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Art Tue Nov 17 2015

One of a Kind Show Returns to the Merchandise Mart

One of a Kind Show logoPerhaps you've noticed the street banners parading in downtown, or are a returning shopper, but next month, the One of a Kind Show and Sale will return for its 15th annual holiday sale. The handmade shopping event will include more than 600 artists, craft makers and designers from all over the United States.

The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with gifts for friends, family, or yourself. The One of a Kind Show features local and national artists that individually create their works, instead of mass producing for the eager shoppers. Art pieces in the event do not only reflect the holiday spirit but span a wide range of mediums, including craft makers such as, Chelli Harms Collection, Miss Millie Ceramics, 3-Switch, Jellykoe, and Limbo Jewelry Design.

The importance of craft and supporting local artists is evident in the Chicago scene, as we have events like the Renegade Craft Fair, 57th Street Art Fair, Bucktown Arts Fest, Randolph Street Fair and many, many more.

Nevertheless, the show isn't just about shopping. It also will include artist demonstrations, a gourmet gallery, and a fine art exhibition. While taking a break from gift-shopping, the event offers a number of events where visitors can indulge for the four day festivities.

11:30am-2pm Live Music
3pm Artist Talk: Booth 2115
4:30-8pm Live Music
6pm Fashion Show

11:30am-2pm Live Music
3pm Artist Talk: Booth 3097
4:30-8pm Live Music
5pm Artist Talk: Booth 7082
6pm Fashion Show

10:30am-2pm Live Music
3pm Artist Talk: Booth 4041
3-7pm Live Music
5pm Artist Talk: Booth 4116
5pm Fashion Show

10:30am-2pm Live Music
11am Artist Talk: Booth 1022
1pm Artist Talk: Booth 1123
2:30-5pm Live Music

One of a Kind glassware

The event also gives visitors a chance to win a free piece from a vendor, as well as package ticketing deals like "Friends Day Out" and "Park at the Mart," which are available until Dec. 2.

Show hours
Thursday, Dec. 3 11am-8pm;
Friday, Dec. 4 11am-8pm;
Saturday, Dec. 5 10am-7pm;
Sunday, Dec. 6 10am-5pm

The One of a Kind Sale and Show will be located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Tickets for $12 may be purchased online.

The next One of a Kind Show will be from April 29-May 1 for the Spring show.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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