Art fairs are back! And these popular events are a great outdoor activity for the whole family (or solo adventure). So, whether you’re looking to get a head start on holiday shopping or in need of new living room decor, there’s certainly something for everyone at these arts and craft fairs around Chicago. Check ‘em out!
Looking to pair up art and a good drink? Don’t forget to check out our roundup on the Oktoberfest celebrations happening around town!
Featured image credit: Maker’s Market in Evanston
401 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
When: Saturday 9/18 and Sunday 9/19 from 10am to 5pm
For five years, Artfest has been showcasing work from iconic artists all over the country. This “all-art” show in Chicago features an impressive variety of mediums with everything from functional wearables and stunning glass jewelry to sustainable, up-cycled creations. Register here to visit – admission is free for everyone.
2136 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL
When: Saturday 9/25 from 3pm to 6pm
Pop by Pose Cultural Art Center, a new business in Ukrainian Village, for an afternoon of fun at the Black Arts and Craft Show! Check out stunning work from Chicagoland Black artists including gorgeous art, beautiful jewelry, and delicious smelling candles.
1215 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607
When: 9/30 through 10/3
Discover art you love. The Other Art Fair Chicago is back for their third year, in a new location: Revel Fulton Market. Browse thousands of fair-priced artwork from 120 of Chicago’s top independent artists. And don’t miss the special installations, interactive art experiences, and performances!
1800 Maple Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
When: Saturday 10/2 from 12pm to 5pm
Head out to the ‘burbs for a weekend of fun. Maker’s Market features hundreds of handcrafted treasures from 20+ local artists including arts, crafts, stationery, prints, wearables, soaps, jewelry, and handbags. Evanston is known as one of the major art hubs and the upcoming art fair always features new arts and crafts. So if you enjoy exploring new local artists’ works, the Maker’s Market in Evanston is a good place to start.
124 Cass St. Woodstock, IL 60098
When: Saturday 10/9 from 9am to 2pm
Mark your calendars! Visit the Mixin’ Mingle to meet talented crafters and shop their creations of unique products. Pro-tip: if you’re into Color Street, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, LuLaRoe (and other items normally found through Sale Reps) this event is perfect for you! Stock up on fall decorations, autumn scents and even early holiday gift shopping.
601 North Martingale Road Schaumburg, IL 60173
When: Saturday 11/13 from 10am to 3pm
You know the word. Yes, holiday season. And for those of you who are smart enough to get a head-start on the gift list, here is another great arts and crafts show near Chicago to source unique items. Seventy-five local artisans will take over the 4th floor of the outdoor, covered parking garage at Streets of Woodfield for a single-day Handmade Market. Register here to receive an email reminder. Admission is free for all ages.