17 sea­sonal pop-up shops and mar­kets for hol­i­day shop­ping in Chicago

Red Eye Chicago - - Cover Story - By Saman­tha Nel­son

Buy­ing hol­i­day gifts can feel like a chore, es­pe­cially when your list in­cludes peo­ple who are hard to shop for. Luck­ily, these 17 spots have made shop­ping sea­son eas­ier by host­ing sea­sonal mar­kets and pop-up stores where you can find a wide va­ri­ety of presents, plus have some fun your­self.

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Chicago-based footwear line Chinelas is run­ning a pop-up in the Loop shop­ping cen­ter through Dec. 5 sell­ing their sig­na­ture comfy slip­pers and san­dals. Give back by shop­ping on Nov. 30, when 10 per­cent of the pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit Make-a-Wish.

Bridge­port Art Cen­ter

Rene­gade Craft Fair takes over the space from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1-2, bring­ing to­gether new and es­tab­lished crafters sell­ing ceram­ics, cloth­ing, jew­elry, wal­lets, watches and more. The event also fea­tures food trucks, cock­tails and mu­sic from lo­cal DJs. You can also come from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21 to shop for works from the cen­ter’s more than 100 res­i­dent artists and then tour the space’s stu­dios and four art gal­leries while en­joy­ing com­pli­men­tary



The rooftop lounge at Vir­gin Ho­tels Chicago gets decked out like a ’70s ski lounge for an Apres Ski Win­ter Mar­ket run­ning from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Shop for home goods, ap­parel, jew­elry, vin­tage records and skin­care prod­ucts while lis­ten­ing to hol­i­day tunes spun by a ro­tat­ing set of DJs. Take a break for a wine tast­ing from No Fine Print Wine Co. then swing by Com­mons Club on the ho­tel’s sec­ond floor, where you’ll get 20 per­cent off your meal with proof of pur­chase from the mar­ket.


The an­nual Sauced Night Mar­ket takes over the CAA.

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