Please read all information and instructions thoroughly, then fill out the application form that follows - thank you!

About us: We are a small show (about 40 artists + a few food vendors) in a supportive neighborhood run by a collective of women artists that have been selling their art, eating, drinking and comparing shoes together for over fifteen years. We have a very limited number of spaces for Chicago-area women guest artists, and we encourage you to apply to show with us!

Show Dates & Times: Saturday and Sunday, December 16th-17th, 11am-5pm both days.

Show Location: Alexander Graham Bell School: 3730 N. Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 

Parking: Both artists & patrons are able to park for FREE in the school lot right outside of the entrance to the show, as well as on the surrounding streets.

Accepted mediums & other considerations: We try to keep a good balance of style, price and medium at our shows. At this time, our Chicago Art Girls jewelers have already filled the jewelry category. If you create in any category OTHER than jewelry, we welcome you to apply. We also ask that you live within about an hour’s drive of Chicago.

Work must be designed and handmade by the artist with minimal or no outside assistance, of high quality, and must be displayed in a professional manner. Absolutely no high volume studio or mass-produced items will be considered or allowed. We are looking for work that will sell at our holiday show, so some high-end work may not be the right fit for us.  We are also looking for work that will not conflict with our members.  Please review our ARTISTS page to see our members' artwork.

* A note to previous & new guest artists: Our show is small, with a very small number of openings for guests. If you have done our show in the past for consecutive years, we may regretfully choose to skip acceptance this year even though we love you – only to keep our show fresh and fair for our audience and other artists. Thank you for your understanding. 

**New this year – FOOD: We will have space for about 4 food vendors in the cafeteria area adjacent to the main artist room. If you are interested in selling prepared or made-to-order food or beverages at our event, please fill our our Food Vendor Application.

Booth size: 6x8.' We have a limited number of corner booths available for an extra $35. Please let us know on the application if you’d like to be put on the list for a corner spot. We will let you know upon acceptance if we were able to give you a corner.

Electricity: Available to all vendors at no charge.

Application fee: FREE

Application deadline: August 31st

Notifications: September 12th  

Booth fee: $275 standard booth ($310 corner booth if requested & notified of assignment)

Booth payment deadline: September 21st, 2017. If you’ve been accepted and have not paid by that date, we’ll move to the first person on the waitlist.

Cancellation policy: If, for whatever reason, you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund if we are notified of your cancellation before October 15th, 2017. You are entitled to a 50% refund between October 15 and November 15th *only if we can fill your space.* If we cannot fill the space, there will be no refund. We cannot offer any refunds after November 15th.

Charity/Raffle: For each Chicago Art Girls Holiday Show, we choose a charity to support with our event.  This year our efforts will go to supporting GirlForward, a local organization that provides services & safe spaces for refugee girls, “a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.”  We will be selling raffle tickets both before & during the event, in partnership with the local Girls Scouts, where patrons can win groupings of donated artworks.  Your participation in donating to the raffle is in no way required, and will not affect your standing going forward, including acceptance to future Chicago Art Girls shows.  However, if you would like to donate an item of your artwork to help GirlForward, we will be collecting these items by October 1st – thank you in advance.

Promotion: Our social media mavens have a great track record of getting the word out in places like The Reader, NPR, Time Out Chicago, and Windy City Live, and this year we are hiring some PR help to get the word out even further. Also, our Chicago Art Girls are seasoned veterans of the art fair circuit and have extensive mailing lists of art buyers who attend our show. We also consistently post to our Facebook and Instagram accounts. In addition, we have postcards available for you to send to your mailing list and/or to hand out at prior events. Please choose how many postcards you would like on your application, if any.

Application instructions: Please fill out the application form below in its entirety. Be sure to attach the three required photos (you may submit up to five photos total). Please label your photos with your COMPANY NAME FIRST so that we can easily find them. Example: chicagoartgirls_01.jpg or chicagoartgirls_bowl.jpg.  Note that we may use any of these photos in our promotional materials, as well as your Facebook and Instagram handles. Any applications that are incomplete will not be considered.  You must scroll through the entire application, fill out all required fields and hit SUBMIT - then you're all good!

Questions?  Drop us a line at chicagoartgirls@gmail.com


August 31st - Application deadline
September 12th - Notifications are emailed
September 21st - Booth fees are due ($275 standard, $310 corner if requested & notified)
October 15th - Last date to cancel in order to be refunded full booth fee
November 15th - Last date to cancel in order to be refunded 50% of booth fee, only if we can fill your space.  No refunds after this date.
December 16th-17th - Show dates! (11am-5pm both days)



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