county fair chicago: americana with an urban twist


Chicagoans will taste the flavor of down home this fall when urban meets rural!

County Fair Chicago invites city dwellers and countryfolk to experience Americana with an urban twist as Six Corners Association fixes to blend the farm with city for Portage Park’s newest event.

Stroll the Midway and graze on delicious, locally-made cuisine; pick up new skills from a variety of educational, interactive, maker-focused workshops; take in the sounds of bluegrass, rockabilly, and country jams humming from the “Grandstand” stage; and, lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down Saturday night.

No matter your preference – cowboy hats or baseball caps, riding boots or gym shoes –  we're serving up the best of both worlds at County Fair Chicago.

now booking Food, Beer, Market vendors, and sponsors

Please download applications and submit to Big Buzz Idea Group, Attn: County Fair Chicago, 4055 W. Peterson Ave., Suite 105, Chicago IL 60646. For more information, contact Big Buzz at: (773) 804-8589 or via email to


Calling all bakers, brewers, grillers, growers, artists, and activists alike. Are you the cream of the urban crop?

Modeled after a traditional 4H Fair, the competition will award ribbons in the following divisions:

  • Arts [Textile, Craft, Photography, Fine Art]
  • Food and Beverage [Poultry, Beef, Dessert, Home Brew, Vegan, Small Batch]
  • Garden [Fruits and Veggies, Flowers, Floral Design, Indoor Plants, Table Top]
  • Community Projects [Youth-based, Business-Based, Non-Profit]

Judging will take place on Saturday, September 8th and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, September 9th. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018. Download an application here.

2018 Sponsors