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Shop Local 2022: Your Chicago Holiday Market Guide

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CHICAGO – Grab your spiced wine and your wallet – it’s time to hit the Chicago holiday markets.

Block Club has featured more than 160 small businesses in its neighborhood gift guides. But if that’s enough for those of you with very long gift lists, you can also stop by the city’s holiday markets to shop from local vendors.

Here are the markets in Chicago:

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People flock to Daley Plaza for the annual Christkindlmarket on 21 December 2021.

Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Website.

Christkindlmarket is Chicago’s best known and largest holiday market, with two locations, but it’s the one in Downtown that is the original. Recreate classic German Christmas markets.

Vendors arrange their wares inside small log cabins, offering everything from glass ornaments to glowing paper stars, candles, mittens and German gingerbread hearts. You can also grab delicious treats, like pretzels and sausage, and hot drinks to keep you going. Plus, you can purchase one of his iconic collectible mugs.

Be prepared for huge crowds, especially if you stop by downtown after work or on the weekends. Admission is free.

Open 11am-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday 18 November-December. 24. It is only open from 11am to 4pm, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

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Winter Wonderland at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St. Website.

If you’re a fan of Christkindlmarket but don’t want to deal with the huge crowds, check out the smaller version at Gallagher Way of Wrigley Field.

This version of the market still features many vendors in log cabins, gifts you can buy, and snacks.

But there’s more to Winter Wonderland than just the mini Christkindlmarket – you can also visit Santa’s Workshop and skate a rink inside Wrigley Field. There are rides and games. Admission to Wrigley Field starts at $5.

Open 15-21 Mon-Thurs, 11-19 Fri-Sat and 11-19 Nov. 81-Jan. 8. It is only open 11am-4pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and 11am-9pm December 26-29. Christmas closed.

Andersonville Winter Market, 1500 W. Catalpa Ave. Website.

Swedish vendors, local businesses and more will be offering gift options at the Andersonville Winter Market. Additionally, you can grab some glögg and warm up in one of the heated tents.

Admission is free.

Open 5pm 2pm-5pm 4th December.

Holiday Uprising Market at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Website.

More than 20 producers and artisans will be selling at the Holiday Uprising Market on the Far South Side, and there will be drinks.

Open from noon to 4pm on 3rd December.

Pre-Kwanzaa Market at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue. Website.

The Pre-Kwanzaa Market will offer food, dancing, raffles and live music, and of course you can shop.

Admission is free.

Open 11am-8pm December 2nd and 11am-7pm December 3rd.

Winter Market at the Chicago Plant, 4459 S. Marshfield Avenue. Website.

This winter market will focus on storytelling as much as it does shopping. There will be local vendors, storytellers, small workshops and a musical guest.

Admission is free.

Open from 11am to 3pm on 10th December.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at the Nursery, 135 N. Kedzie Avenue. Website.

This neighborhood market will feature local producers. LINK will be accepted.

Admission is free.

Open from 10:00 to 14:00 on 10 December.

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Art is screened on Merchandise Mart as part of the Art on theMART project.

One of a kind at Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Website.

The work of more than 500 artists, creators and designers will be available at the One Of a Kind Holiday Show at the Mart, formerly known as the Merchandise Mart.

You can take furniture, jewelry, photography, pet products and more. Admission starts at $15.

Open 10am-7pm 1-3 December and 10am-5pm 4 December.

Julmarknad Craft Market and Festival, 5211 N. Clark St. Website.

This Scandinavian market is held at the American Swedish Institute and features handmade products from over 60 manufacturers. You can pick up handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, and more.

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Open from 10am to 4pm from 3rd to 4th December.

10 Neighborly Days, 1554 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Website.

Popular Chicago store Neighborly is back with a pop-up flea market in Wicker Park. There will be daily deals and exclusive Chicago gifts from Neighborly.

Admission is free.

Open 11am-7pm Monday-Friday and 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday Nov 19-Dec. 24.

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The Marshall Fields clock along State Street in the Loop.

State Street Holiday Market, 35 S. State St. Website.

Small businesses will display their wares at the State Street Holiday Market, which means you can mix shopping with fun by checking out the nearby holiday window displays.

Admission is free.

Open 11am-6pm Friday-Sunday 18 November-December. 18.

Shop the Black Friday Holiday Market, 9501 S. Dorchester Ave. Website.

You can celebrate black-owned businesses at this Black Friday market. There will be more than 30 companies selling toys, beauty supplies, clothes and more.

Admission is free.

Open from 11:00 to 19:00 on November 25th.

Chicago Art Department Holiday Market, 1926 S. Halsted St. Website.

Shop for small farms and Pilsen producers at this festive market.

Admission is free.

Open 6-10pm 9th December.

Renegade Chicago, 401 N. Morgan St. Website.

The Renegade Craft Fair returns with a winter market featuring over 170 artists offering handmade and creative items.

Admission is free.

Open from 11:00 to 17:00 from 17 to 18 December.

Regine Collective’s Maker Mall at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Website.

This market will feature small businesses of women and people of creators of color. There will also be a gift wrapping station and live DJ sets.

Admission is free.

Open from noon to 6pm on November 27th.

Randolph Street Market, 1341 W. Randolph St. Website.

More than 100 vendors will have gift options available at Randolph Street Market, offering vintage clothing, jewelry, art and more. There will be live music.

Admission is $10 online or $15 at the gate.

Open 10am-5pm December 17-18.

Holly Holiday Merry Market, 4100 N. Damen Ave. Website.

This North Central market will give you the opportunity to shop, eat, drink and listen to live music.

Open from noon to 6pm on 10th December.

Lumberland to the Reconstruction Exchange, 1740 W. Webster Ave. Website.

One-of-a-kind crafts from local vendors will be available during the Lumberland Market.

Admission starts at $10.

Open from 18:30 to 21:30 on 10 December.

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The Salt Shed is across the river from Essanay Studio and Lighting, Inc. as seen from atop Goose Island on August 3, 2022.

Winter Glow at the Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Avenue. Website.

This two-weekend market will feature artisan vendors, a beer garden, and a hot cocktail spot.

Admission is $6.

Open from 2 to 4 December and from 9 to 11 December.

Black Friday Night Market at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. Website.

This market offers handmade goods, including jewellery, knitwear, leather, candles and soap, by local artisans. There will be food, drinks and live music.

Admission is free.

Open from 17:00 to 21:30 on 25 November.

Underground Art Market at Salvage One, 1849 W. Hubbard Ave. Website.

You’ll find all kinds of gifts available for purchase at the Underground Art Market, including recycled art, home decor, and music.

Open from noon to 6pm 4th December.

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Chicago Artisan Market, two locations. Website.

The Chicago Artisan Market offers unique homewares, art, fashion and more from across the Midwest.

Admission is $8 online or $10 at the door.

Ravenswood Market is open 10am to 4pm November 26-27 at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Fulton Market is open December 11 at 401 N. Morgan St.

Know of a Chicago Christmas Market that isn’t represented here? Email Kelly@BlockClubChi.org and we’ll add it!

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