Chicago Spring Fair Participation Kit
Congratulations on your acceptance to Renegade Craft Chicago!
We’ve created this handy Participation Kit to help you get ready for the Fair. Please take a moment to click through and read each toggle, which has detailed and important information. Updates to this Participation Kit will follow in the coming weeks.
A friendly note from Renegade: Keep in mind that we cannot be held accountable for mishaps or misinformation that may arise as a result of participants not reading through the content provided, so please read carefully!
Click here for full details on the Chicago Spring Fair!
Halsted St. in Pilsen
Between W. 18th St. and S. Canalport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Plan your route here.
This Fair will be held outdoors rain or shine.
Street parking is limited in the area and not guaranteed.
Leashed pets and service animals are welcome to join in on the fun!
Promote Your Participation
At Renegade, we believe in the power of community. Our force of Makers and artists is made up of the best and brightest, and we are thrilled to have you as part of this movement.
We need your help to generate excitement and make our Fairs as bustling as possible.
Develop a simple campaign using your social media to talk about your involvement with the Fair. We love to hear from our makers, and engaging with us is the best way to see what our community is up to.
Facebook is one of the most effective platforms for local happenings and things to do. We advertise, target, and promote our events to reach new local audiences, and post to make each event as exciting as possible. Introducing a new line or product? We’d love for you to be a part of the conversation! Facebook Event
Know a cool coffee shop? An awesome park? Want to invite friends and family? Help us spread the word by printing our official poster or flyer and sharing the eFlyer on your social media. We’ll do the same!
Tweet, DM, call or mail local media outlets and blogs about your participation at the Fair. Anyone you think we should be talking to or advertising with? Let us know!
Using official #RenegadeCraft and #RenegadeChicago hashtags will help you be a part of the larger conversation, and help each Fair gain traction and visibility.
Rental requests are due April 30!
Head here to request available rentals for this Fair.
Check out the roster for Chicago Spring Fair!
Booth Assignment + Directory
Use your booth number and the map here to find where you will be located.
Please note: Booth assignments are subject to change.
Load In and Out
Load-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Each group will be given 30 minutes to load into their assigned booth locations, and will have until 11 a.m. to set-up. The following are your group assignments. Please note that if you arrive earlier than your load-in time, you will not be allowed to load-in and begin setting up. Please remember that the public will be allowed onto the site-plan promptly at 11 a.m. each day. Also note the direction from which you should approach your booth assignment immediately below.
Group 1 / 8–8:30 a.m.: Booths 1-77 odd numbers & side streets east of Halsted — load in from the south on Halsted Street at Canalport Avenue
Group 2 / 8–8:30 a.m.: Booths 80-136 even numbers & side streets west of Halsted— load in from the north on Halsted Street at 18th Street
Group 3 / 8:30– 9 a.m.: Booths 79-135 odd numbers — load in from the south on Halsted Street at Canalport Avenue
Group 4 / 8:30– 9 a.m.: Booths 2-78 even numbers — load in from the north on Halsted Street at 18th Street
Vendors will be able to drive their vehicles on to Halsted Street from either 18th Street or Canalport Avenue, unload at their booth, and exit to the north for odd numbers and to the south for even numbers. Booth numbers will be marked in chalk on the ground for you upon arrival. Please note that if you arrive earlier than your load-in time, you will not be permitted to enter the site. All cars must exit Halsted Street to find parking by 10 a.m. This is extremely important!
We strongly suggest taking the first parking space you can find nearest to Halsted Street and using a hand truck to load in from there to avoid the congestion within the site plan. This will help alleviate the search for parking so close to start time.
There will be staff on-hand to help facilitate load-in. We will have a limited number of hand trucks available to use, and will require a photo I.D. as collateral.
Please note that vendors that arrive late or load in after their assigned time without notifying the Rc team may have their booth forfeited at the event start time. Vendors are also not permitted to spread out into empty booths outside of their assigned booth footprint.
Please know that if you have rented tables, chairs, or clothing racks through Rc you will need to pick them up from the Rental Depot, located next to the Info booth. They will be available during load-in. Please return them to the rental depot while loading out on Sunday evening.
PLEASE NOTE: While there will be security on-site overnight, our location on Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood is located outdoors. Given the volume of foot traffic within the area after Fair hours, we strongly encourage you to take your merchandise and anything valuable with you for the night. If you choose to leave your displays, merchandise, etc. in place, please note that anything you leave overnight is done so at your own risk. The City and Renegade Craft Fair are not responsible for any damages or theft that may occur.
Breakdown begins at 6 p.m. Please do not pack up early! Load-out will happen the same way as load-in. Please help us make this a smooth and easy load-out by packing up your booth entirely before bringing your car around.
Vendors are responsible for disposing of their own trash in the provided dumpster on W. 19th Street near S. Peoria Street at the end of the night! This is a requirement of the City of Chicago and extremely important. Nothing may be left behind!
Set-Up + Sales
We encourage you to accept credit cards and cash at the Fair. Many mobile card readers now provide offline mode capabilities for your device or tablet, which allows you to accept swiped card payments when Internet service or your connection is giving you trouble. If you are using a processing device without WiFi, still keep in mind that the network sometimes gets a little crowded. If you’re having trouble, we recommend taking down the customer’s credit card information/telephone number and running the charge later when you have a stable connection.
Your booth display is entirely up to you, and we encourage you to make your set-up just as creative as the goods you are selling.
If you have chosen a shared booth option please be sure to reach out to your booth partner to discuss how to best orient your booth for the best display.
Depending on which size booth you applied for, your footprint at the Fair measures 5’ x 10’ for a shared booth, 10’ x 10’ for a full booth, or 10’ x 20’ for a double booth. If you signed up for the mobile option, your setup should be no larger than 5’ x 10’ and should be maneuverable throughout the venue.
If you signed-up as a truck/trailer, we will be in touch to discuss your footprint and logistics.
If you signed up for a shared booth, you should have received an email from Ogechi introducing you to your partner. Make sure to contact and coordinate with your partner on your booth setup and rental needs. Please note that shared booths are oriented with the shortest side facing the aisle, so please plan your booth accordingly.
Excelling at the Fair
It’s an exciting experience to come out of the studio and into a vibrant marketplace, so we’ve come up with a few tips that can help you make the most of your participation.
Business cards, buttons, postcards, catalogs, and other promotional materials are a great way to start the conversation with your potential buyers.
Include a mailing list sign-up at your booth, with signage to let folks know how to get in touch with you after the Fair, or how to follow you on social media.
Let buyers know that your business name and link to your website is also on the Renegade Craft website, in case they lose your information. Renegade reserves the right to select roster images and photos provided by the links submitted in your Participation Application. Our Roster is live, please check your business name and link are accurate.
Give a smile, say hello, tell attendees about your products, offer samples, and make a connection! People might be put off if you’re on your phone or iPad, so keep that in mind when trying to make the most of your participation.
Most people’s priority is to sell their work at the Fair, but also remember your work is being seen by thousands of attendees. This is your chance to make a lasting impression on a large audience, which could lead to future online sales, wholesale orders, editorial features, and other amazing opportunities.
We suggest bringing plenty of water, coffee, and snacks with you to keep you energized throughout the Fair. It is also helpful to bring a friend along to help run your booth and hold down fort so you can take a couple of breaks throughout the day.
Business Tax + Permitting Information
For Business Tax + Permitting Information, please visit our FAQ page.
State of Illinois Special Event Tax Collection
All exhibitors making sales in Illinois are required to report and pay all tax due based on their total receipts within ten (10) days of the close of the exhibit. The current tax rate for the location of the special event is printed on the coupon to assist you in calculating your tax due.
Renegade Craft Fair does not provide tax advice. If you have questions regarding this process, please call the State of Illinois Department of Revenue at (847) 294-4475 or email Ms. Barbara Wagner at email@example.com
More information can also be found here.
Rc Staff Contact Information
During the weekend of the Fair, you can call or text us on The Rc Hotline!
That number is: 312-342-0687.
There is not an official Fair check-in, but please feel free to pop by our Information Booth at the Fair to introduce yourself, ask a question, share ideas, or meet the Renegade Gang!
We will have complimentary maker pins available while supplies last.
You’re invited to a pre-event cocktail happy hour!
Amazon Handmade is hosting an evening of complimentary food and cocktails. Come chat with other Makers, learn more about selling on Handmade, and become pre-approved to join our Maker-only community!
Friday, May 11 from 6pm – 8pm
2136 South Peoria Street
The Glass Factory, Building 3
Chicago, IL 60608
First 50 attendees will receive a swag bag
Click here to RSVP!