Apr 8 – 11, 2021


The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, has announced it will present its ninth edition April 8–11, 2021 at Navy Pier. The decision to move the fair from its traditional September timeslot to this coming spring was the result of a collaborative decision-making process—conducted by EXPO CHICAGO with galleries, collectors, institutional partners, and city officials—to prioritize the health and safety of the participating galleries, curators, and patrons traveling to Chicago.

In response to the rapidly evolving social and business environments, EXPO CHICAGO put in place a plan that allows exhibitors to provide non-binding deposits and, subsequently, a flexible payment schedule for those participating in the exposition. In addition, alongside expanding programming and initiatives, EXPO CHICAGO has pledged to make contributions to both the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and the New Art Dealers Association (NADA) from the proceeds of the exposition. 

“Art fairs are collaborative enterprises in which the organizers, galleries, collectors and host city institutions, residents, and leadership work together towards a set of shared goals,” said President | Director of EXPO CHICAGO Tony Karman. “Moving our dates will enable our exhibitors and partners in Chicago to focus on reopening their galleries, launching their upcoming exhibitions, and begin the process of rebuilding so that together we can prepare for this important convening moment for the global art community in Chicago next April,” he added.

Since its inception, EXPO CHICAGO has remained dedicated to supporting local, regional, and international arts communities through its role as a leading contemporary art exposition, presenting one of the highest quality platforms for curatorial programming and discourse alongside its participating galleries. With strong regional support throughout the Greater Midwest, both coasts, and maintaining a growing international commitment from Europe, Asia, and Latin America, EXPO CHICAGO will continue to leverage its strategic position in the center of the United States in the Spring of 2021.