Chicago Craft Fairs 2012 - Harvest Aplenty

It wouldn’t really be fall if I didn’t fall-ow up the Halloween post with a Chicago Craft Fairs review. Really, what is more fall than local artists pedaling their wares, sometimes in the cold, so that you may have the good fortune of happening upon them? Then, you get to give your family and friends something truly amazing and unique for the holidays instead of the Kenneth Cole tie you got at the last minute for Uncle Ted. When you are in a new city, and especially if you are staying at a truly magical historic First Class Chicago Brownstone vacation rental, it is always wise to check out the local artists. In fact, my opinion is, why even go to a new destination if you aren’t excited about sampling their local artisan food, their local artists, or their local theatre? That is the point, after all. To enjoy what the city has to offer.

Autumn gives visitors unique opportunities to sample the local artisans at local Chicago Craft Fairs all the way up to Christmas.

Instead of doing it by date, like any normal human being might, I am listing these by coolness factor, get ready…..go!

The DIY Trunk Sale Chicago Craft Fairs 2012

Harvest-DIY Trunk Show chicago
Harvest-DIY Trunk Show chicago

This is an incredible Chicago Craft Fair. You already missed the Renegade Art Show in September. Going to this show may assuage your sadness. November 17th,  Broadway Armory Park, 5917 North Broadway Street.

SOFA Art and Design Expo

Harvest-SOFA
Harvest-SOFA

Sculpture Objects Functional Art, so no…this is not a couch or Barcalounger convention, this is hip and modern art and it is for sale. Tickets are $15 but even the exhibits, like the glassblowing, are worth every nickel of admission.  It is an awesome experience.  November 2nd – 4th, Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue

Those are really the two biggest Chicago Craft Fairs but for the sake of fun, let’s explore the less well known shows, shall we?

Harvest of the Hands Art and Craft Show

Harvest of the Hands Chicago
Harvest of the Hands Chicago

Usually I would not suggest a little festival at a church but lately the gals at my church are waxing nostalgic about the days when we had a harvest and craft festival. People are making homemade food for sale, which is always the best you ever had, and the wares are always one of a kind and at the right price. This little festival looks like some fun. November 3rd , Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center in the Fellowship Hall/Parlor. Oh, this is in Naperville, BTW, enjoy the 30 minute fall foliage drive from your First Class Chicago High Rise Vacation Rental

Rolling Meadows Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique

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harvest-ROLLING

Likewise, I am loathe to recommend a high school event, especially one 20 minutes outside of your base camp. However, you never know what artist lurks off the highways and byways surrounding Chicago. This Chicago Craft Fair has been going on for 34 years, so enjoy the tradition. November 10th , Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 Central Road, Rolling Meadows

The Late Late Craft Show Chicago Craft Fairs 2012

Harvest Fair Late Late Craft Show Chicago
Harvest Fair Late Late Craft Show Chicago

I leave you with one final Chicago craft fair, near and dear to my heart. It probably should have been first on the list, but oh well.  It takes place at an Irish restaurant, at night, with a dizzying array of booze. This is really one to write home about. Admission is free, no less. How impressive. November 23rd Mrs. Murphy & Son’s Irish Bistro,3905 N. Lincoln Ave.

Trust me, if you come to Chicago and want to do your Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday shopping, make it a weekend. Get a vacation rental to end all vacation rentals at First Class Chicago, grab your girl/boyfriend, or amenable husband/wife, and get thee to a craft festival. Don’t get the same garbage everyone is getting -  branch out to a gift that will distinguish the giver as a true patron of the arts.