CHICAGO (November 22, 2021) - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to kick-off the holiday season with a festive line-up of neighborhood events encouraging residents and visitors to "shop local" in support of the neighborhood's 100+ retail and dining establishments. (Don't forget Hanukkah arrives early this year: November 28 December 6, 2021). ACC also launches its "Mindfully Merry" campaign, reminding shoppers to be kind and patient as businesses may be short-staffed and items may be back ordered (The Neo-Futurists are helping ACC get the word out with this fun PSA).
For 2021, ACC is excited to present its first ever outdoor Andersonville Winter Market, and welcome back traditional holiday events including JOY on Clark Street, Late Night Andersonville and Holiday Trolley, and more. The annual Andersonville Gift Guide cultivated by Something Profound Weddings will also be released shortly, featuring gift ideas from throughout the neighborhood. The popular guide will be available through the Andersonville Holiday Events page.
The full line-up of Andersonville holiday shopping events includes:
Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 27, 2021
Andersonville celebrates the national "Small Business Saturday" movement the Saturday after Thanksgiving with special offers from participating businesses. Customers are encouraged to avoid the crowds and shop online. For an updated list of deals and discounts, visit the Small Business Saturday page.
JOY On Clark Street Tuesday, November 30, 2021
JOY On Clark Street returns for its third year on Tuesday, November 30, from 11 am 2 pm, offering active older adults (60+) a festive afternoon of food, drink, entertainment and more at Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Participants will also be able to explore the Andersonville business district and enjoy special offers, discounts, promotions and events just for them. RSVP in advance (walk-up also welcome) and find a list of participating businesses on the Andersonville Holiday Events Page.
Andersonville Winter Market December 3 5, 2021
ACC celebrates the holidays with its first-ever outdoor Winter Market from December 3 5, 2021 on Catalpa St. between Clark St. and Ashland Ave. The tented bazaar will feature holiday gifts, handcrafted goods, vintage items and other treasures from more than 20 local artisans, Swedish makers and collectors. Shoppers can warm up with a cup (or two) of Simon's Tavern's famous Glogg,, an Andersonville tradition! Market hours: Friday December 3 from 3 pm 8 pm; Saturday December 4 from 11 am 7 pm; Sunday, December 5 from 11 am 5 pm. Vendors confirmed to date include Black Cat Bazaar, Catherine Tweedie Ceramics, City Grange, Edgewater Candles, fad2fresh, First Slice Pie Cafe, Fjällraven, Heron Hill Designs, J&L Pogonotrophics, J. Emmett Studios, Jewelry Finds and More, Keramika by Justin, Kotupha Gourmet Popcorn, Lottie Dottie Vintage, Molly Costello Art & Design, Nuts to Go, Salty Provisions, Sylvia's Back Room, Treats De Cuisine and Unbind Books. For vendor updates, visit the Andersonville Holiday Events Page.
Late Night Andersonville & Holiday Trolley Friday, December 3 & Friday, December 17, 2021
Late Night Andersonville returns for two nights during the holiday season on Friday, December 3 and Friday, December 17 with dozens of local businesses staying open until 8 pm* for after-hours holiday shopping. The free holiday trolley returns both nights from 6 pm 8 pm, allowing shoppers to easily hop on and off at seven stops throughout the business district all night long. Shoppers can also enjoy entertainment throughout the district. For a list of participating businesses, visit the Late Night Andersonville page. *Hours may vary by business
Santa Claus December 3 4, 2021
Santa Claus will greet families (socially distanced, of course) on an authentic sleigh at the Andersonville Winter Market on Catalpa Ave. on Friday, December 3 from 6 9 pm and Sunday, December 4 from 10 am 2 pm, sponsored by Urban Pooch. There are plenty of other opportunities to meet Old Saint Nick around the neighborhood this holidays season. For an updated list of appearances, visit the 2021 Santa Tracker page.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.