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‘One Of A Kind’ Virtual Market Offers Unique Pandemic-Friendly Shopping Experience

Over 300 talented artists have come together to showcase their work, provide virtual studio tours, and give live demonstrations

By Elliot McGowan

‘One Of A Kind’ Virtual Market Offers Unique Pandemic-Friendly Shopping Experience

Understand the creative process like never before.

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc throughout 2020 and just when our favorite time of the year arrives a second wave rears its ugly head forcing closures to Chicago’s extraordinary hospitality scene and forcing our much-loved annual events like Christkindlmarket to cancel or go virtual. But the show must go on!

Fashion designer Marla Duran and her wearable handmade clothing for women.

This week another market has followed in the footsteps of Christkindlmarket and offers shoppers an extraordinary pandemic-friendly shopping experience without the hassle or risks of lines and crowds. The One Of A Kind virtual holiday market officially started on Thursday, November 12, and will continue vending until Sunday, December 6.

Elizabeth Tokoly from EatMetal Inc fuses geometry and nature in her hand-crafted jewelry. 

While nothing matches an in-person shopping experience the virtual market has gathered together the most creative minds from the United States to offer unique hand-made and artisanal products from more than 300 participating artists all in one place. There will be artists you may recognize and brilliant new artists waiting to be discovered. But it’s not just shopping; live talks, virtual studio tours, and demonstrations from artists mean you can engage and get to know the products available like never before.

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Artist Anne F Hanley and her Batik wax paintings.

A packed program schedule can be found on the virtual market’s website showing all of the events and virtual tours happening each day. All can be accessed completely free of charge at the simple click of a button. Whether it’s watching the welding of jewelry, the meticulous creation of ceramics, or witnessing renowned painters bring a canvas to life, an array of mind-blowing exhibits of creation are possible through your screen.

See more: The Remarkable Visual Spectacle ‘Art On The MART’ Will Return To Chicago Riverwalk This November