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Wells Street & North Avenue, 1560 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Estimated attendance: 70,000
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The Wells Street Art Festival is always held on the second full weekend of June in the popular Wells Street corridor of Old Town. An estimated 50,000 people attend annually.
Artist Booths — We feature over 225 juried artists from across the continent. A number of disciplines are represented — from traditional painting and sculpture to artisan woodworking and metalsmithing, jewel craft, the digital arts, and more.
Entertainment — The Wells Street Art Festival has a dedicated performance stage in the rear lot of O’Briens Restaurant (1528 N. Wells). Local music, performance artists, and cover/tribute bands are featured here throughout the weekend.
Childrens’ Play Area — Each year, we strive to create a fun, interactive space for your kids where they can do arts & crafts, participate in a performance, or just goof off! The children’s play area is located at the corner of Wells Street and Evergreen Street.
Food and Drink — The festival features 20+ food and drink vendors selling a varied assortment of tasty treats. With so many amazing Old Town restaurants participating, you may just want to try something from all of them!
Location — Just minutes away from downtown’s famous Magnificent Mile and the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline. Wells Street is easily accessible via the Red Line (Clark/Division Station) and Brown Line (Sedgwick station) public train systems.
Art enthusiasts are guaranteed to find plenty of inspiration when the early summer showcase that is the Wells Street Art Festival celebrates its 46th 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.
The Wells Street Art Festival spans the length of Wells Street from North Avenue to Division Street and features more than 250 artists, food/beverage, and merchant vendors. For more information on how you and your business can participate, check out the pages below!
- ALL ARTISTS
The Wells Street Art Festival is regularly listed among the best-juried artist events in the Midwest (and the country!). Centered on the popular Wells Street commercial corridor in historic Old Town, the two-day event regularly draws attendance above 70,000.Located only minutes from Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile and the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, the Wells Street Art Festival is an unofficial “Kick off to Summer” for festival-goers and art lovers in the Windy City.
- Food & Beverage
The producers release a limited number of food/beverage (NA) licenses each year for the Wells Street Art Festival. While priority is given to businesses with physical locations, the festival usually includes at least four (4) itinerant vendors.As a vendor, you’ll have the chance to set and sell an appetizing menu to over 50,000 attendees!
- Merchant & Not-for Profits
Whether selling products, services, or just providing general promotional information about your business, the Wells Street Art Festival is a great way to connect one-on-one with a huge group of potential customers.Past participating merchants have included clothing shops, spice merchants, dentists, chiropractors, candlemakers, t-shirt designers, and more. We offer a limited amount of booth spaces for businesses and non-profits looking to build their client base. Priority is given to businesses with physical Old Town locations.
If you would like to inquire on how to obtain member pricing and are not a member please contact us at 773-868-3010.
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