13th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival

September 7 & 8, 2024


On the weekend of September 7 & 8, 2024 Mundelein Community Connection and the Mundelein Park District announce the 13th Mundelein Fine Arts Festival, a juried art festival that will showcase the unique talents of 50 fine artists who work in a variety of media. The two-day event will be held from 10 am to 5 pm daily and will feature top-notch artists, local musicians and tasty food.

In addition to professional artists, Mundelein Fine Arts Festival will also highlight artwork by select students from Carmel Catholic and Mundelein High Schools.

A committee of well-known judges will award a cash prize for Best of Show and Best in Category (six categories). The Kirk Players will award a $500 Emerging Artist Award. There are also Purchase Awards including the Village of Mundelein’s Annual Purchase Award. In addition, Mundelein High School and Carmel Catholic High School will receive scholarship money to award to students.

The Festival is located in Courtland Commons in downtown Mundelein, (N.E. Corner of E. Courtland St & Seymour Ave) Artists will be located in the paved area for easy access by visitors. Musicians will perform throughout the weekend.

Our Mission is to support the arts, provide scholarship money to deserving art students at Carmel Catholic and Mundelein High School, and bring more attention to Mundelein as an excellent place to live and visit.

2023 Artist Review

Artist Information

Creators of original art and fine crafts are invited to apply. We are seeking approximately 45 fine artists and craftspeople for our juried show. Mundelein, Illinois, a town of 31,000 people, is located 45 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. This is more than just an arts festival! Not only will you have the opportunity to sell your art and bring awareness of your talents to the greater public, but also, by participating, you will; expand awareness of the arts; have an opportunity to meet our high school artists and share sage advice; and be the means of providing scholarships to high school students that are pursuing the arts in college. By helping our youth pursue the arts we keep the arts strong and alive for the future!

  • Application Fee: $25
  • Booth Fee is $150. You can save $20 if you apply by April 15.
  • All entries to the show will be juried.
  • All art work shown in festival must match design and execution quality represented in pictures. Commission-free sales.
  • Artists are responsible for providing their own tents, display tables, materials, etc. All tents must be white and properly weighted in place.
  • All spaces are assigned. Each standard display space is 12 x 13 to fit a 10×10 tent.
  • Special needs should be noted on the application form.
  • Art Fest program brochure listing artists, media and artist location will be provided.
  • No pets please.
  • Major advertising and publicity including, eblasts from the Park District, Mundelein Community Connection, Village of Mundelein and the GLMV as well as and social media ads and outdoor signage.
  • Live musical entertainment will be scheduled throughout the two day event.
  • Food will be available from festival food vendors as well as area restaurants.

Judges and jury are Chicago-area professional artists and art educators. Cash awards and ribbons will be given to honor:

Best of Show: $200

Cash awards for Best of Category:
Drawing & Painting
Ceramics & Sculpture
Photo & Digital Media
Glass & Mixed Media

Emerging Artist – Awarded by the Kirk Players ($500)

Village of Mundelein Purchase Award ($500)

Purchase Awards from local businesses

Early Bird Deadline: Postmarked on or before April 15. Early applicants save $20 on the booth fee. Upon acceptance, Early Bird applicants will receive a coupon code via email to reflect the savings.

Early Bird Deadline: April 15, 2024
Application Deadline*: June 15, 2024
Notification of Acceptance: July 6, 2024
Acceptance Deadline: July 15, 2024
Booth Assigned: August 1, 2024

*Late applications may be accepted based on space availability.
Email or call below to inquire.

We use Zapplication.com to accept applications. If you have any questions about Zapp, please contact Christa Lawrence at clawrence@mundeleinparks.org for assistance.

2024 Sponsorships & Purchase Award Sponsors

By Sponsoring this event, you are helping provide scholarship money for our Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High School Students. We awarded $2000 in Scholarship money and we would like that number to double! This community event could provide great advertising for your business and there are many promotional benefits to sponsoring the Festival including:

  • Your company listed in the event signage and promotional materials
  • Recognition on the Mundelein Art Festival web site
  • links to the Village of Mundelein and the Mundelein Community Connection websites

Become a Purchase Award Sponsor

What you get:

  • A lovely piece of original art
  • Your brochures/coupons distributed at the event through the MCC bags we give away.
  • Your business name prominently displayed on a sign with a Purchase award ribbon at the artist booth where the art is purchased.
  • Your business name listed on the website, program and signage.
  • Art is considered a tax deduction as office furniture

What you give:

  • Support to our economy by buying American made art, most locally created
  • Support for the Village Mundelein by growing the reputation of our show. Artists are attracted to shows with a high number of Purchase awards. Villages that have successful community events become more desirable to live and do business in.
  • Support for the arts community.

How it works:

  • Your company decides on the amount it wishes to spend and commits by sending payment to the Mundelein Community Connection.
  • During the festival, a company representative selects the artwork they wish to buy that matches the purchase sponsorship commitment. (The amount may need to be adjusted to the cost of the actual piece, this is negotiated between the artist and company representative.)
  • The artist will display purchase award ribbon and sign with company logo.
  • Photo of artist and company representative will be taken at the event and can be sent to company upon request.

Our 2024 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Mendez Family McDonald’s
Mundelein locations:
151 North Lake Street, Mundelein, IL (847)566-7100
450 Townline Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060 (847)949-1590
789 S Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL (847)949-7007

Bronze Sponsor

Mundelein Community Bank
(847) 837-1110

Festival Fans

Gerald Brin