5 holiday pop-up stores in Chicago

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Pop-up stores and markets are growing more and more popular in Chicago, especially during the holidays. If you’re behind on the trend, pop-up stores are only open for a limited time and typically feature special products from niche retailers. To spice up your shopping this season, here are a few local pop-ups open for the holidays.


1) The Chicago Fair Trade Holiday Pop-Up Shop is up and running in Bucktown. It features at least a dozen “locally-owned ethical vendors” under one roof. Open now through Dec. 24.

2) If you’re looking to buy some art this year, check out the 3rd Annual Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop. This is a two-day event, showcasing more than 40 artists who create “one-of-a-kind, handmade, high-quality yet affordable art.” It’s happening Dec. 13-14 at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School in North Center.

3) Need an ugly Christmas sweater? Head to the Christmas Sweater Depot on the city’s Northwest Side. Score the perfect Christmas party outfit with their new and vintage sweaters, holiday hats and festive leggings.

4) Want to get dad a seriously stylish tie this year? The Tie Bar, an upscale online retailer based in Chicago, has opened a pop-up shop in Lincoln Park this holiday season. The brand’s first brick-and-mortar store features trendy accessories for men – everything from ties to socks to pocket squares. The 3,200 square foot space will also host several parties and events this season. The Tie Bar pop-up is open now through Jan. 4.

5) Don’t forget one of Chicago’s favorite holiday traditions, Christkindlmarket. Now open for its 19th season, this open-air Christmas market in the Loop has row after row of vendor stalls with authentic German food, drinks and gifts. There are plenty of holiday activities for families as well! Christkindlmarket will occupy Daley Plaza through Dec. 24.


If you visit a pop-up store or market in Chicago this holiday season, send us your photos (using the red button below) and they might be featured in a future Urban Agenda post. Now get out and enjoy Chicago!


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