Renegade Craft Fair
Festival Pavilion — Jul 31st through Aug 1st
Currently in its eighth year, the Renegade Craft Fair began in Chicago’s Wicker Park and quickly drew the attention of indie craft makers and enthusiasts from all over the nation, and now draws thousands of shoppers at a time. Jewelry designer Sue Daly (Timber!) initiated the Renegade Craft Fair as a venue for emerging designers of affordable art goods upon the realization that no other festival adequately represented the creativity of the burgeoning DIY (do-it-yourself) movement.
Flavorpill: San Francisco has called the Renegade Craft Fair "one of the biggest and best-attended craft-shopping spectacles in the country." The New York Post has named the event "Craft-a-palooza!," and the San Francisco Examiner has hailed the event as "the biggest revolution in the world of do-it-yourselfers."
Each Renegade Craft Fair is individually juried and features more than 225 local and traveling vendors at a time, always showcasing an eclectic mix of items: clothing and jewelry, art and illustrations, knits and plush, rock posters and 'zines, ceramics and housewares, papergoods, and more. Other features of the event include craft workshops and demonstrations, free raffles and giveaways, live music (most frequently rock’n’roll marching bands), food and drink, and book-signings.