Whether you are looking for apparel or jewelry items, paintings or sculptures, or you just enjoy the vibe of walking through an art fair on a warm summer day, you’ll want to check out this list of some of the best craft shows in Chicago.

(Photo Credit: Bucktown Arts Fest's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Bucktown Arts Fest’s Facebook)

Bucktown Arts Fest
Holstein Park
2200 N. Oakley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
bucktownartsfest.com
Dates: Aug. 27 & 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The 31st annual Bucktown Arts Fest is the place to go if you love arts and crafts! Run entirely by volunteers, this event is a non-profit celebration of the arts with a neighborhood feel featuring some of the best local artists around. All proceeds from the festival itself go to help fund both youth and adults music and arts classes at the park as well supplying art materials for local classrooms. Whether you’re shopping for hand-made jewelry or an amazing painting to hang over your sofa, the Bucktown Arts Fest has got everything you can think of. Admission to the Bucktown Arts Fest is free.

42nd Annual Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show
Scoville Park
800 W. Lake Oak Park Ave & Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301
(847) 991-4748
www.americansocietyofartists.info/26th-annual-arts-crafts-adventure
Dates: Aug. 20, 2016 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Aug. 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show is celebrating its 42nd year! From the childhood home of Ernest Hemingway to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and so much more, Oak Park, Illinois is known for it’s diversity and artistic roots. Come browse some of the area’s most colorful craft items and artwork and enjoy all that this trendy little town has to offer. Admission to the show is free.

(Photo Credit: cityofchicago.org)

(Photo Credit: cityofchicago.org)

International Art Festival Under the Picasso
Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL. 60602
312-493-6099
www.cityofchicago.org
Dates: Aug. 15 – 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At the International Art Festival Under the Picasso, come visit one of the city’s most famous pieces of art while enjoying an array of crafters, creative artists and performing artists from not only all over the Chicagoland area, but from all over the world as well. The Chicago area is a rich melting pot of cultures, and the International Art Festival Under the Picasso is a celebration of that cultural conglomeration, and one that everyone should participate in.

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Wrigleyville Summerfest

Wrigleyville Neighborhood
53728 N. Magnolia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-4682
starevents.com/festivals/wrigleyville-summerfest
Dates: Aug. 6 & 7, 2016 from noon to 10 p.m.

The home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, along with the vast array of restaurants, clubs, bars and shops make the Wrigleyville area one of the most special to visit and spend time in. As well, Wrigleyville is a favorite area in the city to live in as well. And it all comes together for Wrigleyville Summerfest! Arts and crafts, music, food and family fun – come with an empty stomach and a suggested $5 donation and go home (hours later) with some brand new art and craft items, sore dancing feet, a full tummy and a smile.

Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure

The University Of Chicago’s Hyde Park Shopping Center
1526 E. 55th
Chicago, IL. 60615
(847) 991-4748
www.americansocietyofartists.info/26th-annual-fall-arts-crafts-adventure
Date: Sept. 24 & 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday

The creation and appreciation of arts and crafts aren’t just fun, they’re an adventure, and there’s no reason why adults should feel any other way. Taking place in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood, come browse through a beautiful courtyard complete with trees and flowers, a fountain and plenty of unique art and craft items to choose from. Now in its eleventh year, admission to the Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure is free.

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Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life – music. Since then, she’s covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner, AXS.com, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon’s KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with six published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.