One of a Kind Show

By far, one of my favorite things about Chicago is there are always many, many things to do that are unique to Chicago – restaurants, concerts, events, and of course, shopping!  Next weekend, April 28-30, 300 small businesses – artists from all over the country will gather in Merchandise Mart for a one-of-a-kind experience the One of a Kind Show!

From a young age, I would attend art shows with my Mom, and I’ve always enjoyed learning more about these small businesses, what they believe in, and how they are pursing a craft that they love.

Chicago based Scratch Goods makes high quality, all natural skin care.  The founders Liz and Moe knew that 70% of the products we put on our skin is absorb into our bodies, so all of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetics.  Not only are they a local brand, but they also partner with other local brands to create their products, like Dark Matter Coffee and Bike a Bee honey.  I’m really excited to check out their booth, as my skin only continues to improve as I incorporate more natural products into my beauty routine!

One of my favorite fashion trends is the use of up cycled fabrics.  Another One of a Kind Show artisan is Kind Apparel – a small clothing brand where everything is hand made locally with up cycled fabrics.  All of their fabric is found through thrifting and factory seconds that were previously discarded.  The bright colors and fun prints in their clothing are enhanced through block printing and silk screen dying.  The founder, Mallory started the company after looking for a creative outlet from her non-creative job, and it’s now turned into her full time career!

There are hundreds more artisans and small businesses that will be at the show next weekend, from fashion, to home goods, painting, photography, jewelry, accessories, ceramics, furniture, glass, gourmet, sculpture, and more!  Check out the full list of artists here.

Be sure to grab your discounted tickets – $8 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  I hope to see you there!!

Can’t attend next weekend?  Be sure to mark the Holiday show dates on your calendar!

This post is in partnership with the One of a Kind Show.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support Engineering In Style!