Chicago Artisan Market: Frequently Asked Questions

Deadlines: We accept vendors on a rolling basis. Once a category is filled, we don’t accept additional vendors for that specific category. Certain categories such as jewelry, skincare & candles tend to fill up very quickly. We only guarantee spaces once payment is received.  We do not hold spaces without payment (i.e, if you don’t pay shortly after we accept you to the market, we may give your space to another vendor).

Acceptance: We try to get back to everyone within a week; however, it can sometimes take us up to two weeks.  (Please call or email if you have not hear from us.)

Acceptance on a “rolling basis”: Spaces are not guaranteed until payment is received.  For some markets, you can save your space with a non-refundable deposit of $100. Full payment is due 60 days before each market unless otherwise specified.
Acceptance does not guarantee a spot for any market without payment. “Applying” for a market (& indicating interest) does not commit a vendor either.
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Who produces the Market? INV Marketing Group, LLC. produces The Chicago Artisan Market. We are also the company behind the Oak Brook Artisan Market, FashionChicago and We’ve been doing digital marketing & producing pop-up shopping event in and around Chicago for 17 years. Read more about us here.

How many vendors are at the Chicago Artisan Market: Usually ~ 120. The exact number changes with every market as we offer a variety of space types & sizes, including table shares (1/2 of 8′ x 42″ Wood Farm Table).  Although the floor plans are usually “similar” for our markets — sometimes they are different based on the season, composition of vendors & the needs of the market.

What type of business do you accept into the market? It’s an “Artisan” market — we are looking for brands that fit that theme.  We do accept a few sponsors at each market who help us keep our fees low for local artisans & makers.

What’s the difference between the Skylight Room and the Distillery? The Skylight Room is priced a little higher because more vendors tend to prefer the Skylight Room (though some don’t). We do have many repeat vendors who prefer the Distillery. The biggest difference is natural light. The Skylight Room has windows along the front of the building and five large skylights that traverse the space. In the Distillery, we bring in over 50 light cans to adequately light the space. Please see sample floor plan below showing the difference between the Skylight Room and the Distillery areas. 

Load-In Information:  We typically send Vendors the floor plan & your space assignment along ~1 week before the event. (During COVID-19, we have been sending it out ~48-72 hours in advance).  We include other details regarding useful day of the event information on load-in times, parking, etc.

* Load-in at Morgan MFG is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Vendors must exit the onsite parking spaces no later than 9:30am so shoppers an utilize our free onsite parking (~30 spaces usually)

* The market opens to the public promptly at 10:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. (If you’re running late & haven’t arrived or notified us by 9:30am, we will remove your space.)

* Address: Morgan MFG – 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60642

We’re bringing the Chicago Artisan Market to a 2nd City location in the historic Ravenswood Neighborhood on Sat-Sun, May 1-2, 2021 at Artifact Events (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago).


We’re looking for a few extra hands ($15/hr.) to help load vendors into & out of their spaces.

(This will require carrying in vendor merchandise, including navigating steps.)

* Fri, Apr 30th – 2pm-8pm
* Sat, May 1st – 7am-9am
* Sun, May 2nd – 4pm-6pm

* Please email us your availability for days & times (e.g. Fri 5-8, Sat 7-9pm) to
* Use subject line: Set-up Crew for CAM in Ravenswood

The Chicago Artisan Market celebrates the ingenuity of small businesses who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind products! 

This is our 11th season of showcasing top Chicago & Midwest artisans in food, fashion, home goods & art.  Learn more at

Skylight Room vs. Distillery