The 2016 Chicago Gift Guide

Looking for local offerings this holiday season? Here’s a few places where you can pick out some items that could have only be found in Chicago.


Ready or not, the holidays are upon us again! Now’s the time to start thinking about your Christmas gifts, especially if you’re planning on traveling to see family or friends.

For our Christmas presents, we try to find goods from local sellers or vendors. From our perspective, It’s always fun to receive something that’s distinct, and it’s also a great way to support the community and the talented people who create!

While the options here in Chicago are nearly endless, here are six that really stand out to me.

christkindlemart1: Andersonville Galleria

Open year-round, the Andersonville Galleria is a great place featuring a selection of area artists, with a large space hosting 90 vendors, many of which boast plenty of Chicago-themed crafts those on your Christmas list are sure to enjoy.

2: Renegade Christmas Market

If you loved the Renegade Craft Fair in the fall, you won’t want to miss their Christmas Market in Bridgeport. It’s packed full of Chicagoland vendors with handmade goodies. It’s a popular event, so expect a crowd. One of my favorite parts is taking the CTA, which provides a complimentary holiday trolley to the event at the Bridgeport Arts Center. It doesn’t get any jollier than that!

3: Randolph Street’s Holiday Market

If you’re shopping for people who LOVE antiques and vintage finds, the Randolph Street’s Holiday Market is the spot for you (and them). Produced by the Randolph Street Market Festival and costing just a nominal $10 entry fee, this event is the place to find one-of-a-kind items — and that entry fee affords you three different weekends to choose from.

fullsizerender-34: Holiday Remix Chicago

At the Holiday Remix, you’ll be able to make a selection you can feel extra good about giving — because it comes from recycled and repurposed materials. If that’ especially important to you, I’d recommend heading down to the Broadway Armory on December 10.

5: Christkindlmarket

Obligatory of course, but the Christkindlmarket is a Chicago holiday tradition. In the center of downtown, this market is the a prime place to warm up with some spiced wine while you shop. As a German market, not all the products will be native to The Second City, but they sure will be unique! Look for it opening in Daley Plaza this November.

6: Tea’se Tea Shoppe Pop-Up

Okay, okay, a bit of shameless self-promotion, but you’ve already read this far so … why not? Tea’se Tea Shoppe is hosting a Pop-Up Holiday Market November 13 that yours truly will be selling at. There will be a few area vendors there, so if snuggly crochet wears aren’t your thing, there will be more to choose from! Stop by and say, “Hello!”

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