frequently asked questions

What is Covet Markets?
Covet Markets are a series of curated marketplaces in the heart of the West Loop in
Chicago. We are bringing you things we love that we know you will love from 70+
designers, purveyors, makers, tastemakers and more for a one-day experience like no
other.

Covet Markets offer a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates
independent producers and small businesses. But more than that, it’s about
people and place; meeting the people behind the products, conversation with friends
and supporting local business. 

What to expect. Covet Markets take place at Revel Fulton Market—a converted dry storage building in Chicago's former meatpacking district. 30,000 sq.ft. filled with  a unique selection of jewelry, clothing, accessories, homewares, body products, pantry items, gifts, children’s products and more. This one-day, quarterly selling event is highly consumer-oriented and situated in the West Loop perfect for a Sunday out for brunch and shopping. There will be food, drink and entertainment throughout the day as well. 

About the market. Chicago Woman magazine produces Covet Markets as a way to support local businesses—many of which are women-owned—and bring the best of Chicago to shoppers. Chicago Woman is a bi-monthly print publication with an extensive online and social platform that has created a vibrant community through a series of lifestyle, professional and shopping events.

Do you have a Web site?
You can find us at covetmarkets.com. Our email is hello@covetmarkets.com.

When are the next markets in 2018?
December 9, 10am-5pm*

When are the next markets in 2019?
We will announce dates at the beginning of the year.

Where do the markets take place?
Covet Markets take place at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop of Chicago. Check out the venue here

Is there parking?
Valet parking may be available for a separate fee. Street + metered parking is very limited. There are several parking apps available on your phone, including ParqEX and Spot Hero, to assist with parking.

How much does it cost to attend the market?
Get your ticket in advance for $8. At the door it will be $10. Grab a group of friends and save a little—get four tickets for $24. Each ticket includes a free beverage. If you really want the full experience, grab a VIP ticket for $50 and get a special a Chicago made Covet shopping tote bag.

Why do you charge a fee for attendees?
Our mission is support small businesses—mostly local and many women-owned. In order to keep our booth fee affordable for the vendors, we charge a small fee to attendees.

Can I bring a stroller?
We love kiddos. There will be limited stroller storage available. We discourage strollers through the market space if possible, but we understand that sometimes the little ones fall asleep right when you get to your destination. 

I have more questions!
If you need to contact us at any time, please email us at director@covetmarkets.com. 

for vendors

Who should I contact for information about being a vendor at Covet?
director@covetmarkets.com

What kind of vendors may apply?
We are looking for vendors with products made within the Great Lakes region
• handmade jewelry
• knitwear/crochet
• apparel (women, men, children, pets)
• accessories (including scarves, footwear, hats, lingerie…)
• art (including designed objects, fine art, ceramics…)
• home decor (including candles, plants, flowers, textiles, posters, rugs…)
• beauty + health (including soaps, oils, cosmetics…)
• consumer packaged foods (with proof of kitchen inspection and sanitation certification)
• urban farms (indigenous within 250 miles of Chicago)
• boutiques (preference for those who feature goods made in the Great
Lakes region)

The goods sold should be original work of the artisans. Trademark violations or direct copies of other's work is not allowed.
Non-profit community groups that work in the areas of the arts, empowerment, or wellness are encouraged to apply to vend. A booth discount is offered to non-profit organizations.

What are the booth fees? Booths are approximately 10’ x 10’:
6 ft table is $495
Shared 6 ft table is $295 per vendor
Hi boy table with space for rack is $395

Double booth pricing available upon request.
Non-profits with documentation will receive a 30% discount on table fees.

What are the additional benefits for vendors of Covet Markets?
Pre-event kick off party.
Meet the Makers profile on covetmarkets.com
Promotion of your brand on social media
Postcards and/or other promotional material for the market
Marketing within Chicago Woman magazine
Event day "green room" with bottled water, snacks, and electric access

What about non-profits that just want to promote themselves and not sell any products?
We love to help promote local non-profits that place a focus on economic empowerment,
wellness, and the arts by offering a common area in our food court to place flyers, promote classes, and generally spread the word about your good work. These spaces are limited to one table per calendar year.

Is the market juried?
Yes, this is a juried event. This helps us present product variety, originality, and quality of goods to best represent the concept of Covet Markets.

What is the deadline to apply?
FOR December 9 MARKET
Booth orders are now closed.
DATES FOR OTHER MARKETS WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER DATE. 

If I’m accepted into one market can I request a space at future markets?
Yes, we are offering special pricing for participating in multiple markets. Please see Market
Pricing section.

How can I apply?
Don’t miss out on application deadlines by signing up for our mailing list. Everyone must fill out an online application to be considered. A $20 application fee applies.

How do I submit collateral including images and logos?
You should have received a link and directions for collateral submission via email. If you need additional help, please email director@covetmarkets.com.

How do I pay for my space?
All application fee are accepted online through the website. Upon approval of your application, you will receive a "welcome code". Your space must be purchased online at covetmarkets.com/vendors. Pick your table size and complete the purchase online. Only online payments are accepted. Nonpayment by deadline will mean forfeiture of your space and reserve vendor will be given the booth. No other form of payment is accepted. All payments are final and no refunds or transfers will be made for cancellations. 

Do you supply tables, chairs, and linens?
Yes! Booth fees include rental fees associated with tables, chairs, and linens. You will be responsible for your booth's display. Lighting can be tricky so vendors are encouraged to bring their own battery-operated LED lights as electrical outlets are limited in the space.

Do you supply electricity?
No. There are limited outlets in the space and we need to observe Chicago fire codes.
Vendors with products that require electricity (handmade table lamps, for example) may
request to be placed near an outlet at an additional fee.

If you need an outlet for your electronic equipment/chargers we suggest bringing portable
chargers which are available at any electronics store, Walgreens, Target, etc.

Can I display work on the wall?
Unfortunately, vendors may not hang artwork, signage or product on the walls. 

Do you offer wi-fi?
Yes, wireless internet access will be available. It is highly advised that you are prepared with a hotspot or wireless through your mobile service to connect any devices required for sales.

Can I share space with another vendor?
Yes. There can be up to two vendors per vendor space but both potential vendors need to apply on individual forms, purchase a half table, and supply two separate email accounts on the application. It must be noted on the application and table order for request to share with a specific vendor.

Are spaces assigned?
Yes, spaces are assigned to emphasize the variety of handmade goods and to create a unique presentation of your work to shoppers. For example, we will place a jewelry brand a few spaces away from another jewelry brand.

Is there reserved parking for vendors?
No. Revel Fulton Market has a parking lot and will allow you to temporarily enter to unload
your products for the event. Let the attendant know you’re unloading when you pull up.

Parking is available on and around Fulton Street. We all know how congested Fulton Market give yourself a little extra time during set-up to find a parking space. Valet parking will be available but is paid by you.

What are the market hours?
10:00am-5:00pm.*
Set-up starts at 7:30 - 9:00am. Load out begins immediately after the close of the market until
7:00pm. Please do not break down any earlier than 5pm.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted?
We will send out email notifications on the date specified on the application about whether or not your application has been accepted and instructions on how to purchase your booth.

Do you keep a mailing list?
Yes, please visit our website, covetmarkets.com to sign up for our mailing list. We will be happy to update you on our future events.

Do I need any other special permits to participate?
If you will be serving food please have appropriate food handler’s permits. The itinerant
merchant licenses required of this event will be facilitated by Covet Markets.

Am I responsible for collecting sales tax?
Yes, the State of Illinois requires you collect sales tax. This is the responsibility of the individual vendors not Covet Markets.

What is your booth refund and cancellation policy?
Once you are accepted a full payment is due by the due date specified on your acceptance email. The due date is also clearly marked on your application and your acceptance email. Your acceptance is not final until payment has cleared. Payments must be made online via credit card or PayPal. Payments not received by deadline will void your acceptance. All payments are non-refundable. No refunds. Emergencies come up. We get it. We may offer a credit or partial credit for a future market depending on the date of cancellation and availability of booth space.

How will you be marketing this market?
Covet Markets will be making extensive use of social media, posters, postcards, local media such as newspapers and radio, online event listings and networking with businesses to promote our events. Chicago Woman will feature "Market pages" that will list every vendor and highlight upgraded vendors. You can help us network by using your own blog, website, and/or social media outlets. Posters and postcards will be available 6 weeks before the event for at the Covet offices. Please email hello@covetmarkets.com for address and office hours. 

How will you communicate with vendors regarding the progress of the event?
Covet Markets vendor management and production is managed by Shop Small Chicago for Chicago Woman magazine. We will be sending out emails with updates to all vendors. If you need to contact us at any time, please email us at director@covetmarkets.com.

contact us

Have more questions?
Go ahead, shoot us an email at hello@covetmarkets.com