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Chicago holiday markets

One of the best things about the holidays has to be the holiday markets that have popped up in the last few years — everything you could ever imagine that’s not corporate-made under one roof, complete with snacks and, if you’re lucky, a little mulled wine, too.

Photos courtesy of Randolph Street Market

Photos courtesy of Randolph Street Market

Here are the remaining Chicago holiday markets and popups to get you all those last minute gifts (and I’ll keep updating!):

Christkindlmarket (Daley Plaza) is always the standard. Running through December 23, find nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and beer steins, as well as many goods from all over the world. Check out the Glühwein (no more signature boot mugs, boo!), sausage, potato pancakes, roasted nuts and so much more.
Lycée Français de Chicago French Market (1929 W Wilson) is Dec 2-4. think 70 local and French artisan vendors selling everything from clothing to accessories, jewelry, home goods, gourmet food and more! There is drop-off childcare for a special rate at special hours of the market. Daily admission is $8 for adults and free for children, or $15 for a one-day pass for two adults. 

December 9-13

BeJolly. popup (Hair Loft, 33 N Carpenter) Start the day off with yoga, then a variety of designers and artists selling handbags, jewelry and more. Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free.

Bucktown Holiday ArtShow (Holstein Park Fieldhouse, 2200 N. Oakley Ave) is in its 18th year with art from all media-from ceramics to photography, watercolors to oils, jewelry to textiles from 100 artists. Don’t forget to download the coupon for half off admission (on the link). 100 artists participate in the ArtShow. Don’t miss out on the Silent Auction where you can find great deals on donations from artists in the ArtShow. If you would like to attend the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow, download a coupon for half off admission pass (Admission is $2/person at the door). The Bucktown Holiday ArtShow is organized and promoted by Bucktown Promotions. Sat-Sun, $2.

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop (3730 N Oakley Ave) features 40+ local female artists selling artwork, jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings and more. There’s also a food drive for local hunger relief organization Common Pantry. Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free

Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market (4100 N Damen) is another European-style outdoor market, this time in Northcenter. Fri-Sun, free.

Gift Galleria & Food Truck Extravaganza (1457 N Halsted) is Newcity’s (the new development at Halsted and Clybourn, not the newspaper!) market featuring live music, food truck, and vendors. Friday and Saturday, free.

Handmade Market Chicago returns to The Empty Bottle (1035 N Western) with jewelry, handbags, clothing, hot sauce, candles and more from nearly 30 vendors. Noon-4 p.m, Saturday.

Holiday Remix is 80 vendors selling recycled and sustainable arts and crafts including clothing, jewelry and home goods. 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Saturday. Free.

Holidose (that’s the holiday Dose Market) is back at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N Morgan) Sunday. 100 vendors including jewelry, knit goods, wreaths, and more! Saturday, free.

Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St.) is back Saturday and Sunday with vintage and handmade goodies like men’s and women’s clothing, furniture, home goods and more. 125+ vendors, free on-site gift wrapping and a free trolley from Water Tower Place to the market. $5-10.

Sauced – The Night Market Before Xmas features 50 food, art and retail vendors on two floors of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S Michigan Ave). Tuesday, December 13, free.

Soul Souk-Holiday Market (1240 N Randolph) has high-end collectibles, hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind artwear, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun, looks to be free (no price information listed).

West Town Winterfest is Saturday only at the The Shapiro Ballroom (1612 W Chicago Ave), December 17-18, featuring one-of-a-kind local items, trunk sales and other holiday wares. Noon to 6 p.m., $10.


December 17-18

Krampus Mart: Alternative Handmade Holiday Market is an alternative handmade market with a fun list of apparel, gifts and more. At Township (2200 N. California Ave), Tuesday, Dec 18, 3:30-8:30 p.m., free.

Made in Chicago Market (1340 W. Washington Blvd) is a great local, DIY market with clothing, home goods, and of course, food and drink. Make terrarium ornaments with One Strange Bird (first come, first verve and is free while supplies last) Free, with free parking, Sunday.