Hyde Park Community Art Fair(CAF)

A program of 21st Century Artisans

The Hyde Park Community Art Fair (CAF) is an annual arts and crafts fair that runs concurrently with the 57th Street Art Fair. CAF is part of the City of Chicago's Neighborhood Festival Progam.

Come and join thousands of arts and crafts lovers on:

June 7th & 8th 2014

If you are an artist and would like to apply to be in the Community Art Fair, please go to the Registation Tab.

About the Community Art Fair

The Community Art Fair (CAF) started many years ago as a group of unorganized artists and vendors who were set up at will in the park on 57th Street Art Fair Weekend.

Later, it was organized a little more by an artist, Sophie Wessel, who had been in the 57th Street Art Fair and Artists from Artisans 21, a co-op gallery still in Hyde Park. As time went on, the CAF developed into an extremely well organized Art and Fine Craft only Fair.

We hope you will join us this year!


To participate in the Community Art Fair in 2014, you must first meet the following criteria:

  1. Original art work
  2. Good sense of humor
  3. Generous spirit
If after meeting the above criteria you would like to participate in the Community Art Fair, please do the following:
  1. Call (773) 870-0395 to request instructions and an application, OR, to print both documents: To Print: Instructions [html] and Application [html]. To Download: Instructions and Application [pdf].

  2. Mail the completed application along with your payment to:

    Community Art Fair
    P.O. Box 15281
    Chicago, IL 60615
Upon mailing your application and payment, please allow time for processing.

Due to the overwhelming number of entries we receive and the limited space we have at the Fair, we are not able to accommodate all applicants. We will, however, do our best to have as many artists participate as possible.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Art Fair. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Community Art Fair Committee


From the West (Dan Ryan, Etc.)
Turn off at "East 55th - Garfield", go east about a mile, go through Washington Park, bearing left on curves and watching for signs to 55th Street. Continue east on

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55th to Dorchester (halfway around the curve in the street). Turn Right (South) on Dorchester to 57th Street.

From the North on the Outer Drive
Turn off at 53rd Street. Go West two blocks to Lake Park. (Just after the underpass.) Turn left (South), go to 57th Street, continue to Dorchester.

From the South on the Outer Drive
Turn off at 57th Street. Go about two short blocks to the first light. Turn right (North) one short block and one long block to the light (55th Street). Turn left (West) and continue on 55th Street. Where the roadway divides to go around two large buildings, stay left and go around them. The first street on your right is Dorchester. Go down Dorchester to 57th Street.

Exhibitors: Wait to be flagged through the barricade. Stay in your car until you are through the barricade.

Patrons: Parking is available on the street or at the multi-level parking lot at 55th & University.


Community Art Fair
P.O. Box 15281
Chicago, IL 60615

Phone:(773) 870-0395

Email: artfairhydepark@aol.com