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12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair 9.6-.97

22 Aug Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade Craft Fair

Location: Division St. between Damen and Paulina Avenues

Event details: The 12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair September Market returns to Wicker Park this September 6+7. Division St. between Damen and Paulina Avenues will be host to one of the largest curated gatherings of indie craft makers in the US. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

As always, RCF is free to attend. Street parking is available all over Wicker Park, and yes, yes you may bring your adorable pets.



5th Annual Design Harvest Festival 9.20-9.21

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West Town’s “Grand Avenue Design District” will prove to be a mecca for designers and design enthusiasts on September 20th and 21st when the best local home and garden designers come together for the aesthetic marketplace known as Design Harvest. Now in its 5th year, a revamped Design Harvest will focus more on the designers themselves, boasting a seminar tent with “how to” workshops by sponsor Houzz, design seminars, special guest speakers, expert design panels, interactive design demonstrations and more.

In addition to home and garden objects that range from vintage and antique to environmentally-conscious and modern, Design Harvest 2014 also features great local food vendors, cold beer, good wine, and live music by the Hideout. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center sponsors family-friendly harvest time activities at their Fall Festival, including hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and much more. Attendance each year has grown significantly, with media outlets annually touting Design Harvest as one of the “can’t miss” fests of the year.

Produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce and a planning committee of local Grand Avenue Design District business owners, Design Harvest covers the wide spectrum of home design disciplines found throughout Chicago; as well as spotlights the design businesses specifically on Grand Avenue. The two-day program consists of a juried exhibition of tented vignettes, or “little stores,” each boasting unique themes and products for sale, a silent auction, and the all-new design seminars and Houzz how-to tent.

Besides perusing the participating designer’s vignettes in a large designer tent, fest-goers may sip sponsored wine and craft beer by Leinenkugel, enjoy great food from local restaurant vendors, grab a seat on a hay bale or listen to live music on the WXRT sponsored stage programmed by the legendary Chicago music venue, The Hideout.

The Design Vendors:
Design Harvest is a curated exhibition and vendors are hand selected by the producers and a jury of design experts. The high quality vendors will create vignettes inside a large scale white tent. The 2014 lineup of participating design vendors is TBA in subsequent release.

The Live Music:
Setting the weekend vibe will be the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. Live music takes place throughout both days, featuring East of Edens Soul Express DJs both days, The Lawrence Peters Outfit at 6 pm on Saturday, and Golden Horse Ranch Band with a Huge Square Dance with Caller right in the street on Sunday at 4:30 pm. The rest of the live music schedule is TBA in subsequent release.

The Families Activities:
For children and families, there will again be a ton of fun-filled activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center. Activities include:

* ‘Free’ tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
* Petting zoo 11am-3pm both days
* Mini hay maze for young kids
* Face painting
* Build your own scarecrow! We will supply the straw, rope, sticks and advice – but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to make your scarecrow out of.
* Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
* Fall refreshments – apple cider and homemade baked goods.
* Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras!
* Visit the free range chickens and check out the huge and unusual selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more! Free local delivery for those without cars!

The Fine Print:
Design Harvest takes place September 20th from 11 am to 8 pm and September 21st from 11 am to 6 pm on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood. There is a $5 donation requested for admittance. This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents). For more information, visit or find Design Harvest on Facebook at, or call (312) 850-9390. More info on the Design District at

Design Harvest 2014 sponsors include: West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Magazine, Chairs for Charity, Grand Avenue Design District, Houzz, Leinenkugel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, WXRT, Hailo, Sameday Signs, The Hideout, Eurofurniture, Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, Albany Steel & Brass, and Chicago Event Graphics.

Randolph Street Market Ticket Giveaway

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Win a pair of passes to the Randolph Street Market August 30-31st! Enter the form below now through 8.26. Winners will be notified by 8.27. Tickets can be picked up at will call at the market.

Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market, invites fans, friends and the fabulous to their August 30+31 back to school, don’t stop til’ you get enough, summer lovin’ extravaganza! Featuring a Hops & Grapes Gazebo with City Winery and craft beers / imports from Louis Glunz Beers, Inc. along with round the clock entertainment, amazing local food offerings and 250 of the best vendors around- Chicago’s favorite summer party just keeps on going!

When: August 30-31st

Where: 1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607


Chicago Fashion Fest 8.23-8.24

18 Aug Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street
Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest, now in its sixth season, will shut down West Division Street on August 23rd & 24th (from noon to 10 pm) to bring fashionistas, families and fest-lovers alike two days of non-stop local fashion, live music and entertainment – topped off with a little Creole spice! Chicago Fashion Fest 2014 has paired with Chicago’s inaugural New Orleans Festival, aiming to turn the destination corridor in Wicker Park into a Mecca for fashion and shopping mixed with Big Easy music and food. Like last year, Chicago Fashion Fest features a massive, runway stage with bleaches, where Chicago models will strut their stuff wearing “what’s hot” for end of summer and fall 2014 – collections from local designers, boutiques, and artists.


Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ featuring Division Street boutiques and Kids Rock sponsored by Smash Talent. At night, Wicker Park After Dark, star-studded fashion shows under the lights, take over. Also include in the mix is a shoppers row boasting over 50 exclusive booths of local designers and boutiques, a dedicated kids area, a doggie fashion show and activities, and tons of Big Easy eats and live tunes. All for just $5 donation benefiting LaSalle II Elementary, Wells High School and A Safe Heaven.

Bucktown Summer Soiree 8.23

13 Aug Bucktown Summer Soiree
Bucktown Summer Soiree

Bucktown Summer Soiree

WHO:  The businesses of North Damen Ave in Bucktown
WHAT:  The Summer Soiree, an annual “Shop, stroll, and dine” event

WHEN: Saturday, August 23rd , 12:00 noon to 4:00pm


WHERE: Damen Avenue between Webster and the Bloomingdale Trail Bridge in Bucktown


INFORMATION: The North Damen Avenue shopping district of Bucktown is pleased to announce a neighborhood-wide event, The Second Annual Bucktown Summer Soiree, to showcase the area’s unique range of shops, services, and cuisine. Located on Damen Avenue between Webster and the Bloomingdale Trail Bridge, Bucktown is populated with an exciting collective of independently owned boutiques, salons, and eateries.


Guests of the Summer Soiree will enjoy a relaxed afternoon of shopping promotions and in-store programming while sampling complimentary treats and sweets generously provided by the neighborhood’s cafes, kitchens, and restaurants.  Gift, fashion, health, and jewelry are among the many niches spot-lit on the Summer Soiree walking route, with enthusiastic owners and passionate operators on hand to welcome attendees.


Bucktown Summer Soiree 2014 participants include (many more TBA):



  • Apt Number 9
  • ZaZaZoo Nail Salon
  • Pascal Pour Elle
  • Stitch
  • Miss Q’s Framing and Home Decor
  • Bien Assorti
  • Virtu
  • Vivid Braille
  • Robin Richman
  • Gro Salon
  • Soutache
  • G Boutique
  • Radiance Fine Jewelry
  • Salon Visage
  • Michelle Tan
  • The Dress Reserve
  • ReMarked Salon
  • Beyond Boutique


  • 6 Degrees
  • Lil’ Guys/My Pie
  • Red Door


Known for its street chic style and award-winning restaurants, Damen Ave in Bucktown invites both local neighborhood residents and supportive customers of independent businesses to explore the area’s unparalleled hospitality.  Look for balloons on the outside of participating businesses.


The event will take place in various retailers, service providers and salons that are located on Damen Ave and will feature amazing appetizers, hor d’oeuvres and beverages from fantastic local restaurants, bakeries or beverage boutiques.

The Second Annual Bucktown Summer Soiree is graciously supported by the Bucktown Community Organization and sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, proudly serving the local businesses of Wicker Park and Bucktown. The event is also sponsored by Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33.  WPB SSA #33 is administered by the WPB Chamber of Commerce.



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