PORTAGE PARK — A Six Corners space will celebrate the full moon by hosting a pop-up vendor market this weekend.
The Joy Room Chicago, 4837 W. Irving Park Road, which opened in April, hosts events, workshops, classes and coworking days. After taking a break from hosting monthly pop-up markets, owner Michelle Morales is bringing them back with the full moon market series, which take place every month on the Friday and Saturday after the full moon.
This month’s full moon is Wednesday, and Morales said it’s something that deeply affects her mood and spirituality. It felt natural to honor the moon and foster connection in her space with the market series, she said.
“I love bright, shiny and joyful, celebratory things, but I also have a deep, darker side of me that is very spiritual, witchy and shadowy,” Morales said. “We all have these complexities to us, so I want the markets to reflect that.”
The markets highlight the duality of the moon and are broken up into two days: Vendors on Fridays are geared toward the darker, more spiritual aspect of the moon, and vendors on Saturdays showcase the brighter, more positive side.
Morales said Fridays are meant to be a time to hang out, connect with others and celebrate entrepreneurs who sell artwork, candles, tarot, crystals and other items. Saturday’s vibe will focus more on joy and illumination and feature vendors making jewelry, baked goods, clothing and more.
This weekend’s market will be 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday with at least seven vendors each day.
“Saturday is the most variety I’ve ever had,” she said. “There will be macrame, candles, jewelry and more.”
Along with vendors, neighboring businesses are also participating. Distinct Bath and Body, Veloria Coffee and Kit: A Bar Supply Store all will have tables, and Morales said she plans to work with other area business owners as well.
“I hope it can promote some walkability” in the area, she said.
Morales also hopes the markets will create more of an anchor on the Far Northwest Side for creatives and entrepreneurs to show off their work, similar to other pop-up markets active in other neighborhoods across the city.
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