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Chicago Makers Pop-Up Shop’s Bucktown Storefront Creates Year-Long Home For Local Artists, Makers

The pop-up shop, launched during the 2020 holiday season, features 30 Chicago-based artists and makers.

Anna Romo and Monica Little launched the Chicago Makers Pop-Up Shop in Wicker Park last year. Now the shop has a 12-month lease in Bucktown.
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BUCKTOWN — A women-led holiday pop-up shop in Wicker Park has found a more permanent home in Bucktown.

The Chicago Makers Pop Up Shop opened its doors Saturday at 2064 N. Damen Ave. The shop will feature art and wares from 30 locally-owned businesses.

The store’s owners, Monica Little and Anna Romo, teamed up last year to create the original Chicago Makers Pop-Up at 1279 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

“We are so excited to open a new location in Bucktown,” Little and Romo said in an email. “It’s been a major confirmation that we are bringing so much good to the artists and small businesses of Chicago by connecting them to the community!”

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Anna Romo and Monica Little launched the Chicago Makers Pop-Up Shop in Wicker Park last year. Now the shop has a 12-month lease in Bucktown.

With a focus on holiday gifts, the Wicker Park shop featured 27 local artists and makers, including 24 women-owned businesses as well as several Latino-, Black- and LGBTQ-owned businesses. The pop-up offered kids’ crafts, hand-bound notebooks, potted plants, ceramic pottery, woodwork, face masks, lanyards and more. 

Referring to the Bucktown store as an “extended pop-up,” Little and Romo signed a 12-month lease at the new storefront and plan to rotate small businesses within the store every few months.

Artists and makers who want to participate should email chicagomakerspopupshop@gmail.com and include the following information:

  • Name of business
  • Link to Instagram page
  • Category of items you wish to sell at the store

Hours of operation are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Follow the shop on Instagram for updates and send inquiries to chicagomakerspopupshop@gmail.com.

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The Chicago Makers Pop-Up Shop features 30 local businesses.

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