Announcing Neighborhood Artist T-Shirt Design Contest

April 18, 2024


The Contest aims to engage artists and designers in creating unique and sustainable t-shirt designs that align with Blounts&Moore's commitment to building community and destigmatizing cannabis. By showcasing local artists and highlighting the richness of the arts in Chicago and the South Loop neighborhood, the Contest supports Blounts&Moore’s mission to make a positive impact in our dispensary communities.

The winning design will be revealed at the Grand Opening of Market 96 Chicago dispensary in June 2024 at 527 S. Wells Street. The Contest winner will be notified in advance and will be expected to attend the Grand Opening. The winning design will be replicated on limited edition t-shirts to be sold at Market 96 cannabis dispensaries. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of t-shirts containing the winning design will be donated to a Chicago non-profit arts organization of the winner’s choice from a list of approved organizations.

If circumstances arise beyond the Sponsor’s control that disrupt the submission or judging process, or delay the opening of the Market 96 Chicago dispensary, the announcement of the winning design may be postponed until a future date beyond June 2024. All Participants will be notified via email and the Market 96 website of any postponement.

Contest Theme: Depict what community, cannabis, and neighborhood mean to you.

Prize Structure

The Winner: $2,500 + Market 96 gift bag and Shirt + opportunity to direct a percentage of t-shirt sales to a non-profit Chicago area arts organization from a list of approved organizations. Winner will be featured on Market 96 website and via Social Media.

Selection Process

  • Judging: The panel of artist judges will review the submissions and select top placement based on creativity, originality, and adherence to the contest theme & regulations.
  • Winner Notification: Winner will be contacted before June 1st, 2024.
  • Final Reveal: The winning design will be announced at the Grand Opening (June 2024) and available for purchase in-store.

Submission Details

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and reside in Illinois.
  • All design submissions must be sent via the designated form.
  • Artists must adhere to the contest theme, and use original illustration and graphic-based artwork. A sample moodboard is provided.
  • Initial Submissions must include the .png file in a high-resolution format, a brief artist bio, a description of the design concept, and a link to social media/portfolio (if applicable).
  • Winner will be expected to provide a .ai design file (preferably in vector format form), a brief description of the design concept, a high-resolution headshot, and a brief sentence about their relationship to cannabis.
  • Submissions will be evaluated based on the rubric categories of creativity, originality, and adherence to the contest theme.
  • Winner will be notified via email by June 1st, 2024. The judges' decision will be final and cannot be contested.
  • The winning design will be announced at the Grand Opening and on the Market 96 website and social media channels.
  • By entering the Contest, participants confirm their design is original, fully owned, and legally compliant.
  • The deadline for submission is May 13th, 2024 at 11:59 pm CT.

Non-Profit Arts Organizations Donation

Blounts&Moore will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Designer’s T-Shirt to the winner’s choice art non-profit organization in the Chicago-land area from a list of approved organizations.

Legal Guidelines (Read Full Terms & Conditions)

Theme, Expectations & Guidelines


  • The theme of the contest is what does cannabis, community, and neighborhood mean to you.


  • We are seeking a unique and innovative t-shirt design that showcases creativity and artistic talent. There will be a cash Prize for the sole winner.
  • The winning design will be featured on a limited-edition t-shirt that will be sold at Market 96 Dispensaries.

Submission Guidelines

  • Design must be original and should not infringe on any copyright or intellectual property rights nor should artificial intelligence imagery be used. We will retain ownership of and all intellectual property rights only attached to the winning design. The winner's design will be used for a limited edition t-shirt release exclusively by Blounts&Moore Holdings Illinois, LLC d/b/a Market 96.
  • Submissions should be in high-resolution digital format 10x12 in (JPEG or PNG) and should be accompanied by a brief description of the design and the inspiration behind it.
  • Design should be suitable for printing on t-shirts and should not exceed 4 colors. The design will be on the front or back of a short-sleeved shirt with the Market 96 logo on the front or back. Please submit your design on a white t-shirt mockup.

About Market 96 Neighborhood Dispensary

Welcome to Market 96, part of the Blounts&Moore family, where we redefine the local cannabis dispensary experience. We pride ourselves on our boutique approach, providing a stylish and comfortable setting that makes each visit special. Our expert team of friendly advisors is committed to making every customer feel welcome, comfortable, and valued, ensuring that you receive personalized guidance through our extensive selection of quality cannabis products.

Market 96 is more than just a dispensary; it's a community hub designed to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of cannabis. Whether you're a cannabis enthusiast or a newcomer, we invite you to explore our diverse offerings in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, where every interaction is meant to inform and enrich your cannabis journey.

Please read full terms and conditions before submitting.

T-Shirt Art Design: *Official Submission Form*


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