Holiday gift markets in Chicago

Shop for holiday gifts at Chicago markets during the month of December, including Holidose, Renegade Craft Fair and more

  • At left: Kitchen gifts at Holidose. At right: Artwork by ReUse First, one of many vendors to be featured at the Bucktown Artshow
At left: Kitchen gifts at Holidose. At right: Artwork by ReUse First, one…
November 25, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

Daley Plaza 15 W. Washington St. 312-494-2175
Let it snow—with gifts—at this German-style outdoor market where more than 30 vendors—including Fehrenbach Black Forest cuckoo clocks and Alpine Heritage ornaments and nativity scenes—feature European and holiday-themed offerings, live entertainment, a Holiday Hub cottage in the Block 37 Pedway and more than a dozen German food, pastry, beer and wine vendors. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28. Then, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday through Dec. 23; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24. No cover. More:

Chicago French Market 131 N. Clinton St. 312-575-0306
This seasonal bazaar modeled after the French Christmas marketplaces features 19 rotating artisans offering jewelry, toys, wall decor for decking the halls and other gifts. And you can also satisfy your visions of sugar plums—and savory items, baked goods, spirits and more—the Chicago French Market vendors add seasonal treats to their everyday wares. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 20 (closed Thanksgiving). No cover. More:

1st Ward at Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 773-537-4440
'Tis the season for Dose to shift gears into holiday mode with rotating vendors including Munie Designs and City of Win featuring custom boomboxes, eco-friendly backpacks, hand-stitched cotton throws, Paris flea market finds and more—plus party dresses and punch supplies—with free holiday-themed DIY activities and hosted craft spirits, ciders and brews. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15. $5. More:

Peterson Garden Project Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco Ave.
The organization's learning center becomes the marketplace where you can share goodwill toward men—15 percent of your purchase benefits the Peterson Garden Project—while snapping up one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts from 20 local makers such as garden ornaments, candles, greeting cards, baked goods and more. Opening day includes cider and carolers from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Hours thereafter are 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 14. No cover. More:

Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 312-742-7559
Find gifts that won't get re-gifted such as infinity scarves, specialty salt, wall clocks and honey soap and more from 150 crafters--including Jack Friday, Blooming Crayons and Beautiful Briny Sea—at this eighth annual one-stop pop-up shop, which also features free craft workshops sponsored by Martha Stewart Living and RX Made and food for purchase from local restaurants. Local shops Dusty Groove and Reckless Records provide the soundtrack for your browsing experience. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7-8. No cover. More:

Grand Avenue between Ashland and Western Avenues
Wrap it up—your holiday shopping, that is—at this 15-shop extravaganza where you can browse discounts and sample sales on furniture and accessories by local designers and vintage and antique collectors including Design Inc., EuroFurniture, The Painted Lady and Salvage One and take a free hayride to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center for carols and cocoa. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. No cover. More:

Division Street between Ashland Avenue and Leavitt Street
City sidewalks go festive with live music, caroling and window decorations as you browse dozens of locally owned shops and salons such as Elevenzees and Le Thrift Consignment Boutique and warm up with hot chestnuts, cocoa and mulled wine for purchase at designated areas. Bonus: Donate a gift to Smoke Daddy's children's charity drive and receive a free bowl of chili. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7-8. No cover. More:

Pulaski Park 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 312-742-7559
The Chicago Art Girls venture out from their usual Ravenswood location to Noble Square with tidings of comfort and joy in the form of body care products, felted knitwear, reclaimed wood furniture and more from 40-plus artisans including Deana Rose jewelry and Alison's Stained Glass. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14. No cover. More:

Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
Spread the holiday cheer with a cocktail from the cash bar in hand at this 21-and-up, which has been in residence since 2005. Browse handcrafted purses, jewelry, knitted creations, paper goods and more from 30-plus local artisans, including soy candles in vintage teacups from Something Beautiful and pet and baby gifts from Stitch. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 14. No cover. More:

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