Wells Street Art Festival

Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 14-15
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Location: On N. Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Old Town Merchants & Residents Association

Summer art fest season will be in full swing when the Wells Street Art Festival returns for its 40th glorious year. One of the city’s largest and most acclaimed fine arts happenings, it’s held in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

The annual art extravaganza features the works of more than 250 juried artists with the eclectic mix running the gamut from paintings, sculptures and glasswork to photography, ceramics, woodwork and much more. It also features the tasty cuisine of Old Town restaurants, the always-hoppin’ music stage, and a silent auction.

Main Stage Music
12:30pm – Elenna Sindler
(eclectic singer/songwriter)
2:00pm – Jesse White Tumblers
3:00pm – The Hat Guys (2 sets!)
6:00pm – Andrew Belle
(pop/rock singer/songwriter)
8:00pm – Trippin’ Billies
(Dave Matthews tribute band)

12:00pm – The Happiness Club
(kids’ musical revue)
12:40pm – The Flat Cats
(swing jazz)
2:00pm – Jesse White Tumblers
2:30pm – Generation
(’60s/’70s pop/rock)
5:00pm – Hot Rocks
(Rolling Stones tribute band)
7:30pm – American English
(Beatles tribute band)

Entertainment & Attractions
Besides the main attraction of world-class art, The Wells Street Art Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live rock, jazz, and top-name, nationally-renowned headline entertainment. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of Chicago’s best food, live musicians along Wells Street, a silent auction and more!
Purchase a VIP Ticket Package!
In celebration of 40 years, purchase a VIP Ticket Package today for only $25 ($34 value). Package includes:

  • (2) gate donations
  • (2) beverages ($5 each)
  • (2) food items ($5 each)

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

Silent Auction
Saturday & Sunday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place your bid on beautiful, original works of art donated by artists exhibiting in this year’s art festival. Collage, photography, works on paper, paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and jewelry will be on exhibit both days during the festival. Fifty percent of each auction sale benefits the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.
How To Get There
Ride the Brown Line “L” to Sedgwick and head east. For routes, directions & connections call 312.836.7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.
Beneficiary – Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
Your gate donation benefits the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association. Since its establishment in 1971, the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has served as the voice of the Old Town community advocating city services for businesses and residents including community policing, street cleaning, lighting and community planning.

Members are both business owners, property owners and residents of Old Town. A majority of the Association’s membership is made up of business/property owners who also live in Old Town. Members are kept informed of Association projects and community issues through the publication of the Old Town News newsletter and through networking socials held throughout the year.

Members are automatically included in the Association’s neighborhood directory and on the web site. Members are offered discounted advertising rates in the annual neighborhood directory and selected co-op advertising publications such as Where Magazine, The Chicago Collection, Skyline, Key Magazine and the Official Visitors Guide of Chicago. Members are also permitted to participate in the Association’s street banner program which includes year round banner display on North Avenue, La Salle Street, Sedgwick and North Wells Street.

To learn more about membership, please contact the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association at 312-951-6106.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.
Student Artists’ Showcase
T he Wells Street Art Festival is inviting local high school and college students (including junior colleges) to submit art entries for the festival’s “Student Artists’ Showcase.”  DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014.

Up to 10 selected applicants will display their artwork in a special designated area at the 40th annual Wells Street Art Festival in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood (see application for more details).

The Student Artists’ Showcase provides promising student artists with an exceptional opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional venue, interact with established artists and experience the jury process.


Artist Information
Click Here for more info.
Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Joanna Bielecki at 773-584-6631.
Exhibitor/Artist Opportunities
Click Here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact Rosy Robinson or at 773.584.6642.
Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your MySpace links, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. If you are currently playing any Chicagoland venues or clubs, that’s important information to include. Last but not least, give us a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you’re a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at GPeterson@chicagoevents.com.

How to Register

Click on the below link to register by going to our website. Just enter your detail and pay the registration fees.

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