Crafts & Drafts returns to Elmhurst Brewing June 4

  • Jennifer Coleman discusses one of the earring sets with Yoali Metztli, owner of Libra Rising by Yoali, at a 2022 market on the beer garden patio.

    Jennifer Coleman discusses one of the earring sets with Yoali Metztli, owner of Libra Rising by Yoali, at a 2022 market on the beer garden patio. Courtesy of John E. Streetz

Updated 5/30/2023 7:39 PM

Crafts & Drafts, the popular craft show organized by the Streetz Artz Alliance, is set to return to Elmhurst Brewing for its next edition on Sunday, June 4. The craft market, which has been successfully running for approximately two years, has become a must-visit event for both the local community and craft enthusiasts.

Crafts & Drafts takes place six times a year on the first Sunday of every even month, offering a platform for talented artists and makers to showcase their creations. This event is known for its vibrant atmosphere, bringing together a diverse range of artisans under one roof.


Organized and curated by John E Streetz, founder of the Streetz Artz Alliance, Crafts & Drafts has been a collaborative effort with Elmhurst Brewing for over three years.

Elmhurst Brewing, 171 N. Addison Ave. in Elmhurst, has played host to this recurring event, offering attendees a warm and welcoming environment and some delicious brunch.

"This is the first show of the year that we can enjoy the beer garden in all its glory with table service, plant decor and 16 artists spread across the beer garden and in front of the brewery," Streetz said. "There's something magical about pairing brunch, craft beer and shopping for handmade items."

The upcoming Crafts & Drafts craft show is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., making it the perfect weekend activity for families and individuals alike. The event is free to attend, and Elmhurst Brewing will be serving their delicious brunch until 2:30 p.m.

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Visitors can also enjoy the extensive selection of craft beers brewed on-site, adding to the overall experience.

Crafts & Drafts has garnered immense popularity, drawing both customers and staff to Elmhurst Brewing.

Marissa Majewski, one of the shift managers at the brewery, commented, "People call about the Crafts & Drafts all the time. Definitely a big hit with customers and staff. The market brings people in and is always a good crowd."

The craft show has become a significant part of the brewery's identity, offering a blend of art, craft, and community engagement.

The upcoming edition of Crafts & Drafts will feature an exciting lineup of artists and makers. The event aims to showcase both established and emerging talents, ensuring a fresh and diverse mix of creative offerings. Attendees can explore a wide range of art forms. Some of the artists in this event include: Avijo Design, Chicitycrafts, Design with Millie, DK Custom Woodwork Co., Gigawatt Coffee Roasters, JoJo CoCo Craft Company, Kent Smith Art, Mad Ones Studio, Mystic Mango, Paper Doll Time, Quinncakes by George, The Cookie Garden, Tiny Rebel Clothing Co., and Very Powerful Dice.

Crafts & Drafts at Elmhurst Brewing has consistently been a platform that fosters collaboration and supports local artists. Drew Katchmar, owner of DK Custom Woodwork Co., shared his experience, saying, "Elmhurst brewery is a huge show for me. I have been doing shows here since I left my previous career. Elmhurst as a whole is a huge portion of my client base. The people of Elmhurst are fantastic and love quality products. Definitely my type of people."


For more information about Crafts & Drafts, including vendor inquiries and event updates, follow the Streetz Artz Alliance on Facebook.

Or to make reservations for brunch, call (630) 834-BREW. Note that reservations aren't required.

About the Streetz Artz Alliance

The Streetz Artz Alliance is a group of artists that consist of handmakers, artists, tarot readers, vintage collectors, henna artists and similar. The group is an advocate for small businesses and breweries and works to provide intimate shows with high quality artists. Pairing craft beer and art has been a great combination at the shows from the alliance.

About Elmhurst Brewing

Elmhurst Brewing is an eclectic microbrewery designed to serve the thirsty folks of Elmhurst. In addition to craft beer they have a rotating menu for brunch, lunch and dinner. The brewery has been supporting artists since the year they opened and has been working with the Streetz Artz Alliance since 2021.

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