Art In Wilder Park 2024 - Food Vendor Fee



May 4 & 5, 2024

10-5 pm

In partnership with the Elmhurst Park District and Advised by RGL Marketing for the Arts

Deadline - March 1, 2024.

As the first outdoor festival in the region each year, Art in Wilder Park is a highly anticipated Spring event in Chicago's western suburbs. Last year's event included over 130 booths of one-of-a-kind art, food vendors, and hands-on kid's activities, a "super" public art installation, and drew over 11,500 visitors. 

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In 2023 the event was voted one of the Best in the West, featured in numerous press outlets, and attracted nearly half of its visitors from outside Elmhurst. Discoverable on the weekend of the 27th Annual Art in Wilder Park in 2024 will be a newly commissioned public art installation of life-sized monsters drawn by cartoonist Dave Pryor inspired by children's drawings. 

In 2023, the event was featured in numerous press outlets and attracted nearly half of its visitors from outside of Elmhurst. Post festival evaluations showed a high percentage of the attendees also visited and supported local restaurants, coffee shops, and other businesses.

By the numbers:

  • 11,000+ visitors over 2 days
  • 50+ local businesses and sponsors on exhibit at the festival
  • The museum’s PR team Silverman and Associates will promote the event with a campaign
  • Major preview coverage last year by WGN TV, the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Suburban Life, Elmhurst Independent and more
  • 10,000 postcards distributed through local businesses, mailings, and our front desk
  • Direct email campaigns to over 12,000 members, donors and EAM’s general list
  • The Museum's extensive social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) will be leveraged for maximum exposure and interaction, with template posts provided to all exhibitors

New in 2024: public art installation – Monsters in Wilder Park, based on children’s drawings.

We have limited space for food vendors to participate. Set-up will take place Friday, May 3 between 4-8pm and Saturday, May 4 from 6-10am. The food vendor space fee for both days for is $350 (nonrefundable) and is due on March 1, 2024.

Please apply for your temporary food service permit.  Contact Rida Naqvi at the DuPage County Health Department.  For further information regarding this permit, please visit the DuPage County Health Department website:

Display Specifications: 
Food Vendors must provide their own 10”x10” tent or food truck, tables, chairs and other display equipment. Stakes are allowed on the grass. 

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