Event Information


Gold Coast Art Fair 2018 Late Application

Grant Park
Chicago, Illinois (Midwest)

Event Dates: 6/16/18 - 6/17/18
Application Deadline: 6/11/18 Midnight CST
81 day(s) and 11 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2018 Gold Coast Art Fair Late Application Fee): $45.00


Event Summary

Please NoteThis is a "late application". Invitations are determined on space and jury score at the time of the submitted application. Invited artists that applied before January 26 need to submit their registration forms by March 26, 2018. If you apply after January 26, Amdur Productions will notify you via email within one week of application date received of status and next steps.

The “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals,” returns to Grant Park, Chicago’s premier festival destination! The Gold Coast Art Fair is the 3rd oldest and by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. Located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Bean, and Buckingham Fountain, the Gold Coast Art Fair draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs annually. Cash awards for top award winners.

The Gold Coast Art Fair features about 300 artists in a lovely setting with both lake views and vistas backed by the Chicago skyline. Paved walks lead to every booth and every artist is on the main loop. Food, Beverage & Music oasis in each corner of the festival provide good rest stops for artists and visitors. An Artist VIP tent provides backup support during the festival.  Discounted parking is made available to artists.

General Information
Load in is dolly in & out, but most distances are short as we load this show in from three sides the day before the festival.
*Dates and details subject to change*

Festival Finder (Key Facts)
Valet service/cartage in and out available (fee)
Urban setting
Dolly-in show
Rental of weights, tents, and panels available (fee)
Power available
Reserved close paid parking (fee)

Festival Information
  • Exhibitor Spaces: About 250 spaces
  • Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire festival to assist artists from load in to load out.
  • Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire festival
  • Artist Parking: Amdur Productions works with garages around the downtown area to give artists the best rates on oversize and regular parking over the festival weekend.
  • Load-in: This is a dolly in show.
  • Tent Rental: Artists may rent tents, tables, pro-panels, and weights through the festival. Tents are commercial grade and rental includes delivery, set up, weights and removal.
  • ProPanel Rental: We will have limited “pro-panel” walls available for artists. Rental is on a first come/first served basis, quantity is limited.
  • Valet Service: An Amdur Productions staff member will help load a motorized cart and valet your belongings to your booth for you. For an additional fee, this service is available.
  • Break Room: An artist break room/area provides refreshments throughout the festival for artists.
  • Hotel Rooms: Amdur Productions works with a company that provides discounts at local hotels and rental properties for each festival.
  • Awards: Bestowed at the festival.
  • Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show. Professional public relations ensure high visibility for this festival.
  • Security: Over-night security is provided.


Festival Eligibility

  1. All artwork submitted to jury, displayed and presented for sale at festivals must be created, designed and made or made under the direct supervision of the accepted artist(s). All artwork shown must be for sale.
  2. An artist may apply in more than one category, but not twice in the same category.
  3. Jewelry created through fabrication and casting is allowed if the original casts are made by the artist.
  4. No commercial casts/molds or production studio work allowed.
  5. No factory produced items may be shown.
  6. Photography/Digital art: Original work made by the hands of the photographer is allowed. Only one size of an image may be hung in a booth. All printing of images must be done by the photographer or under their direct supervision.
  7. Artists must create their work from start to finish.
  8. The Artist certifies that jury images submitted represent their current original work and represent the category and body of art that will be displayed at the festival.
  9. Art collaborators (up to two artists in total) producing a single item qualify as an exhibitor. A collaborator is not an employee or helper. If artists enter as a collaboration, it must be clearly noted on the application and art shown must be signed by both.
  10. No work made solely by apprentices or employees is allowed. All artwork must be made in the country the artist resides in.
  11. “Buy/sell” items are strictly prohibited from all or part of an artist’s booth. Buy/Sell is any art or object that is purchased from a manufacturer or maker other than the artist and sold at a festival as “original” work. The restriction of buy/sell work is in ALL categories of art at ALL shows.
  12. Multiples: Limited editions of work in which the artist hand manipulates plates, stones, or screens numbered and signed in editions up to 500 are allowed and are an artist’s original body of work. Reproductions by mechanical techniques including “giclee” and “iris” prints must be signed and numbered (up to 500). Artists may display reproductions on up to 10 linear feet of their booth, and at the Port Clinton Art Festival in a bin only.

Festival Policies

  1. Acceptance is non-transferable. Booths cannot be split.
  2. All festivals are drug-free. No smoking is allowed in or near artists’ booths.
  3. Accepted artists must be present during all festival hours. No agents, representatives, family members or friends are permitted as a substitute for the accepted artists’ attendance, unless express exception is granted in special circumstances.
  4. Any artist closing the booth prior to the end of the show without permission will not be permitted to return the next day or in future years.
  5. Only artwork in the category accepted through the jury process is allowed. It is the exclusive right of the Festival Committee to remove work that is not in compliance with festival rules. See Amdurproductions.com for full info.
  6. Discount/sales signs, and ribbons from other shows are not allowed except at The Highwood Starving Artists Show.
  7. Each exhibitor is responsible to collecting and remitting local sales tax to the State’s Department of Revenue as required by law.
  8. White tents only.

Booth Information

Jury and Exhibit Space Fees

$45 Late Application Fee (non-refundable)

$625 Exhibit Space Fee + City Permit Fee (permit fee non-refundable)

Double Deal: 10 x 20 Booth Space for $1,000

Spaces are 10’ X 10’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Exhibitors must have a white tent. All tables must be skirted to the ground. Only one artist’s work or the work of two approved collaborating artists may be displayed per booth. Artist must keep their area clean and orderly. Double spaces are considered and must be occupied by two tents.

An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner wall open or use the outside wall to display art.

Special booth space and special needs requests will be accepted but are not guaranteed. We will make every effort to meet all special requests on a first come, first served basis. Additional charges may apply. Please include all booth requests on the registration form.

During the festival, all exhibits will be visited by a festival representative to ensure that they are in compliance with our festival policies. It is the exclusive right and responsibility of the Festival Staff to call for the removal of work that is not in compliance with the festival policies and requirements. Non-compliance may result in expulsion from the festival or refusal of future festival participation.

All canopies are required to be white and able to withstand winds and rain and be properly weighted. Properly weighting requires AT LEAST 40 pounds per leg (more in windy weather). Tents must be connected to weights with rope or straps, not bungee cords. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail, fax, or email. Emails should be sent to the Artists Director, Caitlin, at Caitlin@AmdurProductions.com.

If an artist cancels a show on or before April 26, 2018, they will be given a refund for the amount they have paid towards the booth, less $50 processing fee. Application fees and permit fees are non-refundable. No refunds after April 26, 2018.

Artists that cancel after April 26, 2018 can have the amount that they have paid toward their booth fee transferred to another 2018 Amdur Productions’ festival balance. The fee to transfer is $100. Permit fees and application fees are non-transferable between festivals.

No Show Policy

Artists who have not checked in and/or notified Amdur Productions with a message via festival phone (224-253-2330), office phone (847-926-4300), or email (info@amdurproductions.com) by 7:30 am on the first day of festival, will be considered a NO SHOW and the assigned space will be forfeited with no refund.

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