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5 Things to Do: Nov. 3-5

Ready or not, the holidays are almost here. Start checking items off your shopping list with a few shows this weekend featuring the best in antiques, sculpture, crafts and more. Plus, don’t miss two author events.

And learn more about the Chicagoland Holiday Chocolate Show [1], taking place Nov. 4-5 in Northbrook.


5 Things to Do: SOFA 2017 [2]

Stephan Cox, Jungle Walker Trio, 2017, Glass, 32 x 26 x 26 in. ea. (Photo courtesy of Okay Spark.)

Nov. 2-5

SOFA CHICAGO is back for its 24th year of presenting the best in Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art and Design. Roughly 80 galleries from around the world will be in attendance this year to display ceramics, glass art, paintings, photography, and more at Navy Pier [3]Make It Better is a proud media partner of this event. 

The Grove Arts & Craft Faire [4]

5 Things to Do: The Grove Arts & Craft Faire [4]

Photo courtesy of the Glenview Park District.

Nov. 2-5

Start your holiday shopping at this annual faire featuring contemporary crafts, accessories, seasonal decorations, and more from more than 60 juried artists. If you can’t make it, the faire continues next weekend (Nov. 9-12).

Forged in Crisis [5]

5 Things to Do: "Forged in Crisis" [5]
Nov. 3

Family Action Network [6] and the Chicago Waldorf School [7] will host Nancy Koehn, the James E. Robinson Chair of Business Administration at Harvard Business School [8], for a free event to discuss her book “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times [9].” Koehn looks at five leaders and the skills they possessed for moments of crisis.

Antiques + Modernism Show [10]

5 Things to Do: Antiques + Modernism 2017 [10]

Photo courtesy of Winger Marketing.

Nov. 3-5

Shop art, clothes, furniture, jewelry, and more at “the Midwest’s most well-respected combined antiques and modernism show [11],” which will benefit the Winnetka Community House [12]. The event kicks off with a Preview Party Nov. 2.

Views: New Work in Women’s History [13]

5 Things to Do: "Funding Feminism" [13]
Nov. 5

The Frances Willard House Museum will host Joan Marie Johnson, author of “Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967,” who will discuss the impact wealthy women had on political equality. Reservation are recommended. [13]


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [27]