Black Friday may be past us (and probably for the better), but there is still much shopping to be done. This weekend, we've got some fantastic local markets and shows - throw in some holiday concert-going and some family fun on Suday afternoon at the Art Institute, and you've got yourself a pretty jolly weekend.
Take a break from the normal shopping grind of traditional retail and make your way to the Merchandise Mart this weekend to experience the orginality and talent of more than 600 artists from across North America. You'll find handmade creations ranging from ceramics, jewelry, glass to furniture and sculptures, all while attending demonstrastions and workshops. Add in some gourmet cafe offerings, live music and fashion shows and we'd say that's a day well spent.
Saving money while supporting local businesses and shops? Andersonville is your kind of place. In the 11th Annual Late Night Andersonville, you'll find over 40 beloved neighborhood stores and restaurants keeping their doors open later tomorrow night to offer stellar savings on distinctive holiday gifts, and some delectable meal to wash it all down.
In the grand finale of its 30th anniversary season, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus takes to the Harris Theater stage for their annual Holiday Concert. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus has grown since its first season with 55 singers to a powerful 150 singing member ensemble today. For its Annual Holiday Concert, reprises 10 of its most popular holiday moments along with 10 new songs and 10 pieces created for the occasion by Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich will have you tapping your foot and snapping your finger to the holiday groove.
West Division Street in Wicker Park is home to many a festival over the summer, and come winter months is proving to be just as festive. The West Town Chamber of Commerce and Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host shoppers in one of Chicago's most charming and authentic retailer corridors for a neighborhood festival unlike anything else this season. This two day celebration is free and family friendly, and while it only goes until 6 PM both nights, it'll have you wanting to stay for dinner.
Turn your trip to the Art Institute of Chicago into a treasure hunt this Sunday - is that not every child's (and adult's) dream come true? This Sunday, join the Art Institute for this family event to explore the museum by way of a structured treasure hunt, followed by its annual tea party event. Break up your weekend with a bit of cultural adventure at the Art Institute, and you might surprise yourself with just how much Indiana Jones-esque treasure-hunting skills you have within.
It's that time of year once again - let the Winter Wonderfest begin! Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest is a family fun time for the kids (and guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again yourself), with 170,000 square feet of holiday fun: indoor skating rink, rides, indoor Ferris wheel, crafts and so much more. Opening tomorrow through January 12, Winter Wonderfest is an annual holiday tradition worth the trip to Navy Pier this season.