The popular Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) returns in-person to Rogers Park for its 20th year on August 20-22, 2021, bringing more than 90 artists and over 20 live music acts to the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, steps from the Morse Red Line ‘L’ stop at 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Avenue and 1300-1500 W. Morse Avenue. Admission is free to the public. The festival includes an art fair, live entertainment, and food and drinks from local restaurants.
The festival will kick off with a Friday Night Cobblestone Jam (music only, limited artist vendors), Friday August 20, 6-10 p.m., followed by the Outdoor Festival on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, August 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., presenting a diverse selection of artists and craftworkers, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textile, metal, mixed media and functional art, as well as over 24 live music acts featuring a wide variety of musical genres. Artist venders, band schedules and additional information will be announced on a later date. For more information, visit www.GlenwoodAve.org.
To insure public safety, the festival will comply with COVID-19 guidelines applicable. Specific safety protocols will be announced prior to the festival, based on the most current public health guidelines.
GAAF is presented by the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, with additional support by the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance. The GAAF 2021 planning committee is Gregory Altman, Mary Bao, Diana Berek, Jeff Cory, Jim Ginderske, Alan J. Goldberg, Alicia Hempfling, Carolina Juarez, Jessica Oloroso and Tom Rosenfeld.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a free, weekend-long street arts fair serving an estimate of 15,000 festival-goers annually. 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. Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a broad-based, grassroots and non-profit event planned and staffed by volunteers.
Glenwood Avenue Arts District features artist studios, music venues, and numerous restaurants and bars. It is located in the heart of the Rogers Park neighborhood, which is also well known for its theaters, including Lifeline Theatre, The Factory Theater and Theatre Above the Law, which make up one of the city’s hottest theater corridors.
Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) is a nonprofit organization that has served Chicago’s diverse Rogers Park neighborhood for more than 25 years. RPBA works to cultivate and sustain a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, serving businesses and residents with a variety of public events and business initiatives. RPBA programs include the GROW/PROGRESANDO entrepreneurial training program, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rogers Park Business Alliance, annual Best of Rogers Park awards, Chalk Howard Street and Taste of Clark Street festivals, and the Glenwood Sunday Market farmers market. For more information, visit RPBA.org.