Our 2012 fall arts and craft fair guide
Craft fairs dot the suburbs from now through the December holidays — a perfect place to go shopping for some creative, handmade gifts.
Holmstad Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Town Center at The Holmstad Covenant Retirement Community, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. The 35th annual bazaar will feature a handmade quilt raffle. The event is planned and run entirely by the residents. Fourteen different shops will offer goods for sale. Visit www.theholmstad.org.
Autumn on the Fox: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. The 26th annual show will be held in conjunction with the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival. All handmade items by 170 artisans. Features a variety of jewelry, metal art, stained glass, photography, primitive wood, as well as whimsical folk art, fall decor, iron sculpture, painted pumpkins and carved gourds, food products, baked goods, more. Contact Art of the Heartland Inc., (815) 772-3279 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitartoftheheartlandinc.com.
Church of the Holy Spirit Holiday Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 1451 W. Bode Road, Schaumburg. Handcrafted holiday and home decorations, kitchen items, jewelry, scarves, baby items, American Girl and Bitty Baby Doll clothes, bake sale, raffle. Free admission. For information, contact the church, (847) 882-7580.
Faith Lutheran Church Fall Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Fall plants and decorations available for purchase. There will be entertainment and activities for children. Flu shots available for adults and children (for a fee). Admission free. (847) 253-4839 or faithlutheran-ah.org.
Community Artists Craft Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W. Calhoun St. Jail Brakers, the charitable organization that supports families coping with the incarceration of loved ones, is looking for crafters to participate. Artists and artisans who want to display their wares should call Judy at (815) 363-0952. For information on the work of Jail Brakers, visit www.jailbrakers.org.
St. John the Baptist Holiday Fair: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 0S233 Church St., Winfield. Sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women the annual holiday fair features home baked goods, crafts, jewelry, religious items, a raffle and the This and That Shop. For information, call Venessa, (630) 336-5414.
Lake County Fairgrounds Festival of Arts & Crafts: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, (GPS address is 19822 W. Peterson Road, Libertyville), intersection of Peterson and Midlothian roads. Offering 270 indoor booths of quality handcrafted items by exhibitors from seven states. $3 admission; ages 11 and younger free. Free parking. Exhibitors wishing to participate may call (847) 301-8543 or visit stepbystepcraftshows.com.
McHenry County College Craft Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Commons Area in Building B at MCC, 8900 Route, Crystal Lake. The 28th annual fair will feature more than 100 crafters selling a wide variety of crafts, including wood products, ceramics, jewelry, Christmas items, rugs, clothes, crochet items, and paintings. Admission is $2, which enters attendees into door prize drawings. Children younger than 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the MCC men's basketball team. For information, call (815) 455-8580.
Dundee Township Park District Fall Art Show: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, 665 Barrington Ave., Carpentersville. Art show and reception with over 100 paintings for sale. Artists will be present. Includes raffle and refreshments. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the senior center. Call (847) 551-4307.
Fall Diddley: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Boone County Fairgrounds, off Route 76, north of Business Route 20 in Belvidere. The 27th annual juried craft show features artisans from all over the U.S. Admission is $6 for ages 12 and older; free parking. Proceeds benefit the Mental Health Resource League of McHenry County. For details, call (815) 385-5745 or visit mhrl.org.
Kingswood UMC Harvest Fest Craft Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. Rain or shine in the activity center. For information, call the church office, (847) 398-0770 or visit kingswoodumc.com.
Des Plaines Arts Festival: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines. Includes Friday night wine and cheese reception and photography, Hawaiian vocal group, OMG Improv Company, Northwest Symphony Ensemble and Glee Club; Saturday: Community mural creation, ethnic dance companies perform, painting, printmaking, scratchboard drawing demos, art contests, poetry, storytelling, balloon art, and a Flash Mob; Sunday: One act plays, instrumental music groups, art awards. Contact Jo Bonell, (847) 376-2789 or email@example.com for full schedule and further information.
Arts and Craft Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles. Seventh annual juried show features handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and Christmas holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items, children's clothes, and toys. Admission free, handicapped accessible. Information for exhibitors from firstname.lastname@example.org or stcharlesepiscopal.org, or (630) 584-2596.
Autumn Arts and Crafts Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Batavia High School, between Wilson and Main streets, Batavia, east of Randall Road. The Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation's 27th annual event showcases juried booths of crafters offering creative handmade items including paintings, drawings, pet accessories, jewelry, dolls and more. Email email@example.com or call (630) 748-1501.Proceeds are to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for families in need in the community.
Conant High School Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 700 E. Cougar Trail, Hoffman Estates. Over 250 booths displaying holiday decorations, ceramics, sweet treats, wood furniture, jewelry, kids' clothing and accessories, candles, soap, quilted, crocheted, knitted and embroidered items, and more will be featured at the 33rd annual fair. Lunch at the concession stand. Admission $1. Contact Tracy, (847) 619-3992.
Country Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St. in Crystal Lake. The 39th annual craft fair will feature crafts, bake sale, homemade relish, a raffle and silent auction. Call (815) 459-5096 or visit www.stpaulsucccl.org.
Friendship Park Conservatory Fall Craft Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. More than 25 exhibitors in a variety of media including dried florals, metal work, jewelry and more. Admission and parking are free. (847) 298-3500.
Gingerbread Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 37W040 Highland Ave., Elgin. This annual craft and bake sale will feature crafts and baked goods from area artisans and members of the United Methodist Women of Epworth. Call (847) 931-5400 or visit epworthumcelgin.org.
Yorktown Fall Craft Event: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Yorktown Shopping Center, 2010 Yorktown Center, Lombard. Features glass art, hand crafted wood pieces, paintings, pottery, jewelry, gourmet items, candles, doll clothes, knit items. Includes demonstrations of glass blowing and ceramics creations. Live music. Visit makeithappendupage.com.
Fair Trade Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Zion Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold St., Elgin. The sixth annual fair trade will offer a variety of crafts and wares from around the world as well as items produced by cooperatives in the U.S. Enjoy a light lunch for a small fee, get a chance to win a raffle prize or purchase goods at the bake sale. For details, visit www.zionelginil.org.
St. Edna Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Second annual fair features over 40 crafters and vendors. For information, (847) 398-3362.
Holy Ghost CCW Holiday Shop: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Ryan Hall, 254 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. Handcrafted items include jewelry, candies, woodwork, cross stitch and goose outfits. Also features a variety of vendors. For information, call Marge, (630) 595-1171.
Northbrook Park District Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. The Northbrook Park District Senior Center host a Holiday Bazaar with gifts and handmade craft items for all ages. Includes holiday decorations, home accessories, and new gift merchandise. (847) 291-2988.
First United Methodist Church Holiday Craft Show: Saturday, Nov. 3, 155 S. Main St., Lombard. Call Alice, (630) 930-7696 or Gene, (630) 627-1668.
Habitat for Humanity Craft Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin. The annual craft show will benefit Habitat for Humanity-New Hope. The church is handicapped accessible. Admission is free. Call Carol Earsley, (847) 695-0833 or visit ctlelgin.org.
Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cary United Methodist Church, 500 First St. in Cary. The United Methodist Women will hold a Holiday Bazaar featuring handmade gifts and home decor items from Admission is free. Proceeds will go to local charities. For details, visit caryumc.org.
Our Saviour's United Methodist Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 701 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Holiday ornaments and decorations, floral creations, kitchen items, gifts for children and pets, homemade cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods, Granny's Attic. Lunch available, free admission and parking. (847) 352-8181.
Palatine High School Fall Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 1111 N. Rohlwing Road, Palatine. Over 150 booths, free door prize ticket, concessions, raffles. Supports Booster Club programs and scholarships for students. Free admission and parking.
St. Matthew Ladies Aid Bazaar and Gift Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Featured are a bake sale, handmade ornaments, wooden items, quilt raffle, wreathes, Mrs. Claus' Closet and unique items. Coffee and doughnuts, lunch served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call (847) 438-7158 for information.
St. Pius X Craft and Vendor Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Social Center, Westmore/Meyers Road and Madison St., Lombard. Hosted by the Council of Catholic Women the fair features 30 plus vendors, bake sale, raffle. Lunch available for purchase. Free admission. Call Carol, (630) 495-2647.
United Methodist and Congregational Women Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, First United Methodist Church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. Handmade gifts and ornaments, gift baskets, baked goods, white elephant, fresh candied or plain pecans. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $7 per adult; $3.50 per child ages 3-12. Proceeds support local, national or world relief programs. (630) 231-3344 or firstumcucc.org.
Victory Centre of Bartlett Holiday Bazaar: Friday, Nov 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. For information, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 213-0100.
Bethany Lutheran Crafter's Paradise: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 1550 S. Modaff Road, Naperville. Juried craft and folk art sale, sponsored by the Ladies Guild of Bethany Lutheran Church, features a bake sale and lunch. Proceeds from the Candy Cane Sale benefit Loaves and Fishes in Naperville. Free admission. For information, (630) 357-2946 or (630) 961-2030.
Cary Park District's Craft and Vendor Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Cary Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. More than 30 crafters and vendors will be featured. Admission is free. Vendor spaces are available. For details, call (847) 639-6100 or visit carypark.com.
Century Oaks School PTO Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 1235 Braeburn Drive, Elgin. Vendors include Lia Sophia, At Home America, Mary Kay, more. Crafters in a variety of media.
DuPage County Historical Museum Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 102 E. Wesley Ave., Wheaton. Museum hosts its 29th annual bazaar featuring handmade ornaments, wreaths, holiday decorations and stocking stuffers. All sales benefit the museum. Entertainment by "Beyond Glee" from noon-1 p.m. Admission free, donations welcome. Visit dupagemuseum.org or call (630) 510-4941.
Harper College Festival of Arts & Crafts: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, corner of Roselle and Algonquin roads, Palatine. Offering 200 indoor booths of quality handcrafted items by exhibitors from seven states. Includes oil paintings, water colors, sports and scenic photography, stained glass, gourds, metal art, ceramics, indoor and outdoor furniture, painted windows, chocolates and various home decor items. $3.00 admission, ages 11 and younger free. Free parking. Exhibitors wishing to participate may call (847) 301-8543 or visit stepbystepcraftshows.com.
Mothers Club of Geneva: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Geneva High School, 416 McKinley High School, Geneva. The 38th annual arts and crafts show will feature more than 100 crafters. There also will be a bake sale and raffle baskets. All proceeds will benefit area philanthropic programs. Visit mothersclubofgeneva.org.
Rolling Meadows High School Holiday Crafts and More Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2901 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. Over 150 booths of handmade items as well as vendors, raffles, concessions and more. Strollers welcome. $3 admission. Proceeds benefit the Athletic Boosters program. For information, Kathy, (847) 612-2381.
St. Isidore Holiday Craft Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Ministry Center, 427 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale. Hosted by the Council of Catholic Women, the show features handcrafted items and a bake sale. Admission is $2, parking free. Strollers welcome. Contact Ane Berg, (630) 295-6890 or visit stisidoreparish.org.
St. John Brébeuf Holiday Craft Fair: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Ministry Center, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., Niles. Handcrafted items for the holidays and more. Judi, (847) 296-6421.
Merry Makers Holiday Craft Show: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at 816 W. Highland Ave. in Elgin. The 18th annual show features one-of-a-kind crafts, handmade wooden bowls, cutting boards, trivets etc. as well as handmade table runners, snowmen, Christmas ornaments, holiday decor, bakery goods and candies. Admission is free. For information, call Karen at (847) 888-2230.
Abundant Blessing craft bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 101 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. Admission is free. For information, call St. Mark's at (630) 584-8638.
DuPage Expo Festival of Arts & Crafts: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 4050 E. Main St., St. Charles. Offering 174 booths of quality handcrafted treasures by artists from six states. Includes indoor and outdoor furniture, painted windows, woven baskets, stained glass, calligraphy, metal art, hand carved Santas, purses and more. $3 admission, ages 11 and younger free. Free parking. Exhibitors wishing to participate may call (847) 301-8543 or visit stepbystepcraftshows.com.
ExtraCare Holiday Craft Fair: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Wildwood Presbyterian Church, 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road, Wildwood. Includes Boy Scout Breakfast with Santa, crafters in a variety of media, bake sale. Proceeds benefit day care services for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Faith Lutheran Cookies, Crafts, and More Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Featuring cookies by the pound, baked goods, candies and other treats. . Vendors will be selling candles, jewelry, ornaments and crafts, children's activities, lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and more. Proceeds benefit missions and ministries. Free admission. (847) 253-4839 or faithlutheran-ah.org.
KOC Holy Rosary Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 N. Hickory, Arlington Heights. Features handcrafted purses, unique jewelry, children's books, doll clothes, bake sale, raffle and more. Food and beverages available. Admission free. Contact email@example.com.
Our Lady of the Wayside Home Decor, Crafts & More Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Father Mackin Center, 434 W. Park St., Arlington Heights. Over 50 crafters and vendors, home decor, bake sale and more. Cafe open for refreshments. Proceeds benefit the school. Admission $2 adults; $1 children ages 4 and younger. Contact Patti, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 222-9094.
Prospect High School Post Prom Snowbird Craft Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Field House, 801 W. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. Free parking, bake sale, kids make-n-take crafts, concessions and raffle. Admission, $2 adults; $1 students with school I.D.; kids ages 12 and younger free. For information, email email@example.com or call (847) 590-9551.
Prince of Peace Vendor/Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Route 132 and Route 83, in Lake Villa. Over 40 booths featuring stain glass, Wildtree, handmade Christmas gifts, scrapbooking, etc. Door prizes, raffles, Santa's workshop for children, food will be available to purchase. Cash and carry event, but orders can be placed. For information, Betty Burns, (847) 356-1076.
Lake County Fairgrounds Festival of Arts & Crafts: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, (GPS address is 19822 W. Peterson Rd. Libertyville), intersection of Peterson and Midlothian roads. Offering 300 indoor booths of quality handcrafted items by exhibitors from eight states. Includes oil paintings, water colors, portraits, photography, ceramics, furniture, painted windows, carved wood pieces, metal art, gourd art, lamps, mosaic art, birdbaths and houses, unique tiki bar items, and various home decor items. $3 admission, ages 11 and younger are free. Free parking. Exhibitors wishing to participate may call (847) 301-8543 or visit stepbystepcraftshows.com.
Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 in the Regole Field House at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. Last year'sjuried craft show featured 150 crafters and drew more than 3,200 paying customers.Call (630) 966-7665 or visit www.marmion.org/crafters.
Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25, Kane County Expo Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds, off Randall Road between routes 64 and 38, St. Charles.There is a $3 admission charge. The art and craft show features the handmade arts and crafts of approximately 70 artisans. There will be baked goods, fresh baked bread, homemade salsas and sauces, and chocolate lollipops. There will be jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, crochet scarves, fine woodworking, quilts, personalized ornaments, painted gourds, folk art and photography. Fun recycled art and Christmas decor in abundance will be for sale at the show.For information, contact Art of the Heartland Inc. at (815) 772-3279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.artoftheheartlandinc.com.
Christmastime at the Fine Line: Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 through Thursday, Dec. 6; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 6N158 Crane Road, St. Charles. Juried members show and sale includes unique ornaments, handmade Teddy bears, pottery, paintings, watercolors, handmade paper/books, cards, jewelry, clothing, wood, rag rugs and weavings, knitted and crocheted items and more. (630) 584-9443 or www.fineline.org.
St. John's Lutheran Church and School Art and Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 300 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Twenty-fifth annual fair includes a homemade soup and salad bar from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and homemade cinnamon rolls and beverages all day. For information, call Char Eineke, (847) 854-2304.
Tinley Park Convention Center Festival of Arts & Crafts: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. Over 180 indoor booths of Quality Handcrafted items by exhibitors from seven states. Includes water colors, sports and scenic photography, stained glass, gourds, metal art, ceramics, furniture, calligraphy, more. $3 admission, children younger than 12 free. Free parking. Call (847) 301-8543 or visit stepbystepcraftshows.com.
Christmas Sweets and Crafts Shop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Fireside Room at First United Methodist Church, 318 W. Main St. in West Dundee. The fourth annual crafts shop is being held during Dickens in Dundee, the annual festival which takes place across from the church in Grafelman Park. For information, call the church office, (847) 426-2113 or visit firstumcdundee.net.
Schaumburg Park Foundation Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Schaumburg Corporate Center Atrium, 1501 W. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Crafters and vendors. Admission free For information, (847) 985-2115.
Cookie Walk: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St. The 30th annual Cookie Walk featuring dozen cookies of all kinds. Customers fill their boxes any way they choose all one kind or mix-and-match. Reservations for Cookie Walk are not required but lines do form early and favorite varieties sell out fast. Visit www.uusg.org.
Community Protestant UCC Cookie, Candy and Craft Walk: 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 418 N. Prairie, Mundelein. Features homemade cookies, candy and crafts, the popular Jingle Bell Room full of gently used jewelry, holiday decor items, and vintage holiday decorations. Call (847) 566-4000.
Harper College Festival of Arts & Crafts Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Two hundred indoor booths of quality handcrafted items by exhibitors from six states. Includes oil paintings, water colors, photography, stained glass, gourds, metal art, ceramics, furniture, windows, home decor. Admission $3; children ages 11 and younger free. (847) 301-85434 or stepbystepcraftshows.com.
Fremd High School Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 1000 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. Hosted by the Fremd High School Viking Booster Club, the fair will feature over 250 vendors on two floors. Includes homemade holiday decorations, ornaments and gifts, gourmet food items, upcycled gifts and jewelry, candles, art photography, clothing, pet items, games, glassware, ceramic tiles, pottery and more. Free admission and parking. Visit fremdcraftfairholiday2012.eventbrite.com.
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