Date: Saturday, June 08 - Sunday, June 09
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. and Division
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Address: 1400 N. Wells Street
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Old Town Merchants & Residents Association

Art enthusiasts are guaranteed to find plenty of inspiration when the early summer showcase that is the Wells Street Art Festival celebrates its 45th year. Held on the eponymous strip of Wells Street between North Avenue and Division in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, it’s a treasure trove of creativity and much more.

For starters, there’s a diverse mix of nearly 200-plus juried artists from both the region and across the nation. Beyond these artists, will be a stand-alone “Remix” area on Scott Street featuring the unique and eco-friendly works of some 20 artisans who make art from used and recycled materials. Additionally, a tented area at Remix will offer free educational workshops each afternoon with creative DIY projects for both adults and children.

Other weekend highlights include the tasty cuisine from the neighborhood’s eclectic restaurants and cool music stage acts as well as kids’ art activities.

Fest proceeds will again benefit the programs and services of the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.

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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.

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.

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ARTISTS:  Click Here to register.  Artist deadline is February 23, 2019.


DEADLINE: February 23rd, 2019: Regular Deadline: Online applications must be received by midnight CST.

*Paper applications will not be accepted for the 2019 Art Festival

February 25th-March 1st, 2019: Jury Session

Week of March 4th, 2019: Acceptance Notifications are sent out via email only. We are unable to accept phone calls.

March 20th, 2019: 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 2019: 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 10th, 2019: Deadline to cancel and receive 50% refund (less $50 administrative fee)

June 8th, 2019: Artist Set-Up between 6:00 am and 7:30 am

June 8th-9th, 2019: 45th Annual Wells Street Art Festival