So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.
This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.
One of a Kind Show
Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Dec. 4 - 7
Each year the One of a Kind show has one of the largest selection of hand crafted items around the city. In its 14th season, the show hosts more than 600 artists from across the country offering everything from jewelry to fine art, fashion to accessories. If browsing the extensive group of vendors doesn't interest you, the show also offers fashion shows each day, artists talks, live music, a Goose Island beer garden and more. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.
Craft Fair Chicago December Market
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St.
Dec. 6 - 7
Miss your chance to visit the Renegade Craft Fair this fall? The fair is back (indoors this time) with more than 200 independent vendors. Find the Etsy lover in your life the perfect handmade holiday gift with vendors selling unique jewelry, paper goods, children's toys, housewares, beauty products and more. All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so Intelligentsia, Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, Black Dog Gelato and Dia de los Tamales and Puffs of Doom will be on site.
Swedish-American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.
Dec. 6 - 7
$2 suggested donation
Julmarknad, fittingly so, is Swedish for "Christmas Market," and this Andersonville event is pulling out all the stops. Traditional Scandinavian will be for sale, as well as your standard holiday fare. Bring the kids along for games and crafts, as well a visit from someone special in a red suit. On top of shopping, the day will be packed with events ranging from Nordic fold dancers, a Christmas improv show from the pH Comedy Theater and a performance from the Windy City Gay Chorus & Windy City Treble Quire.
Multiple Chicago Locations, North Halsted Street and West Grand Avenue
Dec. 6 - 7
Free; $10 Jolly Trolley Tours
This year West Town isn't missing out on the holiday fun with their brand new Winterfest. Shoppers can stay warm with mulled wine and other beverages with the Creative Visionary holiday pop-up at Eurofurnature, but serious shoppers should hop on the Jolly Trolley. Choose one (or more!) of six routes with six local shops and one restaurant/bar. Trolley-goers over 21 will get a complimentary glass of champagne upon boarding at Eurofurnature and a $20 gift certificate to be used after the holidays at any participating business.
Photos Courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates; Renegade Craft Fair; Andersonville Chamber of Commerce; West Town Winterfest