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A Guide To Chicago's Holiday Markets

By Lauren Wulf LaRoche

Holiday markets are once again popping up throughout Chicago. With vintage items, handmade gifts, antiques and new treasures, there's always something to cross off your list. Here are a few markets coming up to get your holiday shopping started.


Randolph Street's 7th Annual Holiday Markets

Beaux Arts Plumber's Hall
1340 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL

Dates: November 24-25th & December 14-15th
Hours: 10am- 5pm
Admission: $10 at the gate, $8 online / Students- $5 at the gate, $3 online

At Randolph Street's two holiday markets, you can meet style experts, enjoy a little elves craft tent for kids, hit up the photo booth, listen to live music and more.

The Holiday Market features a unique mix of antique, vintage and modern goods making it this year's one stop shop for memorable décor, accessories, furniture and custom-made gifts. With free gift-wrap on site, as well as a with free parking, this event is packed with perks. Additionally, the Market offers free furniture delivery in Chicago. Enjoy festive holiday cocktails and food while you browse more than 100 vendors offering fashion, home décor, furnishings and gifts Get a head start on Holiday shopping season for the best gifts.



Daley Plaza
Chicago, IL

Dates: November 26-December 24, 2013
Hours: Sun-Thurs (11am-8pm) and Fri-Sat (11am-9pm)
Admission: Free

Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, Christkindlmarket Chicago brings the German tradition to Chicago's Daley Plaza. This open-air Christmas festival showcases typical German food and drinks, along with holiday entertainment and shopping vendors.

Check out thousands of handmade ornaments, holiday decorations, gifts and more. There are also plenty of kids activities, food and drinks to keep you fueled and ready for a day of holiday shopping.

Kimpton Hotels of Chicago are getting into the spirit this year. With each of their three Loop hotels. Hotels Allegro, Monaco and Burnham are within steps of the 18th Annual Christkindlmarket Chicago and will be offering a special 15-20% off rates for stays, December 5-24, 2013. In addition, Atwood Café, located adjacent to Hotel Burnham and a ½ block from the market, will be offering complimentary Mulled Wine Mug refills with purchase of an entrée.

To book reservations and learn more, check out

Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market

Pulaski Park Field House
1419 W. Blackhawk St.
Chicago IL

Dates: December 7-8th
Hours: 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market will take place December 7-8th at the Pulaski Field House. With over 150 talented makers and free craft workshops hosted by Martha Stewart Living and RX Mode, there's no shortage of things to do and shop for. Enjoy a free trolley ride between the fair and the Damen or Division Blue line stops, a free photo booth, live music and entertainment as well as local food and drinks from the surrounding area. Check out the full map to see the list of vendors.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl's Guide Chicago.

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