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Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.
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The best Chicago holiday markets

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Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.
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By far the most popular holiday market in Chicago is Daley Plaza’s Christkindlmarket. Little wooden stalls feature delicate ornaments, wooden cuckoo clocks, and, of course, the coveted boot-shaped mugs. A visit to the charming, but crowded, Christkindlmarket is a cherished holiday tradition for some. However, there are a few other holiday markets across the city that shouldn’t be missed.

Interested in hunting for the perfect vintage Christmas ornament? Need to shop sustainable makers? Looking for handmade gifts? We’ve tell you where to find it all.

Most holiday markets are pop-ups over weekends at the end of November and early December, so make sure to mark your calendar.

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1. Vends + Vibes

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W Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL

Stroll along the historic Garfield Park Boulevard at Washington Park during a two-day winter marketplace featuring local artists and small businesses around the South Side. More than 30 vendors will be selling items like artisanal soaps, stained glass art, prints, candles, and vintage posters. There will also be DJs, marshmallow roasting, and other holiday activities for kids. Open December 14 and 15.

2. Renegade Holiday Craft Fair

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1200 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

Renegade is known for curating the best local makers, crafters, and artists. In Chicago it has multiple fairs throughout the year, but this one takes place indoors at the Bridgeport Arts Center. Shop ceramics, candles, table top decor, custom art prints, hand-dyed textiles, and stained glass ornaments from 250 designers. Open from December 7 to 8.

3. Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe

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2435 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

For the fifth year in a row, Land and Sea Dept. is hosting its Ye Old Holiday Shoppe with local makers and shops like Ace High Vintage, Fleur, and Meha Ceramics. Find vintage housewares, handwoven textiles, house plants, and ceramic candle votives at the market set up at Lincoln Park’s Chicken & Fish.

4. The Hatchery Chicago

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135 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 283-5723
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The Hatchery opened a space this spring on the West Side dedicated to helping residents build their small food and agriculture businesses. On December 14, the space will host a holiday market where residents can shop products from West Side businesses and artists. Families will also be able to get photos with Santa and kids can craft in an ornament-making workshop.

5. Christkindlmarket

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50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Inspired by German Christmas markets, visitors can enjoy the European tradition right in the middle of downtown Chicago. The open-air market features a number of vendors selling everything from fried cheese to pointed star lanterns and winter-themed cuckoo-clocks. The little wooden stalls, sparkly lights, and giant menorah are bound to put you in the holiday spirit. It opens Friday, November 22 and runs until Christmas Eve.

6. Vintage Garage Holiday Market

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1702 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

During the warmer months, Vintage Garage is known for its antique flea markets in an Uptown parking garage. This year the group will have its first holiday market in Evanston. Regular vendors have a knack for supplying midcentury modern furniture, but many will also have vintage Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts. It’s the only time Vintage Garage will have a holiday market, so you can bet antique hawkers will bring their best. Open Sunday, December 1.

7. Made in Chicago Market

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1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

This market resulted from a desire to celebrate creative Chicagoans making beautiful items right in their own neighborhoods. At the seasonal markets organized by the Chicago Sun-Times, visitors can shop handmade gifts like candles, stationary, and wall art produced by local makers. Open on Saturday, November 30.

8. Randolph Street Market

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1341 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-1200
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The Randolph Street Market is one of Chicago’s largest antique markets. Vendors pack three floors with antique glassware, paintings, home decor, and small pieces of furniture. The two markets scheduled on for November 23 to 24 and December 14 to 15 will have a special holiday flair and an Elves Workshop to entertain kids with festive crafts.

9. BIDE Holiday Market

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1714 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 956-4080
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For those shoppers being mindful of the environment, visit this fully sustainable and plastic-free holiday market. This luxury market will feature just 25 vendors—all local, ethical brands. Shop single-use alternatives like artful kitchen brushes with wooden handles, learn about neighborhood composting services, and buy upcycled photo frames with mini moss gardens.

10. One of Kind Holiday Show

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In the Merchandise Mart, the 19th annual One of a Kind Holiday show will feature 600 artists selling fiber art, ceramics, sculptures, photography, wood carvings, glasswork, and furniture. As one of the largest pop-ups, it could be overwhelming to tackle without knowing exactly what you want to find. But keep in mind, the market is broken up into districts—fashion designers, fine art, emerging crafters, and so on. Open from December 5 to 8.

11. Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Market

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2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
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This holiday market takes place right in the middle of Lincoln Park’s ZooLights. It’s the perfect, family-friendly way to begin knocking off items on your holiday shopping list. There will be local shops and artisans with a selection of wintery items, ornaments, and Chicago-themed gifts. There’s complimentary gift-wrapping too. Open on Tuesday, December 3.

12. Rebuilding Exchange’s Winter Lumberland Holiday Market

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1740 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 252-2234
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ReBuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that teaches folks woodworking skills and salvages wood from Chicago neighborhoods, is having its annual lumberyard holiday market. Browse one-of-a-kind crafts from 15 local vendors, last year there were items from home goods shop Neighborly, intricate map art of Chicago neighborhoods, handcrafted wood furniture. Open on Friday, December 13.

1. Vends + Vibes

W Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL

Stroll along the historic Garfield Park Boulevard at Washington Park during a two-day winter marketplace featuring local artists and small businesses around the South Side. More than 30 vendors will be selling items like artisanal soaps, stained glass art, prints, candles, and vintage posters. There will also be DJs, marshmallow roasting, and other holiday activities for kids. Open December 14 and 15.

W Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL

2. Renegade Holiday Craft Fair

1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Renegade is known for curating the best local makers, crafters, and artists. In Chicago it has multiple fairs throughout the year, but this one takes place indoors at the Bridgeport Arts Center. Shop ceramics, candles, table top decor, custom art prints, hand-dyed textiles, and stained glass ornaments from 250 designers. Open from December 7 to 8.

1200 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

3. Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe

2435 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

For the fifth year in a row, Land and Sea Dept. is hosting its Ye Old Holiday Shoppe with local makers and shops like Ace High Vintage, Fleur, and Meha Ceramics. Find vintage housewares, handwoven textiles, house plants, and ceramic candle votives at the market set up at Lincoln Park’s Chicken & Fish.

2435 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

4. The Hatchery Chicago

135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

The Hatchery opened a space this spring on the West Side dedicated to helping residents build their small food and agriculture businesses. On December 14, the space will host a holiday market where residents can shop products from West Side businesses and artists. Families will also be able to get photos with Santa and kids can craft in an ornament-making workshop.

135 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

5. Christkindlmarket

50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

Inspired by German Christmas markets, visitors can enjoy the European tradition right in the middle of downtown Chicago. The open-air market features a number of vendors selling everything from fried cheese to pointed star lanterns and winter-themed cuckoo-clocks. The little wooden stalls, sparkly lights, and giant menorah are bound to put you in the holiday spirit. It opens Friday, November 22 and runs until Christmas Eve.

50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

6. Vintage Garage Holiday Market

1702 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

During the warmer months, Vintage Garage is known for its antique flea markets in an Uptown parking garage. This year the group will have its first holiday market in Evanston. Regular vendors have a knack for supplying midcentury modern furniture, but many will also have vintage Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts. It’s the only time Vintage Garage will have a holiday market, so you can bet antique hawkers will bring their best. Open Sunday, December 1.

1702 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

7. Made in Chicago Market

1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

This market resulted from a desire to celebrate creative Chicagoans making beautiful items right in their own neighborhoods. At the seasonal markets organized by the Chicago Sun-Times, visitors can shop handmade gifts like candles, stationary, and wall art produced by local makers. Open on Saturday, November 30.

1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Randolph Street Market

1341 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

The Randolph Street Market is one of Chicago’s largest antique markets. Vendors pack three floors with antique glassware, paintings, home decor, and small pieces of furniture. The two markets scheduled on for November 23 to 24 and December 14 to 15 will have a special holiday flair and an Elves Workshop to entertain kids with festive crafts.

1341 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. BIDE Holiday Market

1714 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

For those shoppers being mindful of the environment, visit this fully sustainable and plastic-free holiday market. This luxury market will feature just 25 vendors—all local, ethical brands. Shop single-use alternatives like artful kitchen brushes with wooden handles, learn about neighborhood composting services, and buy upcycled photo frames with mini moss gardens.

1714 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

10. One of Kind Holiday Show

Chicago, IL 60654

In the Merchandise Mart, the 19th annual One of a Kind Holiday show will feature 600 artists selling fiber art, ceramics, sculptures, photography, wood carvings, glasswork, and furniture. As one of the largest pop-ups, it could be overwhelming to tackle without knowing exactly what you want to find. But keep in mind, the market is broken up into districts—fashion designers, fine art, emerging crafters, and so on. Open from December 5 to 8.

11. Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Market

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

This holiday market takes place right in the middle of Lincoln Park’s ZooLights. It’s the perfect, family-friendly way to begin knocking off items on your holiday shopping list. There will be local shops and artisans with a selection of wintery items, ornaments, and Chicago-themed gifts. There’s complimentary gift-wrapping too. Open on Tuesday, December 3.

2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Rebuilding Exchange’s Winter Lumberland Holiday Market

1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

ReBuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that teaches folks woodworking skills and salvages wood from Chicago neighborhoods, is having its annual lumberyard holiday market. Browse one-of-a-kind crafts from 15 local vendors, last year there were items from home goods shop Neighborly, intricate map art of Chicago neighborhoods, handcrafted wood furniture. Open on Friday, December 13.

1740 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614