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The City of Chicago’s Fashion Program is supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and partners with the Mayor’s Fashion Council, other City agencies, and the fashion community to:
The City of Chicago is planning for an exciting year of Fashion Focus Chicago events for you to attend and/or participate as a vendor. Are you ready?
Apply to sell at an event produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE.) Opportunities are listed with application due date, name of event, location, fees, description, date of event and DCASE program partner. Please note: You must provide a Certificate of Insurance to participate as a vendor in all events listed below.
April 11 Chicago Community + Farmers Markets application for non-food vendors, $35 fee for each market, # of locations to be determined based on vendor interest.An extension of the Chicago Farmers Market program that will incorporate non-food vendors (accessories, clothing, art objects) into traditional farmers markets throughout the City of Chicago. May-December, 2014. Tuesday- Sunday markets. email for more information. DCASE Chicago Farmers Market program.
April 11 Chicago Gospel Music Festival Art Fair & Marketplace, Chicago Cultural Center and Ellis Park, $300. Event takes place June 27-29, 2014. email for more information. DCASE Special Events program.
May 9 Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale July 22 & 23 on Daley Plaza. The Chicago Department Cultural Affairs and Special Events is hosting the 8th Annual Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale on Richard J. Daley Plaza on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 9am to 3pm daily, $25 fee.
A total of 40 participants will be chosen based on timeliness, complete application submission and the mix of price points and merchandise for this sale. Our goal is to include a mix of jewelry, accessory (non-jewelry) and apparel designers; and independent boutiques.
We expect 3-5,000 people to walk-by each day. Consumers at this venue generally purchase items at lower price points. If you sell at a higher price point, this event may not be the right fit for your line or you should be prepared to have an "event" sale.
All applicants must be able to adhere to the general guidelines for the Sidewalk Sale. Participation fee is $25.00 for a merchant license (check only, no cash or money order will be accepted). In addition vendors will have to provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Chicago and M.B. Real Estate, Inc. as additionally insured. DCASE Fashion Focus Chicago program. email for more information.
May 9 Taste of Chicago 1st Annual Made in Chicago Pop-Up Shopping Event July 9-13 at Grant Park (NEW!) The Chicago Department Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the 1st Annual Made in Chicago Pop-up Shopping Event at the Annual Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, 2014. There are two seller options available to Chicago-based non-food artisans: July 9, 10, 11 from 11am-6pm, $300; July 12, 13 from 10am-6pm, $300.
In an effort to give this opportunity to as many Chicago-based artisans as possible, you will only be allowed to choose a 3-day or 2-day selling package- subject to change based on the number of qualified vendors. Both packages include: 1 (one) 10’ x 10’ tent, 1 (one) 8’ table, 2 (two) folding chairs. Roaming security is on the premises; however, they are not responsible for watching your product or individual tents.
A total of 20 participants will be chosen based on a timely, complete application submission and the mix of price points and merchandise, as well as volume of inventory available for this sale. Our goal is to include a mix of jewelry, accessory (non-jewelry,) arts & crafts, and apparel designers; and independent boutiques who sell non-food products made in Chicago.
We expect over 1.5 million people to attend the 5-day event. We recognize that your inventories might not support a 5-day event and offer selling opportunities as 3-day and 2-day seller options. We expect this to be a high volume selling opportunity and you must verify that you can support sales for a high volume, multiple-day event.
Consumers at this venue generally purchase items at lower price points- priced no more than $40- and suggest items that are small or could be condensed to be carried in a pocket or handbag or could be worn immediately. If you sell at a higher price point, this event may not be the right fit for your line or you should be prepared to have an "event" sale that brings items to around the $40 range. Please note: You may not sell items that advertise or print that explicitly states ”Taste of Chicago” as there is a licensed merchant onsite.
All applicants must be able to adhere to the general guidelines for the Taste of Chicago. Participation fee is $25.00 for a merchant license and $300 for either a 3-day or 2-day seller options. 2 separate checks must be written- no cash or money order will be accepted. In addition, vendors will have to provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District as additionally insured. DCASE Special Events and Fashion Focus Chicago programs. email for more information.
April 28, 2014, 5-9pm. Men of the Cloth. Join us for the screening of the film, a panel discussion with the director and members of the bespoke tailor community, and a networking reception. Free admission.
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St.
May 3-4, 2014 Saturday, 10am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm. FashionChicago® (Spring 2014): Shopping Event in the Tent. Join StyleChicago.com in the tent at Millennium Park on Saturday (10am-6pm) & Sunday (11am-5pm), May 3-4, 2014 for FashionChicago®, an amazing designer shopping event featuring more than 30 of Chicago's finest fashion designers - all under 1 tent - in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
July 22-23, 2014 Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents the eighth annual Chicago Sidewalk Sale on July 22 and 23 at Daley Plaza from 9am to 3pm daily. The two-day shopping event will offer fashion enthusiasts and bargain shoppers an assortment of affordable apparel and accessories from Chicago designers and independent boutiques.
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
Fashion Focus Chicago media credential instructions.
View photos showcasing Fashion Focus 2013 designs.