Vendor FAQ

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.  Even for “accepted” vendors, we do not hold spaces without payment (i.e. if you don't pay shortly after we accept you to a market, we may offer the space to another qualified vendor).
Acceptance: Acceptances generally go out 60 to 120 days before each market (earlier for Holiday markets). If you are wondering where we are generally in terms of accepting vendors for a particular market — please check here. Given the volume of applications we receive, we do not respond to every individual application. If you skip questions in the application regarding where/how your products are made or do not include enough information for us to evaluate if you're a fit for the market — we may not be able to evaluate if you are the “right fit” and will not get a response from us.  If you apply in the category of candles, jewelry or skincare, please understand that we get qualified applicants that far exceed the number of available spots. If you apply within 60 days of a market — you should hear back from us within a week if you're accepted. But again, we only contact approved vendors. For status updates check here.
Acceptances are on a “rolling basis”: Spaces are not guaranteed until payment is received. For some markets, you can typically save a space with a non-refundable deposit of $100 if the market is more than 60 days out. Full payment is then due 60 days before each market unless otherwise specified. For status updates,  check here. We do not hold spaces without payment (i.e. if you don't pay shortly after we accept you to the market, we may offer the space to another qualified vendor).
Deposits are non-refundable. We view deposits as a “firm commitment” to participate in a given market. Deposits are very time consuming and expensive for us to administer, which is why many market producers do not offer them. We offer deposits so our vendors can better plan, budget & manage cash flow.  (Full payment is required at 60 days before each market.)  If we have to follow-up with a particular vendor for late payment, not only do they risk forfeiting their space (if their 2nd payment is not made on time), but we may elect not to offer them the Deposit option in the future.
 

Refunds & Cancellations: All payments are non-refundable and your space is not assignable. If there is a cancellation: (1) By INV: If a cancellation of the Event by INV is necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, acts of a third party, or other circumstances which (in INV’s sole judgment) may compromise the safety of Event participants, then the Event will not be rescheduled and there will be no refunds to Vendor. (2) By Vendor: If Vendor cancels its participation at least 30 days prior to the Event, then INV will seek to find an appropriate replacement vendor – if a replacement vendor is found INV will refund 50% of the full fee paid or due.  All deposits are non refundable. INV cannot offer full refunds, due to the administrative work associated with preparation of the event. See full terms & conditions here.

Sales Tax – All vendors are responsible for collecting and remitting sales taxes to the State of Illinois.  We make IDOR Sale Tax Coupons available for each of our markets online at www.ChicagoArtisanMarket.com/sales-tax – See this link
Who produces the Chicago Artisan Market? INV Marketing Group, LLC. produces the Chicago Artisan Market in both Fulton Market and Ravenswood. We also produce the Oak Brook Artisan Market, the Naperville Artisan Market and StyleChicago.com signature events. We've been doing digital marketing & producing pop-up shopping events in the greater Chicago areas for 20 years, since 2004.  Read more about the market producers here.
How many vendors participate in each Chicago Artisan Market? Typically 100-120 vendors per market. The exact number changes with every market as we offer a variety of space types & sizes at each location.  Although the floor plans are usually “similar” for our markets — they do vary based on the season, composition of vendors, and the merchandising needs of the market.  We sometimes have to make slight “game-day” changes based on changes at the venue.
What type of businesses do you accept into the market? It's an “Artisan” market (a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand). We are looking for brands that fit that theme. From time to time, we may accept a very limited number of non-artisan sponsors at each market to us keep our fees lower for local artisans.  We do not accept independent consulting companies, buy-sell boutiques, or mass produced products.

Load-In Information:  We typically send Vendors the floor plan & your space assignment along ~48-72 hours in advance (i.e. by Thursday night the week of each market).  We include other details regarding useful day of the event information on load-in times, parking, etc.

* Load-in at the Chicago Artisan Market – Fulton Market is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sunday morning of the market. Short-term load-in take place from the onsite parking lot through one of 2 entrances. However, all vendors must arrive by 9:00 am or risk forfeiting their space. Additionally, all vendors must exit the onsite parking spaces no later than 9:30am so market shoppers can utilize our free onsite parking (~30 rotating spaces – for shoppers only).
After you load-in & exit the lot:  If you have trouble finding long-term street parking between 9:30am-4:00pm, we recommend using the SpotHero parking app & website for the lowest prices for on-demand parking in Fulton Market.
* Load-in at the Chicago Artisan Market – Ravenswood  is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Saturday morning of the market. All vendors must arrive by 9:00 AM.  Immediately after loading in, vendors are required to park west of the METRA tracks to allow market shoppers to use the spaces closest the entrance. We generally will offer late Friday afternoon load-in (i.e. arrive Friday 3pm-4pm, and out by 5pm sharp) when this is possible; however, we will notify vendors if Friday load-in is an option the week before the market.
* 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 (with no refunds), and we will likely not accept you to future markets.
Venue Addresses for the Chicago Artisan Market:  
* 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60642 (Morgan MFG) for Fulton Market
* 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Artifact Events Bldg. & Courtyard) in Ravenswood.
What is the difference between our “Table” and “Custom” spaces?
The “Table” space option is tabletop only (i.e. no floor fixtures or floor signs). 
  • Pro: You don’t have to bring your own table or linen cover.  You may simply load-in & merchandise your tabletop – a very easy set-up.  You can also store things underneath the 72″ x 120″ black table linen we provide with your table.
  • Con: You are limited to merchandising no more than 30” above table height (i.e. no tall vertical signage or freestanding fixtures)
 With the “Custom” Space options (8’ x 6’ | 8’ x 8’ | 10’ x 8’), we simply mark the 4 corners of the space (painter’s tape on floor).
 
  • Pro: You can set-up however you’d like – including bringing taller banner-stand signs, easels, clothing racks, floor fixtures, etc.  If you do an 8’ x 8’ space (~64 sq. ft. ) & 10’ x 8’ space (~80 sq. ft.), you have more room.
  • Con: You do have to bring (or rent) your own table if you use one.