Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, returns to historic Navy Pier September 27–30, 2018. Now entering its seventh edition, EXPO CHICAGO hosts leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture.

EXPO CHICAGO exhibitors will be chosen by the 2018 Selection Committee. Comprised of a diverse group of leading gallerists, the Selection Comittee will be announced at a later date. The EXPOSURE section will be a curated selection and presented alongside 2018 Exhibitors as a core program of the exposition.

Sections + Guidelines 

EXPO CHICAGO is open to established international contemporary and modern art galleries. The number of participating galleries is limited, and acceptance is granted exclusively by the Selection Committee, comprised of leading dealers. 

The EXPOSURE section, installed on the main floor of the exposition, features a curated selection of solo and two-artist presentations, represented by galleries eight years and younger. EXPOSURE is selected by a curator, with the advisement of the EXPO CHICAGO Selection Committee. The number of participating galleries is limited. 

EXPO PROFILE presents solo booths and focused projects by established international galleries. Showcasing ambitious installations and tightly focused thematic exhibitions, this section features major projects by a single artist or collective, providing a curatorial platform for solo presentations.  Galleries may apply for a booth exclusively in EXPO PROFILE or as a compliment to their Galleries Section presentation.

EXPO Editions + Books is open to select organizations presenting a cross-section of established and emerging artists. From limited editions to publications, the Editions + Books section offer a diverse array of print media and object-based practices that span across photography, sculpture, monographs, and other multiples.  

The Special Exhibitions program features curatorial projects by select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations. Complementing the surrounding elements of the fair, this program illustrates and preserves the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations. 


First Invoice: Upon Acceptance
Second Invoice:  May 16, 2018
Third Invoice: August 8, 2018
Delivery of Commercial Freight:   Monday, September 24, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Exhibitor Move-in (small vehicles): Tuesday, September 25, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Exhibitor Registration & Set-up: Tuesday, September 25, 8:00am continuing through Thursday, September 27, 10:00am 
Opening Preview:  Thursday, September 27, noon – 9:00 pm
General Admission: Friday, September 28, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, September 30, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Exhibitor Move-out: Sunday, September 30, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Monday, October 1, 8:00am – 2:30pm 

For questions about the EXPO CHICAGO application, please contact Jeff Rhodes, or by phone, 312.867.9220.