Vintage ceramics and tableware on display at December’s Fête Market.
Fête brings dozens of food and design vendors to its night market this weekend.
Handcrafted jewelry on display at December’s Fête Market.
Chicago-based store Sir & Madame at December’s Fête Market.
After soft launching in December as a market only, Fête Market debuts its full concept this weekend, when the Thursday-night market will be followed by three days of events (April 4–April 7). From tastings to discussions to tours, the programming delves into Chicago’s thriving creative communities—Fête founders Emily Fiffer, Heather Sperling, and Jessica Herman were inspired by existing events such as The New Yorker Festival and The Humanities Festival.
The foundation of the festival, though, remains the Thursday night market, and patrons can expect to scour food and design goods from dozens of vendors that hail from Chicago, elsewhere in the Midwest, and beyond. “We curate a selection of the chefs, artisans, designers, and entrepreneurs who we consider to be among the city’s most innovative and exciting,” says Sperling. “It’s a puzzle, and we think critically about the makeup of the group. We’re particular about not having overlap; we aim to draw from a range of areas, price points, and styles; and we’re committed to bringing together a group that has never been under the same roof before.”
Some highlights include sampling the exotic handmade chocolates from Chocolat Uzma Sharif and previewing food from the soon-to-be-opened Mott Street. Chicago designer Elise Bergman will show a limited-edition collection of pillows, and Leah Ball brings her chic handcrafted bronze jewelry pieces. Other vendors of note include Firecakes Donuts, City Olive, City Lit Books, Artfully Disheveled, and Uncanned Music. Purchase tickets ($5) in advance at fetenightmarket.eventbrite.com. Room 1520, 1520 W. Fulton St.