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Shop Local 2022: Your Chicago Holiday Market Guide

Head to holiday markets throughout the city to get your gift buying done in style.

People pack into Daley Plaza for the annual Christkindlmarket in 2021.
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CHICAGO — Grab some spiced wine and your wallet — it’s time to hit Chicago’s 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 gifting 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 pack into Daley Plaza for the annual Christkindlmarket on Dec. 21, 2021.

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

Christkindlmarket is the most well-known — and largest — holiday market in Chicago, with two locations — but it’s the Downtown one that’s the original. It recreates classic German Christmas markets.

Vendors set up their wares inside little log cabins, offering everything from glass ornaments to light-up paper stars, candles, mittens and German gingerbread hearts. You can also grab delicious treats, such as pretzels and sausage, and warm drinks to keep you going. Plus, you can buy one of its iconic collectible mugs.

Prepare for large crowds, especially if you stop by the Downtown location after work or on the weekends. Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday Nov. 18-Dec. 24. It’s only open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 face the huge crowds, check out the smaller version at Gallagher Way by Wrigley Field.

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

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

Open 3-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-19 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 81-Jan. 8. It’s only open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26-29. Closed Christmas.

Holiday Market at The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St. Website.

The Plant is hosting a food and craft market to nab gifts for the holidays. Local vendors Bike a Bee, Nero Ink and others will sell their wares. There will be food, drinks and a tour of The Plant.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11.

Holiday Pinche Popup at Pilsen Arts & Community House, 1637 W. 18th St.

Local artisans will sell their goods at this holiday market in Pilsen.

Admission is free.

Open noon-6 p.m. Nov. 26-27.

Viva La Mujer Holiday Market at 18th St. Cases de Cultura, 2057 W. 18th St.

You can shop from local vendors selling food, clothing and more at this holiday market.

Open noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3-4.

Wild Hearts Craft Bazaar at the Park Tavern, 1645 W. Jackson Blvd. Website.

Chicago-area animal groups are partnering up for this craft bazaar, which will feature vendors selling handmade goofs for pets and people. There will be food and drinks.

Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4.

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

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

Admission is free.

Open 5 p.m. Dec. 2-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

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

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

Open noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3.

Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave. Website.

The pre-Kwanzaa marketplace will have food, dancing, raffles and live music — and, of course, you’ll be able to shop.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Winter Market at Plant Chicago, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave. 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 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at the Hatchery, 135 N. Kedzie Ave. Website.

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

Admission is free.

Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10.

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

One Of a Kind at Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Website.

Work from more than 500 artists, makers and designers will be available at the One Of a Kind Holiday Show at the Mart, formerly known as Merchandise Mart.

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

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

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

This Scandinavian marketplace is held at the American Swedish Institute and features handmade goods from more than 60 makers. You can grab jewelry, ceramics, artisan glass and more.

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

Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3-4.

10 Days of Neighborly, 1554 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.

Popular Chicago shop Neighborly is back with a pop-up holiday market in Wicker Park. There will be daily deals and Neighborly’s signature unique Chicago gifts.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 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 have their wares on display at the State Street Holiday Market — which means you can mix your shopping with fun by checking out the nearby holiday window displays.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday Nov. 18-Dec. 18.

Buy 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 businesses selling toys, beauty items, clothes and more.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 25.

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

Shop small Pilsen businesses and makers at this holiday market.

Admission is free.

Open 6-10 p.m. Dec. 9.

Renegade Chicago, 401 N. Morgan St. Website.

The Renegade Craft Fair returns with a winter market with more than 170 artists who will offer handmade, creative items.

Admission is free.

Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17-18.

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

This market will feature small businesses from women and people of color creators. There will be a gift-wrapping station and live DJ sets, as well.

Admission is free.

Open noon-6 p.m. Nov. 27.

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

More than 100 makers will have gift options available at the 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17-18.

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

This North Center market will have opportunities for you to shop, eat, drink and listen to live music.

Open noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10.

Lumberland at the Rebuilding 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 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

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The Salt Shed sits across the river from Essanay Studio and Lighting, Inc., as seen from above Goose Island on Aug. 3, 2022.

Winterglow at the Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave. Website.

This two-weekend market will feature artisan vendors, a beer garden and a spot for warm cocktails.

Admission is $6.

Open Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11.

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

This market features handmade goods — including jewelry, knitwear, leather, candles and soap — from local artisans. There will be food, drink and live music.

Admission is free.

Open 5-9:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

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

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

Open noon-6 p.m. Dec. 4.

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Chicago Artisan Market, two locations. Website.

The Chicago Artisan Market features unique home goods, art, fashion and more from around the Midwest.

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

The Ravenswood market is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-27 at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. The Fulton Market market is open Dec. 11 at 401 N. Morgan St.

Know of a Chicago holiday market that’s not represented here? Email Kelly@BlockClubChi.org and we’ll add it!

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