Top 10 Holiday Markets In Chicago

Photo of Benita Gingerella
9 February 2017

Take a break from large retail stores this season and shop local. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or to treat yourself during the holiday season, these holiday markets around Chicago will help you find that one-of-a-kind item.

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Perhaps the most popular holiday market in the city, The Christkindlmarket opened in 1995 and has been setting up shop in Daley Plaza since. The market is inspired by the Christkindlmarket held in Nuremberg, Germany, and offers a variety of German gifts, food, and drinks. The free market runs from November 20th to December 24th.

Christkindlmarket, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 494 2175

Vintage Garage Holiday Market

Historical Landmark, Market, Park

Although the Vintage Garage Market is open several times throughout the year, the December market is holiday themed. Around 100 vendors will be selling vintage Christmas trees, ornaments, and decorations at the Vintage Market on November 15. There is a $5 entrance fee.

Chicago Irish Christmas Market

This free holiday market will be held at Northcenter Town Square from December 11th-13th. Irish and other European crafts and food will be available for sale. During its run, the market will also be collecting canned food items and toiletries for the Common Pantry and the Friendship Center.

Randolph Street Holiday Market

Market, Street Food, $$$
The Randolph Street Holiday Market is one of the biggest holiday markets in the city. Located at Plumbers Hall, the market will sell vintage and handmade jewelry, furniture, apparel, antiques, and decorations. There is a $10 admission fee; however, the market provides free parking and gift wrapping.

Chicago Botanical Garden Holiday Market

Botanical Garden
The Chicago Botanical Garden will be hosting its own market on December 6th. Located in Burstein Hall, the market will feature 14 vendors selling seasonal produce, jam, soap, candles, and more. The market is free to attend.

Made in Chicago Holiday Market

Market, American
Put on by The Chicago Reader, The Made in Chicago Holiday Market features goods by local artists and vendors. Perfect for last-minute shoppers, the market will be held on December 20th in the Chicago Plumbers Hall. It is free to attend and will have free parking.

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