Photos: Renegade Craft Fair


After a night of raging thunderstorms, Chicagoans from far and wide swarmed to Wicker Park Sept. 19 and 20 to enjoy not only the beautiful sunshine, but the city’s 12th annual Renegade Craft Fair.

The fair took place along Division St. between Damen Ave. and Paulina St. White tented booths stretched the entire way, sandwiched in between the breezy outdoor cafes and boutiques as well as the herds of both psyched shoppers and their little dogs too.

These DIY aficionados, as well as members of the modern maker community, inspired artists young and old as they indulged the stick figure drawers of the community with their craft. Merchandise ranged from jewelry, painted posters, stationery, candles, glassware, wood­workings and a new trend, mini plants. Will we be able to keep these bad boys alive longer than your average potted plant? Who knows. But they sure were a hit this year and a precious one at that.

For many, the ‘L’ ride home this weekend was an accomplished, decorative and inspiring one. If sites like Pinterest and Etsy can’t hold your crafting fiend side over until next September’s fair, you’re in luck. Chicago’s Holiday Renegade Craft Fair will be returning to the Bridgeport Art Center​on Dec. 5­ and 6 this winter.

Photos by Chester Pink and Connor O’Keefe.

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