Many treasures await at holiday craft fairs and bazaars
On the hunt for a unique holiday gift? Artisans and vendors will be selling their wares at various craft fairs and bazaars throughout the area now through December.
Artisan Craft and Food Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The fair will take place in two spaces around the farm -- the heated event tent and rustic barn -- and will feature Chicago-area vendors selling handmade goods, from mittens and jams to art, soaps and more. www.heritageprairiefarm.com/artisan-craft-food-fair.
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Mercyhealth Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. More than 125 crafters and artists offer handcrafted items. Featured will be home, holiday and yard decor, floral arrangements, crochet items, bath and body products, jewelry, pet supplies, woodcrafts, clothing and accessories, doll clothes, metalwork, baby items and more. Admission is $4; free for kids 11 and younger. Free parking. www.rockfordcraftshow.com.
Holiday Book & Art Sale: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Friends of the Library Holiday Book and Art Sale features like-new gift books, nostalgia items, collectible books, silent auctions, autographed copies, plus framed and unframed art. Items are individually priced. Proceeds benefit the library. Free admission. www.wheatonlibrary.org/friends.
Fall Book Sale: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows. Friends of the Rolling Meadows Library hosts this fundraising book sale in the upper level Community Room of the library. Sale features more than 10,000 books and lots of audio/visual items, all at bargain prices. Proceeds fund library equipment, programs and special events. www.rmlib.org.
Mistletoe Market: 1-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Shop from local crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. The marketplace coincides with Cantigny's festive Shades of Crimson poinsettia sale and display at the park's greenhouse. Free admission with $5 parking. www.cantigny.org.
Providence Christmas Market: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Northwest Bible Baptist Church, 9N889 Nesler Road, Elgin. Annual fundraiser, benefiting Providence Bible College, features quilts, afghans, gift jars, purses/totes, lawn games, cookies, pies and more. Homemade concessions include chili, gumbo, soups and sandwiches. Free admission and parking. www.facebook.com/providencechristmasmarket.
Merry Makers Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 816 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. Christmas wreaths, holiday decorations and ornaments, crocheted baby items, afghans, hats and scarves will be on sale. Also available will be homemade holiday cookies, breads, fudge and more. For information, call (847) 888-2230.
Nov. 19 to Dec. 24
Christkindlmarket: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 19 to Dec. 24; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Dec. 24, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago. Shop for high quality gifts and food and enjoy holiday cheer. www.christkindlmarket.com.
Art + Market Aurora: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at Society 57, 100 S. River St., Aurora. Shop local vendors and makers, including baked goods, soaps, flowers, art and more. Free. auroradowntown.org/market.
Craft and Vendor Fair and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin. Shop the annual craft/vendor fair and bake sale. Free admission. www.fumcelgin.org.
Leggee Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley. More than 150 crafters and vendors showcase their goods to benefit Leggee Elementary School. Includes a raffle and bake sale. Admission is a nonperishable food donation for the Grafton Food Pantry. Current CDC guidelines will be followed. www.facebook.com/events/381698530140322.
Salt Creek Park District Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Salt Creek Sports Center, 647 S. Consumers Ave., Palatine. Homemade items in a variety of media. (847) 259-6890 or www.saltcreekpd.com.
Holiday Craft Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Triphahn Center and Ice Arena, 1685 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Homemade holiday gifts, home décor, treats, accessories and more from local vendors and crafters. Free admission. heparks.org/event/craft-fair.
Holiday Craft Show FUNdraiser: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Alive Center, 500 W. 5th Ave., Naperville. Join the Alive Center and Fruits of the Spirit for a holiday craft show featuring wreaths, swags, candle lanterns, sleds, sleighs, snowmen, centerpieces, birdhouses, Santas, gnomes and lots of ornaments. All proceeds benefit the Alive Center's free after-school teen programs. Cash and checks only. sites.google.com/view/creationsbyjoditraub/home.
Nov. 20 -21
Woman's Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Woman's Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The bazaar is a juried holiday art and gift show featuring home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories and gourmet foods. $5 suggested donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Woman's Club of Evanston's Community Grants Fund. Masks required. www.wcofe.org/HolidayBazaar.
Artisan Faire: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel hosts its annual faire featuring handcrafted wares created by local artists, including jewelry, knits, children's clothes and accessories, ceramics, cards, fused glass, prints, soaps, Judaica and other products. Free gift wrap. Artist donations will be raffled off at 1 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Masks required. Free admission. (847) 675-0951 or www.tbiskokie.org.
Festival of Arts & Crafts: 2-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Handmade items by 300 crafters and artists from 12 states. Many products can be personalized. Admission is $4-$5; free for children 11 and younger. Free parking. stepbysteppromotions.com.
St. Zachary Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Zachary Parish Life Center Gymnasium, 567 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Hosted by the St. Zachary Home and School Association, the bazaar features art and crafts, home-based vendors and raffles. Admission is $1; free for kids 12 and younger. www.saintzacharyschool.org/2021/09/23/holiday-bazaar.
Hawthorn Woods Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Village Barn, 2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods. A variety of vendors and businesses sell their unique and handcrafted items. Free admission. www.vhw.org/430/Holiday-Craft-Fair.
Marmion Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Marmion Academy's Regole Field House and Alumni Hall gym, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Enter through doors 7 and 16. This year's show will feature more than 200 crafters and vendors. Enjoy lunch prepared by Belgio's Catering and freshly baked pies sold by the Flannigan Rifles Drill Team. A Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar will be available on Sunday for those 21 and older. Admission is $5 for those 12 and older; free parking. www.marmion.org.
Chicago Artisan Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago. This curated market celebrates small businesses that create one-of-a-kind products. Meet and shop with the artisans and learn how they make their products, eats, art and confections. $10. chicagoartisanmarket.com/calendar.
Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, in Robinson Hall at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Juried show of handmade items by more than 100 crafters featuring Christmas floral and candies, jewelry, photography, paper crafts, apparel and accessories, folk art with holiday themes, homemade soup and dip mixes, handmade soap, wood signs and knitting. Holiday greens for sale from Heinz Brothers Greenhouse. Lunch available. Admission is $3. artoftheheartland.com/christmasonthefox.html.
Holiday Expo and Toy Drive: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Shop from more than 100 Chicago vendors/entrepreneurs, offering beauty, fitness, health, jewelry, fashion and more. There will be a Kidz Corner with holiday activities for children. Drinks and food will be available. Donations are welcome for the toy, coat and food drive. Hosted by Wise Branding Co. wisebrandingco.com.
Naperville Garden Club Cup of Cheer House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3, at Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 Jackson Ave., Naperville. Tour four Naperville homes decorated for the holidays. The market includes holiday home decor and is open to the public without an event ticket from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. $40-$55. napervillegardenclub.org.
One of a Kind Holiday Show and Sale: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, on the seventh floor of theMART, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago. The holiday show will bring together 400 artists, artisans and makers from North America to offer fine art and handmade goods. Plus, there will be gourmet cafes, bar areas, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Admission is $10 a day or $15 for a two-day pass; free for children 12 and younger. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. www.oneofakindshowchicago.com.
Holiday Shopping Blitz: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Shop from more than 100 crafters and vendors featuring jewelry, knitted items, pet products, holiday décor, purses, clothing, ceramics, candles, quilts, beauty products, books, gourmet foods and more. $1 admission benefits the Bartlett Parks Foundation. bartlettparks.org.
Dickens in Dundee Christmas Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 410 W. Main St., West Dundee. Dundee Township Historical Society will hold its Christmas sale during the Dickens in Dundee celebration. New, gently used and vintage Christmas items sold at reasonable prices. dundeetownshiphistorical.org.
Lake Park High School Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Lake Park High School West Campus Field House, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. The 39th annual Lancer Craft Fair includes crafters displaying handcrafted gift items for sale. Proceeds benefit Lake Park organizations, including prom and the Foreign Exchange Groups. $2. sites.google.com/lphs.org/lpcraftfair/home.
25th Santa Maria Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Santa Maria Parish Center, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. Homemade crafts, photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bake sale, raffle, Mistletoe Cafe and more. www.facebook.com/smdpmundelein.
Christmas at the Farm: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Compass Lane Farm, 154 Roberts Road, Lake Barrington. Join local artisans at a historic dairy farm for a holiday art, craft and food market in support of a nonprofit working to foster lifelong learners of nature, health and self. The event will include activities, snacks and photo opportunities. Free admission; donations are welcome. compasslanefarm.com.
Santa's Workshop at Wilder Mansion: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Santa's Workshop is a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love. Items are kid-priced and kid-friendly. Free admission. www.epd.org/news/santas-workshop.
Cookie Exchange: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Bring a batch of your favorite homemade cookies and a copy of the recipe to share and exchange with fellow baking enthusiasts. Hot chocolate, coffee and containers to take home the cookies will be provided. winnetkalibrary.libcal.com/event/7875270.
Flea Market: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. Admission is $6 adults; free for children 12 and younger. www.kanecountyfair.com/Events.
Elk Grove Park District Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9-10, at Al Hattendorf Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. Bazaar features a variety of handcrafted and homemade items such as ceramics, crafts, decor, quilted items, knitted items, crochet items and more. Raffle and food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the seniors at the Sheila Ray Adult Center. Free admission. www.elkgroveparks.org/events/annual-holiday-bazaar-2.
Winterfest Art Market: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Artisan Collective and Batavia Main Street hosts local artisans for a weekend outdoor fine art and craft sale. downtownbatavia.com/winterfest-art-market.
Cookie Walk: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, 8505 Church St., Crystal Lake. 29th annual Cookie Walk features traditional cookies for $10 a pound. Proceeds benefit the church youth and budget, Home of the Sparrow and CASA McHenry County. Free admission. (815) 459-1132 or www.rclpc.org.
Fremd Viking Booster Club Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at William Fremd High School, 1000 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. The Viking Booster Club hosts its annual craft show with gifts, clothing, housewares, handbags, accessories and food from more than 200 vendors. Spirit store and concessions available all day. Free admission, parking and shuttle bus. www.fremdboosterclub.org/craft-fair.
Jolly Vendor and Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Mixin Mingle Inc., 124 Cass St., Woodstock. Join for DiVine Events' Jolly Craft and Vendor Fair featuring unique handmade items from local crafters. www.mixinmingle.com.
Revive Handmade Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Rolling Green Country Club, 2525 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. More than 60 artisans will be exhibiting unique handmade items ranging from bath and beauty products to candles, jewelry, home decor, artwork, woodworking and more. There will be holiday-themed appetizers and a cash bar featuring holiday-inspired cocktails. www.facebook.com/groups/1231741980520072 or email@example.com.
Antique Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Admission is $7 for adults; free for children 12 and younger with an adult. Early buyers admission is $25 from 8-9 a.m. Saturday. Free parking. zurkopromotions.com.
Chicago Artisan Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago. The Chicago Artisan Market is a curated indoor market featuring one-of-a-kind products. Market showcases the Midwest's finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods and art. $10. chicagoartisanmarket.com.