Special Exhibitions

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EXPO CHICAGO’s Special Exhibitions program is open to select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations to be included on the main floor of the exposition. EXPO CHICAGO will work closely with our not-for-profit exhibitors to move beyond the static paradigm of the ‘information table’, encouraging a presentation that more appropriately reflects your core programming, while supporting the organization's marketing, fundraising and membership outreach. The number of participating organizations is limited and decisions on acceptance are made by EXPO CHICAGO.   


The Special Exhibitions Section is open to not-for-profit organizations and institutions. The number of participating organizations is limited. Decisions on acceptance are made exclusively by EXPO CHICAGO. Please note that insufficiently documented applications will not be reviewed.


SIZE NP-S | $3,500 (200 square feet /18.2m2 with 10 lights)
SIZE NP-M | $5,500 (400 square feet /37.2m2 with 20 lights)


12’ high hard walls painted white; lighting as indicated; exhibitor badges; VIP program including Opening Preview tickets and special event invitations throughout the exposition; standard booth signage. Detailed information including order forms, customizations, furniture, a/v and other options are available at the exhibitor’s expense provided upon acceptance.


The terms applicable for EXPO CHICAGO are specified in the Regulations, Terms and Conditions which you can download here. The properly completed application submitted digitally by the deadline is understood as an application and confirms no automatic right of acceptance. All applications are subject to written acceptance of EXPO CHICAGO. 

Application Checklist and Instructions

Application Checklist

The online application system will guide you through the following pages: 

  • Gallery/Organization Profile
  • Section Application Form
  • Image and Supplemental Materials Upload
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Application Review

Materials and Information to Include:

  • Contact Information 
  • Social Media Information
  • Brief Gallery History
  • Current Artist List
  • List of Other Fairs Participated in
  • A Written Proposal for your Exhibition
  • 5 to 10 high-resolution JPGS of artwork you intend to present. 
  • Supporting Materials*

* At the request of the Selection Committee, applicants that have not participated in EXPO CHICAGO previously are asked to provide booth installation shots from past fairs. Additionally, you are encouraged to complete a proposed booth plan. 

Blank Booth Diagrams are available here.  Please note that these are only for planning purposes and may not be final dimensions or configurations of assigned booth.

Applications will not be considered complete without all of the above materials.

Application Instructions

  • To begin an application, please login using your username and password. If it is the gallery/ organization's first time applying, please create a new login.
  • Once started, you may save your application and logout. You may return to complete your application at any time by visiting Application Services on the EXPO CHICAGO website. 
  • Applicants may apply to more than one exhibitor section. 
  • Please submit 5 to 10 high quality images of artwork you intend to present. (Only jpgs less than 5 MB each will be accepted.)  Applicants are encouraged to include booth installation shots from past fairs as part of your image upload.  Submitted artwork images are subject for use in press and promotional materials upon acceptance. 
  • Optional Supplemental Materials for Selection Committee review including artist biographies, additional gallery information, and/or proposed booth plan, can be uploaded as a single pdf or can be emailed to exhibitor@expochicago.com

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