About Us & Our Events

Handmade Happy Hours is a monthly curated market in Chicago, IL. Our founders firmly believe in “community over competition” mentality.


Handmade Happy Hours was founded by two women artists from Chicago with a hope of creating a supportive and welcoming community for Chicago artists and those who support them.

Jenny Rhead, of Greetings By Jenny, and Lauren Cornell, of Think Unique, realized there was a gap in their community. It was hard to find a stable & accessible community of artisans to share ideas, events, and space together. So, they decided to create the space for themselves. They got together and came up with Handmade Happy Hours (fondly called HHH), to fill this gap in an accessible way for artists all over the Chicagoland area.

Each Pop-Up event is thoughtfully curated to provide a variety of artistic styles to the community in attendance. This is not the market where you have eight jewelry vendors all next to each other! We focus in variety, because we want each medium & artist to be showcased and appreciated in its own light.

We are building a positive and supportive community of Artists and events that understand the struggles that independent creators often experience. We are proud of the work we do and the amazing people we get to work with.


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