Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to email@example.com.
See chicagoreader.com for updates throughout the month. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.
Artisans 21 Gallery Chicago’s oldest artist cooperative presents its 30th annual holiday group show and sale of fine art and crafts. a 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.
Bucktown Holiday ArtShow This eighth annual sale includes work by 50 different artists each weekend. Friday ArtNosh offers food and drinks while shopping. a ArtNosh Fri 7-10 PM, $5. Through Sun 12/17: Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 1914 N. Milwaukee, 312-409-4658, bucktownpromotions.com, $2.
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, christkindlmarket.com.
Gallery 37 Store Original items created by Gallery 37 apprentice artists. a Closed Fri-Sat 12/8-12/9, work will be featured at the One-of-a-Kind show at the Merchandise Mart instead. Regular hours Mon-Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 11 AM-4 PM, Gallery 37 Store, 66 E. Randolph, 312-744-7274.
Greenleaf Art Center Gift Shop Moderately priced paintings, drawings, prints, jewelry, glass art and ornaments, T-shirts, hats, and more by the center’s artists. a Daily noon-6 PM, Sat 12/9 and 12/16, 10 AM-6 PM, Mon-Thu 12/18-12/21, 10 AM-8 PM, Greenleaf Art Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf, 773-465-4652 or greenleafartcenter.com.
Holiday Bazaar Hundreds of fine crafts from more than 60 artisans, priced from $5 to $1,000. a 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.
Holiday Exhibition and Sale Fine crafts by more than 50 artists. a Through Sat 12/30, Tue-Fri 10:30 AM-5:30 PM, Sat 11 AM-5 PM, Vale Craft Gallery, 230 W. Superior, 312-337-3525 or valecraftgallery.com.
Holiday Show and Sale Discounted sculptures, paintings, and fine-art photography by artists exhibiting in 2006. a 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 blakepalmergallery.com.
Lillstreet Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale Gifts created by Lillstreet studio artists and more than 100 others from around the country. a Free kids’ activities, Sat-Sun through 12/23, noon-3 PM. Sale runs through Mon 1/8, Mon-Thu 10 AM-7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226 or lillstreet.com.
Morlen Sinoway Atelier 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 morlensinoway.com.
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 urbanartretreat.org.
The Shop at the Cultural Center Trunk shows featuring different local designers and artisans each week. This week it’s stained glass jewelry and pendants by Lorien Menhennett. a Through Sat 12/30: Sat 11 AM-3 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.
2006 Holiday Mini Craft Show Artful ceramics, jewelry, garments, and furniture crafted in small studios. a Fri-Sat 12/8-12/9, 10 AM-5 PM, Hilton Garden Inn, Lakeshore Room, 1818 Maple, Evanston.
Holiday Art Sale Paintings, drawings, and photographs by Lisa Kowalski, Shawna Molenaar Schooneveld, Mariellen Johnson, and Leslie Schwartz. a Fri-Sat 12/8-12/9, 11 AM-7 PM, 2511 W. Maypole, 312-733-0028 or 312-455-1064.
One-of-a-Kind Show and Sale Chicago Featuring hundreds of artists, artisans, and designers. a Through Sun 12/10: Fri 11 AM-8 PM, Sat 10 AM-8 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Merchandise Mart, 350 N. Orleans, merchandisemart.com/oneofakindshow, 800-677-6278.
Tactile and Textile Trunk show featuring artist Cathy Boyd’s glass jewelry and Elizabeth Garver’s hand-dyed silk garments. a Opening reception Fri 12/8, 7-9 PM, sale Sat 12/9, 10 AM-6 PM, At the Gallery, 135 N. Oak Park, Oak Park, 708-445-9793 or atthegallery.com.
XII Group show, art demos, and holiday treats. a Fri 12/8, 6-10 PM, 4Art, Inc, 1932 S. Halsted, 312-850-1816 or 4artinc.com.
Artists of the Heartland Holiday Sale a Sat 12/9, 9 AM-4 PM, No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, 773-743-3355.
Big Cat Press Studio Sale Up to 30 percent off limited-edition etchings by Tony Fitzpatrick; refreshments served. a Sat 12/9, noon-6 PM, Big Cat Press, 2124 N. Damen, 773-342-5381.
Delilah’s Holiday Show Jewelry, mixed media art, and ornaments. a Sat 12/9, noon-5, Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771. Free to shop upstairs, holiday beer tasting downstairs $20, 21+.
Eidolon Art Studio Second annual holiday gallery show featuring seven artists working in photography, sculpture, ceramics, silk screening, graffiti art, leather crafts, and batik. a Sat 12/9, 7-10 PM, Eidolon Art Studio, 7001 N. Glenwood, 773-381-5462 or eidolonartstudio.com.
Eric Futran Studio Sale Food and culinary photography; a portion of proceeds benefits the Roscoe Village Education Coalition. a Sat 12/9 and Sat 12/16, 11 AM-5 PM, 3454 N. Bell, coach house, 773-525-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Art Show Gala Featuring locally produced holiday ornaments, sculptures, prints, and more. a Reception and party 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 windycityvespa.com.
Holiday Bazaar Small artist-made gift items including jewelry and soaps. a Sat-Sun 12/9-12/10, noon-8 PM, Glessner Coach House, 1800 S. Prairie, 312-326-1480.
J.P. Studio Artists Group Show and Holiday Art Sale One-of-a-kind and limited-edition work in a variety of media. Silent auction benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. a Sat 12/9, 1-9 PM, J.P. Studio, 2059 W. 95th, 773-418-9953 or 773-779-4991.
Made in Rogers Park: Holiday Bazaar Original items including jewelry, textiles, soaps, and more. a Sat 12/9, 10 AM-3 PM, Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 773-262-8605.
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale The first winter edition of the popular late-summer fair featuring more than 100 crafters, food, and DJs. a Sat-Sun 12/9-12/10, noon-5 PM, Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk, renegadecraft.com.
Sarmite Wearable Art Trunk show featuring vintage-inspired coat designs by Sarmite Svilis and Diaga Henson. a Sat 12/9, 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 12/10, 11 AM-4 PM, Ware in the World, 609 Dempster, Evanston, 847-424-9609.
Small Print Show and Holiday Open House Members of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and invited guests sell a variety of print media, most priced under $100. a Sat-Sun 12/9-12/10, noon-7 PM, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4642 N. Western, 773-293-2070.
Winter Arts + Crafts Expo Fourth annual juried show of one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artisans. a 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 evanstonartcenter.org.
Christmas Bazaar Handmade and fairly traded gifts including items from 10,000 Villages, the Chicago Peace Museum, and Concern America. a Sun 12/10, noon-3 PM, Wellington United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington.
The Holiday Show Juried show featuring jewelers, ceramists, painters, textile artists, and more. Architectural Artifacts also holds its annual sale. a Sun 12/10, 10 AM-5 PM, Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, 773-263-5882.
HotHouse Holiday Market Handmade gifts from area artisans. a Sun 12/10 and 12/17, 11 AM-6 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707 or hothouse.net.
Hideout Annual Holiday Sale Handmade jewelry, garments, and other crafts by local artisans. a Tue 12/12 and 12/19, 6 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com, 21+.
Chicago Art Brigade Holiday Open House Showcases the work of local artists, including jewelry, photos, ceramics, knits, soaps, stationery, and more. a Wed 12/13, 7-11 PM, Fizz Bar & Grill, upstairs room, 3220 N. Lincoln, chicagoartbrigade.com.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Kat Ramsland (necklaces).