As we tackle our holiday shopping this year, let’s not forgot our local black-owned businesses. Small businesses help drive the economy and offer shoppers a chance to find unique items you won’t find elsewhere. Here are 10 Pop-Up Shops/Small Business Events for the Holidays:
Silver Room Pop Up Shop – Wicker Park- 1302 N. Milwaukee- November 23- December 31
This holiday, the Silver Room is popping up in its original home- Wicker Park. The much-loved retailer will carry jewelry, hats, bags, candles apparel and other gift items, as well as host special events. With the Silver Room, it’s sure to be a vibe. For updates, check out the Silver Room’s Facebookpage.
Little Black Pearl- Small Business Saturday- Nov 24
Little Black Pearl is back with its Small Business Saturday- and it’s a full day of events.
10 am – 4pm: Support local entrepreneurs at the Little Black Pearl Pop Up Shop while being treated to a performance from the Little Black Pearl Chorus. – FREE
1pm- 4 pm: Glass Blowing Workshop for Adults- $65 (Includes supplies)
5pm -9pm: Paint and Sip Silent Party- $35 (Includes supplies)
Mimi’s Tots Black Sunday Pop-Up Shop- November 25- The Quarry Event Center- 2423 E. 75thSt-
Over 30 Black-Owned Business under one roof.
Sokoni Holiday Pop Up- November 15th– December 23- 4515 Lincoln Highway, Matteson
Over 25 Black-owned Local retailers and brands from across the country will participate in this small business event hosted by the Village of Matteson. Chicago’s own Fort Smith, Agriculture and Ashakur Boutique are just a few favorites you’ll find here. Shoppers will also enjoy food, entertainment and deals. For more information, visit www.sokonistore.com
Sweet Nouveau- Holiday Pop Up Shop- December 1- 30 – 725 W. Randolph
Taste the artisan caramels from this confectioner and you’ll know why they are among our favorite. Sweet Nouveau will bring its tasty handmade treats to the West Loop this December. Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, Peppermint Cocoa Bark—yes please! Sweet Nouveau confections also make a great holiday gifts. Check them out this December.
Holiday Shopping Tour- Brown Baddies
Wanna shop Black/Brown owned this holiday season? The ladies at Brown Boutiques are making it easy to find that perfect gift with their Holiday Shopping Tour. Shop fashion, beauty and lifestyle finds each Saturday from November 10- December 15. It’s a great chance to grab a unique find while supporting small businesses. More information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brown-boutiques-holiday-shopping-tour-tickets-50507341819?aff=ebapi
RefuShe Pop Up Shop- 725 W Randolph (Wednesdays- Sundays 12 pm- 7pm)
RefuSHE’s artisan collective is popping up in Chicago’s West Loop this holiday season! Browse our collection of handmade, hand-dyed textile goods in person, find the perfect gift for your friends, family, or yourself, and learn more about RefuSHE’s innovative holistic model to protect and empower refugee girls in East Africa.
Shop Local, Shop Bronzeville- November 24- 10:00 am – 8 pm
Business owners in Bronzeville are hoping you’ll shop small during their Shop Local, Shop Bronzeville event. Almost two-dozen businesses are participating with promotional specials being offered at certain vendors. To find out more about the participating vendors, visit here.
Vends & Vibes – Arts and Public Life- 301 & 329 E. Garfield Ave. – Dec 8 (Sat) and 9th(Sun)
We love this annual pop up sponsored by Arts and Public Life! Vends + Vibes: An Arts Marketplace is a FREE two-day, boutique winter marketplace of handmade crafts and unique productions made primarily by South Side artists and creative entrepreneurs. The event is sound tracked by popular local DJs. Make sure to add this one to your shopping trip list.
Randolph Street Market Holiday Market Festival- Dec 15 and 16 – Plumbers Union Hall- 1340 W. Washington Blvd.
If you’re looking for truly unique finds, you’re sure to find them at Randolph Street Market. With its mix of antique, vintage and modern wares, and over 125 vendors to choose from, you can find a little something for that special someone- or for yourself. And free parking and holiday gift wrapping—Yes please! Tickets- $10 ($12 at the door). For tickets, or more information at www.randolphstreetmarket.com.