Greetings! In 1999, the Oak Park Arts District launched “What’s Blooming on Harrison” as a celebration of the arts within our community. Over the yea


In 1999, the Oak Park Arts District launched “What’s Blooming on Harrison” as a celebration of the arts within our community. Over the years, this popular cultural event has highlighted the business district through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair. Not only is it looked forward to by the District’s neighbors within Oak Park but by the surrounding suburbs and the city of Chicago as well. On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, the art fair is held outside, rain or shine, along multiple blocks of Harrison Street. We are actively seeking fine artists and craftspeople, as well as musicians, vintage resellers, food vendors, food trucks, for-profit exhibitors and not-for-profit exhibitors, to be a part of our “What’s Blooming on Harrison” 2017 event. All artists must be present on event day.

Thank you to everyone who has applied already! Please take a moment to pass this info on to anyone you know who might enjoy being a part of What's Blooming. Haven't applied yet? Please keep reading. The deadline is March 13th. Thank you!

Applying to “What’s Blooming on Harrison” is Easy

1. Follow the links in this letter or visit the “What’s Blooming” page on our website to fill out the appropriate application.
2. Submit your application fee through the Paypal link on the website or send a check to OPADBA, PO Box 4441, Oak Park, IL 60304.
Fees are:
Artist $120.00
Vintage Reseller $120.00
Not-for-Profit Exhibitor $75.00
For-Profit Exhibitor $200.00
Food Vendor/Booth $200.00
Food Truck $200.00
Booth Share for 2 Artists $150.00 (A booth may be shared by two artists, two vintage resellers or a combination vintage reseller/artist. The pairing must be arranged by those participating.)
3. Artists, please separately send three images of your work with materials described and prices listed to Laurel Wolff at All work must be the artist’s handmade and original work. No mass produced work is permitted. Images are used in online communications such as OPAD newsletters and social media posts. If you have a logo, please send that as well.
4. All other participants, please send a business logo in jpeg or gif form for promotions to Laurel Wolff at
5. Food Vendors and Food Trucks please visit the Village of Oak Park's website for information regarding Temporary Food Permit Application and Guidelines. All food vendors must be in compliance with the Village before the event.
6. Musicians, please complete this form Musicians Information Request and one of us will get back to you via email to go over the details of performing at the festival.

Dates to Remember

The application deadline is Monday, March 13, 2017. You will be notified of your acceptance by Friday, March 17th. If you aren’t accepted your fee, minus a $10.00 processing fee, will be returned to you at that time.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 “What’s Blooming on Harrison” The event runs from 11 am - 7 pm. All booths may begin breakdown at 7 pm but cannot load vehicles until 8 pm as we reopen most of the street then. We will be keeping the intersection at Lombard where the main stage and the Beer Garden is closed for an after party. The entire street reopens at 9:30 pm. More information regarding set up and break down will be sent to you upon acceptance.

The Oak Park Arts District’s “What’s Blooming on Harrison” Committee:
Kim Humphrey, owner of Bead in Hand
Olya Dailey, owner of Eastgate Cafe
Kathy Reller, owner of Kathy Reller Designs
Marcia Brown-Jackson, owner of Studio 144
Dr. Mahmoud Lotfi, owner Royal Health Care
Laurel Wolff, marketing coordinator

Questions? Contact…
Laurel Wolff at

Thank you. We look forward to your becoming a part of “What’s Blooming on Harrison” in 2017.

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