Spice up your seasonal shopping with specialty gifts from these holiday markets.
Chicago Waldorf School Holiday Fair
The school’s annual family event includes ornament making, candle dipping and a kids-only market. You’ll also find organic and handmade gifts for sale. 1300 W Loyola Ave (773-465-2662). Dec 5, 9am–4pm. $5, kids free.
The German granddaddy of holiday markets kicks off Thanksgiving Day with traditional wares and treats from more than 30 vendors, plus caroling and Santa sittings against the backdrop of the city’s big tree. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St (312-494-2175, christkindlmarket.com). Nov 26–Dec 24, 11am–8pm (Fri and Sat until 9pm). Free.
The Scandinavian Christmas bazaar features crafts from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St (773-728-8111). Dec 5, 10am–5pm; Dec 6, 10am–4pm. $2.
KAM Isaiah Israel Chanukah Fair
Shop for note cards, jewelry, art and other gifts while kids can make crafts and do good deeds at the art area and mitzvah mall (11:30am–1:30pm). 5039 S Greenwood Ave (773-924-1234). Dec 6, 10:30am–2:30pm. Free.
Lincoln Square Christkindl Market
This neighborhood’s German heritage takes over the square with brats, potato pancakes, goulash and more than a dozen merchants under a big tent. Lincoln Square, Lincoln Ave at Leland St (lincolnsquareck.com). Dec 4, noon–10pm; Dec 5, 9am–10pm; Sun 11am–7pm. $3, kids free.
Modern Vintage Holiday Market
Hunt for indie and vintage ornaments, jewelry and other goodies. Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St (312-666-1200). Sat 21, 10–7pm; Sun 22, 10am–5pm. $10, students $5, under 12 free.
Native American Holiday Bazaar
Vendors from roughly a dozen Native American tribes sell artwork, jewelry and clothing. Admission includes entrance to the museum. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston (847-475-1030). Dec 6, 10am–5pm; Dec 7, 10am–4pm. $5, kids and seniors $2.50, maximum family admission $10.
Winter Holiday Craft Faire and Open House
Local artists sell wares at Oak Park Conservatory, while staff display dried flower arrangements. Santa also makes an appearance. 615 Garfield St, Oak Park (708-725-2460). Dec 16, noon–4pm. Free.