Friday, December 07
Saturday, December 08
The fourth annual Santa Paws at the Hotel Allegro takes aww-over the Lobby Lounge Saturday and Sunday afternoon, benefitting the The Anti-Cruelty Society. All pets welcomed, as long as they can fit through the door. Event features water bowls and pet-friendly treats, plus people-friendly hot chocolate and cookies. A professional photographer will shoot you and your animal companion with Santa. This year, there's also a raffle, with prizes including Kimpton hotels & restaurants gift certificates, with all raffle proceeds benefitting The Anti-Cruelty Society. Meet several shelter dogs joining the festivities, who will be available for adoption. Admission FREE.
Sunday, December 09
The 12th annual One of a Kind Show at The Merchandise Mart, kicked off Thursday with more than 600 artists and their handmade creations, with a portion of all ticket sales benefitting the new Children's Hospital of Chicago. Sunday is your last day to meet and eat from artists/artisans in the Gourmet Gallery, including Brunkow Cheese, Mart resident Chopping Block, Puffs of Doom, and more. Admission $12 general, $9 seniors, FREE for children 12 and under.
Monday, December 10
Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics opens at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with free refreshments. The new exhibit tells an untold story of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists, public health advocates, labor reformers, and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. Filled with participatory experiences and hands-on activities, the exhibition includes never before seen images and artifacts, such as historic menus detailing innovative food programs launched by Hull-House that politicized the kitchen and transformed the culture of food preparation and dining. Plus, hear an audio portrait of "lunch lady" Julia O'Grady (of the Academy for Global Citizenship) created by photographer Jason Reblando and producer Heather Radke. Admission FREE.
Tuesday, December 11
The Hideout Holiday Sale at The Hideout has been dubbed Chicago's coziest craft fare by our friend Martha Bayne of Soup & Bread, who's an expert in such things, and will be there with books and gift items, plus Jo Snow, and many more invited local artisans. Admission FREE.
Wednesday, December 12