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The Old Town Art Fair, rated the #1 art fair in the country, celebrated its 67th annual fair on June 11 and 12, 2016 as the charming, tree-lined streets of the city’s historic Old Town Triangle District (not to be confused with the Wells Street Festival held nearby on the same weekend) set the stage for 250 nationally acclaimed artists and an estimated 30,000 art lovers. See you next year, June 10 and 11, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2016 Artist Awards winner.
Painting, Drawing, Pastel, Digital Art – Best in Show: Taylor Mazer & Second Place: Yu Zhou
Photography, Printmaking, 2D Mixed Media – Best in Show: Clifton Henri & Second Place: Chris Dahlquist
Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Stone, Wood – Best in Show: John Herbon & Second Place: Hetty and Norman Metzger
Jewely, Metal, Sculpture, 3D Mixed Media – Best in Show: Ann Marie Cianciolo & Second Place: Frances Kite

The artists featured in the Old Town Art Fair are selected by an independent jury of art professionals from the Chicago area. Nearly half of the artists are newly juried in each year, making the Old Town Art Fair attractive for applying artists and fresh for patrons. The show features a wide range of art mediums, including 2D- and 3D- mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and works in metal, stone, and wood.


The Old Town Art Fair was rated America’s # 1 Art Fair this year by Visit their site to see the list of the top 50 fairs and learn more about the buyers and fair goers who rated the Old Town Art Fair the best! Art Fair Calendar logo

Other anticipated features of the Old Town Art Fair include a Garden Walk through more than 50 charming, urban gardens in the Old Town Triangle Historic Landmark District, a music stage featuring local talent, a children’s corner offering arts and crafts activities, and a food court populated by local eateries. Souvenir booths at the fair offer posters, t-shirts and other Old Town Art Fair collectibles.

On June 11 and 12, 2016, the gates opened Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm, rain or shine.  The main gate of the Old Town Art Fair is located (north of North Avenue) at Lincoln Avenue & Wisconsin Street. Additional gates provide access to the Fair at Lincoln Park West & Wisconsin; Sedgwick & Menomonee: Sedgwick & Wisconsin; Menomonee & Wells; and North Park & Willow. A donation of $10.00 per adult is requested, children accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free. Proceeds from the Old Town Art Fair benefit a host of local youth groups, schools, and neighborhood preservation projects.

Click here for information about Parking, Directions and Maps.

To all of our exhibitors, patrons, volunteers, vendors and sponsors: THANK YOU!

With your support, we are able to continue in the spirit of the “Old Town Holiday,” a popular event started in 1949 by the Old Town Triangle Association that invited artistic residents to display their work and collected 25-cent donations to raise money for improved living, working and recreational conditions in the area. Today’s Old Town Art Fair is a great leap from neighbors hanging art on fences, but we’re proud that the original intent and commitment are the same: children and community.

Thank you for your at the fair!!!_d3s1037_19606980852_o

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Click here to enjoy a video from the 2010 Art Fair!
Click here to see the DNAinfo Chicago story about the Old Town Art Fair (April 22, 2016).