The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital co-chairs are excited to be kicking off the third annual Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show this month. Held on Thursday, May 16, the opening night preview party is the ultimate way to get the three-day event started while raising funds for The Woman’s Board.
“First and foremost, guests can expect to have fun,” says Alison McNally of Winnetka, board member and one of three co-chairs of this year’s festivities. Working in collaboration with fellow board members and event co-chairs, Stuart Dyer of Chicago and Elizabeth Pruett of Lake Forest, McNally says the second annual soiree will also give guests an exclusive sneak peek at this year’s offerings.
With more than 75 exhibitors from across the globe, the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show is spring’s most glamorous destination for all things interior. Running from May 17 through May 19, the event features three days of some of the most spectacular examples of fine art, antique furniture, vintage and antique jewelry, and decorative objects from the 17th to 20th centuries—all situated in gallery settings across the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart.
McNally says serious collectors attending the May 16 event will have the opportunity to privately shop the selection before doors open to the public the next day. The preview party also includes whimsical cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and—for VIP ticket holders—a conversation and cocktail reception with show design chairs Amanda Lindroth, interior designer and author of Island Hopping (Vendome, 2018), and Fernando Wong, internationally renowned landscape designer.
“The designer VIP event will be a real treat, with fabulous ideas to freshen up our homes and gardens with classic and unexpected inspirations,” says Pruett,
Tickets also include a complimentary show catalogue, valet parking, and re-entry into the show. However, Pruett and her co-chairs agree that the biggest treat of all is supporting the cause they love—to help The Woman’s Board reach its goal to raise $7 million over 10 years for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s col- laborative mental health care.
“It’s a great event for a great organization,” says McNally. “We’re really excited about participation from stellar local design talent and dealers, including Shelly Johnstone, Converso, Nicholas Wolfe, Richard Norton Gallery, and landscape designer Craig Bergmann.”
Notable exhibitors at this year’s show include Trinity House Paintings (London, New York, and the Cotswolds), Greg Pepin Silver (Copenhagen), M.S. Rau Antiques (New Orleans), Jon Eric Riis (Atlanta), Nally Jewels (New York), Il Segno del Tempo (Milan), Imperial Fine Books (New York), Haynes Fine Art (London), and new additions TK Asian Antiques (Williamsburg, Virginia), Jayne Thompson Antiques (Kentucky) and Charles Edwin Puckett (Ohio). To round out this luxurious shopping experience, guests will also receive admission to a lecture series presented by AIA-Chicago—sure to inform and spark some fascinating dialogue.
Pruett sums it up perfectly, saying, “It’s the one and only in Chicago, and a one-stop shop to admire and find treasures that you never knew you needed!”
As the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital hosts its second annual preview party for the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, we turned to board members and event co-chairs Alison McNally of Winnetka, Stuart Dyer of Chicago, and Elizabeth Pruett of Lake Forest to find out where they like to shop once the show has ended. Here’s what they had to say:
Alison McNally, Winnetka
• Donald Stuart Antiques (Winnetka): “This tiny gem of a shop features floor to ceiling antiques and vintage home furnishings and accessories. I especially love the beautiful old colorful ceramic plates and lamps!”
• SHARE (Wilmette): “Owner Karen O’Sullivan has curated the perfect collection of ‘beach house’ items for any time of year.”
• Nancy Chase: “Nancy is a true artist and has the best eye for arrangements. Her work is ideal for entertaining at home.”
Elizabeth Pruett, Lake Forest
• Anything close for a quick fix: “I love Ashley & Sloane (Libertyville) and Anna’s Mostly Mahogany (Highwood). The Art Institute is my favorite place to revel in the most stunning art.”
Stuart Dyer, Chicago
• Heritage Trail Mall (Wilmette): “You never know what you will find but you always find something!”
• Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe): “It’s not just inspirational for garden design but also for color palettes and the mix of textures.”
• Shelly Johnstone Design (Lake Forest): “There is always something beautiful and unique there, and the shop itself reflects Shelley’s design aesthetic.”