Now that we’re beyond the madness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all that goes with that retail craziness, it’s time to get more creative with your gifting. Instead of fighting to get in the doors of Best Buy or Target to get a massive HDTV, you can casually enjoy a day or evening out with friends at a variety of local markets where you can pick up locally made goods — everything from sauces, chocolates and spirits to handcrafted kids clothes, pottery and jewelry. So where to nab all these great finds?
Randolph Street Holiday Market
Where: Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W. Washington)
When: Dec. 10-11 opens at 10 a.m.
What you’ll find: Vintage wares of all kinds, shapes and sizes
Entry fee: Tickets cost $8 but there are a variety of packages available
Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-up Shop
Where: Alexander Graham Bell School (3730 N. Oakley)
When: Dec. 10-11 starting at 11 a.m.
What you’ll find: Handcrafted items and artwork like jewelry, photos and paintings from more than 40 local female artists.
Entry fee: none
Where: Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan)
When: Dec. 11 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What you’ll find: Jewelry, adorable kid clothes, gourmet treats, scents, candles, lotions and so much more.
Entry fee: Tickets cost $10 (online), 25% benefits Chicago Children’s Choir
Sauced Night Market
Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan)
When: Dec. 13 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What you’ll find: A bunch of fantastic local eats and drinks while you peruse artisan items.
Entry fee: None
Shop Sensual Holiday Pop-up Shop
Where: Reunion (2557 W. North Ave)
When: Dec. 16-18
What you’ll find: All sorts of tasteful — and naughty — sensual gifts
Entry fee: none