1419 W. Blackhawk
Chicago, Illinois

The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event originated by Sue Blatt + Kathleen Habbley. When this event began in 2003, there was nothing else like it. We took up crafts as a hobby after college and decided to try selling our stuff in local fairs. To our surprise, no events were catering to the burgeoning DIY craft community or even prohibited crafts all together. So we thought of organizing a fair of our own that tapped into this movement and provided a laid back, fresh venue for artists and shoppers alike.

The timing of the Renegade Craft Fair was perfect since it coincided with the resurgence of crafting as a new generation of people have reclaimed crafts and put a contemporary spin on them. At the RCF you'll find all sorts of cool stuff ranging from comic books to cool craft patterns, and gigposters to reconstructed clothing.

In its first year, we had originally hoped for 40-50 local people to join, but when applications started pouring in from all over the country, we had to jury the first fair and we ended-up having 75 vendors showcasing the coolest crafts around. We knew we had filled a void and began brainstorming how we could make the fair bigger and better. The Renegade Craft Fair now takes place in Chicago and Brooklyn, NY, each with over 150 vendors and thousands of shoppers from all over the country.

Official Website: http://www.renegadecraft.com/holiday/index.html

Added by iamahome on December 4, 2007

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