With over 75 exhibitors from across the globe, the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show is this spring’s most glamorous destination for all things interior. Spanning May 17-19, expect 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.
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 addition TK Asian Antiquities (Williamsburg, Virginia).
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.
Kicking off this three-day celebration of design is its opening night benefit on May 16, hosted for the second consecutive year by The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This preview party, co-chaired by board members Stuart Dyer, Alison McNally, and Elizabeth Pruett, provides a sneak peek at this year’s offerings. Better yet, serious collectors will have the opportunity to privately shop the selection before doors open to the public the next day.
“First and foremost, guests can expect fun,” says Winnetka-based McNally. This 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. Lindroth’s designs blend the classic with bold color and a touch of resort style, all perfectly captured at her Palm Beach brick-and-mortar, Lindroth Design. Based in Miami, Wong brings the principles of classical architecture to his landscapes, sculpture gardens, pools, and pavilions for notable and historic private residences and commercial spaces, including the Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
“The designer VIP event will be a real treat, with fabulous ideas to freshen up our homes and gardens with classic and unexpected inspirations,” shares Pruett, who resides in Lake Forest. Tickets include a complimentary show catalogue, valet parking, and reentry into the show, with the proceeds providing the biggest treat of all: support for The Woman’s Board commitment to raise $7 million over 10 years for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s collaborative mental health care.
The next three days promise equal excitement, with plenty of new offerings for its third year. “We are really excited about our ‘Design Circle,’ ” McNally reveals. “We’ve handpicked some top-notch interior and landscape designers, chosen for their ability to marry both antiques with ‘new’ items. Their fresh looks will be highlighted in custom booths offering one-of-a-kind items that can make any home look fresh!”
Pruett sums up the spectacular show, 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!”