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Things to Do in Chicago this Week: Vino, Vignettes, and Vintage Furniture 🍷

Things to Do in Chicago this Week: Vino, Vignettes, and Vintage Furniture 🍷

Merchandise Mart’s DreamHome

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When: Thursday, April 14th

Where: Merchandise Mart

Why: The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart is excited to celebrate the annual DreamHome opening on Thursday, April 14th from 6-8pm at a special Preview Party benefitting Almost Home Kids. This Naperville-based charity is the official beneficiary of DreamHome and provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families and respite care. Guests at the DreamHome Preview Party will be the first to see the design house which gives guests a chance to meet the all-star lineup of designers, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment.



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When: Saturday, April 9th – Thursday, April 21st

Where: AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Why: The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a Pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms.

More info: Chicago Latino Film Festival

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When: Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th; 10a – 5p

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

Why: Insiders know that spring is officially here when the Antiques, Garden & Design Show opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Show promises to inspire stylish living, while offering beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary. Those attending the Preview Evening will be the first to experience the Show as they enjoy priority shopping and elegant fare; complimentary valet parking is included.

Multiple indoor gardens designed by Craig Bergmann Landscape Design will accentuate the Show this year. A theme of blue and white will highlight pops of color such as coral, yellow, magenta, purple and terra cotta—inspiring after a long winter!

More infoChicago Botanic

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When: Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th

Where: Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Why: Featuring the finest in Artisan Chocolate, Artisanal Foods and Wine, with demonstrations and more.

The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival supports BEAR NECESSITIES PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION.

Saturday 11am – 7pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm

More infoFine Artisan Events

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When: Saturday, April 16th 12p – 5p

Where: Navy Pier

Why: Pinot Days Chicago is our most intimate event, but it has the biggest heart. 65 wineries fly into the Windy City and we paint the town pinot with Winemaker Dinners, “Meet the Winemaker” pinot and food pairings at local wine bars and restaurants, tastings at boutique retail stores and finally, the Grand Festival at beautiful Navy Pier. Chicago is our friendliest and foodiest city of all; Chicagoans know great food and wine and they pursue it with vigor but (refreshingly) without any pretense. Join us in Chicago for a whirlwind of exquisite wine, incredible food and (considering our wonderful winemakers and the great-hearted Midwesterners who join us each year) the loveliest people we can imagine.

More infoPinot Days

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Vintage Garage (Season Opener)

When: Sunday, April 17th 10a – 5p

Where: Vintage Garage, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago IL 60640

Why: The Garage is literally a parking garage in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Each month welcomes 75 to 100 vendors selling vintage and antique goods on the first two levels, and ramps, of the structure. It’s covered, so vendors don’t need tents and customers won’t get rained on. You’d be surprised by how awesome a parking garage filled with vintage can look.

More infoVintage Garage

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  • I went to the Dream Home Media Preview Day, it was wonderful. I will write a post about it after the Event, per Mart’s request! Beautiful rooms, must go

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