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Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host free hour-long public tours with an architectural focus, twice-a-week on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-2pm. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the twentieth century in Chicago, including life in tenements and sweatshops and the unique work of the Hull-House settlement which responded to the social needs of the neighborhood. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement, the foundational moments of public housing, and how the buildings of the Hull-House settlement embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era.
Stony Island Arts Bank Tour
Join Rebuild Foundation for a tour of Chicago's newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation's artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga and a courtyard designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Guests will also enjoy an introduction to five of Rebuild Foundation’s collections, several of which focus on black history and culture, including the Johnson Publishing Company's library and “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited so please rsvp.
BuckleDown Brewing is a small craft brewery and taproom just outside of Chicago. They create bold, flavorful beers, and take diligent care to craft the finest small-batch beers with premium ingredients. Taproom open Wed-Sun.
The Graham Foundation, one of the Biennial’s presenting partners, will participate by hosting an exhibition and public programs at the Madlener House, a Prairie-style mansion located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, where the Graham Foundation is located. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Opening Times: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Filbert's Old Time Root Beer
During the early 1900's, George Filbert, his wife and their young son, Charlie, could be seen on a horse-drawn wagon in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood delivering bottles of milk to stores and homes. It wasn't until the height of prohibition that Filbert's began making Root Beer. Now 85 years later, Ron Filbert, the fourth generation Filbert, continues to make his families famous Root Beer in the same Bridgeport neighborhood where his Great-Grandfather started it all back in 1926.
Participate in Downtown Oak Park’s annual Cookie Walk! A $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 participating shops and restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas on Marion Street, enjoy a variety of family-friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate & coffee. Hospitality tent located on Marion Street at South Lake Street.
Home For the Holidays in Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special showing of “Grinch” at Lake Theatre. All events and activities are free.
Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows
Live window displays, Horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa & live reindeer, marshmallow roast, and merchants open house are just part of the magic of the annual Holiday Walk on Madison Street.
It’s not just a bike shop, and it’s not just a coffee shop—it’s an artistic space, a working space, a space to live in. We encourage everyone to bring suggestions and feedback; to bring their kids, or their laptops, or both; and to make new friends by elbowing into the community table. Everything we do is centered around this sense of community, right down to our manufacturing. Heritage bikes are designed, welded (by hand, out of American steel), and assembled right here in the city of Chicago. Plus, almost every bike is entirely unique, as Heritage focuses on full customization. Whether it’s sparkly colors or Italian leather accessories that float your boat, we’ll find something to match your style.
12 Days of Christmas
Shop between November 9 – December 19 at the 14 local shops listed for a bonanza of deals and prizes! Daily and Grand Prizes will be drawn between December 5 – December 19. Subscribe to the event at: Facebook.com/WhyBerwyn/events to keep up with prizes. Make a $20 purchase at any of the participating businesses to receive a sticker from that business. In addition, enjoy the bonus time limited offers and discounts. Bring your validated promotional card to Hursts’ Berwyn Jewelers and exchange stickers for entries into the daily drawings taking place between December 5 – December 19. If you collect at least 7 stickers, you are entered into the Super Spectacular Grand Prize Drawing on December 19.