2019 Spring and Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Chicagoland

It’s springtime in Chicagoland, and there’s beauty all around us! It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through an outdoor art festival to find that special piece of art to decorate your home, or maybe just to spark your own creativity . . . especially if you’ve got a budding artist in the family. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got art fairs throughout the city and suburbs for your whole crew to enjoy all summer long.

2019 Spring and Summer Art Festival Schedule

May Art Festivals

Art in Wilder Park
May 4-5, 2019 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
This juried show of fine arts, crafts and original features creations of over 100 artists, activities for children, musical entertainment, and food vendors.

MADE Festival
May 5, 2019 | 11:00 am 5:00 pm
Morgan Manufacturing
401 N. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Featuring the “newest, best, quirkiest, most exciting” handmade art, this art festival boasts handmade wares from regional artists. The Mother’s Day-themed May event offers the perfect shopping opportunity for dads and kids.

June Art Festivals

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 1 – 2, 2019 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Grant Park’s Butler Field
Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Includes more than 300 artists from around the world as well as food, drinks, and live music.

Old Town Art Fair
June 8–9, 2019 | Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
1763 N. North Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Showcases the work of more than 250 artists selected by an independent jury of art professionals from the Chicago area. It also includes a Garden Walk, live music, children’s arts and crafts activities, and local food vendors.

Wells Street Art Festival
June 8–9, 2019 | Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wells Street between North Avenue and Division
Chicago, IL 60614
This festival features 225+ artists from all over North America. You’ll find painting, sculpture, woodworking, jewelcraft and more, as well as entertainment, a children’s area, food, and drink.

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
June 89, 2019 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Burlington Park
30 E. Chicago Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
The 46th annual art show hosts 130 artists in Burlington Park.

Promenade of Art Arlington Heights
June 89, 2019 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm
121 West Campbell (intersection of Vail and Campbell)
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
17th annual art show featuring juried artists showcasing everything from photography to jewelry.

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Custer Fair
June 1516, 2019 | 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Main St. & Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
Find paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, antiques, and more from 300+ artisans at this art fair with entertainment and kids’ activities in Eiden Park.

Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts
June 2223, 2019 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm
The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
You’ll find ceramics, fiber craft, glass art, jewelry, woodworking, and more at this festival with live music and food.

Logan Square Arts Festival
June 28–30, 2019
Illinois Centennial Monument
3150 W. Logan Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647
Set in the heart of Chicago’s diverse Logan Square neighborhood, this art festival celebrates the community’s creativity with two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, and local food and drink.

Millenium Art Festival
June 2830, 2019 | Friday 11:00 am 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am 6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Michigan Avenue and E. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601
11th annual arts festival featuring more than 110 juried artists as well as live music, food vendors and more.

July Art Festivals

Chicago Botanic Art Fest
July 6 –7, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Botanic-themed art of all kinds comes to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Southport Art Festival
July 13 – 14, 2019 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
On Southport Avenue from Waveland to Grace
3704 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60022
Explore oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass and mixed media from a diverse group of Chicago artists. There’s a special kids area, too.

Art Fest Michigan Avenue
July 19 – 20, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
435 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Free fine-art-only festival at the base of the Wrigley Building.

Geneva Arts Fair
July 27–28, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
100 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134
140+ artists showcase drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry and more.

Glenview Summer Art Fair
July 27–28, 2019
Lyon School
Lake St. and Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
Fine arts and crafts galore, plus kids’ activities (including face painting, food from a local vendor, and wandering musicians).

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Glencoe Festival of Art
July 27–28, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Glencoe
Green Bay Road and Park Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
110+ juried artists from around the U.S. show off painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodwork, and more. You’ll find live music, food, and kids’ activities, too.

August Art Festivals

Art at the Glen
August 3–4, 2019 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Glen Town Center
1800 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
175 artists+ show off their work in a variety of mediums. Event also features live music, food, and a kids area with art activities.

Lincolnshire Art Festival
August 11–12, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Village Green
Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60061
Features 100+ juried artists, live music, food, and fun activities for kids.

Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival
August 16–18, 2019 | Friday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Evanston
Art for sale, including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, furniture, and more. Event also features local food, live music, and kids’ activities.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum
August 17–18, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for nature-themed art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Browse this juried art show featuring Midwest artists. The art show is free with admission; there is a fee for the wine and other beverages.

Bucktown Arts Fest
August 24–25, 2019
Across from Holstein Park in Chicago
Big multi-media arts fest with 40,000+ visitors annually. Two music stages, dancers, performers, arts activities for kids, and food trucks, plus craft beer and sangria.

Port Clinton Art Fest
August 24–25, 2019 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Port Clinton Square
600 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Big juried art festival with 250,000+ visitors each year who come to see 260+ celebrated artists. Art demonstrations, kids’ scavenger hunts, and more.

Alley Art Fest
August 31, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Water Street Mall
Aurora, IL 60505
Free family-friendly event featuring 65+ artists, plus live music, performances, and more. Kids can make a free craft in the kids tent.

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September Art Festivals

Buffalo Grove Days Arts & Crafts Festival
September 1–3, 2019
Mike Rylko Park
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
This big summer festival with food, carnival rides, and music features an arts and crafts fair, too.

Deer Path Art League Art Fair on the Square
September 1–2, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Market Square and Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
65th annual art fair hosts award-winning artists with ceramics, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and more.

Oak Brook Fine Arts Festival
September 7–8, 2019 | Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Oakbrook Center
Art, live music, and kids’ activities at the Oakbrook Center outdoor mall.

Mundelein Arts Festival
September 7–8, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Krakauer Park
100 N. Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
9th annual juried arts festival showcasing the work of 45 talented artists. Event also features live music and food from area restaurants.

Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival
September 7–8, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Downers Grove
Stroll down Main Street in Downers Grove to enjoy a variety of artwork at this annual show. Come Saturday to catch the farmers market, too.

West End Arts Festival
September 7–8, 2019 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Stone Avenue Station
Burlington Ave. at Brainard
La Grange, IL 60525
Live music, chefs, food and drinks from local restaurants, children’s art activities, face painting, and more..

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
September 14–15, 2019 | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Lakeview East
Broadway from Belmont to Roscoe
Chicago, IL 60657
150+ juried artists selling paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, furniture, and more. Also features live entertainment, art demonstrations, children’s activities and a special garden oasis.

Andersonville Arts Fest
September 21–22, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
N. Clark Street and W. Winona Street
This new art festival held in Chicago’s vibrant Swedish neighborhood caps off the 17th annual Andersonville Arts Week and showcases a variety of art available at all price points.

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About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

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