The deadline for submission to the 2013 fest has passed. Each year the applications are open from early September to March 31st.
The 2014 Fest will be held on August 23 & 24, 2014. Please check back in September to apply.
Applications for the 2014 fest will be open in September 2013
At the Bucktown Arts Fest, we try to maintain a paperless society.
Please add email@example.com to your address book to ensure you get our occasional reminders and communications emails – including notices of acceptance or rejection and invoices. (Adding firstname.lastname@example.org will hopefully keep us from getting caught in your spam filter.)
Our online application process can be found at
Returning artists who registered for the Fest last year are able to log in with your existing email and password combination. Returning artists are asked to upload new images with pertinent work from the past year.
New users will need to register with the Bucktown Arts Fest/SlideRoom site using your email address and a password of your choosing. Once you have registered, SlideRoom will send you a confirmation email to your registered address. You will need to verify your email address through that email in order to begin the application process.
Next, log in to SlideRoom and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your application. You will also be required to upload 5-10 images of your artwork for the jurying process. Please make sure your files do not exceed 5 MB in size.
How to Solve Technical Issues
For log in and technical issues, please contact the SlideRoom Help Desk at email@example.com. They have staff standing by 7 days a week to provide prompt assistance.
Mediums accepted are photography, painting, sculpture, prints, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, metal and jewelry, including precious metal and gemstone jewelry. All work must be original, hand-made by the artist and available for sale. Submission of images of your work indicates your consent to their reproduction for use in the program and/or other promotional materials.
We are pleased to be able to offer rental items for use in artists’ booths. The fee for a 10′ x 10′ tent is $200. The fee for a table and two chairs is $30. Reserved rentals will be available for you t the Saturday morning load in.
For 2012 and beyond: Unfortunately, due to budget cutbacks at the City of Chicago, we will no longer be able to offer electricity to our artists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
You will be charged a one-time fee of $10 plus your $25 non-refundable application for submitting your application with SlideRoom.
A $25 late fee is required for any application submitted or postmarked after March 31st.
Registration Fees (if accepted)
Should you be accepted to the Bucktown Arts Fest, you will be invoiced through PayPal for:
Questions about fees? Just ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mailing Address
If you are accepted and want to pay your registration and rental fees by check, please mail to
Bucktown Arts Fest 2300 West Wabansia Avenue, #318 Chicago, IL 60647
Please make checks payable to the Bucktown Arts Fest.
July 26, 2013 – 6-11pm
Spaces are approximately 10’x10’ and very uneven in shape and size. The park is hilly and has many small trees. New artists are assigned to spaces as available. Space assignments will be sent to you via email in mid to late July.
Exchange, sale or switching of spaces is prohibited unless approved by the governing board of the Arts Fest. Artists who do not cooperate may be asked to leave. Artists may share one space; however, each artist must submit slides and be juried as well as pay the full application and processing fee.
Saturday Morning – Artist Load In, 6:00am – 10:30am
The load in process for artists will begin at 6am on Saturday morning. We recommend coming early to ensure ease of access and ample time to set up before the Fest opens to the public at 11am. Security is provided at the park overnight on Saturday night to protect your booths.
Sunday Evening - Artist Load Out
We will have security to protect your booth overnight Saturday night. All booths must be packed up and loaded out on Sunday evening.