Renegade Holiday Craft Fair - Chicago Review

Well I Braved another Renegade Craft Sale. Sadly, I think my review goes the same way as the Summer/Fall edition: Not enough Parking, Way (WAY!) too many people.

My wife and I headed up to Chicago this past weekend for the sale and then to do other various shopping in the city. This sale was at the Pulaski Park fieldhouse, not too far from the other sale. Once again it is in an area with somewhat non existent parking. It would help to hold it in a location that could account for the huge amount of extra cars. Possibly somewhere near a garage. I know this may take away from the small intimate craft fair vibe, but it doesn't have that feeling at all, it is huge and out of control.

In the building there were so many people you could barely move. I hardly looked at anything because I would have had to shove my way through women and children just to see something. Being a kind of large guy that is often frowned upon. The music was too loud, and just basically too much of everything.

The one booth I did stop by was the Delicious Design League. I was able to chat with them for a few and pick up this great poster I featured before. Other then that I didn't stop much. I hoped something would catch my eye and I would have to check it out, but nothing did.

So, in conclusion, I've tried both editions of the Renegade craft fairs in Chicago, and I don't know if I will be going back. Just too much hassle for hardly any pay off.

P.S. A type to most parents out there (especially hipster parents). I know I am not a parent yet, but when a location is that crowded 1. Do not let your child wander aimlessly 2. Do not bring your giant, ridiculous stroller that probably cost more then 2 months of my rent, please instead bring the little travel strollers and help everyone out.


December 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM

RiRi Willow said...

Yay for the Bear and Bird poster! Also i really like their Road Trip one on the site! Sorry that it didn't turn out as exciting as you hoped it would... looks pretty neat from the photos though, i see a few breaks in the crowd where i could look at things^^

Sometimes i wish i was closer to Chicago like before so i could go to these events but then i think about the cold and it goes away. hahah

December 8, 2009 at 10:44 AM

laura said...

So sad we ended up not making it out there with you guys... We could've knocked down women and children together and pigged out on pizza. Boo.

December 8, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Josh said...

who knows, maybe by next year I will have forgotten all of the trouble it was and go back again... Although the outdoor one was crazy, I would do it again over the holiday since to get away from people I just could step off to the side.

Booths were a benefit and a downfall though. It was nice to go IN the booth and check things out, but they would fill up with people, but with just the single straight table at the Holiday one, there was no way to get close or set up a more dynamic area.

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