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Hello, Chicago! And friends of Chicago!

Hopefully you're just as excited for the DIY Trunk Show (Pulaski Park Fieldhouse: 1419 W Blackhawk) as we are. The Chicago Craft Mafia has worked incredibly hard this year to put together yet another amazing show. This is the sixth DIY Trunk Show! Can you believe it? 6 years of showing off the amazing hand-makers of fine and functional goods to people who care about quality, like shopping locally, and love knowing exactly who made the scarf that keeps them warm when the cold Chicago wind blows.

It is isn't already on your calendar, make sure that November 22nd is free from any other events or plans. The doors open at 10am and stay open to shoppers until 5pm. There are more than 100 (100!!!) fine, fine local people selling the best they have at affordable rates so bring your holiday shopping list (and some rolling luggage would help hold your booty) and be prepared to make a lot of people in your life very happy.

And lest you think that this is like those craft shows full of needlepointed tissue cozies, rest assured that this show is far more adventurous. Want some stones that have been turned into coaster? glass bottles that have been turned into some swank drinking glasses? a kick-ass sweater made from several other sweaters? baby gear that will make you the belle of the next baby shower? oh, and don't get us started on the jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, posters, soaps, and so much more! And the best part is that it is all handmade by the person who hand it to you and that person isn't too far from where you live.

And if all that shopping sound exhausting, you'd be right. Which is why we're delighted to be joined by Celestial Kitchens and Cafe LeBaron who will be making up some tasty vittles to keep us all powered up and sailing through the day. It's a lot easier to find the energy to shop after you eaten some delicious vegan sandwiches, some chocolate chip bacon cookies, or sipped a delicious cup of coffee to keep you awake.

And if you're worried that you might run out of money, rest assured that we'll have an ATM truck parked directly out front. Which will make it easy to also make a donation to one of our non-profit vendors on the stage in the Auditorium. Handmade Nation will be joining us, as will local nonprofits that sell crafts made by the people they serve: WomanCraft and FriedmanPlace.org.

So if you're even slightly excited, head on over to peruse our Participants page and start getting an idea about who you can't wait to meet and whose work you're excited to see and touch.

See you on the 22nd!
Chicago Craft Mafia

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