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Holiday Sales and Markets 

Architectural Artifacts' Holiday Show, Handmade Market, and more

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African Holiday Marketplace Cohosted by Africa International House USA and the Chicago Park District, this sale features fine art, crafts, clothes, toys, and more, as well as live entertainment.  Fri 12/11, 1-7 PM; Sat 12/12, noon-7 PM, Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel, 773-955-2787,

Architectural Artifacts' Holiday Show Antiques, works by more than 75 artists, and a silent auction to benefit Chicago Park District programs.  Sun 12/13, 10 AM-5 PM, Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, 773-348-0622,

BAM Holiday Party and Sale The Broadway Antique Market offers discounts on items from the art deco, modern, and other periods.  Thu-Sun 12/10-12/13. Party Thu 12/10, 6-9 PM. Fri-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun 11 AM-6 PM, Broadway Antique Market, 6130 N. Broadway, 773-743-5444,

Bucktown Holiday Art Show This annual juried sale features painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and more from almost a hundred artists.  Sat-Sun 12/12-12/13, noon-5 PM, Holstein Park field house, 2200 N. Oakley, 773-489-5069,, $2 at the door, free admission pass through Web site.

Fair Trade Holiday Market Handmade arts and crafts, prints, jewelry, pastries, clothing, and more. No contact info or admission information offered.  Sun 12/13 and 12/20, 11 AM-7 PM, 1900 S. Carpenter.

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts + Crafts Expo Original work by more than a hundred artisans. All proceeds benefit the center's programs.  Through 12/22: Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM, Sun noon-4 PM, 12/21-12/22 10 AM-8 PM, Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, 847-475-5300,

Handmade Market This monthly event features jewelry, clothes, handbags, paper, and other stuff by more than 30 local crafters. 21+ and kids with parents. Sat 12/12, noon-4 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600,

Holiday Boutique Jewelry, etchings, sculpture, and more by 30 local artists.  Through 12/20: Thu-Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun 1-5 PM, Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton, Evanston, 847-738-0716,

Holiday Cookie Walk Proceeds from this cookbook and cookies-by-the-pound sale go toward restoring the cathedral's bell tower.  Sat 12/12, 10 AM-4 PM, Sun 12/13, noon-4 PM, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, social hall, 1121 N. Leavitt, 773-486-6064,

Holiday Pottery and Arts Show A home exhibition featuring pottery, jewelry, and sculpture by Nancy Pirri, Robert Milanowski, Stephanie Marder, Isabel Mikell, Howard Skolnik, and Rebecca Zemans.  Sat-Sun 12/12-12/13, 11 AM-4 PM, 2735 N. Richmond, 773-576-3378,

Holiday Show of Fine Craft Work by local artists including Judy Petacque, Joyce Rebora, and others.  Through 1/2: Tue-Fri 10:30 AM-5:30 PM, Sat 11 AM-5 PM (holiday hours start 12/20), Vale Craft, 230 W. Superior, 312-337-3525,

Holidays Around the World Celebration Two art fairs hosted by Edgewater Artists in Motion, promotions by neighborhood businesses, photos with Santa, free trolleys, and more.  Sat 12/12, 11 AM-6 PM, from N. Clark to N. Broadway and W. Devon to W. Berwyn, 4 PM tree lighting ceremony at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway, 773-561-6000,

click to enlarge Harvest Celebration, a collage by Judy Petacque
  • Harvest Celebration, a collage by Judy Petacque (see Holiday Show of Fine Craft)

Jarvis Square Artisan Market Jewelry, fiber arts, fashion accessories, and more from local artisans, and discounts from area businesses.  Sat 12/12, 11 AM-6 PM, 1520 W. Jarvis, 312-835-9424,

West Walker Holiday Art Invitational Arts and crafts by more than 15 artists, music, refreshments, and more. Sponsored by Irving Park Carlson Ministries/Magic After-School Place.  Sat 12/12, 10 AM-5 PM, Irving Park Lutheran Church, gym, 4057 N. Harding, 773-539-1716,

Worth Your Salt Pop-up Shop This temporary shop features objects by 19 emerging American designers who bring together "themes of industriousness and play."  Through 12/11: Thu-Fri noon-9 PM, Pavilion, 2055 N. Damen,


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