Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holidays on the Square!

Did you shop Small Business Saturday? Good for you! Or maybe you're like me and didn't have a chance to do your due diligence. It's okay. The best neighborhood in town is hosting its first annual Holidays on the Square this Saturday, December 3, where you can not only support small business but feed some dollars into neighborhood shops.

Poster by Lily Red Studio
So how is this different from a regular shopping day? Participating businesses will be bringing out the best of holiday cheer with special treats, trunk shows, food trucks, hot apple cider, a Toys for Tots drive, and a tree lighting, just to name a few things.

Ann Kienzle, the owner of the toy store *play and a co-organizer of the event, says, "You'll be able to explore the neighborhood businesses and restaurants. They'll have their doors open with unique offerings and allow you to get a taste of the neighborhood." *play itself is hosting photos with Santa and local floral shop Fleur is doing a Truffle Truffle pop-up shop and a wine tasting.

Ann feels that Logan Square is ripe and ready for this type of event. "I think the neighborhood is new and recharged and this gives everybody an opportunity to come down and celebrate the holidays together and explore Logan Square."

So how did this even come about? "Kelly from Fleur and I were brainstorming about doing something together and it turned into this," says Ann. "We literally started planning this six weeks ago. It kind of just came together and turned into something grander than we planned, but exactly what we were hoping for."

Participating merchants and their deals/events follow. Festivities start at noon and last through the evening. Check the Holidays on the Square Facebook page for updates:

*play (Santa photos starting at noon)
Fleur (Truffle Truffle pop-up)
Ciao Napoli Pizzeria (Italian lessons by Multilingual Chicago and I Am Logan Square previews its upcoming photography exhibition, Snapshot: Inventing the Everyday)
El Cid
Lula ($1 off a hot chocolate or specialty cocktail)
Logan Pets
Wolfbait & B Girls (Bonnie Body Trunk Show and wine tasting from 4-6 p.m.)
Provenance Food and Wine (1-3 p.m. Few Spirits and Spencer's Bangers tastings and 3-6 p.m. wine tasting and knife sharpening)
A Touch of Vintage (20% off by mentioning the event)
New Wave Coffee
The Rocking Horse
Dunlays on the Square
Letizia’s Fiore (tree lighting)
Longman & Eagle
Multilingual Chicago
La Boulangerie
Tula Yoga Studio
G-Mart Comic Books
Reform Objects
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Chicago Community Chorus
Refresh Ease
Cafe con Leche
Mr. G's Beef

And more!

Click here to view complete list of specials and promotions


-Tamara Matthews
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