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Wicker Area Weekend: Renegade Craft Fair, Do-Division, Santa Lap Sittings

By Alisa Hauser | December 6, 2013 12:16pm
 Weekend highlights.
Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekend Events, Dec. 6-8, 2013
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WICKER PARK —  It's another busy weekend in the vicinity of Wicker Park and Bucktown, with an emphasis on shopping: popular annual events Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market and Do-Division Holiday Festival are on tap.

If you'd like to see your purchases make an impact in the community, consider finding gifts at 40 local shops participating in Shop for Good, which will donate 10 percent of profits from the weekend's sales to a non-profit group or school of your choice.

For other locally-sourced gift ideas, check out DNAinfo Chicago's Wicker Park Bucktown Holiday Gift guide.

Here are some event highlights.


5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  "I Celebrate Exuberance When You Wave."   Look up from your iPhone to watch poetry and video projected onto three historic buildings at the Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues intersection.  From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the installation as well as the Orange Walls Mural Project.  Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Benefit to Support CPS After-School Art Programs. Purchase art by youths, drink Half Acre beer and enjoy food from Sauce and Bread while listening to live music by brass band Environmental Encroachment. $15 suggested donation. Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armour St. in West Town.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Indiana: Photographs by Piper Robbins" opens in the ORNOT Gallery inside Ready Coffee, 1562 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Krampusnacht Glitter Guts Photo Booth.  Meet Krampus, a Christmas demon that's been "known to swat naughty children with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below." Pose for a holiday photo with Krampus inside a mobile photo book at Quimby's bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Trunk Show featuring Mid-Century Ukrainian Fashions. Pieces from the collection of renowned embroidery expert Tetiana Reynarowych including vintage apparel and wedding gowns will be on display through Dec. 31. Admission is $5; vintage attire encouraged.  Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St. in Ukrainian Village.

7:30 p.m.  House Theatre's "The Nutcracker."  Enjoy a fresh take on a classic holiday story using puppets, songs and "spellbinding spectacle," according to organizers of the Jeff nominated production. Tickets range between 25-$45 and can be bought online.  Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. in Wicker Park.



10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Breakfast with Santa.    Enjoy breakfast and photo opportunities with Santa while bidding on silent auction items ranging from Cracker Barrel gift certificates to an air hockey table and Bulls tickets.  Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market.  Arguably the largest winter shopping event in the area, the fair offers wares from over 150 indie craft makers in addition to food and music. Admission is free. Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. in Noble Square.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Grand Avenue Design District Holiday Shop Hop.  The city's top makers and collectors of design objects are coming together for an annual event offering sales along a trendy design corridor. Free hay rides to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center offer crafts, carols, cookies and entertainment.  Grand Avenue between Ashland and Western.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Do-Division Holiday Festival. Shop 'til you drop while enjoying caroling, crafts and other family-friendly activities that will take over a popular neighborhood corridor on Division Street between Ashland Avenue and Leavitt Street.

12 to 5 p.m.  Photos with Santa for Dogs.  Give your dog a private photo sitting on Santa's lap while benefiting Alive Rescue. $15, includes printed and emailed photo. Walk-ins welcome but reservations encouraged at 773-235-9663.  Doggy Style Pet Shop, 2023 W. Division St. in Wicker Park.

11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. GiveFoward's 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. Celebrate the season at Division Street bars while supporting The Christmas Store, a program that gives parents at two West side schools the opportunity to purchase gifts for their children at discount. Ticket are $25; the ugliest holiday sweater will receive a $500 prize. Fat Pour, 2005 W. Division St. in Wicker Park.

6 to 10 p.m.  Opening Reception: "A Name Would Stain this Show."  Celebrating 45 years of portrait photography, renown artist Marc Hauser reveals his latest work in a new show curated by Eric Williams. The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.



10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Farmers Market in Logan Square. Missing the outdoor Wicker Park Farmers Market and weekly Nosh Food Fest? Head seven blocks west to the old Pierre Bakery building and find both events going strong every Sunday at 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dose Market at Chop Shop's 1st Ward. The theme of this Sunday's Dose Market is "Every Gift." View the vendor lineup here, at 2033 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grand Avenue Design District Holiday Shop Hop.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Do-Division Holiday Fest. 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair.