The Guide: Shows, Sales and Things to Do in Chicago

The Guide: Shows, Sales and Things to Do in Chicago

Janel Laban
Dec 5, 2008

SO much is happening this week in Chicago! If you've got holiday shopping to do (or want to avoid it!), we've rounded up a few things to do, places to go and lots sales to check out...jump below for the list:

Tonight, Friday December 5, at Room Service (5438 N. Clark): Get some shopping done while enjoying a little complimentary holiday cheer along with sweets and savories during the Andersonville Late Night Shopping event from 6-10pm. Tonight only, save 15% on all modern holiday collectibles and complimentary shipping and wrap on all gifts $50 or more.

Morlen Sinoway Altelier (1052 W. Fulton Market) is "overflowing with an incredible selection of new home accessories and holiday gift items". A 20% discount is on now through Sunday, December 7th.

This Sunday, December 7 from 10 - 5 is the first "Sunday Frame Outlet" which will be held each month at Artists Frame Service (1867 N. Clybourn). It is "an Outlet with as much as 80% off hundreds of high quality Artists Frame Service picture frames – miscuts, misfits and miscalculations in all sizes, colors and styles".

In the mood for an Estate Sale? Here is the scoop from Leslie Hindman: We typically only do auctions, so a sale like this is sort of a special and fun thing for us to do. We just fell in love with the house - it's beautiful and near the lake in Lake Forest - and everything inside. Really lovely things in wonderful condition - Oriental carpets, a large collection of Audubon prints, really great upholstered pieces, a Steinway piano, Louis XV Style Painted Console Tables and Pier Mirrors, a Georgian Style Partners Desk, Louis XVI Style Painted and Parcel Gilt Mirrors and Georgian Style Mahogany Wingback Chairs; Italian Carved Marble Urns…The sale will be Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 9am – 5pm both days. It will be in Lake Forest on 620 Lake Road called "Bluff's Edge." Interested readers can call us at 312.280.1212 or email us at for more information.

A new show at the ArchiTech Gallery (730 N. Franklin) opens tonight: Architectural Toys. The gallery marks its Tenth Anniversary by celebrating the child in all of us. Architectural toys from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

All you boys can attend a secret Xmas "Boys Night Out" Shopping Night at Sprout Home (745 N. Damen). On December 9th, from 5-8 pm, get your shopping done and enjoy complimentary beer and gift wrapping!

Zola Jones, located at 1944 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, is having a charity giveback this holiday season. From Dec. 9th - 23rd, they will be donating 10% of store sales to The Night Ministry, a local social service organization.

Tatine Holiday Candle Sale and Wine Tasting - this Saturday, December 6 from noon until 5pm at the Cellar Rat Wine Shop (1811 W. North Ave). Last chance to get Tatine limited edtion holiday and special fragrances in person! Taste eight great wines perfect for gift giving...and enjoy some festive nibbles.

A private sale of Asian art, textiles, jewelery and gifts is on this weekend at Helen Kaplow's loft (727 S. Dearborn, #212W). Between 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday December 6: Helen's loft you'll be able to raid her stash for one-of-a-kind gifts. Most of which are priced between $10-35, and hand made by small family producers. By bringing their crafts into our homes, we help expand their access to sustainable income. Culturally coordinated cocktails and snacks will be served. RSVP to 312-427-2692 or

Holiday Open House on the Avenue in Oak Park this weekend. Shop at Fly Bird (and other local shops) this weekend and witness the splendor of the days to come and the joy us shopkeeps have to share with our fun-loving customers. On Friday, Dec 5th Get A FREE $10 Flybird gift certificate when you spend $100 or more. Perfect to re-gift or use for your own bad self. On Saturday, Dec 6th single and boxed Holiday cards are buy 1 get 1 half off.

Gift cards for gift items: Now through Christmas, spend $200 at Cambium (113 W. Hubbard) and receive a $50. gift card.

Local favorite Dolan Geiman have got their the annual holiday sale in full swing. Check out what is available online and pick up right here at the studio in Chicago.

Photo: Architectural Toys at Architech Gallery

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