Explore Chicago’s Buy Local Week Events Guide

Buy gifts made by local artisans for your favorite foodie at Chicago's Downtown Farmstand

From trunk shows featuring local designers to exclusive holiday sales, support local businesses and finish your holiday shopping during Buy Local Week, Sunday, November 25 through Sunday, December 4. 

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Foodie

  • Finalizing your holiday menus? Consider locally produced food and enjoy delicious honey-glazed and hickory-smoked holiday hams & turkeys from Slagel Family Farm and pasture free-range holiday turkeys from TJ’s this season! Order direct from the farmer and pick up at Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand (66 E. Randolph St, Loop)

Find a One-of-a-Kind Gift at Events Featuring Chicago Artists & Designers

  • If you’re interested in buying local this holiday season, Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event is a great place to start. With 24 Chicago designers and independent retailers, complimentary gift wrapping with purchase, and holiday treats all sourced locally, this event is a best bet. Shop for accessories, apparel and jewelry here – it’s the perfect place to get stylish, unique holiday items. Shop Glitter at the Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall on December 1st from 11am-6pm! (78 E. Washington, Loop)
  • Find the best indie-craft and DIY artisans at the FREE 6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market! Choose from a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing, paper goods, home & garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath & body products and more from over 150 independent artisans! While you’re there, sample food from local eateries or stop by the DIY Gift Wrap Workshop for handmade paper and ribbons for your gift purchases. Explore these offerings at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on December 3 & 4 from 11am-6pm. (1419 W. Blackhawk St, Wicker Park/West Town)
  • Peruse original artwork, note cards, bookmarks, hand-painted holiday ornaments, and have your portrait done for only $20 at the Project Onward Holiday Sale and Portrait Slam! Sit down for a half hour, get to know your portrait artist and support the amazing work they do on December 9 & 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center. (78 E. Washington St, Loop)

Get Special Incentives for Buying Local

  • Through December 23, receive a $50 Lakeview East Gift Card when you bring your receipts to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce showing that you spent $300 in the neighborhood as part of the 15th Annual Giver’s Gift Program. The $50 Gift Card can be used at over 150 locations, plus parking pay boxes! (Lakeview)
  • Unwrap Wicker Park Bucktown offers you a holiday shopping passport, featuring special promotions from over 55 businesses! Enjoy special events like artist studio walk at the Flat Iron Arts Building (December 2, 6-10pm); a three-course meal of sustainable breakfast items at Prasino ($30, December 3, 9am); complimentary mini-massages and acupuncture at the Division Chiropractic and Acupuncture Holiday Open House (December 4, 11am-2pm); and so much more! (Wicker Park & Bucktown)
  • Experience holiday shopping fun at Do-Division Holiday! Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and trolleys, meet Santa and his Elves, and find incredible holiday shopping specials from Division Street’s popular independent shops and restaurants! (West Division St, Wicker Park)
  • Make the trek to Roscoe Village for Winter Wonderfest on December 3 & 4. where you can enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, holiday caroling, and shopping at locally-owned specialty boutiques and cafes. Partake in horse-drawn sleigh rides, trolley rides and a visit with Santa!
  • Enjoy FREE trolley tours around West Lawn this holiday season, with stops at local shops and restaurants and a free holiday gift bag! Reserve your spot today and take advantage of these tours on Wednesdays from November 30 through December 21! (6500 S. Pulaski Rd, West Lawn)
  • Enjoy free treats, live entertainment, a visit with Santa and great holiday shopping events at the 9th Annual Late Night Andersonville. Support more than 35 local stores and restaurants that will stay open late and offer great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals. December 2 & December 16 from 6-10pm. (Clark St & Berwyn Ave, Andersonville)
  • Go green this holiday with eco-Andersonville’s 5th annual FREE Green Gift Wrapping Bash at George’s Ice Cream & Sweets! Fashion fun and creative gift wrap out of blueprints, movie posters, printer overruns, maps, and other colorful items on December 16, in conjunction with Late-er Night Andersonville, from 6-10pm. (5306 N. Clark St, Andersonville)

For more information about Local First Chicago‘s UnWrap Chicago: Eat, Drink & Buy Local 2011 campaign, visit www.unwrapchicago.org.

For the complete collection of Explore Chicago’s weekly holiday gift guides, click here.

For more information on shopping and dining in Chicago’s neighborhoods, visit www.explorechicago.org/neighborhoods.

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