9 exciting pop-up shops to score the best children’s gear

Now that you have the perfect location set for your holiday cards, it’s time to get your kids out of their Halloween costumes and into some seriously festive gear. Sure, their collection of ugly Christmas sweaters will never really go out of style, but stepping up your child’s holiday wardrobe is about to go to the next level. Not only are there countless reasons to get out and support local businesses, but holiday markets and pop-up shops are making the experience of shopping small a special tradition for the entire family.

Historically, you’ll only have time to hit up one location before the kids turn into pumpkins … or worse, hangry elves. What if the best brands on the market popped-up in a location closer to you? Or better yet, in one location at the same time? I know! This news is better than eggnog.

Pop-up shopping is a modern day phenomenon when the stores multi-task, so you don’t have to.

Check out these nine local pop-up shops that will turn your holiday shopping into an experience not to be missed.


Monica + Andy is popping up at Water Tower Place. How cool is that? Now you can see festive décor on the Mag Mile and shop at your favorite children’s store. M + A has seriously cool items for mini humans in a prime location.

Water Tower Place

Nov.1- Feb. 28, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11-6 p.m.


Dose Market is hosting HoliDOSE. 120 small businesses will come together to support the Chicago Children’s Choir and help you check off items on your holiday wish list. Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.

Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan

Dec. 11, 10-5 p.m.


Andersonville Holiday Kids’ Pop-up is featuring a ton of great local designers; around 12 different ones each night. Bakery items, bow ties, booties and crazy cute children’s’ clothing will make even the busiest mom at ease here.

5653 N. Clark

December 2 and 6, 5-10 p.m.


Lola and the Boys are for the coolest kids on your list. Palm prints, harem pants and off-the-shoulder tees are just a few examples of pieces from the trendy online boutique. They are popping up at Felt in Logan Square and providing macaroons and champagne.

2317 N Milwaukee

Dec. 3, 11-7 p.m.


Half Pint Shop specializes in obscenely fashionable kid’s clothing, accessories, toys and handmade nursery decorations. They are popping-up at Pottery Barn in Lincoln Park.

1000 W North Ave c

Dec. 27, 10-2 p.m.


New City in Lincoln Park is hosting a gift galleria and food truck extravaganza with elves, food and live entertainment. Shop a large array of seasonal vendors alongside retail shops.

1457 N Halstead St.

December 9-10, 2-8 p.m.


Christkindlmarket is inspired by 16th Century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. The open air market features the highest quality accessories, gifts and goodies from 40+ vendors.

Chicago – Nov.18-Dec. 24

Naperville – Nov. 25-Dec. 24


Curate Chicago is a gifting company that designs specially curated boxes for everyone in your life. From the “chic co-worker” to the “darling littles,” they will assemble boxes with the best of the best gifts on the market. Think of them as an online pop-up shop constantly rotating the coolest products.


Kid + Kind is a playful new clothing line making fun, modern items to match our kids. Discounts, treats and free gift-wrapping is available at their pop-up location in Lakeview.

3756 N Ashland

Dec. 3-4, 10-5 p.m.

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