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The Holiday Season Kicks Into Full Swing With A Slew Of Markets And Fests

By Patty Wetli | December 2, 2016 5:58am
 So many arts and crafts, visits from Santa, food and drink and skating rinks. All that's missing is a partridge in a pear tree.
So many arts and crafts, visits from Santa, food and drink and skating rinks. All that's missing is a partridge in a pear tree.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Load up on the carbs and caffeine folks, because there's an ridiculous amount of holiday merriment and shopping on tap this weekend.

So many arts and crafts, visits from Santa, food and drink and skating rinks. All that's missing is a partridge in a pear tree.

Here's a breakdown of events by day. Admission is free unless otherwise indicated.


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show, preview, noon-8 p.m., 4912 N. Western Ave. Browse prints by more than 70 local and international artists, nosh on artist-made snacks and enjoy hot spiced cider. Can't make Friday? Swing by the official grand opening party 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lillstreet Art Center Handmade Holiday Show, 6-9 p.m., 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. Celebrate the opening of the center's annual holiday exhibition, showcasing pottery and sculpture. Shop one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, textiles, prints, housewares and other gifts. Visit individual artists' second- and third-floor studios for private holiday sales. Or stop by noon-4 p.m. Saturday for the center's open house. Along with shopping, guests can enjoy live art demonstrations, hands-on workshops, cookie decorating and holiday crafts for kids and families.

St. Viator Winterfest, Friday-Sunday, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave., is a one-stop shop for holiday fun. There's a skating rink, Christmas tree lot, craft market, cafe and cocktail bar. Oh, and Santa. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Lycée French Market, Friday-Sunday, 1929 W. Wilson Ave. Shop more than 70 vendors selling everything from clothing to croissants. The family-run French Bistro serves up home-cooked French dishes, and the wine and beer will be flowing as well. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $8 per person or a $15 one-day pass for two people. Admission to Friday's preview party is $35 in advance or $45 at the door while tickets last. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.


Waters Holiday Craft Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell Ave. Handmade items from local artisans, food trucks, activities for kids, cake walk, holiday gift tree and a visit from Santa.

Roscoe Village Winterfest, Saturday and Sunday. Tree lighting and caroling at 5 p.m. Saturday, 2108 W. Roscoe St. Late-night shopping until 9 p.m. to follow. Family fun 1-5 p.m. Sunday with Santa, trolley rides, a horse drawn sleigh, children's activities and more.

Martyrs' Krampus Fest, noon-8 p.m., 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. The free event kicks off with a holiday artisan market, noon-5 p.m., including gifts, food and drink, music and a "naughty or nice" photo booth with Santa and his devilish cousin Krampus. A raucous Krampus parade along Lincoln Avenue follows at 6 p.m. and free live music keeps the party going at Martyrs' until 8 p.m.

Lincoln Square Pottery Studio Holiday Sale & Show, 6-10 p.m., 4150 N. Lincoln Ave. Pick up handmade gifts while enjoying free snacks and beverages.


Irish American Heritage Center Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 4626 N. Knox Ave. Shop a craft and bake sale and the center's gift store. Santa will pose for photos with children 1-3 p.m. Bring a canned good or other non-perishable to donate to the center's food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Independence Park Farmers Market Winter Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4110 N. Elston Ave., Farmers Market Garden Center. Shop the market's selection of baked goods, meats, handmade jewelry and Christmas trees and garland. Warm up by the fire pit with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or cider.

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