Holiday Artisan Shows in Lake County {2016}

Crafting is sometimes best left to those who dedicate their passion and livelihood to the profession, and to those artisans that actually execute their plans for a completed inventory of wares in time for the holiday season. If your holiday projects remain, well, unfinished, don’t fret–you can stock up on a special hostess gifts and one-of-a-kind presents or party favors at a local artisan fair this season. I love browsing all of the unique handmade creations and supporting our local artisan community. I’m sure you will, too.
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Holiday Artisan Shows

The Grove’s Arts & Craft Faire
The Grove National Historic Landmark, 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview | (847) 299-6096
Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shop more than 50 juried artisans featuring unique, seasonal decorations; jewelry; gifts; home accessories; holiday decorations; baked goods, and gourmet foods.

Editor’s Note: I grew up not far from here and it was a family tradition to go. While there is fun stuff for children (be sure to visit the nature center!) the fair itself is in a historic house so not ideal for toddlers and small children or strollers. ~Melissa

French Market Boutique
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Artisan Guild
Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest | (847) 234-6700
Thursday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Shop for jewelry, soaps, cards, candy, hand-carved pens, paintings, fabric purses and more, surrounded by live music, and indulge yourself with pastries and lunch by Chef Claude of Taste of Paris from Mundelein.

International Christmas Market “Jõululaat”
Chicago Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods | (720) 378-6642
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This unique event features handicrafts, natural soaps, handmade jewelry, amber jewelry, wool knits, fused glass, porcelain and holiday decorations. Enjoy food and a coffee bar, and a full schedule of folk dancers and entertainment. Look for the Kids’ Corner for children’s activities. Admission is $5, parking is free.

CLC Ceramics Sale
College of Lake County, Robert T. Wright Gallery (located in the CLC Library), 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake | (847) 543-2240
Tuesday, November 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 16 from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The sale will be held in the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in CLC Library on the Grayslake campus.
Original ceramic artwork by the students and faculty of the CLC Ceramics Department for sale, supporting the visiting artist program, field trips, scholarships, and new equipment for the studio.

Bling: The Jewelry and Gift Show
Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park | (847) 433-9015
Friday, November 18, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Holiday shopping festival featuring jewelers, wearables and accessory artists.

36th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair
Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights
Thursday, December 1, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parking is $7 per vehicle.
Shop hundreds of vendors in one location featuring candy, jewelry, crafts, and clothing. Be sure to visit Lambs Farm’s own booth for delicious homemade products such as famous butter cookies, chocolates, and jams.

Holiday Market at Elawa Farm 2016
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest | (847) 234-1966
Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shop for festive foods, gifts and holiday décor including Frasier fir trees, fresh holiday wreaths, greens and arrangements; gourmet gingerbread houses and cookies; handcrafted soaps; farm preserves and jams; unique artisan gifts; toffee, truffles, brownies and tea cakes; slow cooker spice tins; silhouette portraits; and more uniquely Elawa items.

The Art Center Highland Park Abilities Awareness Boutique and Artful Holiday Sale
1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park | (847) 432-1888
Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Peruse handcrafted works of art for the holidays by talented TAC faculty, members, and student artists with disabilities, including ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, paintings, photography and mosaics, and more!

Holiday Market
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | (847) 835-5440
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Holiday Market will be held in Burnstein Hall and features seasonal produce and locally made herbs, soaps, candles, and honey. Admission to the market is free, standard parking rates apply.


What is your not-to-miss holiday fair this season?

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Jennifer is mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl, and spends her time changing radio stations in her minivan while driving to band concerts, learning new texting lingo and keeping track of the latest trends in electronics and hairstyles. Jennifer spends any free time she can find trying to stay organized, testing out new recipes that everyone might eat, reading, crafting or trying to beat her own best score in SpellTower. She also serves as a managing editor at Little Lake County.

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