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.


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.

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,

Gallery 37 Store Original items created by Gallery 37 apprentice artists. a 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 12/16, 10 AM-6 PM, Mon-Thu 12/18-12/21, 10 AM-8 PM, Greenleaf Art Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf, 773-465-4652 or

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

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

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

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

Santa’s Workshop Handmade Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa gifts starting at $1. Made by artists, nonartists, 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. This week it’s jewelry by Meera Werth and ceramics by Diane Kuta. a Through Sat 12/30: Sat 11 AM-3 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.


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,, $2.

Charity Shopping Show Local crafters share a portion of their proceeds to benefit YWCA’s rape crisis hotline. a Fri 12/15, 5-8 PM, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 360 N. Michigan, 8th floor, 773-343-8269 or

Christmas Gifting Art Bazaar Art and other gift items by local artists and inventors. a Open house Fri 12/15, 6-10 PM, and Sat 12/16, noon-5 PM. Then through Fri 12/22: Tue-Fri 1-7 PM, All Rise Gallery, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 773-292-9255 or

Holiday Bizarre Limited edition wrapping paper, screen-printed gift tags, baked goods, art, and more from 12 designers. a Fri 12/15, 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun 12/16-12/17, 11 AM-5 PM, Country Club Chicago, 1100 N. Damen, 773-960-1811 or

A Home for the Holidays Fundraiser, silent auction, and sale featuring fine art, pottery, jewelry, and holiday collectibles. Light refreshments and gift wrapping available. a Fri 12/15, 3-7 PM, Sat 12/16, 11 AM-4 PM, Youth Service Project, 3942 W. North, 773-772-6270.

Winter Arts + Crafts Expo Fourth annual juried show of one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artisans. a Fri 12/15, noon-8 PM, Sat 12/16, 11 AM-5 PM, Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan, Evanston, 847-475-5300 or


Eric Futran Studio Sale Food and culinary photography; a portion of proceeds benefits the Roscoe Village Education Coalition. a Sat 12/16, 11 AM-5 PM, 3454 N. Bell, coach house, 773-525-5020 or

Handmade Chicago Monthly craft fair featuring 25 local artisans and crafters. a Sat 12/16, noon-4:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or, 21+.

Holiday Sale and Christmas Bazaar Reasonably priced handcrafted items, jewelry, beauty products, children’s gear, garments, and accessories. Proceeds benefit African missions. a Sat 12/16, 10 AM-6 PM, Days Inn, 644 W. Diversey, 773-944-0620.

Studiolicious! Holiday open studio with guest artist WeenerWare (art in a bottle cap). a Sat-Sun 12/16-12/17, 10 AM-6 PM, Circa Ceramics Studio, 3759 N. Ravenswood, #134,

Wine Tasting with Rebecca Cornish Handmade wine bags and other items sold during free wine tasting. a Sat 12/16, 3-6 PM, Provenance Food and Wine, 2528 N. California, 773-384-0699.


HotHouse Holiday Market Handmade gifts from area artisans. a Sun 12/17, 11 AM-6 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707 or


Holiday Sale Artists studio sale of jewelry, photography, cards, scarves, handbags, and printed shirts. a Mon 12/18, 5-9 PM, Acme Arts Building, second floor, 1741 N. Western, 773-259-8172.


Hideout Annual Holiday Sale Handmade jewelry, garments, and other crafts by local artisans. a Tue 12/19, 6 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or, 21+.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo by Leslie Schwartz, bracelet by Liz Manyan.