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Craft Sat Jun 21 2014
The Renegade Craft Fair is bringing Chicago something new this weekend: a pop-up Mini Market. The Mini Market is just what its name implies: a concentrated version of the larger craft fair. Although smaller in size, the Mini Market plans for big fun.
Part of a new event series, Mini Market showcases dozens are artisans and makers in a more intimate setting. Attendants of the free, all-ages market will find jewelry, clothing, leather, art, stationery and more, handmade by more than 80 crafters.
"I do look forward to the intimacy of it," said Madelon Juliano of Renegade Craft Fair. "We did our first one in Brooklyn...and it was nice to be able to make a round in the fair and not feel totally exhausted and overwhelmed."
Renegade Craft Fair collaborated with Version Fest, which showcases projects on social issues, on Mini Market. The full Renegade Craft Fair, which was founded in 2003, returns to Chicago this fall.
"We wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between our September event and our winter event," said Juliano. "Artists don't get a chance to show their work as often."
Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, visitors should expect a lively and casual atmosphere. The Mini Market also includes food, art installations, music, wine tasting, and bocce ball. It runs Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from noon to 6pm outside of MANA Contemporary, located at 2233 S. Throop Street.