Fall always seems to bring out the nesting tendencies in people—and a desire to make home a little homier. If, for you, that comes with an urge to craft, consider taking it up a notch this year by visiting a Chicago arts and craft fair. Chicago’s crafting scene has erupted in the last few years, and the quality of events reflects that shift. If you enjoy celebrating handmade goods and creating them with like-minded friends (old and new), there are plenty of events in Chicago for you.
Here’s a list of events to check out:
Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure: Sept. 28, 2013
The Hyde Park exhibition is notable for how engaged its audience is with both the exhibits and their creators. Many professors and staff members from the nearby University of Chicago make it a point to attend the event each year. The exhibition is juried, and booths are available in different sizes to accommodate different crafts—but just visiting the exhibition is exciting, too. A French bakery and restaurant are located onsite, so you won’t need to worry about choosing between exploring more crafts or finding a terrific croissant!
International Art and Craft Fair on Federal Plaza: Oct. 3-4, 2013
Join thousands of crafters and artists to celebrate the art of creating things at this event at Federal Plaza. The show ends at 3:30 p.m. each day, so make this part of your early-afternoon plans, and save other activities for later. The exhibition is filled with crafters, artists and general merchandise vendors from around the world, making this a must-see.
SOFA – Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art: Nov. 1-3, 2013
Located at one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions, Navy Pier, this international art show features work by up-and-coming artists and fine arts fair staples. The show is intended to bring together the best ideas from the global design community and the fine arts world. Celebrate that idea by attending a lecture or seeing a special exhibit at this event. Also check out daily events such as film screenings, book signings and meet-and-greets with artists. This is one show that’s worth booking a hotel and staying a few days for.
The Late Late Craft Show: Nov. 29, 2013
This quirky event takes place at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and features crafts, music and booze throughout about 30 booths. The vendors are mostly locals. Though it’s only in its second year, this event promises to become a Chicago staple thanks to the live piano music, free parking, unique crafts and a full bar.
There you have it—enough craft shows to get you to winter! Consider taking a couple days to check out the Chicago arts and crafts scene, whether you want to sell and display your own crafts or connect with other crafters and shop their wares. There’s plenty to do in the Windy City, but planning your fall trip around a crafting event will make it especially fun!
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