The Renegade Art Fair

Chicago’s 6th Annual RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR is almost here!! This year’s event the biggest yet, featuring 250 booths and over 300 artists! Come out September 13 + 14 to see these amazing talents from Noon – 10pm each day. We’ll be setting-up shop along Division St. between Damen & Hermitage in Wicker Park. Well mannered, non-aggressive dogs are welcome.

Each individual fair draws hundreds of applicants and tens of thousands of shoppers from all over the country and abroad! At the RCF you’ll find all sorts of cool handmade stuff ranging from comic books to craft kits, silk-screened posters to reconstructed clothing. This is a great opportunity to socialize your dog to the sights, sounds and people of a large city. People of every size, color, shape and width will be eager to play with your puppy.

RCF is one of the first events of its kind, having started out in Chicago’s Wicker Park in 2003 and spreading like wildfire ever since! The first fair was 1 day and featured 75 vendors from all over the country.  Today in 2008, each unique event features over 200 of the most talented craftsters nationally as well as from around the globe! Brooklyn’s event takes place at the historic McCarren Park Pool. Chicago’s September event sets up shop down the middle of Division St. from Damen – Wood.  The Holiday Sale is held at Pulaski Park in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

The Renegade Craft Fair is organized by Sue Daly, whose a crafter herself, and designs jewelry under the name Timber Handmade. The inspiration for RCF came when Sue took back up her childhood hobby after college, and had some success selling a few pieces. She wanted to take her hobby to the next level and started looking for local fairs to participate in. Surprisingly, no events were catering to the burgeoning DIY craft community so prevalent online – and often even rejected crafty applicants altogether. So, with a childhood friend, RCF was started and provided an exciting, fresh venue for artists and shoppers alike.

On May 21, 2007 , she got the keys to a cute little storefront on Division St. in Chicago, and just over 2 months later, the doors to Renegade Handmade were open for business! The shop is an extension of the craft fairs, and features the handmade work of over 100 craftsters.

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