UPTOWN — Two popular holiday events return this weekend, giving neighbors another opportunity to shop local this gift-giving season.
Uptown’s annual Winter Walk on Wilson is Friday, bringing a holiday crawl and pop-up market to a stretch of Wilson Avenue near Broadway.
Andersonville’s Winter Market and holiday trolley will come to the neighborhood Friday through Sunday.
Andersonville Winter Market
The second market is Friday-Sunday in a tent along Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue.
More than 20 local artisans and companies will sell their products, according to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Daily entertainment is scheduled, including photo opportunities with Santa. Simon’s Tavern will sell its famous glögg at the market, and Downstate Donuts will sell its potato-based pastries.
Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday.
Andersonville’s free holiday trolley will run all weekend, allowing shoppers to easily visit the market while shopping at other local stores along Clark Street.
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., will host its Julmarknad market 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The market will include traditional Swedish gifts, plus family-friendly games and a visit from Santa.
For more on the winter market, click here.
Winter Walk on Wilson
The eighth Winter Walk on Wilson is 5-8 p.m. Friday along Wilson Avenue from Hazel Street to Malden Street.
The event sees Wilson Avenue businesses open late and offer free samples and entertainment to shoppers. Participating businesses include Downstate Donuts, Uptown Taproom, Hearthstone & Terrace and Everybody’s Coffee.
A pop-up holiday market will also take place at the future home of grocery co-op Chicago Market, 4620 N. Broadway. More than 30 vendors will set up in the historical building, which will also host family-friendly activities and music.
Musicians will stroll along Wilson Avenue while performing festive music. Panda Claus will make appearances along Wilson Avenue during the event, according to chamber group Uptown United.
Free parking is available until 8:30 p.m. at Truman College’s McKeon Parking Garage on Racine Avenue just south of Wilson Avenue.
For more on the event, click here.