Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to

See for updates throughout the month. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Christkindlmarket Chicago Inspired by the German Christmas Market in Nuremberg, this 11th annual event features hand-blown ornaments, handmade toys, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, delicate laces, scarves, sweaters, and jewelry from around the world. Gluhwein, a hot spiced red wine, will be served in signature mugs. German and other European delicacies will also be available. a Through Sun 12/24: Sun-Thu 11 AM-8 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-644-2662,

Holiday Bazaar Hundreds of fine crafts from more than 60 artisans, priced from $5 to $1,000. a Opening reception Fri 12/1, 6-9 PM. Through Sat 12/23: Wed-Fri noon-7 PM, Sat-Sun noon-4 PM, Woman Made and Artisan Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, 312-738-0400.

Lambs Farm Holiday Arts & Crafts Show Nearly 600 artists’ work as well as Lambs Farm’s own products including fudge, cookies, preserves, and granola. a Through Sun 12/3: Fri 10 AM-9 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, 847-362-4636, $8, proceeds benefit Lambs Farm.

Santa’s Workshop Handmade Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa gifts starting at $1. Made by artists, non-artists, or participants in the Differently Minded Art Studio program. a Through Sat 12/23: Sat 11 AM-4 PM, Liz Long Gallery, Urban Art Retreat, 1957 S. Spaulding, 773-542-9126 or

The Shop at the Cultural Center Trunk shows featuring different local designers and artisans each week.

a Through Sat 12/30: Sat 11 AM-3 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.


Affordable Holiday Art Sale Works priced at $25 and up. a Fri-Sat 12/1-12/2, 11 AM-6 PM, Flatfile Galleries, 217 N. Carpenter, 312-491-1190.

Bucktown Holiday ArtShow This eighth annual sale includes work by 50 different artists each weekend. a Art Nosh, through Sun 12/17: Fri 7-10 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 1914 N. Milwaukee, 312-409-4658,, $2.

Christmas Sale Chicago crafters sell their wares; baked goods and lunch also available. a Fri 12/1, 4-9 PM, Sat 12/2, 9 AM-4 PM, Community Free Church of Logan Square, 3551 W. Diversey,

Cornelia Arts Building Holiday Show and Sale Fine arts from more than 50 artists. a Fri 12/1, 6-9 PM, Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, 11 AM-5 PM, Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia, 773-935-8094 or

Darrow Street Studios Third annual open house and sale featuring ceramics by Linda Fox, sculptures by Christine Schiff, paintings by Adrienne Traisman and Linda Carroll, and millinery by Laura Hubka. a Fri 12/1, 5-9 PM, Sat 12/2, 10 AM-5 PM, Darrow Street Studios, 1711 Darrow #2, Evanston, 847-332-1730.

DEPART-ment Quarterly store featuring handmade clothing, jewelry, and other goods by local designers and artisans.

a Fri 12/1, 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, 11 AM-5 PM, Open-End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, 312-560-1442 or

The Enterprising Kitchen’s Holiday Sale & Open House This nonprofit social enterprise offers a line of environmentally friendly handmade bath products. a Fri 12/1, 4-8 PM, Sat 12/2, 9 AM-2 PM, Enterprising Kitchen, 4426 N. Ravenswood, 773-506-3880.

Ethel’s Chocolate Holiday Market One-of-a-kind holiday items from Rae Anne Jewelry, Brooke Costello (vintage tie belts), Heidi Hess (handcrafted sweaters and shawls), and Cyndi Chan (apparel). a Fri 12/1, 6-9 PM, Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge, 3404 N. Southport, 312-907-0778.

Flat Iron Holiday Art Show & Sale Work by more than 20 Chicago artists. a Fri 12/1, 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, noon-6 PM, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 773-276-6454.

Holiday Art Show and Sale Showcasing the work of painter Julie Sulzen and photographer Dan Samudio. a Holiday party Fri 12/1, 5-8 PM, sale Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, 10 AM-5 PM, Sulzen Fine Art Studio, 2720 W. Saint Georges Court, 312-409-4618 or

Holiday Art Show Gala Featuring locally produced holiday ornaments, sculptures, prints, and more.

a Reception and party Fri 12/1, 5-10 PM, Sat 12/9, 3-9 PM. Through Sun 12/31: Mon-Wed, Fri 11-7 PM, Thu 11-8 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Holiday Shoppe, 2151 W. Division, 773-276-5200 or

Holiday Bazaar on Wood Street Handmade art from 16 artists. a Fri 12/1, 5-9 PM, Sat 12/2, 10 AM-6 PM, Wood Street Gallery, 1239 N. Wood, 773-227-6757.

Holiday Ceramics Sale Benefiting YMCA youth scholarships. a Fri 12/1, 5-9 PM, Sat 12/2, 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 12/3, noon-5 PM, McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove, Evanston, 847-475-7400.

Holiday Show and Sale Discounted sculptures, paintings, and fine-art photography by artists exhibiting in 2006. a Fri 12/1, 6-10 PM, then through Sat 12/23: Tue-Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-8 PM, Blake Palmer Gallery, 1656 N. Bosworth, 773-384-4142 or

Julmarknad Holiday Festival Andersonville celebrates its Swedish roots with a weekend of free performances, traditional sweets, and a handicrafts bazaar. a Neighborhood stores offer special sales at Late Night Andersonville, Fri 12/1, 6-10 PM. Julmarknad runs Sat 12/2, 10 AM-5 PM, and Sun 12/3, 11 AM-4 PM, Clark between Winnemac and Bryn Mawr. Performances, traditional Swedish food, and craft fair are at the Swedish American Museum Center, 5211 N. Clark, $2, 773-728-2995 or

Lillstreet Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale The gallery and artists’ studios will be filled with gifts created by Lillstreet studio artists and more than 100 others from around the country. a Reception Fri 12/1, 6-9 PM, opening weekend Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, 10 AM-6 PM. Free kids’ activities Sat-Sun 12/2-12/23, noon-3 PM. Sale runs through Mon 1/8. Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226 or

Morlen Sinoway Atelier Features home accessories and holiday gift items with sales benefiting Chicago Honey Co-op and Artisans Angkor Cambodian Co-op. a Through Sat 12/23: Mon-Fri 10 AM-5 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM, Morlen Sinoway Atelier, 1052 W. Fulton Market, 312-432-0100 or

Naughty. Nice. Pulp, Ink & Thread, the Columbia College student book arts organization, hosts a sale of hand-bound books, handmade paper, letterpress cards, and cookies. a Fri 12/1: 8 AM-4 PM, the Hut, 623 S. Wabash, lobby, and the Center for Book & Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor, 312-344-6630.

Old Town School of Folk Music Holiday Craft Bazaar The second annual First Friday event features “crafty goodness” from the school’s teachers, administrators, and volunteers. a Fri 12/1, 6:30-10 PM, Mabie Gallery, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000 or

Victoria’s 18th Annual Holiday Boutique & Cafe The Norwood Park Historical Society offers holiday gifts and homemade treats. a Fri 12/1, 10 AM-8 PM, Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, 10 AM-5 PM, Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark, 773-631-4633 or, boutique admission $1.

Webster Wonderland Shopping Extravaganza Boutiques on Webster between Halsted and Clybourn offer drinks, treats, and discounts. a Fri 12/1, 11 AM-9 PM.

Winter Expo Fourth annual juried show of one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artisans. a Preview party Fri 12/1, 6-9 PM, nonjuried student sale Sat-Sun 12/9-12/10, 11 AM-5 PM, Winter Expo through Sat 12/16: Mon-Thu noon-6 PM, Fri noon-8 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM, Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan, Evanston, 847-475-5300 or


Annual Christmas Bazaar & St. Nick’s Breakfast White elephant sale, 42 craft tables, bake sale, raffle, book sale, and “Kids Christmas Crafts.” Sunday features a pancake and sausage breakfast (8:30 AM-1:30 PM), children’s choir, and a visit from Santa. a Sat 12/2, 10 AM-2 PM, Sun 12/3, 10 AM-3 PM, St. Gertrude Church gym, 1401 W. Granville, 773-764-3621.

The Art of the Accessory Trunk show of artistic clothing and accessories by area artists and designers. a Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, noon-4 PM, Flatfile Galleries, 217 N. Carpenter, 312-491-1190.

Artisans 21 Gallery Chicago’s oldest artist cooperative presents its 30th annual holiday group show and sale of fine art and crafts. a Open house Sat-Sun 12/2-12/3, noon-6 PM. Sale through Sun 12/31: Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Tue-Fri noon-6 PM, Artisans 21 Gallery, 5225 S. Harper, 773-288-7450.

Ethel’s Chocolate Holiday Market One-of-a-kind holiday items from Rae Anne Jewelry, Brooke Costello (vintage tie belts), Cyndi Chan (apparel), Katie Govier (handcrafted scarves, hats, and gloves). a Sat 12/2, 10 AM-2 PM, Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge, 819 W. Armitage, 312-907-0778.

JASC Holiday Delight The 26th annual Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago festival includes a Japanese and Asian-American shopping bazaar, as well as a food court and a children’s festival. a Sat 12/2, 10:30 AM-4 PM, JASC Community Center, 4427 N. Clark, or 773-275-0097.

Native Arts Holiday Bazaar Native American artisans from Chicago and beyond exhibit and sell their work. a Sat 12/2, 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 12/3, noon-4 PM, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 2600 Central Park, Evanston, 847-475-1030 or


Alternative Christmas Bazaar More than 25 gifts from $2-$150, given in the name of a family member or friend, with both Christmas and Hanukkah gift cards available. Gifts include a month of care for an orphan in Zimbabwe, medical supplies for a low-income patient, safety materials warning of land-mine dangers, and livestock for families in Peru, Kenya, and Haiti. a Sun 12/3, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, Wilmette Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 7th and Greenleaf, Wilmette, 847-251-4279.

Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale Crafts, raffle, Jolly Holly Bake Shop, and Santa himself are in the pub. An art show, Deck the Walls, is in the IAHC Art Gallery and includes works by Alice McMahon White, Theresa Walloga, Bridget Scales, and Julie San Felipe.

a Sun 12/3, 9 AM-3 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035 or

St. Clement Holiday Fair Fund-raiser includes Santa’s Secret Shop for kids, baked goods, cafe, photos with Santa, and Christmas trees in the parking garage (preorder to guarantee your choice of greens and/or trees). a Sun 12/3, 9 AM-2 PM, St. Clement School, 2524 N. Orchard,


Ethel’s Chocolate Holiday Market One-of-a-kind holiday items from Rae Anne Jewelry, Evil Kitty, Katie Govier (handcrafted scarves, hats, and gloves), and Style Where You Are (spa services). a Mon 12/4, 4-7 PM, Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge, 527 Davis, Evanston, 312-907-0778.


Holiday Art Spree Illinois artisans sell fine crafts including jewelry, holiday ornaments, ceramics, handmade scarves, and one-of-a-kind hats. a Wed-Fri 12/6-12/8, 10 AM-3:30 PM, Illinois Artisans Shop, atrium, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, 312-814-5321.


Charity Shopping Show Local crafters share a portion of their proceeds to benefit Blue Sky Inn (, which helps homeless youth. a Thu 12/7, 5:30-8:30 PM, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 360 N. Michigan, 8th floor, 773-343-8269 or

Holiday Party & Social Enterprise Gift Market Fund-raiser includes holiday treats, cocktails, door prizes, and a market featuring Lambs Farm jams and sauces, fair-trade jewelry, Bee Line Honey, stationery from Deborah’s Place/WomanCraft, and items from other social enterprises.

a Thu 12/7, 5-9 PM, Living Room Cafe, 806 E. 64th, 773-878-0981, ext. 221, or, $25, $35 at the door.

One-of-a-Kind Show and Sale Chicago Featuring hundreds of artists, artisans, and designers. a First Look Evening Thu 12/7, 6:30-9 PM. Then through Sun 12/10: Fri 11 AM-8 PM, Sat 10 AM-8 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Merchandise Mart, 350 N. Orleans,, 800-677-6278.

Sarmite Wearable Art Trunk show featuring vintage-inspired coat designs by Sarmite Svilis and Diaga Henson.

a Preview reception Thu 12/7, 6-8 PM, trunk show Sat 12/9, 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 12/10, 11 AM-4 PM, Ware in the World, 609 Dempster, Evanston, 847-424-9609.