Chicago Fringe Festival
Chicago Fringe Festival is an annual performing arts festival showcasing traditional and non-traditional performances. CFF aims to provide a space for artists to produce shows that would not otherwise be seen and a festival that is accessible to everyone. All tickets are $10. All shows are one hour long. All theatres are within walking distance of each other.
Features of the Chicago Fringe Festival
100% Non-Juried The Chicago Fringe is a non-juried event. Rather than being selected by judges, the participants are selected by a series of lotteries: Local, Non-Local and Diverse.
100% of Ticket Sales Go Back To The Artists
Mission: The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) unites daring theatregoers with emerging and boundary-pushing performing artists from around the world at an annual festival in Chicago. CFF also seeks to engage nontraditional audiences through a commitment to low ticket prices and outreach into artistically underserved communities.
After producing shows at the New York International Fringe Festival and Minnesota Fringe Festival, Executive Producer Sarah Mikayla Brown (previously Managing Director of Tantalus Theatre Group) wanted to bring that kind of "glorious chaos" to Chicago. Chicago Fringe Festival was founded on December 30, 2008.
The inaugural festival attracted 156 applicants. A total of 46 groups (23 local and 23 non-local) performed in eight non-traditional venues in Pilsen in September, 2010. After three years in Pilsen, CFF moved to Jefferson Park  for the 2013 festival.
In its first five festivals, CFF has attracted over 20,000 theatre-goers to Pilsen and Jefferson Park and returned $146,686 to the artists.
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- Chicago Fringe Festival's Official Website http://chicagofringe.org/
- United States Association of Fringe's Official Website http://www.fringefestivals.us/
2010 Festival - Inaugural Year
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