15th Annual Millennium Art Festival
Top 100 Art Festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine
July 14, 15, and 16, 2023
Please Note: This is a "late application". Invitations are determined on space and jury score at the time of the submitted application. Amdur Productions will notify you directly via email within 10 days of application date received. Your status will not be posted on Juried Art Services
Fine Art and Fine Craft Show
Located two blocks north of Chicago’s bustling Millennium Park and “The Bean”, the 15th Annual Millennium Art Festival returns to downtown Chicago for its twelfth year. More than 175,000 people visit the area daily for work or play at the Illinois Center Complex, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Center, the famous Millennium Park, and the “Bean”. Chicagoans, convention attendees and tourists patronize and love this big city show.
The festival is held in Chicago, just south of the Chicago River, in the area known as South Michigan Avenue, close to the vast array of cultural amenities long associated with a destination in the heart of the city. The neighborhood is bordered by Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and Michigan Avenue to the west and Randolph Street to the south. This community is primarily residential, in spite of its downtown location, and is noted for architecturally significant buildings that grace the city skyline as they run parallel to Millennium Park, Grant Park and Lake Shore Drive. The neighborhood is home to the well-known and often recognized Harbor Point Tower, a high rise that sits as a beacon to Chicago's outer drive. Newer residences such as 340-on-the-Park and Aqua are welcome additions to the neighborhood. These condominium destinations provide their occupants with original architecture that is esthetically appealing and both environmentally and energy efficient in design. Business headquarters, offices and consulates add to the vibrancy of the area.
Artists are supplied with water barrels to assist with weighing down their tent.
The festival opens to the public on Friday at 11am to reach the tremendous numbers of people who office and attend conferences in the area. Saturday and Sunday the festival enjoys visitors from near and far.
The festival takes place right off Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue on Lake Street next to some of the most famous and tallest buildings in the world including the Prudential Building and world-famous AON Tower (originally the Standard Oil Building). Admission to the festival is free. Easy drive up to your booth makes load in and load out a breeze.
About Amdur Productions
For 40 years, Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed arts festival production company, has organized and directed many of the Midwest’s most prestigious juried art festivals. Many of Amdur’s festivals have been rated in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top 100 with several appearing in the top 50. Recent top-rated shows include: Port Clinton Art Festival, Art at the Glen Town Center, Gold Coast Art Fair, Millennium Art Festival, and Barrington Art Festival.
Festival Key Facts
Personal load-in and load out assistance available (fee)
Easy drive up and set up
Rental of weights, tents, and panels available (fee)
Artist Sales: Artists keep all their sales income from the show.
Exhibitor Spaces: About 110 spaces
Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire festival to assist artists from load in to load out.
Load-in: Thursday evening and Friday morning load-in available. Artists will be able to drive up to or very close to their booth space and unload their vehicle.
Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire festival
Artist Parking: Amdur Productions gives their best effort to provide close parking at discounted rates.
Tent Rental: Tents, weights, tables, and chairs are available for rent.
Pro Panel Rental: We have limited “pro-panel” walls available for artists. Rental is on a first come/first served basis, quantity is limited. $300 = 9 panels fully set up, $250 = 9 panels without set up.
Set Up/Take Down Help: Booth set up and take down assistance is available on a scheduled pre-reserved time. $45 per 30 minutes.
Hotel Rooms: Amdur Productions works to provide discounts at local hotels for each festival.
Awards: Bestowed at the festival.
Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show with ads running in newspapers, advertisements, on radio, posters, street banners, social media, and through direct mail postcards. A professional public relations team ensures high visibility for this festival. Over $500,000 is spent on marketing for the festival season.
Security: Overnight security is provided.
Jury and Exhibit Space Fees
Jury Fee (non-refundable): $45
12’ Wide by 10’ Deep Exhibit Space Fee: $605 + $25 City of Chicago permit fee
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.
An artist may apply in more than one category, but not twice in the same category.
Jewelry created through fabrication and casting is allowed if the original casts are made by the artist.
No commercial casts/molds allowed in production.
Photography/Digital art: Original work made by the hands of the photographer is allowed. All printing of images must be done by the photographer or under their supervision.
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.
Art collaborators (up to two artists in total) producing a single body of work 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.
No work made solely by apprentices or employees is allowed. All artwork must be made in the country the artist resides in.
“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.
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 single bin only.
The Festival Committee reserves the right to change any requirements for the betterment of the festival as a whole.
Misconduct from an artist or on behalf of an artist such as: swearing, physical intimidation or sexual harassment toward any Amdur Productions’ staff member, another artist, or participating vendor will not be tolerated.
Acceptance is non-transferable. Booths cannot be split without the expressed consent from the Festival Committee.
All festivals are drug-free. No smoking or vaping is allowed in or near artists’ booths.
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.
Any artist closing the booth prior to the end of the show without permission might not be permitted to return the next day or in future years.
Only artwork in the category accepted through the jury process is allowed. It is the exclusive right of the Festival Committee to direct removal of work at the show that is not in compliance with festival rules. Non-complying artists will be asked to leave the show immediately and no refund will be given.
Discount/sales signs, and ribbons from other shows are not allowed.
Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting and remitting local sales tax to the State’s Department of Revenue as required by law.
White tents only.
Double and corner spaces may be requested but not guaranteed and are awarded at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Double spaces must be occupied by two 10’ x 10’ tents or one 10’ x 20’ tent.
Reproduction and Limited Edition Prints Policy
Fine art reproductions must be clearly and individually labeled as a limited edition which is signed and numbered on the front of each piece. The method of reproduction and brief process description must be on the back. Browse bins may be used, but reproductions may not be mixed with originals. Framed reproductions may be hung on one wall not to exceed a total of ten linear feet, except for the Port Clinton Art Festival, where originals are only accepted. No laser prints or photo copies permitted.
Limited Edition Prints are printed works for which the artist hand manipulates the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. These hand-pulled prints are considered to be originals. Printmakers are encouraged to identify their process.
Applications will be processed online through Juried Art Services (JAS) at www.juriedartservices.com. If you have any questions about the process of applying to our festivals, contact email@example.com.
When applying in two categories, work in each must be substantially different. Four images of the work and one image of the display must be submitted for each category. A separate jury fee is required for each category.
Online jury payments are processed directly by Amdur Productions through a secure payment system. Email confirmation of your payment will be sent. Please follow online payment instructions if paying your jury fee with a credit card. Your jury fee payment will be posted to JAS within three days after you submit your application. All questions or concerns regarding the payment of your fees should be directed to the office at 847-926-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In most fests, spaces are 12’ wide X 10’ deep and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. This includes but is not limited to: sitting in front of the tent, extending an obstruction in front of your tent, etc. 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. Artists must keep their area clean and orderly. Double and corner spaces may be requested but are not guaranteed and are awarded at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Double spaces must be occupied by two 10’ x 10’ tents or one 10’ x 20’ tent, unless approved by the Festival Committee prior to the fest.
An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner wall open or use the outside wall to display art. Corners are defined as a space having the ability to show on the outside wall and has at least 6’ clear on one side of the space. Corner spaces do not mean artists can spread into that empty space.
Special booth space and special needs requests will be accepted (including corner space and double space requests) 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. If invited into a show, please include all booth requests on that show’s registration form. Requests received after spaces are assigned are difficult to accommodate and not guaranteed.
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 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.
Requirements for Exhibiting Artists
All canopies are required to be white and able to withstand winds and rain and be properly weighted. Properly weighting requires AT LEAST 50 pounds per leg (more in windy weather). Tents must be connected to weights with rope or straps, not bungee cords. Weights may not include cinder blocks or water jugs as they do not meet the 50-pound requirement.
Jury and Selection Process
The artistic work submitted by each artist is juried based on the criteria listed below:
Body of Work: How well the images represent a point of view
Artistic Theme: design, vision, creativity
Technical Competence: technique, skill, degree of difficulty, mastery of materials used
Notification and Booth Fee Payment
Credit card payments are processed directly by Amdur Productions. All questions or concerns regarding the payment of your fees should be directed to Annette in our accounting office at Annette@amdurproductions.com.
If paying with a check or money order (US Currency only) please send via US mail on or before the registration due date . If we do not receive the check on or before the registration due date, you will be put on the waitlist. Include the artist's name and name of the festival on your check.
All checks are to be made payable to “Amdur Productions” and sent to:
PO Box 550
Highland Park, IL 60035
If you have any questions regarding status notification or our payment process, please contact us.
Categories - All artists must apply to a category
2D – Original two-dimensional work including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. All work must be framed and/or presented in a finished format. 2D Artists must show work vertically in your booth. Matted work must be shown in bins only and not on display walls.
3D Functional – Dimensional work that has a function – such as wearable fiber or wood furniture.
3D Non-Functional – Art that serves an aesthetic not functional purpose. Generally, “sculptures.”
Painting – Original, two-dimensional work created with pigment, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Photography – Signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been “taken” and processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
Jewelry – No buy/sell or buy/sell fill-in allowed.
Sub-categories – All artists must select a sub-category
Ceramics – Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terracotta)
Fiber – Original work created by the artist from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory produced items are permitted.
Furniture – Original work in any material which is functional as a piece of functional furniture or home accessory.
Glass – Original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass or stained glass.
Printmaking - Prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been signed and numbered.
Metal – Original work created by the artist without use of a production studio.
Mixed Media – Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material. Generally flat, wall hung art.
Wood – Original hand-tooled, machine worked, built-up, turned or carved work in wood.
Acrylic Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Acrylic Resin – Applied to a surface in any way
Batik – Technique used on fabric
Collage – Variety of materials applied to a surface
Drawing – Charcoal, graphite, and color pencils applied to a surface
Egg Tempera – Applied to a surface in any way
Gold and/or Silver – Precious metal or precious metal clay used in jewelry
Leather – Primary material used
Oil Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Paper – Handmade
Pastel – Dry pigments applied to a surface
Photo – Black & white, color, black and white & color, hand color, digital. Select the area the majority of your work is in
Stone – Carved
Watercolor – Applied in any way
Other - If your category is not represented, you may add your own
An Artist Statement describing the technique, materials, and processes used in the creation of your entire body of work must be included with each Juried Art Services entry. Co-artists must describe the collaboration. Your Artist Statement may be used in the promotion of the festival through public relations efforts.
Wait List Policy
A wait list is selected from the jury's scores in each category, and wait listed artists are invited into the show as cancellations occur in that particular category. Wait list artists can resubmit art images and/or a booth image for reconsideration on their overall jury score. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show and will be notified by phone and/or email when a booth becomes available.
Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail, fax, or email. Emails should be sent to the Director of Artist Relations, Caitlin, at Caitlin@AmdurProductions.com.
If an artist cancels a show on or before April 1, 2023, they will be given a refund for the amount they have paid towards the booth, less $50 processing fee. Application fees, credit card processing fees, and permit fees are non-refundable. NO REFUNDS AFTER APRIL 1, 2023.
Artists that cancel after April 1, 2023 can have the amount that they have paid toward their booth fee transferred to another 2023 Amdur Productions’ festival balance. The fee to transfer is $125. Permit fees, credit card processing fees, and application fees are non-transferable between festivals. Credit transfer will not be accepted if an artist cancels within a week from the festival start date. Credits from a cancelled show can only be transferred once.
No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked in and/or notified Amdur Productions with a message via festival phone (TBD), office phone (847-926-4300), or email (email@example.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.
By applying to this festival, I hereby certify that these images represent my original work, and that the work has been made by me. I also agree to follow all festival rules as outlined in the prospectus. In partnership situations, we declare that our combined efforts made every individual piece of work we would exhibit, if accepted. I/We also agree to allow images of my/our work to be used in publicity and or materials.