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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: craft fairs - chicago on: October 11, 2009 07:53:01 AM
The Illinois Arts Council publishes a free Art Fair Directory every year.  You can request one at their website - http://www.state.il.us/agency/IAC/

The site also has information about jurying into the Illinois Artisan program.  They have 4 galleries around Illinois that will sell your work once you become a juried member.  It's a great program!
2  Illinois / Illinois: North / ArtRageous! Oak Park on: October 05, 2009 07:48:35 AM
October 2-11, 2009     10 Days & 4.5 square miles of inspiration in historic Oak Park, IL

www.artoakpark.com      Performances, workshops, exhibits, and walks to infuse your artistic spirit

Come join us!
3  Illinois / Illinois: North / Art of the Crazy Quilt on: October 05, 2009 07:47:06 AM
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest presents a lecture on the history of quilts by Georgette Sinkler, Historical Society volunteer and quilter. Sinkler planned the new exhibit "The Art of the Crazy Quilt," which opens that night and runs through February 2010 at the Historical Society on the second floor of Pleasant Home. The exhibit features beautiful crazy quilts from the collection of the Historical Society and on loan.

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm - Pleasant Home 217 Home Ave, Oak Park, IL Website: http://www.oprf.com/oprfhist/
Phone: 708-848-6755

This lecture is just one of over 100 events during ArtRageous! Oak Park - October 2-11, 2009 - www.artoakpark.com

4  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Chicago in a Day, but what to do? on: December 11, 2006 07:08:20 AM
The Chicago Cultural Center is free.  There is a great fiber art exhibit there now.

Check out the Mary Poppins windows at Macy's on State Street...used to be the old Marshall Field's.  The Christmas tree in the Walnut Room (restaurant) is beautiful and features Wedgwood ornaments designed by Vera Wang.  Eating around the tree is a Chicago area Christmas tradition for many families.

There is an outdoor market - Christkindlmart (sp?!) - across from Macy's.  Lots of German vendors but I think some Asian and South American vendors are there as well this year.

The Sears Tower, Art Institute and Millenium Park are great Loop area suggestions as well.

Have a great time!  Where are you staying?  There is a nice hostel on Congress...can't remember the name but you can google it.


5  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Fabric shopping in Chicago on: November 01, 2006 06:02:17 PM
  I like Vogue Fabrics...www.voguefabricsstore.com.

I've only been to the one on Roosevelt Road which is closest to downtown.  However, I think the store in Evanston (North suburb) has a bigger selection especially for bridal.

Oh, almost forgot, I got the fabric for my wedding dress at Fishman Fabrics which is basically across the street from Vogue on Roosevelt Road.  You could kill two birds with one stone if you went there.

Dress warm...it is supposed to be pretty cold this weekend!

Good luck!

6  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: help! save me from a "big-box" chicago vacation! on: August 01, 2006 12:28:35 PM
For yarn shops, I recommend checking out the website...www.windycityknittingguild.com/knitshops.htm.  There are phone numbers and addresses and also member reviews.

Nina on Division is supposed to be way cool.

I don't bead, so I can't recommend any bead shops in the city.

For restaurants, I highly recommend two on S. Wabash...Opera (Asian Fusion - ask to sit in the vault - it is a renovated bank) or Cuatro (Latin American/seafood - the howler monkey mojito is wonderful)

Have a great time!
7  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Help! Hotels in Chicago on: July 30, 2006 06:53:40 AM
Schiller Park will be safe but not terribly convenient to downtown and the restaurant selection will be mainstream and most likely a chain...

I got a mailer from American Express with hotel and restaurant deals in conjunction with SilkRoad Chicago.  Hotels start at $69/night...you can get more info at www.mylifemycard.com/go/chicago or 877-CHICAGO.

Have you checked out the Wright Inn or the Carleton Motor Lodge in Oak Park?  Safe neighborhood, easy access to "L" or Metra (20 min. to downtown), home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, lots of great non-chain restaurants...rates will probably run about $100-150/night.  Check out www.visitoakpark.com.

Good luck and enjoy Chicago!
8  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: thrifty clothes by the bag/pound? on: November 10, 2005 03:12:17 PM
A friend of mine gets discounted items at Brown Elephant.  I suggest asking the manager at whichever resale store is closest to you. 

If he/she seems skeptical, explain that it could be a win/win situation...they'll still get some money PLUS they won't have to pay extra fees for additional garbage hauling.

You could even offer to give the store (assuming it is affiliated with a charity) a percentage of your sales from time to time or during a particular show as a thank you for their generosity.
9  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: New Yarn Store in DT Plainfield on: November 05, 2005 06:19:49 AM
Does the store have a name yet?
10  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: New. on: November 05, 2005 06:18:12 AM
The Illinois Arts Council publishes a free Art Fair Directory every year that is really helpful in planning your art fair attendance...as a guest or as an artist.

You can order one on their website...www.state.il.us/agency/iac...or call 800/237-6994.

My other suggestion would be to check your local newspaper and your library.  The Oak Park library has a community posting board for events that is a really great reference.

Good luck!
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