• Marcy Farrey

indieland's 30 Days of Christmas - Day 26 - Chicago Indie Weekend Guide, Holiday Edition! Dec 21-23

Discover and support independent and small businesses this holiday season!

It's officially your last weekend to shop before the holidays! And while it might be tempting to go to a department store or order something online, there's still many great local, indie stores and makers who are ready to help you find the right gift!

Late Night Andersonville

Friday, December 21, 6-9 PM

Andersonville businesses will offer you a chance to shop late this Friday night so you can pick up all of your last minute gifts! There are more than 90 businesses participating, so there will be no shortage of opportunities to shop and eat. In addition to the later shopping hours, they'll offer special deals for customers. Check out the list of businesses at the link above. We recommend a visit to Andersonville Galleria while you are there.

LIVE ART Friday, December 21, 5-7 PM

The Avondale Coffee Club will be hosting a live art sketch event at their shop this Friday night, featuring Mysterious Mannequin and Cantarella.Ink. This is a great opportunity to get a unique last minute gift from a local artist! You can get sketched or bring a photo and receive a 5x7 sketch.

Storytime with Santa @ Volumes Bookcafe Saturday, December 22, 10-11 AM

Haven't taken the kids (or nieces or nephews) to see Santa yet? Why not visit with him at a local indie bookstore? You can browse books and grab a coffee or hot chocolate while you wait, which is much better than waiting in line at a department store. If I was a kid, I'd want to see Santa at a bookstore!

Caroling Party at The Box Shops by Related

Sunday, December 23, 1-5 PM

Discover local retailers at this holiday party in the West Loop! There will be complimentary holiday snacks and drinks, plus holiday activities. In addition to caroling (caroling candles will be provided), you'll have the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts from the shops. The Box Shops by Related features a rotating roster of local retailers, and is made possible by its partners, Related Midwest, Equinox, and Boombox.

Enjoy your #indiechristmas activities and shopping! We hope you bought plenty of great presents locally this holiday season.

Let us know of any upcoming events supporting independents -- send an email to ourindieland@gmail.com.

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