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Call for Art, Vendors, Musicians, Performers: Happy Birthday Chicago

Chicago Creatives:

We hope that the new year finds you better then the last. In 2020, for obvious reasons, we decided not to hold our usual celebration of Chicago’s Birthday. But this year, we are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual event:

Happy Birthday Chicago!

This event is to celebrate our great city’s 184th birthday, with a showcase of local art, artisans, music, community and culture.

Echoes of Chicago is a volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to create affordable, innovative arts and music events that promote Chicago culture and community.

We will be using an avatar-based virtual environment that can be accessed on web browsers on computers, phones, tablets - and Virtual Reality headsets! Once the event is ‘live’ we will share the link that will be accessible to anyone in the world. The images of artwork will link directly to participants’ website, etsy, facebook, etc. for any sales and delivery of work to be handled by the participant - this can be done through websites or casually through email, using venmo, square, etc. as long as buyer and seller are comfortable.

We will be charging a $10 curating fee per participant.

Please submit an application ASAP so that we can have our participants locked in by February 20th. Please spread the word:

The event is free to attend with a suggested donation.

We strongly encourage all those participating in the event to join us in promoting as this will increase visibility and sales for everyone.

Artists & Vendors
Artists and Vendors can submit up to 10 pieces

  • Images: max 10MB .png or .jpg
  • 3D models: max 15MB glb files

Musicians & Performers:
The event will feature images of album covers, or photos from performances, with information about the work linked to a website to listen to the music or watch the performance. Unfortunately, we can not directly load in songs or videos into the space, so these links will open additional website tabs for guests to listen or watch ‘outside’ of the gallery.

Happy Birthday Chicago
Virtual, Avatar-Based Environment
FREE with a suggestion of any size donation
A virtual open gallery experience
March 4th through April 4th, 2021

  • Gallery showcasing local…
    • Visual artists of all mediums
    • Vendors of all kinds from crafts, to spices, to jewelry
    • Musicians of many genres
    • Unique performances
  • Create your own avatar and walk around our multi-room art experience
  • Click on any participants work to learn more, watch, listen, or see more work
  • Live pop-up events such as…
    • Chicago Trivia
    • Listening Party with featured local talent
    • Artist Features: time lapse of creative process with Q & A
    • Deep Dish pizza kitchen tutorial
    • Happy Hour
    • Crafting nights
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
    • Chicago History Night
  • Event Date: March 4, 2021 - April 4, 2021
    • There will be some live pop-up events happening in the space during this time period
  • Submit your work:

Check us out at and for more information, as our events are not traditional art shows.

Please forward this call for art to your contacts who might be interested.

Deadline: 02.19.2021
Name: Tom Packard
Address: 2151 W Potomac Ave, 2
Phone: 7733682868