The first weekend of December came and went, leaving behind it the first feelings of Christmas and sounds of carols in the air. While some stores embraced the holiday spirit around the beginning of October (*ahem* Target *ahem*), I purposefully chose to ignore all red, green and snowflake decorations until December rolled around.
The first activity that christened one of my favorite times of the year was a visit to the Renegade Craft Fair. Hosted in five cities around the country, the fair showcases local artists and vendors hawking their DIY goods and indie flair. Some of the more common items that you can find are homemade prints, jewelry and toys.
The location of the Chicago fair this year was the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, a building built in 1912 to complement the adjacent Pulaski Park. It was the perfect venue with its two gymnasiums, beamed class rooms and rustic style. Five rooms total were filled to capacity providing some 200 vendors and a couple thousand visitors the opportunity to get their hipster on.
I didn’t walk away empty handed and doubt anyone could. Not only did I snag a couple Christmas gifts (Rebecca, I’m looking at you), I got my hands on a Lakeview screen print from Slightly Insulting Chicago Neighborhood posters, which now lives right by the door to my apartment just so everyone who visits knows exactly what neighborhood they’re in and what to expect.
I wish I could visit this fair any time I wanted but unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until next year. On the plus side, this is just another thing to look forward to come holiday season.
Did you do anything fun this weekend? What are some activities that you do around the holidays? For any Renegade enthusiasts, what’s your favorite thing about the fair?