompsonart.co.uk/
Whitcomb, Mick - http://www.artifactsbynomad.com/

Michelle Chang & Wayne Gao -
Charney, Jack - http://www.jackcharney.com/
Kozawa, Yoshiko
Moreno, Alejandra
Schloesser, Mark
Wagner, Linda - http://www.artgirlpottery.com/

Digital Art
Brueck, Jason - http://thegalleryart.com/artists/jason-brueck/
Coglianese, Matthew - http://www.thepigshark.com/
Connell, Steve - http://www.steveconnell.com/
DOSKOVA, TANYA - http://www.fineartoncanvas.com/
Ellis, Jimmy - http://www.jimmyellisart.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
Harris, Shawn - http://www.shawnrayharris.com/
Jarosz, Tim - http://timjarosz.com/
Kudulis, Kenneth - https://www.kudu-lah.com/
Lee, Vic - http://www.viclee.co.uk/Vic_Lee_Murals_Illustrations_and_Print.html
Letts, Eva
Littman, Susan - http://www.susanlittman.com/
Lucius, Kevin - http://kevinlucius.com/tasteofchi/
Rankin, Ralph
Van Praag, Robert

Functional Art
Alot-Ciecholewski, Joanna
Arango, Andres
Avila, Alejandra
Capella, Brynn - http://www.brynncapella.com/
Colagrossi, Michael
Cumming, Cindy - http://www.cindybelladesigns.com/home.html
Dunkel, Brandilyn
Feuerstein, Tim
Grabski, Cheryl - http://cheryl-grabski.blogspot.com/
Hallman, Kevin - http://suzetteartcouture.com/
Haro, mayolo
Jones, Scott - www.urthyfiberart.com
KALMAR, BETSY - http://www.sidedishfurniture.com/
Kim, Eun Hee
Malone, steven - https://www.poeticearthjournals.com/
Manning, Amy - https://secondchanceart.net/
McDonough, Aisha - http://northtraindesigns.com/
mitchell, Mychal - http://www.mitchell-leather.com/
Moskoff, Leah - http://www.gocattoys.com/
Nelson, Jeffery - http://www.hudsonriverinlay.com/
Petrow, A. B.
Reformado, Rossana - http://re4mado.com/
Sisco, Ron & Christine - http://treestump.co/
Thodos, Diane - http://www.dianethodos.com/Diane_Thodos_Homepage/Home_page.html

Dwyer, Debi - https://debidwyerdesigns.myshopify.com/
Kennedy, Sally
Thorpe, LaVerne - http://www.bobspilleart.com/

Acton, Tana - http://tanaacton.info/
Allamano, Alexa - https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoamyWader
Austin, Ava - http://www.artfullyadorned.com/category-s/283.htm
Banks, Melissa - https://www.raptinmaille.com/
Birbilaite, Vilma
Bush, Spirit & Samuel - http://www.spiritlala.com/
Christian, Betty - https://www.bjchristian.com/
Cohen, Jackie - http://www.jackiecohenjewelry.com/
Cook, Kelly - https://www.etsy.com/people/Cookstah
Cramer, Venus - http://www.jewelrybyvenus.com/
Duncan, diane - http://diane-duncan.com/
Foster, Julia
Furgat, Julie - http://www.angelweardesigns.com/index.php
Gelbuda, Susan - https://susanelizabethdesigns.com/
Golde Cunningham, Leslie - https://www.etsy.com/il-en/people/TheBeadOfTheSoul
Hartsock, Christine - https://cehcreations.myshopify.com/
Hisir, Kyle - http://www.copperreflections.com/about-us
Hofstra, Darlene - https://www.etsy.com/shop/sunseaskydesigns
Iglesias, Renzo - http://www.lharmoniejewelry.com/index.php
Ingel, Hanan - https://www.ownapieceofhistory.biz/
Joyce, Maggie - http://lenzlady.com/
Kahmann, Eric -  www.harpstone.com/
King, Christina - http://www.threemonkeysunique.com/category_7/Girls.htm#.WRSHLFXysdU
Ladd, John - http://www.phasylumworks.com/
Lucius, Christine - http://www.luciusjewelry.com/
Marsella, Candace - https://smashingjewels.com/
Mason, barb - http://www.bobbikahndesign.com/
Molenhouse, Kristen - https://www.glamrocksjewelry.com/
Montanaro, Carlos - http://www.rewindjewelry.com/
Mountz , Victoria - https://www.victoriamountz.com/
Narolewska, Iwona
OLMOS, LILIANA - https://olmox.com/
Ramirez, Mauricio - http://www.kepiaa.com/
Serezli, Haydar Martha
Suarez, Sarella - https://www.facebook.com/sarellasuarezartjewelry/
Tantillo, Stephanie - https://www.satorifireglass.com/
Tekeli, Emre - https://www.facebook.com/TekeliDesigns/
Thompson, Marie - https://www.facebook.com/damonmariethompson505/
Titus, Austin - http://www.augustninedesigns.com/about.html
Voltz, Elisabeth - https://ragtradervintage.com/
Williams, Bradly
Williams, lisa - http://www.lisawilliamsjewelry.com/
Yeager, tess – http://haegtessasart.com
Zezza, Christine - https://www.joelucjewel.com/
Gorkowski Klear, Jenny - http://www.jgorkowskistudio.com/

Awoyemi, Afolarin
Bombardier, Daniel - http://www.enjoydenial.com/
Briere, Lauren - http://www.robotsinrowboats.com/
Close, Dick - http://www.dickclose.com/default3.asp
Cuevas, Dan – www.danilocuevas.com
Disney, Roger - http://www.rogerdisney.com/
Fannin, Rob - http://www.robfannin.com/index.html
Fischer, Val - https://www.valfischer.com/
JOHNSON, JANE - http://janejohnsonart.com/
Kelly, Ty - http://www.tykelly.com/
Lange, Beata
Minasyan, Araik - http://www.araikart.com/
Morningstar, Holly - http://www.archaicsmiles.com/
Mullenax, Kirk
Offord, Heather - http://www.heatherofford.com/
Overman, Emma - http://emmaoverman.com/
Picotte, Doug
Podczaszy, Agnieszka - https://www.facebook.com/agnieszka.podczaszy
Pogatetz, Robert - http://robertpogatetz.homestead.com/index.html
Pulka, Joe
Reif, Ken - http://www.kenreif.com/
Rivera, Carlos
Ruiz, Leon - www.lfruiz.com/
Samiljan, Robin - http://www.robinsamiljan.com/Robin_Samiljan/Portfolio/Portfolio.html
Sandock, Aaron - http://www.aaronsandock.com/
Smith, Wendy - http://www.wendysmith.co.uk/
Stolvoort, Peter - https://www.peterstolvoort.com/
Stones, Greg - https://the-zombie-penguin.myshopify.com/
Trulis, Michael - http://michaeltrulis.com/smile/
Welton, Mike - http://mikeweltonart.com/
Whitacre, Brett - http://www.bugglesnug.com/brett/index.html
Wooten, Aaron - http://www.aaronrwooten.com/
Wylangowska, Lidia - https://www.lidiawylangowska.com/
Yung, Bryan - http://www.bryanyung.com/

Behr, Michael - http://www.mikebehrphotography.com/
Bollard, Dona - http://thespottedponyphotography.com/
Brown, Michael
Brown, Neil - http://www.neilbrownfineart.com/
Byrne, Chris - http://chrisbyrnephotography.com/
Cavanah, Doug - http://www.dcpanorama.com/
Chapman, Timm - http://www.timmchapman.com/
Daniel, Steven - http://www.adventuresofatreefrog.com/index.html
Decker, Bob – www.rddeckerphotography.com
Doherty, Christopher - https://www.dohertyphotography.com/
Fishman, Scott - http://www.fishmanphotography.com/
Horsch, Bob - http://www.horschgallery.com/
Jasinski, Michael - http://jasinskibrothers.com/
JOHANSEN, JESPER - http://www.tinypeoplebiglaughs.com/
Marsh, James - http://www.jdmarshphotography.com/
Minuchin, marcos - http://www.thesecretlifeoftoys.com/
Murphy , Amanda - https://www.dottygiraffe.com/
Plotnick, Rebecca - https://www.rebeccaplotnick.com/
Rasmussen, Jim - http://www.razfoto.com/
Ryan, Juana - http://www.stellalily.com/
Ryan, Marcus - http://www.marcusryanstudios.com/
Sparenga, Sebastian - http://www.chicagopetphotography.com/
Taylor, Claude - http://www.travelphotography.net/
Teger, Allan - https://bodyscapes.com/

Works on Paper
Ariyama, Hiroshi - http://ariyamastudio.com/home.html
Day, Landon
Fricke, Jason - http://jasonfricke.com/
Plavski, Nikolai
Prell, Clayton - https://claytonprell.com/
Wennersten, Jay
Zumpano, Wendy - http://www.pencilportraitcards.com/