The Holiday Markets Are Coming

By Melissa McEwen in Food on Dec 1, 2014 5:15PM

Chicago's festive seasonal markets aren't just limited to Christkindlmarkt. If you want to shop for holiday treats while enjoying a mug of hot cider or eggnog, here are a few more great options.

Dec. 6- Tasting Table's Open Market: This market returns for a second year at Redmoon (2120 S. Jefferson St.) with a truly impressive lineup of food and drink from over 40 of of Chicago's favorites such as Bang Bang Pie Shop, Mayana Chocolates (creator of one of our favorite candy bars), Pleasant House Bakery and Pastoral artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. Admission is $5 and you can optionally buy tickets in advance for $5 which gets you one complimentary drink from the bar.

Dec. 7- Fat Rice & Friends Holiday Market: The Macaunese restaurant (2957 W. Diversey Ave.) turns into a market from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. featuring Fat Rice hot sauces, the comic-inspired Fat Rice posters that adorn their doors by Sarah Becan, Mama's Nuts, Perman Wines, CH Disllery's new Romanian Plum Brandy and a rare opportunity to take home private label blends crafted for the restaurant from Rare Tea Cellar and Sparrow Coffee. Grab some housemade punch and dumplings while you shop.

Dec 6 and 7- Renegade Craft Fair : The Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th ST.) will host this popular market from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Shop handmade crafts while sipping coffee, cider and hot chocolate and enjoying food from Black Dog Gelato, Dia De Los Tmales, and Puffs of Doom.

Dec. 12- Rebuilding Exchange's Holiday Bazaar: Browse wares at Rebuilding Exchange (1740 W. Webster Ave.) made from local artists and vendors who use repurposed materials while snacking on food from vendors like Antique Taco and drinking offerings from Marz Community Brewing, Gaslight Coffee and more.

Dec. 14: Dose Market's Holidose: the popular pop-up market will be at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with food and drink from favorites both local and national such as Dark Matter, Rare Bird Preserves and Little Goat. In addition there will be a wide selection of gifts from vintage clothes to handmade jewelry. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Dec. 16- Sauced: The new Sauced night market returns for a second month in a row to Emporium Logan Square (2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Details forthcoming.

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Apple cider donuts from Jove T.'s Holiday Market at David Burke's Primehouse

Nov. 29- Dec. 20 - Jove T.’s Holiday Market: Chef Hubbard at Primehouse (616 N. Rush St.) wanted to share his favorite holiday recipes, so he created this mini holiday market that starts Saturday November 29 with a different sweet every Saturday:
- Week 1, Nov. 29: Apple cider donuts with salted caramel
- Week 2, Dec. 6: Italian panettone with flavors of apricot, golden raisins, almonds, amaretto
- Week 3, Dec. 13: Cookies and sweets with chocolate bouchons, gingerbread, peppermint brownies, butter spritz, sugarplum pate de fruit, bourbon truffles
- Week 4, Dec. 20: Bailey’s caramel cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust

All pastries will be $10 and come in a Primehouse tin. Guests can also sip on some house-made eggnog. Hours are Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 19-Dec. 24 - NoMI's Sugar & Spice: We wrote about this holiday sweets boutique at the Park Hyatt (800 N. Michigan Ave.) for Our Candy Crushes. Check it out for a variety of holiday gifts and sweets.