The Show

For the health and safety of our artists, patrons, and volunteers, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem has made the decision to cancel the American Craft Exposition in 2020. Please click here for more information and be on the lookout for updates in the near future.

The 36th Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE), a juried exhibition and sale of fine craft, will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois from October 2-4, 2020, with a Benefit Preview Party on October 1. The jury will accept approximately 140 craft artists.

Proceeds from ACE 2020 and ACE 2021 will benefit an initiative to protect and preserve the health of pregnant and postpartum women at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore). These critical funds are raised through Benefit Preview Party tickets, general admission tickets, sponsorships and our voluntary Craft for a Cause program. ACE does not receive a portion of proceeds from artist sales.

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem is proud to announce that the total proceeds raised from ACE 2018 and ACE 2019 provide a cumulative $1.13 million to benefit mental health initiatives at NorthShore!

Approximately 8,500 visitors attend each year.

Show Dates 2020

October 2-4, 2020 with a Preview Party on October 1

Friday           10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday         10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) will be back in 2021 from September 24-26, 2021 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

2019 Award Winners

Best of Show
Artistic Expression Award
Best New Artist
Founders’ Award
Show Directors’ Award
Purchase Award, Evanston Hospital
Purchase Award, Glenbrook Hospital
Purchase Award, Highland Park Hospital
Purchase Award, Skokie Hospital
Gabriel Ofiesh (jewelry)
Laura Baring-Gould (metal)
Dana Bechert (ceramics)
David Paul Bacharach (metal)
Chie Hitchner (fiber decorative)
Rosella (Pat) Peck (paper)
James Pearce (furniture)
Pavel Novak (glass)
Steven Potts (wood) & Ann Klem (glass)

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