Returning Artisans Full of Surprises at SOAR Artisan Market Streeterville 2014

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2; 10:00am to 5:00pm

Northwestern University Lurie Center, 303 E Superior

Free Admission!

A portion of sales benefits SOAR’s neighborhood programs    

This year’s Artisan Market will bring back more than 35 returning artisans who have become familiar faces to loyal shoppers. But like creative people of all stripes, our artisans are frequently compelled to try something new. Many will bring the “best of the best” of their new ideas and skills to the Market this year. For example:

Via her business, “The Hand That Beads You,” Market co-founder Mary Baim has brought her exquisite beaded jewelry every year since the very first event in 2008. Over the years, the necklaces and bracelets became more intricate and sophisticated. Now Baim is exploring yet another complex craft and brings her new weavings to the  Market—and to a new level of art. But she has not abandoned the jewelry—and her business name has just morphed, to “The Hand That Beads & Weaves You.” See her in Space #28 and visit her at www.marybaim.com.


Graphic designer Marjie Best first brought her whimsical pillows and limited edition prints to the Market in 2011. Last year she “tested the waters” for a line of one-of-a-kind graphic cuff bracelets that now drive her artisan endeavor, Studio Best. Marjie will be in Space #53 at the Market. Before you go see her work at www.bestdesignchicago.com.


For a preview of the jewelry, clothing & accessories, vintage, two-dimensional art and photography, home décor, children’s goods and food available at 2014 SOAR Artisan Market Streeterville visit us on Pinterest. For a look at last year’s Market watch us on You Tube. 


Northwestern University Medical Research Center Update

SOAR attended the community meeting on September 30 when representatives from Northwestern University and the architectural firm, Perkins + Will, presented an overview of the building's proposed final design and answered questions about the project. Since the design was first presented in November 2013, the University has considered input from SOAR and other community stakeholders and worked closely with Alderman Reilly to address concerns. The Real Estate Committee will schedule a separate meeting with representatives, consider next steps and communicate with Alderman Reilly. View the Design Presentation.

SOAR Artisan Market: Let the Holiday Shopping List Begin!

It's time to write your holiday shopping list--for family, friends and yourself! More than 55 artisans--jewelry, ceramics, clothing/accessories and home décor designers; vintage clothing, photography and art in two-dimensional work--were selected for the Sixth Annual Artisan Market Streeterville.  


Joining them will be a baker's dozen food vendors, report Food Co-Chairs Meme Hopmayer and Mary Aregoni: Bello Tea, Bon Macaron, Chocolate Twist, Confection Diva, DaLobsta, DoRite Donuts, Fumare Meats, Jo's Snow Syrups, Julius Meinl, Karl's Craft Soup, Lucila's Alfajores, Rustic Tart and Saigon Sisters, will be offering food to eat on site or to-go and for gift-giving.


Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, 303 E. Superior (Ryan Family Atrium, Northwestern University Lurie Center.) Free admission. Free shuttles operating every 20 minutes  to and from the Market via W Chicago Lakeshore, InterContinental and Westin Hotels. Discount parking at 321 E. Erie, $10.25 for 12 hours, validated at Artisan Market.

For a sneak preview on Pinterest. For information: artisans@soarchicago.org or 312.280.2596.

View the Artisan Market video HERE.





SRN Seminar: Managing the Major Condominium Repair Project

On Monday, October 27, SOAR will host a special seminar entitled "Managing the Condominium Repair Project." Legal, engineering and management experts will use the common problem of water infiltrating into a unit as an example of a potential $250,000+ repair project requiring Board, management and contractor teamwork. This seminar will be of special interest to condo and coop Board officers and members, unit owners, property managers and staff involved in preparing their condo and coop communities for planned and unexpected repairs. "Managing the Major Condominium Repair Project" will feature a moderated panel including David Lewin and Bruce Schoumacher of the law firm Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.; engineers C.P. Bok and Richard T. Kaczkowski of CTL Group and Brian Butler of Lieberman Management Services. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. SOAR members and others are welcome to attend.


Monday, October 27

5:30 pm  Registration

6:00 pm  Program


Prentice Women's Hospital, Canning Auditorium

250 E. Superior, 3rd Floor


No cost to SOAR members; non-members pay $15  


RSVP Today


SOAR Streeterville Walks: Hear All About Our New Sponsor!

Hearing Professionals of Illinois, recently located at 680 N. Lake Shore, Suite 1207, has signed on as founding sponsor of the twice-weekly SOAR Streeterville Walks. Dr. Robert Meyers, one of the physicians and partners of the practice, is a Streeterville resident and SOAR member. Hearing Professionals of Illinois is an audiology practice that has been providing comprehensive hearing health care for over 40 years to adults and children. In affiliation with Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Illinois, they are excited to be serving the downtown community at their new location in Streeterville.Welcoming them as new SOAR sponsors, Executive Director Karen Maisa said, "They represent a perfect fit for the Streeterville Walks team, which is, in fact, the 'eyes and ears' of our neighborhood." Learn more about Hearing Professionals of Illinois.


More than a hundred people are now involved in the hour-long Streeterville Walks, which begin at 7:00pm every Monday and Thursday (weather permitting) at the meeting point: Fairbanks between Erie and Huron. Weather alerts, routes and other instant alerts are now posted on Facebook. You must first have a free Facebook account to receive and post comments. To sign up for Facebook.To become a Facebook Friend search for SOAR Streeterville Walks or click here to link to the group page