Gretta's Goats at Bellwether
Pick up a bar of Gretta's goat-milk soap at Bellwether this weekend.

We?ve fallen victim to our fair share of owl-clad tchotchkes at craft fairs gone by, but our aesthetic has since moved past embroidered potholders. Good thing there?s a new fair that?s keeping up.

Bellwether is an outdoor market debuting this weekend at The Hideout in Noble Square.

The event goes beyond traditional craft or vintage fairs with a more sophisticated array of handmade local goods, plus top-shelf cocktails and food, and an entertainment lineup of DJs, bands and speakers that?s clearly been curated for grown-ups. ??

With your Death?s Door gin cocktail in hand, shop for a DIY terrarium from Fleur, buy beautiful bars of super skin-nourishing goat-milk soap from Gretta?s Goats or stop by the warehouse stage to make your own geometric chandelier sculpture out of paper with Essimar. (See a full list of vendors here.) ??

A battalion of food trucks will keep hunger pangs at bay; snag a picnic table and sit down with a bowl of small-batch vegetarian asparagus vichyssoise from Karl?s Craft Soup or fill up on mini doughnuts topped with strawberry-and-Nutella sauce from Beavers. ??

After all, you?ll need your strength for the market's afternoon yarn-spinning workshop.

??June 8 and 9, suggested donation $10. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; followbellwether.com

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