Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check each week for schedule updates or call for more information. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.
All That Glitters: A Holiday Bazaar Crafts, CDs, clothing, jewelry, and other items from local artisans and cultural organizations, plus music and theater performances. Fri 12/3, 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 12/4, 10 AM-5 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.
The Art House Paintings, drawings, furniture, and other work by local artists sold to benefit Art With Heart, a group supporting the arts and affordable housing in the Saint Ben’s/Bell School neighborhood of North Center. Also music and other art-related activities. Fri 12/3, 7-10 PM, 2037 W. Bradley, 773-497-2872.
Artists Studio Sale with ceramics, drawings, paintings, and photography by five resident artists. Fri 12/3, 6-9 PM, Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, 1-5 PM, 4052 N. Western, 773-539-6047.
Cornelia Arts Building holiday show with work by more than 40 artists. Fri 12/3, 6-9 PM, Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, 11 AM-5 PM, 1800 W. Cornelia, 773-935-8094.
Depart-Ment Quarterly craft sale featuring jewelry, clothing, accessories, furniture, stuffed animals and toys, books, and more. Fri 12/3, 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, 11 AM-5 PM (with crafting workshops at 2 PM), Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, suite 310, 312-560-1442.
Finestra Art Space Parla Arte jewelry by Glenn Doering. Through 12/23. Fri 12/3, 5-8 PM, then Thu-Sun 11:30 AM-5:30 PM and by appointment, 410 N. Michigan, suite 516, 847-977-0526.
Flat Iron Holiday Art Show with work by 40 artists. Fri 12/3, 6-10 PM, Sat 12/4, 11 AM-10 PM, and Sun 12/5, 11 AM-5 PM, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 773-486-6055.
Gifted Small clay, metal, and wood objects by five resident artists. Through 12/23. Opens Sat 12/4, 6-9 PM, then Mon-Fri 11 AM-6 PM, Sat-Sun noon-5 PM, McKinley Design, 1742 W. Division, 773-252-7210.
Holiday Ceramics Sale to benefit kids’ scholarship programs at McGaw Evanston YMCA. Fri 12/3, 5-9 PM, Sat 12/4, 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 12/5, noon-5 PM, 1000 Grove, Evanston, 847-475-7400.
Holiday Delight/Kodomo Matsuri Japanese children’s festival with workshops, performances, and a “holiday bazaar” with clothing, household items, and paper goods. Sat 12/4, 10:30 AM-4 PM, Japanese American Service Committee, 4427 N. Clark, 773-275-0097.
Holiday Pet Bazaar Handmade pet-related items; some proceeds benefit the Wicker Park Dog Park. Sat 12/4, 10 AM-2 PM, Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen, 773-430-2812, $3, $1 kids 5-17, kids under 5 free.
The Holiday Show Jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and other arts and crafts by Bucktown artists, and a silent auction of donated works to benefit Holstein Park arts programs. Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, 11 AM-5 PM, Holstein Park field house, 2200 N. Oakley, 773-263-5882, $1 suggested entrance fee.
Holidaze in Roscoe Village Work by 25 artists, including birdhouses by Don Claus, kites by Frank Crowley, and textiles by Aimee Picard. Through 12/12. Fri 12/3, 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, noon-6 PM, at August House, 2113 W. Roscoe, 773-327-5644.
Illinois Artisans Shop December Art Spree Ornaments, jewelry, functional ceramics, and wearables by 19 Illinois Artisans Program members. Wed-Fri 12/8-12/10, 10 AM-3:30 PM, James R. Thompson Center atrium, 100 W. Randolph, 312-814-5321.
In Print Books, clothing, accessories, posters, and other work by artists and designers including Steve Walters, Jay Ryan, Mat Daly, and Sayre Gomez. Sat 12/4, 1-10 PM, reception 6 PM, Diamonds on Archer, 3012 S. Archer, 773-551-8874.
Johnsonese Gallery Photos, assemblages, paintings, and a holiday tree installation. Through 1/1. Holiday reception with portion of proceeds earmarked for the AIDS Legal Council on Thu 12/9, 6-9 PM. Wed 5-9 PM, Thu 11 AM-2 PM, Sat noon-6 PM, Sun noon-4 PM, 867 W. Buckingham, 773-525-5877.
Juliet Jewelry trunk show Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, noon-5 PM, 835 N. Hoyne, 773-278-2568.
Julmarknad Holiday Festival Andersonville’s annual Swedish “Christmas market” features work by 23 midwest artisans. Sat 12/4, 10 AM-5 PM, and Sun 12/5, 11 AM-4 PM, Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111, $2.
Material Spirit handicraft show includes elephant-riding chairs and temple roof finials, plus art, antiques, jewelry, and textiles from Burma and Thailand. Fri 12/3, 5 PM-10 PM, Sat-Sun 12/4-12/5, noon-8 PM, What the Traveler Saw, 1452 E. 53rd, 773-955-5055.
Navidad Folklorico Tin, wood, straw, and ceramic ornaments, Nativity scenes, and holiday textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. Through 12/30. Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-6 PM, Thu 11:30 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Casa Loca, 1130 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-2972.
Old Town Art Center Paintings and drawings by students and teachers, with altered postcards to benefit the center. Sat 12/4, 2-5 PM, Old Town Triangle, 1763 N. North Park, 312-337-1938.
One of a Kind Show and Sale Work by more than 300 artists, artisans, and designers. Fri 12/3, 11 AM-8 PM, Sat 12/4, 10 AM-8 PM, Sun 12/5, 10 AM-5 PM, Merchandise Mart, 350 N. Orleans, eighth floor, 312-527-4141, $10, $7 seniors and students, kids under 12 free.
Pleasant Home Work by 16 artisans including jewelry, fiber arts, soft sculpture, porcelain ornaments, hats, and aromatherapy items. Through 12/12. Sun 12/5, open house with entertainment 1-4 PM. Mon-Wed 12/6-12/8, 10 AM-7 PM, Thu 12/9, 3-7 PM, Pleasant Home, 217 Home, Oak Park, 708-383-2654.
Small Treasures, an annual holiday show of ceramics measuring less than 6″ x 6″ x 6″. Also jewelry by six metalsmiths. Through 12/31; free child care Sat 1-5 PM and Sun 2-4 PM. Fri 12/3, 5-10 PM, Mon-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226.
Lily Starr trunk show Clutches and flower pins. Sat 12/4, noon-4 PM, 4414 N. Maplewood, 773-509-9670.
Studio 9 Gallery Jewelry, hats, bags, stuffed animals, bath and body products, “functional collages,” and more by 26 local artists. Through 12/24. Daily noon-6 PM, 1450 W. Webster, 773-330-1322, 773-865-2410, or www.studio9gallery.com.
Sun and Earth Pottery Studio Functional ceramics by Renee Baltzell, John Berton, and Julie Pitzen. Fri 12/3, 6-9 PM, Sat 12/4, 11 AM-5 PM, 4636 N. Ravenswood #105, 773-267-4879.
Tucker “Works for gift giving” by seven artists. Through 12/31. Reception Fri 12/3, 6-8 PM. Tue-Sat 11 AM-5 PM, 1939 Central, Evanston, 847-570-9825.
Winter Arts + Crafts Expo Work by 75 local artisans at the Evanston Art Center’s second annual juried fair; a portion of sales benefit the center’s programs. Through 12/12. Preview party Fri 12/3, 6-8 PM ($25), then Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Mon-Wed noon-5 PM, Thu 3-8 PM, Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan, Evanston, 847-475-5300.
Woman Made Gallery Holiday Bazaar Small-scale arts and crafts by more than 150 women artists. Through 12/23. Reception Fri 12/3, 6-9 PM. Wed-Fri noon-7 PM, Sat-Sun noon-4 PM, 2418 W. Bloomingdale, 773-489-8900.
Zen Buddhist Holiday Auction Silent and live bidding on handicrafts and other gift items. Proceeds benefit the Buddhist magazine Spring Wind. Sat 12/4, 7 PM, Zen Buddhist Temple, 1710 W. Cornelia, 773-528-8685, $15.