One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart

January 15, 2010 1:15:48 PM PST
Many shoppers wait all year long for the One of a Kind Show and Sale at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. They appreciate the variety of original gifts hand-made by artists from around the country. This year, when shoppers are watching their dollars, the sale is event more attractive because they know they will find high-quality, personal gifts.

The ninth annual One of a Kind Show and Sale features original work from more than 500 juried artists, artisans and designers from across North America. Visitors can meet the artists, learn the stories behind their work and shop the best in fine art and fine craft. The One of a Kind Show will showcase more than 60,000 square feet of a wide range of media and categories including ceramics, clothing, fashion accessories, fiber art, furniture, glass, gourmet, holiday, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and wood. With a wide range of prices and styles, from simple to lavish, there is something for everyone on your list.

In September, the Chicago's One of a Kind Show and Sale was once again named by Sunshine Artists as one of the top 25 fine art shows in the country. As the only completely indoor event to be included on the list, the One of a Kind Show has annually been an oasis for fine artists and shoppers during the Chicago winter

One hundred percent of ticket sales from the Opening Day, Thursday, December 3, will benefit the renowned children's hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital. The show will run Sunday, December 6.

Here's a rundown of not-to-be missed features at this year's show:

Opening Day benefiting Children's Memorial Hospital
Noon - 9 p.m., Thursday, December 3

The One of a Kind Show and Sale kicks off with a special "sneak peek" day, offering shoppers the opportunity to get the first pick of amazing arts and crafts, all while benefiting Children's Memorial Hospital. One hundred percent of Thursday's ticket sales will be donated to Children's Memorial.

One of a Kind Fashion Shows, Center Stage

Enjoy art on the runway during our live fashion shows featuring chic, artist designed clothing, jewelry and accessories. Also see fashion inspired by philanthropy. Students from The Illinois Institute of Art ? Chicago created garments from Whole Foods Market FEED 100 bags to highlight the program feeding hungry children in Rwanda. One of a Kind Fashion Shows will be held Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

Trend Watch Fashion Show, Fashion District Stage

See what's hot, what's new, and what's next at Trend Watch, the destination where One of a Kind fashion takes center stage. The spotlight is on the trends at these exciting runway presentations. Trend Watch Fashion Shows will be held Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students with a valid ID Card. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online.

For hours, tickets and more information call (800) 677.6278 (MART) or visit the event website at

The One of a Kind Show and Sale
Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6
Merchandise Mart, Chicago
(800) 677.6278


Veronica Riley Martens

  • mixed color tagua nut necklace; $85
  • yellow tagua nut chandelier earrings; $48
  • teal tagua nut bib necklace; $75

    All items are made from tagua nuts, which come from palm trees in the South American rainforests. The nuts are dried out, sliced, and dyed with a natural vegetable dye. This eco-friendly product helps sustain the rainforests in Ecuador alone by providing jobs for almost 35,000 people. It allows them to harvest a product without having to destroy the rainforests.

    Carl Vogtmann Photography

  • Framed Chicago: Rookery Building Staircase; $95 (panorama)
  • Matted Chicago Skyline from Kinzie Street Bridge; $60 (panorama)
  • Framed Chicago: Michigan Avenue Bridge Tower; $60
  • Matted Chicago Theater Marquee; $35

    Peapack Mitten Company

  • All mittens are made from recycled 100% wool sweaters. For warmth and comfort, mittens are lined in polar fleece; $50 per pair

    G3 Studios

  • Pepper mills; $220 to $410

    Every different color is a different piece of wood that has been hand cut and glued together into a rough shape, then turned on a lathe to give it the round shape. G3 Studios uses about 60 different wood species to create their functional art. They are by far the most unique, durable, highest quality mills available in the marketplace today.

    Christie Chew-Wallace

  • Oil painting: Addition; $95

    Oil painting on canvas framed in a maple-wood floater frame. This piece has been created using many layers of oil paint applied using a palette knife. You can see something new each time you look at this piece.

    The Poppy Bag Company

  • Purse: Poppy hang bag; $85

    The Poppy Bag Company is rooted in love and creativity. The company offers an original line of custom-designed bags and accessories, and aims to creating a bag "as unique as you are."

    Alyssa Miserendino

  • Book: "Our World Inside Out," a collection of more than 50 photographed interiors of foreclosed and short sale homes from all over the Chicagoland area; $40
  • Fine art prints taken by Alyssa. 10"x10" prints from this series in the book; $50 each

    Jonathan's Spoons

  • Cat Tail Salad Set -$48.00
  • Wiggle Slot Collection ?- $34.00
  • Wiggle Slot® Wide Serving Spoon $40.00
  • Swiss Cheese Board - $38.00

    For thirty years Jonathan's Spoons has been designing and making kitchen utensils that honor both the chef and the beauty of nature. They believe that the combination of durable natural materials and excellent craftsmanship bring a sense of satisfaction and reverence to the table.