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Art, in all its forms, has been the sole focus of the Bucktown Arts fest since its inception in 1985. From its roots as a small gathering of local artisans to its current incarnation as one of Chicagos premier gatherings of painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople. Entirely by volunteers and free from the intrusive, large-scale commercialization common at similar events,
The Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all-volunteer run, neighborhood celebration of the arts. All proceeds from the fest go to fund, develop and support arts education programming at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.
Going strong for more than 30 years. What began as four artists showing their work in the park has grown into a community tradition that hosts an estimated 40,000 people each year. We were thrilled to be voted 2013 "Best Art Sale" in the Chicago Reader Readers’ Pick Poll.
Our fest is free to the public. We have no gates and no donation request. True to our roots, we are an arts fest put together by the community, for our community.
We have no paid staff. We are organized, implemented and managed by a committed group of volunteers.
Our artists are not mass producers. They are individual artists who are at their booth to share their work with you. Each year, our jury selects 190 artists to be invited to the fest.
At Holstein Park, we pay for the teachers and the supplies for art and music classes. The park receives a small fee from each student, which goes directly to support the park.
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