Virtual Artists' Market Now Live

posted Aug 14, 2020, 1:35 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 1:36 PM ]

Visit the 2020 Virtual Artists' Market, part of the Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest.

Find your favorite artist by name or booth number and click the link to visit their online store.

Support local artists, buy some art today!

Tour Routes Published

posted Aug 12, 2020, 1:18 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 2:52 PM ]

The four tour routes for this weekend's Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest have been published.   All tours start and end at Morse Ave & Glenwood Ave.   

Saturday, August 15, 2020

12pm tour:
Central / East Rogers Park

4pm tour:
West Rogers Park
(the western streets of Rogers Park, not West Ridge)

Sunday, August 16, 2020

12pm tour
South Rogers Park
4pm tour:
North Rogers Park

Band Schedule 2020

posted Aug 10, 2020, 12:39 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Aug 10, 2020, 12:39 PM ]

The band schedule for the Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest has been posted!

The 2020 Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest features live bands on a mobile stage, bringing music to people where they live.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

12pm tour:
Flatbed & Scruggs
featuring former and current members of the Henhouse Prowlers

Sunday, August 16, 2020

12pm tour:
4pm tour:

Performers and times are subject to change - Last updated 2020.8.10

Call for Artists

posted Aug 3, 2020, 11:57 AM by GAAF Webmaster

Attention Glenwood Ave Arts Fest Artists!

Artists who have exhibited at GAAF in the last three years are invited to participate in the 2020 Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest and Virtual Artists' Market.

Complete the form below.   You'll need to be ready to upload images of your art to be displayed on the giant video trucks that will tour the neighborhood and provide a link for visitors to the Virtual Artists' Market to connect with you and purchase your work.

The 2020 Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest

posted Jul 31, 2020, 5:24 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Jul 31, 2020, 6:11 PM ]

19th annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest returns to Rogers Park with new mobile edition that travels throughout the neighborhood, August 15 and 16, 2020

Live bands on a mobile stage bring music to residents where they live, plus large-screen video trucks showcasing artists’ work for sale online

CHICAGO (July 30, 2020)—The popular Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) returns to Rogers Park for its 19th year in a new format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines prohibiting large public gatherings. This year on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, 2020, the festival becomes the Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest, taking place as four two-hour tours of the streets of Rogers Park surrounding the Glenwood Avenue Arts District at Glenwood and Morse Avenues.

Local musicians including the Urban Rhythm Band and the Joyce Renee Walker Band will perform live on a mobile stage along with large-scale video screens showcasing GAAF artists’ works, which will be available in “booths” in a corresponding virtual festival. Brief stops along the GAAF mobile tour routes will allow residents to enjoy art and music at a safe distance along the sidewalks and from the windows of their homes. The festival encourages the community to support local artists and businesses within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park.

The Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest takes place on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 16 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Chicago Bluesmobile will travel the festival route on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6-9 p.m. for a festive kickoff. Festival tour maps and the virtual festival layout linking to artists’ booths will be available by Monday, Aug. 10 at

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a free, weekend-long street arts fair usually enjoyed by an estimated 15,000 visitors annually. GAAF has included more than 120 artist-vendors and two outdoor stages featuring more than 30 acts of live entertainment. For nearly two decades, visitors have experienced fine art and crafts, music, live demonstrations, and local food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

GAAF is presented by the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, with support from Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24, Morse Fresh Market, Cagan Management Group, Al Goldberg Real Estate LLC, Chicago Condo Management & Maintenance Co, J.B. Alberto’s Pizza, Sweet Home Properties, Lifeline Theatre, Rogers Park Builders Group and the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance.

Artist Applications Delayed

posted Mar 16, 2020, 12:56 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 12:46 PM ]

The Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (GAAF) has delayed the publication of the 2020 Fest Artist Application.  The duration of a prohibition on large gatherings could postpone or cancel the 2020 Fest. 

Events such as the Fest make up the fabric of our community.  The Fest committee is working diligently to ensure a safe and successful 2020 GAAF. We will watch the news and consult with elected and with public health officials in making decisions about the Fest. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to produce the city's best neighborhood festival for its 19th year, this August in Rogers Park.

An update will be available mid-April, after the next GAAF committee meeting.

2020 Fest Dates Announced

posted Feb 4, 2020, 11:01 AM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 11:04 AM ]

The 19th annual Glenwood Ave Arts Fest will take place the weekend of August 14-16, 2020. Mark your calendars! Join us at the fest launch party, the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam, on Friday from 6pm to 10pm and the artists' market on Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

Applications for artists will be available mid-March.

Final 2019 Artist & Exhibitor List

posted Aug 12, 2019, 2:58 PM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 2:58 PM ]

With some last minute changes to the Fest footprint, we're pleased to be able to welcome several waiting-list artists to participate this year!

Sort the list by name, category, or space number to find your favorites.

Friday Night Cobblestone Jam - Blues Alley

posted Aug 5, 2019, 10:03 AM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Aug 5, 2019, 10:05 AM ]

The 2019 Glenwood Ave Arts Fest is pleased to release the 2019 music schedule!   We're excited for three days of music featuring over 27 bands.

The Fest kicks off on with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam: Blues Alley, "Women of the Blues" with performances from Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band and special guests, Lynne Jordan and Win Noll.    In addition, Carlisle Guy and the Nu Blu Band will perform three sets on the west stage throughout the evening!

Artist Application Available

posted Apr 13, 2019, 6:51 AM by GAAF Webmaster   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 11:02 AM ]

The 2019 Glenwood Ave Arts Fest is now accepting applications for artists!  
New this year, artists are welcome to display and sell on Friday night during the Cobblestone Jam from 6pm to 10pm.

Stay tuned here at for announcements and follow the Fest on Facebook and Instagram.  

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