Published January 19, 2023
The Top Holiday Markets In Chicago This Season
by Chicago Bucket List
There’s no better time to shop small than around the holidays, and Chicago has no shortage of artisan markets this winter! Whether you’re looking for a cozy knitted sweater, artisanal spice blends, or a hand-poured candle for the people you love most, you can find all of the Windy City’s best crafters, bakers, and builders at the many markets around the city. See our favorites below!
Millennium Park Art Market
You can spend hours wandering around this massive tent at Millennium Park. Not only do they have plenty of vendors selling unique wares, but they also have food, drinks, and live music at the Art Market Lounge. You can even take a break from shopping to see the giant Christmas tree or do some ice skating.
When: November 18–20
Where: Millennium Park: 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
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Washington Street Holiday Market
Head over to the DuPage County Fairgrounds to shop at one of the cutest markets in Chicago this year. This event works hard to curate unique crafts, vintage finds, and home-baked treats so you can find amazing one-of-a-kind gifts. Entry is just $5!
When: November 18–19
Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL
Randolph Street Holiday Market
The Randolph Street Market is an essential stop for any avid thrifter. With more than 125 different vendors, you're sure to find some of the coolest antique pieces, from furniture to tchotchkes. Stop by the bloody mary station for some necessary fuel as you spend all day treasure hunting at this indoor market. Tickets are $10 but it’ll be well worth it for the deals!
When: December 17–18
Where: 1341 W Randolph St, Chicago
Shop Jarvis Square Artisan Market
Get all of your holiday shopping done in just one day at the Shop Jarvis Square Artisan Market. With more than 30 vendors, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Plus, you can visit with Santa and enjoy live music from carolers!
When: December 3
Where: Rogers Park at the corner of Jarvis Ave and Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Chicago Artisan Markets
Shop the best locally-made clothing, home goods, food, and art in the Midwest at one of the two Chicago Artisan Markets! Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
Ravenswood: November 26–27
Fulton Market: December 11
Ravenswood: Artifact Events: 4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Fulton Market: 401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642
Soul & Smoke Holiday Market
On Sunday, December 11, beloved BBQ joint Soul & Smoke will host a Holiday Market at their Avondale location from 12-7 PM. Peruse gifts and goods from some of Chicago's favorite local artists and makers, and replenish with a hearty meal of comfort food at Soul & Smoke when you're done.
When: December 11
Where: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
Holiday Makers Market at Metropolitan Brewing
Nothing beats a brew and some shopping! Stop by Metro Brewing on December 4 to check out their holiday market with incredible offerings like handmade candles, artisanal spice blends, paintings, jewelry, and so much more!
When: December 4
Where: Metropolitan Brewing: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
Andersonville Winter Market
The second installment of the Andersonville Winter Market will be in the Julmarknad-style (which means Good Christmas in Swedish), complete with Swedish treats and vendors, Glögg, and roasted nuts! They’ll even have a cute holiday trolley, so don’t miss out.
When: December 2–4
Where: 1500 W Catalpa Ave 1500 West Catalpa Avenue Chicago, IL 60640
Renegade Craft Fair
Chicago has been home to the Renegade Craft Fair since 2003 and offers around 400+ vendors. Sip on holiday-inspired cocktails, snap artsy holiday Instagram pics with the installations and listen to some groovy music.
When: December 17–18
Where: Morgan Manufacturing: 401 N Morgan St Suite #204A, Chicago, IL 60642
One of a Kind Holiday Show at theMart
Make this holiday season *One of a Kind* by attending the holiday market at theMart! There will be endless amazing gift options for your loved ones. Plus, you'll be able to attend a fashion show, listen to talented musicians, shop, and indulge in a delicious food market all day long.
When: December 1–4
Where: 7th floor of The Mart. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
The Holiday Market at Amaze Light Festival
The magical Amaze Light Festival turns Odyssey Fun World into a winter wonderland! When you’re done wandering through the gorgeous event, visit the Amaze Market to browse artisan goods and support local small businesses.
When: November 18–January 8
Where: 19111 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
State Street Holiday Market
The small businesses from the acclaimed Sundays on State series will head indoors for a free holiday market in The Loop. The event will also have family activities and holiday programming that changes daily, so it may be worth more than one trip!
When: November 18–December 18
Where: 35 S State St, Chicago, IL 60603
Take a trip to Germany by traveling to the heart of Chicago. Shop for knick-knacks like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and glass ornaments. If you get hungry, take your pick from some German favorites like hot potato pancakes and delicious doughy pretzels! This is an outdoor event, but the Daley Plaza and Aurora locations offer warming tents while the Wrigleyville one has a skating rink!
Aurora and Daley Plaza: November 18- December 24
Wrigleyville: November 18 – December 31
Aurora: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Daley Plaza: 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Wrigleyville: Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
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