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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Nov. 7 – Nov. 9, 2014

Lots of good ‘ol fashioantiques logon family fun going on this weekend. However, those seeking a little more sophistication should definitely consider a stop at the Winnetka Community House for the Antiques + Modernism Show. Enjoy!

Honk Jr. 

Nov. 7 @ 7 pm, Nov. 8 @ 2 pm & 7 pm, Nov. 9 @ 2pm
Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Children of all ages will learn that it’s okay to be different when they take in this musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Ugly Duckling.” More than 30 fourth-through-eighth graders round out the cast in this Wilmette Children’s Theatre production. Click here to purchase tickets. $8.50 per ticket.

Antiques + Modernism Show
Nov. 7 – 9
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka

This highly anticipated event, presented by the Woman’s Board of Winnetka Community House, will feature esteemed dealers from across the country showcasing fine examples of American, British, French and Asian antiques, as well as pieces from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nou¬veau, Art Deco and Mid-Century design movements. The exhibition and sale offers furniture, silver, ceramics, jewelry, garden antiques, lighting, rugs, textiles, fine and folk art, architectural artifacts and more. For more info. and to purchase tickets visit

Old-Fashioned Campfire
Nov. 7; 6 – 7:30pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8 per person. Click here to register.

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Woman’s Club of Wilmette’s 70th Annual Antiques Show

Wilmette Women's Club Antique ShowCan’t bear the thought of giving yet another sweater or scarf this holiday season? Here’s your chance to get something really unique for your loved ones while helping out those in need.

At the Woman’s Club of Wilmette’s 70th Annual Antiques Show and Sale you’ll find everything from furniture to maps, prints, books, linens, vintage jewelry, and more. Dealers returning this year include Ralph Spano Antiques, Neil Zuehlke Antiques, and T.S. Hotter Gallery. New dealers include Silver Acorn (miniature books and vintage jewelry), The Good Stuff (American Indian jewelry), Plain Tales (antique books), Maison Suzanne (textiles and tapestries), and Dovetail Joint Antiques (Americana and furniture).

You’ll also be able to shop for holiday foods and hostess gifts  at the Holiday Boutique.

Do you have damaged glass, china, or porcelain? Bring it to the show for on-site repair by Mary Lou’s Crystal Repair, a show long-term favorite. Read the rest of this entry »

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North Shore Flea

NSF HolidayIt seems like there’s always something interesting going on in Highwood. First it was Garlic Fest, then the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival.Now the town best known for its restaurants will be offering three days of retail therapy for vintage enthusiasts.

Highwood first introduced the new North Shore Flea at the Evening Gourmet Farmers Market this past summer.  Now, on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th the North Shore Flea will be doing it’s very own Holiday Market to coincide with Highwood for the Holidays, an annual event to support local troops stationed in near by Great Lakes Naval and Fort Sheridan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Antiques Events in Wilmette This Weekend

antique lion headAre you eager to find a good deal on some antiques? Or maybe you have what you think is an antique and want to find out what it’s worth. You can do both this Saturday, September 17 in Wilmette. You can buy antiques and collectibles at the St. Joseph Oktoberfest and Antiques Market or you can bring your treasures to the North Shore Treasures Appraisal. Here are the details:

St. Joseph Oktoberfest and Antiques Market

An annual event held in the church parking lot on the corner of Ridge and Lake in Wilmette, features antiques vendors from Sandwich and Kane counties from 9 am to 4 pm. There is also a Family Festival, with games, entertainment and a “biergarten” tent. In the evening there’s a traditional German dinner at 6:00 with an Oompah band, followed by a dance at 8:30 featuring HipHugger. Call 847-256-7870 for more information.

8th Annual North Shore Treasures Collectibles and Antiques Appraisal Event

If you’ve cleaned out your attic and are wondering whether those treasures you’ve discovered are family heirlooms or just junk, here’s your chance to find out. Just bring your treasure(s) to Plaza del Lago at 1515 Sheridan Rd. on Saturday, September 17 from 10 to 2 and get them appraised by Daniel Buck Soules or Simeon Lipman. A suggested $10 donation for each item appraised will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Call 847-884-0000 for more information.

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A Tour of Winnetka’s Antiques Shops

Knightsbridge Antiques, Winnetka, IL

In my experience the term, “antique” is often used rather loosely to describe anything that’s “pre-owned,” and anyone’s cast-off junk seems to qualify. But if you want to shop for antiques that actually fit the time-tested definition (“An item which is at least 100 years old and is collected or desirable due to rarity, condition, utility, or some other unique feature.”) then a visit to Winnetka’s antiques shops will be worth your while. You won’t find any old coke bottles, Beanie Babies (with or without the tags) or Hummel figurines here. No, this is the good stuff, which is just what you’d expect in a village like Winnetka.

So let’s take a little tour, starting at the southernmost shop and working our way north to Hubbard Woods.

Country Shop

710 Oak St., Winnetka, IL
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10:00-5:00

The Country Shop is located on Oak St. between Lincoln Ave. and Maple St., with parking on the street right out front. It is the one store in Winnetka that specializes in Americana. It sells early American antiques and reproductions, as well as gifts and accessories to fit a casual or country decor.

M. Stefanich Antiques

569 Lincoln Ave.
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:30-5:00

From the Country Shop, go north on Oak St. a half a block to Lincoln Ave. and turn right. Cross Elm St. and proceed to the end of the block. M. Stefanich will be on your right. You can park on the street for 90 minutes, ample time to browse in both M. Stefanich and Donald Stuart Antiques. M. Stefanich’s specialty is antique silver and fine porcelain.

Donald Stuart Antiques

571 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00

Right next door to M. Stefanich, Donald Stuart sells English and French furniture, porcelain, prints, lamps and accessories.

Rare Finds, Winnetka, ILRare Finds

890 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:00-5:00 and Sat. 11:00-4:00

When you leave Donald Stuart, keep driving north on Lincoln Avenue to Pine St. Go left, cross the bridge and turn right on Green Bay Rd. You’ll find the rest of the antiques shops in Hubbard Woods, just a mile up the road.

Rare Finds is the first antique store you come to as you enter Hubbard Woods driving north on Green Bay Rd. It’s a small store on the left, just north of Tower Rd., but it’s packed with beautiful 18th and 19th century antiques from England and France. Some of the more unusual items are the Victorian bamboo furniture, porcelain spirit jugs from old pubs, peat buckets painted with crests, inlaid boxes and antique fireplace furnishings (one of their specialties).

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Ridge Road Is Where The Action Is This Sunday in Wilmette

Now that the weather has turned (consistently?) warm, get out of the house and come to one or all of three Ridge Road events this Sunday, May 2. Two are kid-friendly; one, not so much.

Wilmette police badgeWilmette Police Department Open House

Sunday, May 2 from 11:00-2:00
710 Ridge Road

This is sure to be a kid-pleaser, with tons of cool stuff to see like the firearms range, the lock-up, crime lab, bomb squad and major crimes forensic unit. Think CSI Wilmette!   And be sure and bring along your camera to take mug shots of the kids.

Wilmette Historic Museum Open House

Sunday, May 2 from 11:00-2:00
609 Ridge Road

Take a self-guided tour of the museum and see all the exhibits, including the newly restored Akeley mural depicting native Americans on Wilmette’s lakefront and the wedding finery exhibit.  Not to be missed is the original jail cell that is still in the basement. Afterward, linger out front and listen to a concert by the Wilmette Community Band.

Heritage Trail Spring Flea Market

Sunday, May 2 from 9:00-5:00
410 Ridge Road

This is Heritage Trail’s spring sale, with deals inside the mall and outside in the back parking lot. Lots of great stuff for the antique lover, but probably not where you want to bring your toddler, unless you enjoy saying “Don’t touch!” every five seconds.

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