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Call for Local Makers

Art, Functional Objects, and Gourmet Edibles for "Urban Local Made" program

Visit Oak Park seeks artisans for its Urban Local Made program, a curated collection of artwork, objects and gourmet edibles of varied price points that cater to the tastes and interests of both tourists and the local community. 

Chicago-area artisans whose work is of museum-quality or which otherwise exhibits a modern aesthetic with a focus on regional themes are invited to submit proposals.  The selection committee seeks demonstrable tie-ins to communities within our service area or the city of Chicago whether through iconic architecture/design, transportation systems, notable figures, local sourcing and production, etc.

Proposals may include, but are not limited to: functional objects for the home, decorative accessories, jewelry, apparel, notecards, fine art/prints ($250 or less), holiday, and artisanal-crafted (shelf-stable) foods.  While primarily interested in proposals for artist consignments*, Visit Oak Park will also consider submissions for wholesale partnerships with local makers.

Selected artists will be displayed at the Visitors Center for a minimum of 4 months, plus receive additional promotion through the Visit Oak Park website and social media, and Urban Local Made marketing campaign.

About Visit Oak Park

Visit Oak Park is a regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, representing 18 West Cook suburban communities, including: Berkeley, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Northlake, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Schiller Park, and Westchester. Learn more at

About Visit Oak Park’s Visitors Center

Visit Oak Park’s Visitors Center located at 1010 Lake Street in Oak Park welcomes more than 12,000+ visitors each year who travel from around the world to visit cultural sites and key attractions, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Pleasant Home Museum, Ernest Hemingway’s Birth Home, Brookfield Zoo, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverside and our area theaters, music venues and community festivals. Located in the heart of Oak Park’s vibrant shopping district, the Visitors Center is a resource for both tourism and the local community, featuring merchandise, souvenirs, and artwork that reflect the history, architecture, innovation and culture of the communities Visit Oak Park serves.


All submissions should be sent via email to no later than May 7th, 2018. View submission information and guidelines here!

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