Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead them one step closer to opening their own doors in the future. Miss Part 1? You can find it here.

I know you're expecting me to say the Christkindlmarket is one of my favorites, but it's not. Granted, it is the only time you can get Dinkle's delicious coffee cakes for the same price they were 20 years ago; but, it's an outdoor market. Fabulous if it were 80°, not so much when it's 20°. Basically, I don't like to be cold.

imageSo, we're off to Dose Market. Instead of once a month, Dose is now running every Sunday through December 15th. Each week is filled with different vendors, so you'll find cool new gifts every visit.

Dose Market is located at 2033 WEST NORTH AVENUE CHICAGO, runs 10-4 and costs $5 to get in, admission includes a free drink ticket.

This week's market features handcrafted chocolates, Pour Souls Cocktail Club, purses, pastries, handmade kids clothes, and much more. Check out their website for a complete list of vendors each week.

The nice thing about Dose Market is that it doesn't take all day. So, you'll have time to hit another favorite...Renegade Craft Fair. Ok, if you've never been to a Renegade market...well...it's unlike any other market. It's less crafty and more artsy. A little hipster, a little bizarre, but entirely unique.

imageThe last time I was there I found fun kitchen towels from Nourishing Notes  (she'll actually be at Dose market on November 24th), but the guy selling painted skulls (not patterns with skulls, painted skulls) had a busy booth as well.

Despite the popularity of Renegade, the venue is tight. Do yourself a favor and leave strollers at home. That's not to say it isn't family friendly, but aisles are narrow and crowded.

In addition to Chicago, this craft fair is only held in 5 cities (Austin, Brooklyn, San Fran, LA, and London). So, don't miss it when it's here (only twice a year). December 7th & 8th is next one.

The show runs from 11am – 6pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago) and it's free to attend! Visit their website for more details.

'Burbs or city, which are your favorite holiday markets?

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