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CHICAGO – Grab your spiced wine and your wallet – it’s time to hit Chicago’s holiday markets.
Block Club has featured over 160 small businesses in its neighborhood gift guides. But if that’s enough for those of you with really long gift lists, you can also stop by the city’s holiday markets to shop from local vendors.
Here are the Chicago markets:
Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Website.
Christkindlmarket is Chicago’s best-known and largest holiday market, with two locations, but the downtown one is the original. It recreates the classic German Christmas markets.
Vendors set up their wares in small log cabins, offering everything from glass ornaments to glowing paper stars, candles, mittens and German gingerbread hearts. You can also grab tasty treats, such as pretzels and sausages, and hot drinks to keep you going. Plus, you can purchase one of his signature collectible mugs.
Be prepared for large crowds, especially if you stop downtown after work or on weekends. Free entry.
Open 11am-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday 18 Nov-Dec. 24. It is only open 11am-4pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Winter Wonderland at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St. Website.
If you’re a fan of Christkindlmarket but don’t want to deal with the huge crowds, check out the smaller version of Gallagher Way by Wrigley Field.
This version of the market still has plenty of vendors in log cabins, gifts you can buy, and snacks.
But there’s more to Winter Wonderland than the mini Christkindlmarket – you can also visit Santa’s Workshop and skate on an indoor ice rink at Wrigley Field. There are rides and games. Admission to Wrigley Field starts at $5.
Open 3-9pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm Friday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Nov. 81-Jan. 8. It’s only open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 26-29. Christmas closed.
Andersonville Winter Market, 1500 W. Catalpa Ave. Website.
Swedish vendors, local businesses and more will be offering gifts at the Andersonville Winter Market. Additionally, you can take glögg and warm up in one of the heated tents.
Open from 5:00 p.m. on December 2 to 5:00 p.m. on December 4.
Holiday Uprising Market at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Website.
More than 20 makers and artisans will be selling at the Holiday Uprising Market on the Far South Side, and there will be drinks.
Open from noon to 4 p.m. on December 3.
Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave. Website.
The pre-Kwanzaa market will feature food, dancing, raffles and live music – and, of course, you can shop.
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3.
One of a kind Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Website.
Works by more than 500 artists, creators and designers will be available at the One Of a Kind Holiday Show at The Mart, formerly known as Merchandise Mart.
You can grab furniture, jewelry, photographs, pet products and more. Admission starts at $15.
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from December 1 to 3 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 4.
Craft Market and Festival, 5211 N. Clark St. Website.
This Scandinavian market is held at the American Swedish Institute and features handmade goods from over 60 manufacturers. You can grab jewelry, ceramics, handcrafted glass and more.
Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 3 and 4.
10 Neighborhood Days, 1554 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
Chicago’s popular Neighborly store is back with a pop-up holiday market in Wicker Park. There will be daily deals and unique Chicago giveaways from Neighborly.
Open 11am-7pm Monday-Friday and 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday Nov-Dec 19. 24.
State Street Holiday Market, 35 S. State St. Website.
Small businesses will have their wares on display at the State Street Holiday Market – meaning you can mix up your purchases with pleasure by checking out nearby holiday window displays.
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18. 18.
Shop Black Friday Holiday Market, 9501 S. Dorchester Ave. Website.
You can celebrate black-owned businesses at this Black Friday market. There will be over 30 businesses selling toys, beauty items, clothing and more.
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 25.
Chicago Art Department Holiday Market, 1926 S. Halsted St. Website.
Buy from small Pilsen companies and manufacturers at this holiday market.
Open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 9.
Renegade Chicago, 401 N. Morgan St. Website.
The Renegade Craft Fair returns with a winter market with more than 170 artists who will offer handicrafts and creative objects.
Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 17 to 18.
Regine Collective’s Maker Mall at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Website.
This market will feature women’s small businesses and color designers. There will also be a gift-wrapping station and live DJ sets.
Open from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Randolph Street Market, 1341 W. Randolph St. Website.
More than 100 makers will have gift options available at Randolph Street Market, offering vintage clothing, jewelry, art and more. There will be live music.
Admission is $10 online or $15 at the door.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 17 to 18.
Holly Jolly Holiday Market, 4100 N. Damen Ave. Website.
This North Center market will allow you to shop, eat, drink and listen to live music.
Open from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10.
Winterglow at the Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave. Website.
This two-weekend market will feature artisan vendors, an outdoor cafe and a spot for hot cocktails.
Admission is $6.
Open from December 2 to 4 and from December 9 to 11.
Underground Art Market at Salvage One, 1849 W. Hubbard Ave. Website.
You’ll find all kinds of gifts available for purchase at the Underground Art Market, including recycled art, home decor, and music.
Open from noon to 6 p.m. on December 4.
Chicago Artisan Market, two locations. Website.
The Chicago Artisan Market offers unique homewares, art, fashion and more from the Midwest.
Admission is $8 online or $10 at the door.
Ravenswood Market is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26-27 at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Fulton Market is open December 11 at 401 N. Morgan St.
Know of a vacation market in Chicago that isn’t represented here? Email Kelly@BlockClubChi.org and we’ll add it!
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