Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a community based, grassroots, non-profit event that is planned and produced by volunteers.  GAAF is dedicated to remaining free to the public, offering low participation fees to artists, showcasing the artists and venues of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, and championing the unique and eclectic character of Rogers Park.

The 22nd Annual GAAF 2023 Fest Committee: 

Alan J. Goldberg, Chair

Gregory Altman

Mary Bao

Diana Berek

Jim Ginderske

Carolina Juarez

Tom Rosenfeld


Katie Waddell, Fest Manager

GAAF Emeritus:

Ellen Baren

Les Begay

Erica Foster

Kat Krzynowek

Brettly Kawaguchi

Neil Lifton

Dorothy Milne

Founding Fest Organizer, Alan J. Goldberg

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a production of the Glenwood Ave Arts District, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation.

The first Glenwood Ave Arts Fest was organized in 2002 by Alan J. Goldberg.  It was called the Glenwood Avenue Arts District Outrageous Open Studio Walk and Succulent Street Fair.  The name has been subsequently shortened.  


Neil Lifton

We remember the contributions of Neil Lifton.  His spirit lives on in our celebration of art, music, and community.