Call for Artists: Four Art Fairs in Affluent Chicago Neighborhoods


Artists, both near and far to the Chicago area, should be intrigued by today’s offerings. I hear many complaints about the big art fairs: high booth fees and expenses in return for a festival atmosphere which produces a large audience but small sales for the artists.

If you’ve never participated in a Chicago area art fair, take a look at these. Chicagoans love their art fairs and are excellent art collectors. Read carefully about the events below. They may be just what you have been looking for.

D & W Events in Chicagoland

Looking for fine art/fine craft festivals featuring quality work, buying crowds and friendly artist hospitality? Here are four shows can make your summer!

D & W Events, Inc., art fairs are known for:

  • high quality artists
  • savvy art patrons in a high economic area
  • fabulous settings in affluent areas
  • experienced professional organizer who seeks quality and variety
  • friendly artist hospitality including Saturday breakfast, bottled water, booth sitting and more
  • easy load in and out

The locations are carefully chosen for each of these and each is partnered with a local charitable organization bringing you a built-in customer base.

The deadline for all four festivals is March 15.

To learn more and download an application:

Cuneo Gardens Art Festival

Vernon Hills, IL

May 24 & 25 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Cuneo Mansion and Museum
Milwaukee Avenue north of Route 60
10 am to 5 pm
125 artists

Imagine spending two days in a park setting surrounded by a historic museum with a formal sculpture garden, greenhouses…. an upscale buying crowd meanders around the grassy knoll…just the place to display your fine work. The median price for a home in Vernon Hills is $469,000 and it is surrounded by many other affluent Chicagoland communities. Doesn’t this sound like the place to be?

The grounds are fenced, gated and guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Friday set up, catered festival food, indoor washrooms are just some of the amenities. A portion of the silent auction and festival proceeds benefit Conservation International.

Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts

Deerfield, IL
May 31 & June 1
6th annual Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts
Presented by Deerfield Fine Arts Commission
and the Village of Deerfield
Deerfield Road west of Waukegan Ave.
10 am to 5 pm
150 artists

Held in downtown Deerfield, this festival attracts a high income crowd, median home price $825,000. Artist festival preview party, Friday set up and indoor washrooms are some amenities. A portion of the silent auction and festival proceeds benefit Ovarian Cancer Research.

Art in the Park – A Northbrook Fine Art Festivalsilk scarves

Northbrook, IL

July 12 & 13
Presented by the Northbrook Arts Commission
Village Green Park
175 artists
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

New tree-lined setting for this 8th year festival in Northbrook.

Friday set up, community project and indoor washrooms are some amenities. Silent auction proceeds benefit Northbrook Arts Commission. A portion of the festival proceeds benefit City of Hope.

Highwood Fine Art Festival

Highwood, IL
August 16 & 17
Highwood Avenue & Waukegan/Sheridan Rd.
Presented by the Highwood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Highwood Special Events Committee
10 am to 5 pm
75 artists

Downtown location in walking/biking community. Saturday early am set up. Silent auction proceeds benefit Highwood Special Events Committee. A portion of festival proceeds benefit City of Hope.

This is an area well known for its fine restaurants and part of the festival is the “Taste of Highwood.”


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One Response to “Call for Artists: Four Art Fairs in Affluent Chicago Neighborhoods”

  1. Peter Cohen Says:

    I posted an inquiry to both the NAIA member forum and the Art Fair Source Book forum regarding the Cuneo and Deerfield shows with NO responses forthcoming.

    If anyone here has personal experience with one or both of these shows
    please email me BEFORE March 15th


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