Looking for the perfect gift? Chicago is home to a whole host of holiday markets, from artisan pop-ups with cool, handmade items to traditional Christmas markets with old-fashioned goods. You’ll find something for everyone on your list (and maybe something for yourself, too).
Here’s your ultimate guide to finding that one-of-a-kind gift at Chicago’s holiday markets.
One of a Kind Holiday Show
Dec 2 – 5, 2021
The popular One of a Kind Holiday Show returns IRL to theMart, with over 400 truly one-of-a-kind artists. This festive market pop-up supports the Chicago creative community and hundreds of talented artists, makers, and designers. Find unique gifts — hand-painted silk shawls, glazed pottery, artisanal bitters, and sustainably made jewelry, and much more —for everyone on your list as you indulge in great food and drink. Tickets are required for entry.
Andersonville Winter Market
Dec. 3 – 5, 2021
Welcome the holidays in Andersonville, Julmarknad-style (Good Christmas in Swedish)! Catalpa Avenue will transform into Andersonville’s very own Swedish market for the 2021 holiday season, with local artisans and Glögg aplenty. Shop for imported goods and gifts crafted by local artisans in Andersonville, a neighborhood with proud Swedish roots.
Paseo Boricua Christmas Market
Dec. 4, 2021
The Paseo Boricua, the cultural heart of the Humboldt Park neighborhood, will be celebrating the season with a Christmas tree lighting and pop-up market. This free community event includes ornament decorating for kids, food vendors, artisans, hot chocolate, photos with the Three Kings, and more.
Buddy Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center
Daily through the holiday season
Find unique items from Chicago artists and small manufacturers at the BUDDY Chicago shop, a local-centric marketplace located inside the Chicago Cultural Center. Browse a curated selection of gifts, from embroidered earrings to handmade puzzles to Chicago-focused art prints. Select items are also available for purchase through the online marketplace for delivery.
Hyde Park Art Center’s Holiday Art Fair
Dec. 5, 2021
The Hyde Park Art Center will add a dash of holiday fun to the December edition of its Center Sunday, a free all-ages program. Visitors can meet and greet with the artists at the center’s Open Studios, enjoy family art-making activities, and shop the center’s annual Holiday Sale, featuring art and ceramics pieces created by students.
Randolph Street Market on Michigan Avenue
Dec. 4 – 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 19, 2021
This popular market is back in Chicago and popping up on The Magnificent Mile. Discover antique and vintage dealers, artists, fashion designers, food makers, and so much more at the Randolph Street Market. Its the perfect spot to scoop up a truly unique gift for everyone on your list. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Midwinter Holiday Market at the Kimball Arts Center
Dec. 4, 2021
Step inside the newly-renovated Kimball Arts Center building, where Humboldt Park-based Ørkenoy will be serving food, beer, hot apple cider, and batched cocktails all day long for holiday shoppers at the new Midwinter Holiday Market. Participating Kimball Arts Center artists will have their spaces open to the public, so you can meet the artists behind the giftable goods.
Holiday Art Market at Metropolitan Brewing
Dec. 5, 2021
Holiday shopping plus beer? Santa says this is one of the best ways to shop for the holidays. Sip craft microbrews as you meet and support more than 25 local artists at riverfront Metropolitan Brewing’s pop-up holiday market.
Underground Art Market
Dec. 5, 2021
Salvage One’s popular pop-up holiday market features 70+ artists and makers, many of whom craft onsite. Stroll the massive showroom of salvaged indoor and outdoor furnishings and find the perfect gift for the creative person in your life who has everything.
Through Dec. 31
The Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville features everything you love about the downtown Christkindlmarket — unique, handcrafted gifts, treats galore, mulled wine in mugs — with picturesque Wrigley Field as a backdrop. Part of the Winterland at GallagherWay, you’ll find a curated selection of German-inspired and local vendors.
Chicago Artisan Market Holiday Pop-Ups
Dec. 12, 2021
Chicago Artisan Market showcases the best of Chicago and the Midwest in food, fashion, home goods, and art in a festive holiday market that pops up in both Ravenswood and Fulton Market. Shop and meet the makers and learn how they make their unique products, art, and confections. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Holly Jolly Holiday Market
Dec. 11, 2021
The North Center Holly Jolly Holiday Market boasts 16+ vendors, food, beer, mulled wine, hot cocoa, and nonstop musical entertainment to keep your shopping merry and bright. Santa and the Snow Queen will be strolling the market, too.
Pilsen Vendor Market
Sundays through Dec. 31, 2021
Pop into the Pilsen Art House during the holiday season and shop for handmade goods at this weekend event showcasing local artisans. The pop-up market features free admission and an indoor/outdoor space, where visitors can browse wares from artists and makers. Art, jewelry, apparel, woodwork, candles — there’s something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Check out more Chicago holiday markets:
- Shop Jarvis Square (Dec. 4)
- Holiday Market at ERIS Cider House (Dec. 4)
- Lo Rez Brewing Holiday Market (Dec. 11)
- Holiday Market at The Plant (Dec. 12)
- Renegade Craft Fair (Dec. 18 – 19)
- Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza (through Dec. 24)
- Holiday Sip and Shop at Stony Island Arts Bank (Dec. 20)
- Chicago Fair Trade Holiday Pop-Up Shop (through December)