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A weekly round-up of what's happening in Andersonville
From business news to special events, we've got you covered for a full week's worth of shopping, dining and living the #AlwaysAndersonville life.
December 3, 2019
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The Holidays are here! Shop Candyality during Late Night Andersonville this Friday, December 6 and get a free popcorn with any purchase of $25 or more. 
Dear Friend of Andersonville, 

Welcome to another issue of The Andersonville Weekly: serving up a curated round-up of business news highlights, promotions, and events straight to your inbox each week. 

This week we feature openings, holiday markets, Late Night Andersonville, and more business news highlights. Plus, what Tanner McSwain of Uncharted Books, has to say about books, moving books and reading books on this week's episode of #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast. 

Looking to make your own Holiday decor? Foyer Shop is hosting multiple wreath and mini wreath workshops. The first one takes place this Saturday, December 7. Register here. Also, the folks at City Grange are hosting a FREE Winter Containers 101 workshop this Saturday at 2PM. Sign-up here.


Thank you for your continued support!
- The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
Thanks for shopping Small Business Saturday!
 
The weather tried to keep you away, but you came out anyway! American Express reported there was an estimated $19.6 billion in spending at independent retailers and restaurants on Saturday, obliterating last year’s figure of an estimated $17.8 billion (which was also a record at the time). Check out the 2019 post-SBS press release and thank you for shopping local! There's still time to pledge to "Find it here. Buy it here. Keep us here." Pick up your Shop Local Passport today and return to the Chamber by January 10 for a myriad of local prizes, including our 2020 Andersonville Experience Package. 

Congrats to Eric P. for winning the $100 gift card to a local Andersonville Business. Where do you want to go, Eric? Check out the entire Small Business Saturday album here.
Raven's Cold Town/Hotline opens this weekend. This family-friendly Chicago Holiday story is great for ages 7 and up. Don't miss the special release of Raven's podcast this Thursday, December 5. More info below. 
Business News Highlights 
 
COLD TOWN/HOTLINE AT RAVEN 
Raven Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of the heartwarming, family-friendly comedy COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday Story, playing November 30th through December 22nd on Raven’s 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available here or by calling (773) 338-2177. Join Raven for opening weekend and find out what happens in December,1983 when five volunteers answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues.
 
CELEBRATE 17 WITH THE WOODEN SPOON
On Saturday, December 7, The Wooden Spoon celebrates 17 years! Sean Sheridan bought the building at 5047 N Clark in 1998 with a vision for the perfect business: A bike shop. Trina, then his culinary-minded girlfriend, now wife & business partner, had a different dream: A cooking school. And so, The Wooden Spoon was born. Seventeen years, three kids, and a million delicious moments later, Sean and Trina are celebrating you: The Wooden Spoon’s community. Stop in store on December 7 from 10AM-6PM to enter to win a cooking class for 2, shop deals and discounts on kitchenware, and spin the prize wheel for even more discounts and prizes.
 
JULMARKNAD "SWEDISH HOLIDAY MARKET"
Visit the Swedish American Museum (5211 N Clark) for Julmarknad this weekend. Julmarknad is the Museum’s annual Christmas Bazaar, where traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts will be available for purchase. The Children’s Museum will host crafts, games and a special visit from Santa. It’s entertainment for the whole family and includes kaffestuga, Lucia processions and folk dancers! Some of the Julmarknad vendors will be set up in time for Late Night Andersonville on Friday, December 6 from 5-9PM. Stop by the Museum when you shop for holiday items in the neighborhood.
 
CHICAGO WALDORF HOLIDAY FAIR
Also, this Saturday, December 7 celebrate with the family at the Chicago Waldorf Holiday Fair from 10AM-5PM. This annual Fair features children's games, crafts, musical entertainment and a magical tot-sized shop filled with handcrafted treasures children can select for their loved ones. For shoppers, there are nearly 40 craft and local food purveyors featuring handmade and organic goods. You don't want to miss this joy-filled event.

RENEGADE CRAFT COMMUNITY MEETING 
Interested in learning more about Renegade Craft coming to Andersonville in June of 2020? Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30PM at St. Gregory's Gymnasium at 1609 W. Gregory. Come hear from the 40th Ward, 48th Ward, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Renegade Craft. Click here for more information and to RSVP for the meeting
 
BEZZ TRAINING OPEN HOUSE 
Join Bezz Training in celebrating their official grand opening with an open house this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting at 11AM at 6033 N. Sheridan Road. They will be offering free classes all weekend, open gym time, food, drinks, prizes and more. Click here for more information and to RSVP
 
SANTA, SANTA AND MORE SANTA
Santa Claus is busier than ever in Andersonville this weekend. If you missing giving your wishlist at The Guesthouse Hotel on Friday night 6-9PM, you can visit the jolly old elf throughout the weekend. On December 7 from 12-3PM, join Mr. Andersonville at Clark and Berwyn, meet Santa, and get a free photo. Also, on Saturday stop into Lady Gregory's from 5:30-7PM. Make sure you bring a toy donation for Care For Real. On Sunday, December 8, you can catch Santa at TK Photography. Book your mini photo session here. Santa will be at Urban Pooch 4501 N. Ravenswood at 11AM and from 3-5:30PM at Urban Pooch 5400 N. Damen. The Lytle House on Broadway is hosting photos as well from 5-6PM. Somebody bring him some cookies!
Uncharted Books owner Tanner McSwain, pictured here with Ramona Flowers Quimby Age 8 Adams McAdams McSwain, is featured on this week's episode of #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast. 
#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast
Episode 89: The story of Uncharted Books with Tanner McSwain

The way the curation process goes, is that we like to tell people that we are looking for books that are really good, weird, or ideally both”
-Tanner McSwain

Today Laura and Joelle are joined by Tanner McSwain owner of Uncharted Books, a used and rare bookstore, secret club, and event space in Andersonville at 5140 N Clark. 

Join Uncharted and The Secret Society of Writing Duelists this Saturday, December 7 at 7PM for Fortunes: a never-before-seen storytelling event. This live show is unlike anything they have ever done. For one night only, talented raconteurs will use prompts from a tarot deck to create a collaborative story in front of an intimate audience. Space is limited. Arrive early for seats. Enter through the bookcase. There is a $5 Admission OR you can purchase an Adventurers Club Membership for $99 a month and receive unlimited passes, unlimited tea and coffee, dedicated high speed wifi, free admission to all Uncharted Books events,
and additional benefits of a Secretive Nature.

The podcast is also available in the Apple Podcasts directory! Please subscribe
Listen to Episode 89
View Episode 89 Show Notes
#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast is engineered and edited by Andy Miles in Studio C at Transistor
Get ready for a raucous evening of Late Night Andersonville! Don't miss the Tree Lighting ceremony, Santa, carolers, and more. Look for the return of The Real Elf and take a ride on the Holiday Trolley.
Late Night Andersonville 
December 6 | 5-9PM
 
The first of two Late Night Andersonville events takes place this Friday Night. Over 70 businesses stay open late, offer refreshments or special promotions. Plus, don't miss: 

5:45PM - Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Andersonville Holiday Tree located in between The Clark and US Bank (5346 N. Clark)
6-8PM - Take pictures with Santa at The Guesthouse Hotel and bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the Toy Drive for Care For Real.
6-9PMAndersonville's Holiday Trolley will run with stops throughout the district from Lawrence to Gethsemane Garden Center.

Amazing food, fun, promotions and cheer are to be found! Here are some highlights to whet your appetite:
 
In Fine Spirits | 5418 North Clark
December 6 & 20: 15% off six or more bottles of wine and spirits purchase

Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things | 5407 North Clark 
December 6 & 20: Holiday celebration and complimentary gift wrapping. Special pop-up shop with Facture Goods through December 25. 

Milk Handmade | 5137 North Clark
December 6 & 20: Free candle with every purchase over $50 and complimentary drinks

Norcross and Scott Home | 1476 West Berwyn
December 6 & 20: Refreshments and complimentary gift wrap

Fat Chris’s Pizza and Such | 1706 West Foster 
December 6 & 20: 15% off total purchase

Hair By Vardan | 5335 North Clark 
December 6 & 20: Stop in for warm AVEDA tea with sweets from Defloured Bakery

Uvae | 5553 North Clark
December 6 & 20: $4 draft bubbles & ½ off snack menu, from 9PM-12AM

Much appreciation goes to our Holiday Sponsors! Thank you to our Trolley Sponsors: Urban Pooch Canine Life Center, and Urban Pooch Training & Fitness CenterThe SoFo TapMeeting House TavernPearle VisionOpen Space Early Learning CenterBar RomaFOURSIDED, and J Blanton Plumbing, our Holiday Decor Sponsors: City Grange, FOURSIDED, Gethsemane Garden Center, and In Fine Spirits and our Santa in Andersonville Sponsor: Urban Pooch.  

View the Holiday Brochure here!
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