Art Festivals in Chicago


One of the final items people look for when they are decorating a room is the perfect piece of artwork. However, finding it often takes longer than we’d like.

Galleries, antique shops and furniture stores are the usual places to begin your art hunt. Fortunately the summer art festival season is about to begin. In my interior design practice, I have many clients who have found artwork for their homes at art festivals. One tip is to find an artist whose style you like. Even if the artist does not have a piece shown in the size or colors you are seeking, most artists will welcome creating a piece especially for your home.

Here’s a list of summer 2014 art festivals in the Chicago area…
May 3-4 Elmhurst Art in the Park, Elmhurst
May 10 Small Art Festival, Park Ridge
May 16-17 Urban Art Festival, Columbia College, Chicago
May 16-17 What’s Blooming on Harrison, Oak Park
May 17-18 Riverside Arts Weekend, Riverside
May 24-25 St. Charles Art Show, St. Charles
May 30-June 1 Millennium Art Festival, Chicago
May 31-June 1 Deerfield Art Festival, Deerfield

June 7-8 Art Fair in Hyde Park, Chicago
June 7-8 Hinsdale Art Festival, Hinsdale
June 14-15 Old Town Art Fair. Chicago
June 14-15 Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago
June 14-15 Cantigny Park Art Fair, Wheaton
June 21-22 Art Fair in Grant Park
June 21-22 Evanston Arts Festival, Evanston
June 27-29 Milwaukee Avenue Arts, Festival, Chicago
June 28-29 Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston
June 28-29 Highland Park Art Festival, Highland Park

July 5-6 Botanic Garden Art Festival, Glencoe
July 11-13 Downtown Art Festival, Chicago
July 12-13 Skokie Art Fair, Skokie
July 19 Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, Evanston
July 26-27 North Shore Art Festival, Skokie

August 2-3 Evanston Arts Festival, Evanston
August 2-3 Glencoe Art Festival, Glencoe
August 9-10 Glenview Art Festival, Glenview
August 15-17 Glenwood Avenue Art Festival, Chicago
August 16-17 Oak Park Art Festival, Oak Park
August 22-24 American Craft Exposition, Evanston
August 23-24 Bucktown Arts Festival, Chicago
August 23-24 Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland
August 23-24 Glen Ellyn Art Festival, Glen Ellyn
August 30-31 Oak Brook Art Fair, Oak Brook


About Karen Carpino

Karen Carpino is an interior designer and founder of Chicago-based Karen Carpino Design. A professionally registered interior designer with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Carpino's clientele includes both residential and commercial projects. She brings you techniques, trends and tips in “Style At Home.”