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 4, 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). Nov 25–Dec 24, 11am–8pm (Fri and Sat until 9pm). Free.
The Holiday Show
Architectural Artifacts hosts more than 75 artists selling their wares, which include jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more. Proceeds from a silent auction will be used for programming in the Chicago Park District. Architectural Artifacts Inc., 4325 N Ravenswood Ave (773-348-0622). Dec 12, 10am–5pm. Free.
The Scandinavian Christmas bazaar features crafts from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St (773-728-8111). Dec 4, 10am–5pm; Dec 5, 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). Sun 21, 10am–1pm. 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 (773-506-2191). Dec 3, noon–10pm; Dec 4, 9am–10pm; Dec 5, 10am–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 20, 10am–7pm; Sun 21, 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 4, 10am–5pm; Dec 5, 12–4pm. $5, kids and seniors $2.50, maximum family admission $10.
39th Gazebo Holiday Market
More than 40 nationwide merchants gather at the Junior League of Chicago’s annual holiday market to spread the love for everyone—jewelry, home décor, men’s and kids’ clothing. Chicago Cultural Center, fourth floor, 78 E Washington St (312-664-4462, ext 101). Fri 19, 11am–7pm; Sat 20, 10am–4pm. $10.
Winter Holiday Craft Faire and Open House
Local artists sell wares at Oak Park Conservatory, while staff display dried-flower arrangements. Santa also stops by. 615 Garfield St, Oak Park (708-725-2460). Dec 5, 10am–4pm. Free.