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Renegade Craft Fair Returns To Division Street This Weekend

By Alisa Hauser | September 5, 2017 2:26pm
 Shoppers at the Renegade Craft Fair.
Shoppers at the Renegade Craft Fair.
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WICKER PARK — Renegade Craft Fair returns to Division Street this weekend, bringing over 400 makers of hand-crafted goods, along with food, DIY art workshops and more.

Located on Division Street between Damen and Ashland avenues, the Renegade Craft Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free and leashed pets are permitted. A number of not-for-profits, including several animal rescue groups, will be at the fair.

Food and drink vendors will run the gamut from Justice of the Pies and Mana Food Bar to Dinky Donuts, Black Dog Gelato, Kin-Kin Coffee Roasters and many more. 

Two bars at the fair will serve craft brews by Half Acre Beer, Prairie Organic Vodka & Lemonade, Maker's Mark Cherry Blossom Punch and sparkling rose. There will also be a Whiskey Lounge hosted by Maker’s Mark.

The traveling fair, now in its 15th year on Division Street, will feature an "exceptional selection of modern indie design, including jewelry and accessories, art, apparel, ceramics, candles, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, apothecary, and more," according to organizers.

Check out the list of makers, food and drinks and special DIY workshops activities (Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather Arts, Tytin Jewelry, Rebuilding Exchange, Dremel, Paper Source) on the fair's website.

"We're super excited for the fair this weekend. It seems just like yesterday that we set-up shop in Wicker Park for the first time, and a dream come true to see how far Renegade has come in the last 15 years. Our hometown fair is always a favorite and remains our flagship event - Chicago knows how to throw down!" co-founder Susie Daly said in an email.

Daly said other fair highlights to check out are DJ sets by Reckless Records, Lumpen Radio, and CHIRP, live portraiture by DoodleBooth, a photo booth by Magbooth, and a seating installation by Beehive Chicago.

There will be several no parking zones along Division Street as well as side streets, and attendees are encouraged to walk, bike and take public transit.

The CTA Blue Line Division and Damen "L" stops are both a few blocks away from the fest, and there are five Divvy bike share stations nearby: on Division Street in front of LaSalle II Magnet School; on Division Street at Ashland Avenue; at Division Street and Damen Avenue; Pierce Street and Damen Avenue; and Damen Avenue and Augusta Avenue.