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Published November 2, 2023

The Top Holiday Markets In Chicago This Season

A guide to Chicago’s best holiday markets, fairs, and bazaars. 🎄🎁⛄

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! 

Chicago's 2023 Holiday Markets

Jack Frost Christmas Pop-Up at Fulton Market

This Winter Wonderland in Fulton Market will feature dozens of pop-up shops, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts, unique ornaments, holiday treats, and more. Stop by for some holiday shopping/browsing and don't miss ice skating, winter bumper cars, axe throwing, boozy hot cocoa, and more!

Where: 170 N Green St., Chicago, IL
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170 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Jack Frost Christmas Pop-Up at Fulton Market
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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: December 2–16
Where: 35 S State St, Chicago, IL
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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!

When: Aurora and Daley Plaza: November 17–December 24 | Wrigleyville: November 17–December 31
Aurora: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL
Daley Plaza: 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL
Wrigleyville: Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
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Chicago Artisan Markets

A popular market all year round, Chicago Artisan Markets offer special holiday markets during November and December. Shop the best locally-made clothing, home goods, food, and art in the Midwest at one of the two locations in the Chicagoland area!

When: Ravenswood: December 16 & 17 | Fulton Market: December 3
Where: Ravenswood: Artifact Events: 4325 N Ravenswood Ave | Fulton Market: 401 N Morgan St.
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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.

When: November 18 & 19
Where: 1341 W Randolph St, Chicago
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Renegade Craft Fair

Chicago has been home to the Renegade Craft Fair since 2003! Shop over 400 vendors, sip on holiday-inspired cocktails, snap artsy holiday Instagram pics with the installations, and listen to some groovy music. 

When: December 16 & 17
Where: Morgan Manufacturing: 401 N Morgan St Suite #204A, Chicago, IL
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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 7–10
Where: 7th floor of The Mart. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL
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Holiday Markets for Makers at Artifact Events

Stop by Artifact Events on November 18 and 19 from 10 AM until 5 PM to check out the Markets for Makers Holiday market and shop their incredible offerings like handmade candles, artisanal spice blends, paintings, jewelry, and so much more!

When: November 18 & 19
Where: Metropolitan Brewing: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL
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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: 2023 dates TBA
Where: 1500 W Catalpa Ave 1500 West Catalpa Avenue Chicago, IL
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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: 2023 dates TBA
Where: Millennium Park: 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL
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Soul & Smoke Holiday Market

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: 2023 dates TBA
Where: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL
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