2017 OOAK schedule

FREIGHT AND POV (Personally Owned Vehicles) LOAD IN HOURS
Tuesday, December 5            8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6      8:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Any deliveries made outside these times will be subject to a charge of $55.00 per 100 lbs.

Tuesday, December 5                8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Loading Dock Closes at 3:00 pm)
Wednesday, December 6          8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Loading Dock Closes at 3:00 pm)

All exhibits must be set up by 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6.  No construction, arranging, or setting up of exhibits, including deliveries or moving of products, are permitted during show hours.


If you are unsure if your display requires labor, submit the Customization Order Form and our Operations Team will gladly respond.

Please note that display materials must adhere to Chicago Fire Department Rules and Regulations. If you require further information, please contact Walter Young at (312) 527-79887 or

Exhibitors may hand-carry small items, but we ask that they refrain from using handcarts, flatbeds, or dollies.  Our Material Handling Staff is on hand to facilitate such moves.

*Thursday, December 7           10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, December 8                  11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 9              10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 10               10:00 am – 5:00 pm
* We will be open early on Thursday, December 7 for Early Access Admission Ticket holders (available for purchase on our ticket page.) On this particular day December 7 ONLY, the Early Access Admission Ticket will allow shoppers to enter at 10am. Artists are expected to be in their booths at this time.

Sunday, December 4                 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday, December 5                8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Any artists breaking down their booth prior to the show closing (5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10) will be fined $1000. Please arrange travel accordingly.

  • All booths must be left in a reasonable state that enables them to be easily repaired and repainted. All nails, Velcro, staples, paper or other materials applied to the booth walls must be removed prior to vacating the booth. Exhibitors will be assessed repair charges based on time and materials if they choose not to comply.
  • Please note that every effort to return empty boxes as quickly as possible at the close of the show will be made, but it may take several hours for all empty containers to be returned. Please make travel plans accordingly.
  • If bringing down merchandise from your booth during Load Out, please make sure that you have room in your vehicle for all merchandise. An hourly charge will be assessed to the artist for any merchandise that has to be returned to your booth because it does not fit.

FREIGHT AND POV (Personally Owned Vehicles) LOAD OUT HOURS
Sunday, December 10                5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(POVs only)
The loading of POV’s will begin upon the completion of the return of empties.  We strongly encourage local artists to return on Monday, December 11, to load their POV
Monday, December 11               8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Common carriers must be checked in by 12:00 pm)