You say your holiday shopping list includes a Vietnamese silk painting? A handwoven shawl? An armchair for your dog? You're in luck. Those items, plus thousands more--from bottle-cap jewelry to out-of-print books on Native American art--are for sale at this year's assortment of local holiday bazaars, craft fairs, and fine art extravaganzas. A selection follows. Events are given in chronological order and are free unless otherwise indicated.
One of a Kind Show and Sale, Merchandise Mart, 312-527-4141. Furniture, fine art, table and bed linens, clothing, jewelry, hats, handbags, and more. Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, 11 AM to 8 PM; Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, December 8, 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission (good for all four days) is $10, $7 for seniors, free for kids under seven.
27th Annual Holiday Show, Lill Street Gallery, 1021 W. Lill, 773-477-6185. Ceramics and metalwork. Through December 31: Sunday and Monday noon to 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM.
Animal Care League Holiday Bazaar, Nineteenth Century Club, 178 N. Forest, Oak Park, 708-848-8155. Wreaths, candles, holiday decorations, pet treats, and pet toys. Friday, December 6, 3 to 9 PM, and Saturday, December 7, 9 AM to 3 PM.
Holiday exhibition and open house, 4052 N. Western, 773-539-6047. Ceramics, watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings. Friday, December 6, 5 to 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, noon to 5 PM.
Cornelia Arts Holiday Show, Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia, 773-883-9194. Ceramics, glassware, photography, clothing, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Friday, December 6, 6 to 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 11 AM to 5 PM.
Woman Made Gallery Annual Holiday Bazaar, 1900 S. Prairie, 312-328-0038. Ceramics, paintings, handbags, eyeglasses cases, jewelry, clocks, photography, greeting cards, and more. Opening reception Friday, December 6, 6 to 9 PM. Through December 22: Wednesday through Friday noon to 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 PM.
Holiday Ceramic Show and Sale, Park West Ceramics, 719 W. Wrightwood, 773-296-2160. Ceramics. Opening reception Friday, December 6, 7 to 11 PM. Through January 8: Monday through Friday 7 to 10 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday noon to 4 PM.
Loyola Park Holiday Bazaar, Loyola Park field house, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 312-742-7857. Products made in or related to Rogers Park: jewelry, dolls, books on neighborhood history, and more. Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Holiday Bazaar, 2600 Central Park, Evanston, 847-475-1030. Rare and out-of-print books and journals on Native American art and culture, Native American toys and games, tree or-naments, jewelry, dolls, videos, and music. Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, December 8, noon to 5 PM. Suggested donation of $5, $2.50 for seniors, students, and children, or $10 per family.
All That Glitters: A Holiday Bazaar at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-346-3278. Gift items by local artisans. Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, December 8, 11 AM to 5 PM.
Howdy Doody Holiday Art Sale, Beacon Street Gallery, 4131 N. Broadway, 773-525-7579. Handmade toys, Vietnamese silk paintings, books, collectibles, prints, and more. Saturday, December 7, 11 AM to 4 PM.
Julmarknad, Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111. Traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts. Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, December 8, 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $2.
Chicago Arts District Holiday Show (formerly the Pilsen Artists Holiday Show), 2003 S. Halsted, 312-377-4444. Ceramics, textiles, prints, photography, paintings, jewelry, and more, "priced at $100 or under." Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, noon to 6 PM.
Twisted Elf: First Annual Bizarre Performance Bazaar, Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 773-327-6096. Jewelry, holiday cards, clothing, photography, candles, bath salts, toys, paintings, scarves, handbags, pottery, and more, plus performances throughout the day by sketch comedy groups. Sunday, December 8, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $12, $6 for students and seniors.
Home Is Where the Art Is, 3635 N. Mozart, 773-267-2413. Masks, mirrors, gourds, silver jewelry, handwoven shawls, natural soaps and candles, coffees and teas, antiques, and more. Opening with the artists Friday, December 13, 5 to 9 PM. Through December 22: Monday through Friday 4 to 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM.
Evanston Art Center Holiday Art and Craft Fair, 2603 Sheridan, Evanston, 847-475-5300. Ceramics, jewelry, masks, dolls, menorahs, small sculptures, and more. Saturday, December 14, 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, December 15, 11 AM to 4 PM.
Bucktown Holiday ArtShow, Holstein Park field house, 2200 N. Oakley, 312-409-4658. Clothing, jewelry, blank books, dog furniture, children's wear, birdhouses, table lamps, polar fleece quilts, gift tags, and more. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $1.
HotHouse Holiday Market, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707. Vintage clothing, jewelry, hats, birdhouses, pottery, bedding, children's wear, tree ornaments, quilts, scarves, and more. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 11 AM to 6 PM.