2021 Art Fairs and Festivals Happening in Chicagoland

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With the lovely springtime season upon us, beauty is surrounding us everywhere! It’s also the perfect time to check out some unique artwork at one of the many art fairs and festivals popping up all around Chicagoland. Whether it’s just to browse with the kiddos, or if you’ve been searching for that special piece of art to update your home, we’ve got you covered on all the art-filled, family-friendly events near you.

2021 Spring and Summer Art Festival Schedule

Please be sure to confirm all dates and times before attending. Also be aware that plans for children’s areas, food/drink, and live entertainment may change depending on permits and restrictions.

May Art Festivals

Art in Wilder Park
May 2021; website promises info coming soon
175 S Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Annual two day art show of fine arts and crafts from over 100 Midwest artists. While 2021 information is not yet available, the show usually includes activities for children, musical entertainment, and food vendors.

St. Charles Fine Art Show
May 29–30, 2021
Riverside Ave. & Main Street (Rt 64)
Downtown St. Charles, IL
Showcases the original, juried work of over 80 fine artists in mediums including clay, digital art, drawing, jewelry, glass, watercolors, and more.

June Art Festivals

Wells Street Art Festival
Usually in June; no 2021 plans announced as of April 18, 2021
Wells Street between North Avenue and Division
Chicago, IL 60614
Features 225+ artists from all over North America, entertainment, a children’s play area, food and drink.

Logan Square Arts Festival
Usually in June; no 2021 plans announced as of April 18, 2021
Illinois Centennial Monument
3150 W. Logan Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647
Celebrates the community’s creativity with two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, and local food and drink.

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
June 5–6, 2021 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Burlington Park
30 E. Chicago Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Annual art show for over 40 years in shady Burlington Park hosts over 130 artists.

Lincolnshire Art Festival
June 5–6, 2021 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Village Green
Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60061
Features 130 juried artists, live music, food, and more. Reserve a timeslot online.

Riverside Arts Weekend
Planned for June 12–13, 2021; 2021 details still unannounced as of April 18, 2021
Guthrie Park
90 Bloomingbank Lane
Riverside, IL 60546
While 2021 details are still forthcoming, the festival usually features over 75 juried artists, as well as kids’ activities and food/drink booths.

Old Town Art Fair
June 12–13, 2021 | 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 nationally acclaimed artists, a garden walk, live music, children’s arts and crafts activities, and local food vendors.

Wheaton Art Walk
June 12–13, 2021 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hale Street & Karlskoga Avenue
Wheaton, IL
Purchase art from over 80 juried artists and interact with artists through demonstrations at this show in downtown Wheaton. Reserve a timeslot online.

Millennium Art Festival
June 16–18, 2021 | 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
Annual arts festival featuring more than 120 juried artists as well as live music, food vendors, and more. Reserve a time online.

Burr Ridge Art Fair
June 19–20, 2020 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Burr Ridge Village Center
More than 100 artisans and makers will be displaying and selling accessibly-priced paintings, jewelry, furniture, clothing, skincare, and home decor.

Naperville Fine Art & Artisan Fair
June 26–27, 2021
Downtown Naperville
Naperville, IL
Featuring over 110 artists exhibiting, selling, and demonstrating their original works in the heart of downtown Naperville. Food vendors, a community mural, and a Petite Picasso tent planned.

Highland Park Festival of Fine Art
June 26–27, 2021 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm
The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Showcases the work of 100 juried artists from around the world, kids activities, live music, and food.

July Art Festivals

Southport Art Festival
July 10-11, 2021 | 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. Special kids area, too.

Geneva Arts Fair
July 24-25, 2021 | 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.

Glencoe Festival of Art
July 24-25, 2021 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Glencoe
Green Bay Road and Park Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
90+ juried artists from around the U.S. as well as live music, food, and kids’ activities, too. Reserve a time online.

Glenview Summer Art Fair
July 24–25, 2021
Lyon School
Lake St. and Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
Fine arts and crafts galore. While 2021 plans are still in progress, the fair usually includes kids’ activities, as well as henna, musicians, and local food trucks.

Art at the Glen
July 31 – August 1, 2021 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Glen Town Center
1800 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
140 artists show off their work in a variety of mediums. Event also features live music and food. Reserve a time online.

August Art Festivals

Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival
August 13–15, 2021 | Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Evanston
800 Church St.
Evanston, IL
Art for sale, including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, furniture, and more. Event also features local food and has traditionally included live music. Reserve a timeslot online.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum
August 20-22, 2021 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday; Friday evening launch event is for artists and selected guests
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for nature-themed art as you stroll around Meadow Lake.

Gold Coast Art Fair
August 21-22, 2021 | 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.

Alley Art Fest
August 28, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Water Street Mall
1 E. Benton St.
Aurora, IL 60505
Free family-friendly event featuring 65+ artists, plus live music, performances, and more.

Port Clinton Art Fest
August 28–29, 2021 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Port Clinton Square
600 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Art festival featuring 250+ celebrated artists. Art demonstrations, kids’ scavenger hunts, and more.

September Art Festivals

Buffalo Grove Days Arts & Crafts Festival
Usually held in September; check website for 2021 updates
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 5-6, 2021 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Market Square and Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Two-day juried fine arts show featuring ceramics, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and more.

Oak Brook Fine Arts Festival
September 11 12, 2021 | Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
100 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL
Art, live music, and more at the Oakbrook Center outdoor mall. Reserve a timeslot online.

West End Arts Festival
September 11 12, 2021 | 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, and more.

Mundelein Arts Festival
September 11 12, 2021 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Krakauer Park
100 N. Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
Annual juried arts festival showcasing the work of 45 talented artists. Event also features live music and food from area restaurants.

Art Fest Michigan Avenue
September 1819, 2021 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
435 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Free fine-art-only festival featuring 60 juried artists at the base of the Wrigley Building. Reserve a timeslot online.

Art on the Prairie
Usually in September; 2021 details not available.
A juried art/craft fair including jewelry, graphics, photography, painting, stained glass, ceramics, and mixed media. Live music, too.

Searching for more ways to enjoy art with your kids? Check out these awesome kids art classes!

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