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Weekend Holiday Pop-Up Markets Highlight Chicago’s Female Makers

Shop for unique gifts while supporting local artists and artisans at holiday pop up markets.

Wanna get on Santa's "nice" list? Support local artists at pop up holiday markets.
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NORTH CENTER — The clock is ticking on the holiday shopping season but there’s no need to panic — yet.

Plenty of unique gifts will be on display this weekend at neighborhood pop-up markets, including two focused on the wares of the city’s women makers.

Here’s where to shop handmade items from Chicago artists and artisans.

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop: This artist community formed more than 20 years ago to “celebrate women and the arts,” and members’ annual holiday pop up is a seasonal highlight. Shop jewelry, glassware, ceramics, prints, knitwear, candles, soaps and more. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave. Admission and parking are free.

Lady Maker Pop Up Shop: Now in its second year, the pop up showcases the work of more than a dozen women makers. Pick up stationery, children’s clothing, ceramics and jewelry among other goods. Sip a glass of wine while enjoying holiday tunes playing in the background. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., 3251 1/2 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Admission is free.

Angel Food Bakery Holiday Treat Pop Up, at Hazel Chicago: It’s a Christmas miracle! Beloved baker Stephanie Samuels of the much-missed Angel Food Bakery is back for one day only with a pop up at Hazel. She’ll have cookies, cake balls, rugelach, marshmallows and more. Great for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or just to treat yourself. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hazel, 1835 W. Montrose Ave.

Treat yourself at Angel Food Bakery’s pop up. Photo credit: Facebook/Angel Food Bakery

Weihnachtsmarkt at DANK Haus: Gesundheit! Actually, Weihnachtsmarkt is another word for the more familiar Christkindlmarkt (also called Nikolausmarkt, Striezelmarkt and Krippenmarkt). No matter what it’s called, this German-style Christmas market (albeit indoors) celebrates a tradition that dates back to the 14th Century. Enjoy shopping, German food and drink (for purchase), visits with Santa and carriage rides. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., 4740 N. Western Ave. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

As close as you can get to a one-horse open sleigh. Photo credit: Facebook/DANK Haus

Lizard’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair: Check out neighbors’ handiwork at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. As an added bonus: No need to choose between holiday shopping and the Bears-Packers — the game will be on with sound. Sunday, 2-7 p.m., 3058 W. Irving Park Road.

Crampus Holiday Market – A Benefit for Chicago Period Project: If this weekend’s no good for you, head to Emporium Logan Square on Tuesday and check out the wares from twenty-five female vendors (and one guy!). Admission is free with a donation of tampons, pads or other products for the Chicago Period Project, which distributes pads, tampons, underwear and menstruation supplies to women in need. Tuesday, 6-11 p.m. at Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.