Pop-up markets, art studios are coming to Rogers Park, Edgewater storefronts thanks to New City Program

ROGERS PARK — Pop-up markets, art studios and seasonal murals are coming to vacant storefronts in two of the Far North Side’s pandemic-hit trade corridors.

The Rogers Park and Edgewater Chambers of Commerce have secured funding from a new city program to open pop-up markets and other store activations along Howard Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue this holiday season, the business groups said.

In Rogers Park, the money enabled the establishment of Howard Street Makers Studio. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Edgewater will host two pop-up stores as part of a new event called Winter Bryn Mawrkets.

The effort is part of the “Small Business Activation Storefronts” program, which last month awarded 18 neighborhood-based business groups $2 million to create more foot traffic and store activity during the holiday season.

Bryn Mawr Avenue and Howard Street have suffered from the pandemic, as has Bryn Mawr Avenue lost anchor deals and Howard Street dealing with rollbacks on security and economic development issues. With the events, local chambers are trying to attract neighbors to existing businesses and generate enthusiasm for potential new businesses, the groups said in statements.

The following is planned for the storefront activations.


Winterbryn Mawrkets will be bringing two pop-ups plus art installations to vacant storefronts on Bryn Mawr Avenue near the Red Line.

The larger market will be at 1052 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. opened in the historic Belle Shores Apartments building. It includes gifts and seasonal goods, including art, cosmetics, toiletries, and pet supplies sustainable backpacks among others from a local company.

A second pop-up will appear at 1040 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. opened, where rotating artists present their art, sell items and actively use the store as a studio, according to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

Both pop-ups are open Fridays from 3pm to 7pm and Saturdays to Sundays from 1pm to 5pm until February 12th. Shops are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which fall on a weekend.

Artists will also decorate vacant businesses along Bryn Mawr Avenue with murals and art installations. The Edgewater Chamber also hosts events on days the markets are open, including artist performances, face painting, balloon artists and a visit from Santa.

Winter Bryn Mawrkets expands on previous efforts to lure neighbors into the corridor. That includes last summer Bryn Mawrketswhere young entrepreneurs settled in vacant storefronts, and last year Pop up holiday market.

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Howard Street in Rogers Park

Rogers Park

Howard Street, east of the Red Line tracks, will come alive with new window murals and a pop-up market dedicated to showcasing local artists and manufacturers.

Howard Street Makers Studio will open December 3 at 1609 W. Howard St. It will be staffed by rotating artists-in-residence, who will open the shop at least four days a week and offer events such as movement classes, art workshops, sip-and-paint evenings and open art studio time, according to the Rogers Park Business Alliance.

A tape average for the pop-up will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by an open house until 5:00 p.m. on December 3rd. There is an opportunity to create your own art, as well as food and drinks.

Chicago artist Barrett Keithly will paint windows in vacant stores at 1531 W. Howard St., 1609 W. Howard St. and 1631 W. Howard St. The murals will begin in late November, according to the chamber.

The market will be open until February. Click for a list of participating artists here.

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