Meet us where every purchase makes a difference
At Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park, every purchase that you make directly benefits the life of its maker.
This is a small business that puts people and the planet first. Every handcrafted necklace, birdhouse, or robe in the store has a story behind it. Every purse, journal, or silverware set has an intention.
The ethically sourced, fair-trade wares here empower the artisans who make them as part of the global maker-to-market movement that Ten Thousand Villages seeks to ignite. The maker-to-market movement is a way to address economic injustice in the world and to break the cycle of generational poverty.
By making conscious purchases like the ones made at Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park, you can be a part of the movement. You, too, can create social change.
Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park is open:
Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 6pm
Friday: 11am to 6:30pm
Saturday 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Costs vary depending on the handmade item that you select. The mission at Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park is to provide a fair wage to the artisan.
Let the makers be your guides at Ten Thousand Villages where every handmade object has a story.
The goal of Ten Thousand Villages is to create fair-wage opportunities for the artisans in developing countries across the world by bringing their products to market. And it’s not just fair-trade, products you will find here. You will also find stories. The stories of the makers and artisans are told so that you know exactly who made the item in your hand.
At 121 North Marion Street in Oak Park, Ten Thousand Villages is conveniently located just a three-minute walk from the Oak Park Stop on the Union Pacific West Metra or a three-minute walk from the Harlem/Lake Stop on the CTA Green Line.
It is right next door to the clothing boutique JAYNE.