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Event Overview: The Chicago Art Festival, the annual international fair of contemporary and modern art, brings together the world’s leading emerging and established galleries. Chicago Art offers curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work, from cutting-edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations.

What to Expect: Art Chicago hosts one of the biggest international contemporary art festivals in the world with over 150 exhibitors displaying art from a variety of mediums. See art from some of the most famous and up-and-coming artists from around the world.

  • Cheap: Tickets for the Art Festival Chicago are very reasonable, and multi-day passes are available for just a little more. Kids under 12 are FREE, so you don't have to worry about buying tickets for your entire family if you have a few kids.
  • First Focus: First Focus is a newer addition to the Chicago Art Festival allowing more serious collectors to get a "first look" at the art the day before the festival begins. Tickets for this are much pricier, but they include other perks and all proceeds go to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
  • The Art: The art is the main attraction of the Chicago Art Festival. You will see hundreds of pieces from hundreds of artists using a large variety of mediums and inspiration.

Inside Knowledge: Art Chicago offers VIP collectors the BLACK PASS which provides exclusive experiences including: private tours of select institutions and exhibits, special tours of local art collections, and exciting after-hours events. Art Chicago is committed to addressing the needs of collectors through our VIP Program, a luxury program designed to cater your needs. For more information, please contact

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  • Be sure you check their website for updated information about Art Chicago, and information concerning First Focus and the Black Pass.
  • Keep an open mind when visiting Art Chicago. Some art might seem weird to you at first, but take time to enjoy it. The Post-Modern era is upon the art world.

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Art Chicago

Until Apr 29


Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 470
Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Apr 26,2013 - Apr 29,2013

Event Cost

$20 - $25

Art Chicago is the Premier International Contemporary Art Festival in America

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Event Quick Facts

  • Art Chicago was founded in 1981 as North America's first annual international contemporary art festival.
  • For years the Art Festival Chicago was held in the long barn-like sheds on Navy Pier before they were finally demolished and rebuilt as a mall, theatres, venues and exhibition halls.
  • From 2002-2006 the Chicago Art Festival experienced troubles with its new owner, causing it to fall from its original fame until The Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. purchased the fair, and in 2007 Art Chicago began its tremendous international rebirth.



Nearest Transit:
Clark/lake (subway)

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