2019 Holiday Pop-Up Application is now live!
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!
Our application is open to women artists who live in the following Midwest states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan & Ohio.
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 have a small kitchen with five invited food vendors (sweets, savory and drinks). If you’d like to be considered for our waitlist, we invite you to apply on our Food Waitlist Application.
** IMPORTANT NOTE: Previous guest artists are not guaranteed a return for subsequent shows. Unfortunately, we have a very small number of guest openings and need to keep a rotating group of artists to appeal to our ever-growing audience. We try not to have an artist exhibiting in our show for more than 2 consecutive years. If you are not accepted again, please know it has nothing to do with the quality of your work… we still love you and encourage you to apply in the future. These decisions have more to do with keeping our show balanced and fresh.
Show Dates & Times: Saturday and Sunday, December 14th-15th, 11am-5pm both days.
Show Location: Alexander Graham Bell School: 3730 N. Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
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.
Parking: In the past, we had free access to the parking lot right outside the venue. The school may be using that lot for other things this year, so we are waiting to hear the fate of the parking lot. At minimum, there will be free street parking for vendors and patrons around the school. Also because of this, load-in location & information may be different than previous years and is to be determined at a later date.
Artist booths: 41 total artist booths plus 5 food booths. Member artists will fill roughly 70% of available booths. We typically have 10-13 guest spots available.
Application fee: FREE
Application deadline: August 31st
Notifications: September 12th
Booth fee: $295 standard booth ($330 corner booth if requested & notified of assignment)
Booth payment deadline: September 21st, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, we cannot provide a refund of your booth fee. 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 Common Pantry, a local organization that provides emergency food & social services to northside neighbors. We will be selling raffle tickets during the event 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 Common Pantry, we will be collecting these items by November 15th – thank you in advance.
Promotion: This year, we are putting more money into our PR efforts, so we hope to have the best attendance yet! We have hired a PR person who will be getting the word out in both city & surrounding suburban publications, along with other strategies. 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.
Application instructions: Please enter your email address and click the blue START button at the bottom and fill out the application form in full. 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.
Questions? Drop us a line at email@example.com
REVIEW OF IMPORTANT DATES:
August 31st - Application deadline
September 12th - Notifications are emailed
September 21st - Booth fees are due ($295 standard, $330 corner if requested & notified)
October 15th - Last day 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 14th-15th - Show dates! (11am-5pm both days)
Thanks in advance for your submission!