Shop for a Cause: December 2010

Here’s your chance to shop and “Make It Better”—all at the same time. Participate in and enjoy a local “Shop For A Cause” this month:

8th Annual Winter Arts + Crafts Expo
”Shop Your Cause” Night
Thursday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.
Evanston Art Center, Center for the Visual Arts 
2603 Sheridan Rd., Evanston |  847-475-5300

Beautiful hand-crafted items, including jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography and mixed-media will be for sale at the 8th Annual Winter Arts + Crafts Expo. All proceeds benefit the exhibition, education, and outreach programs of EAC.

Women’s Auxiliary Fundraiser
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 5, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Cost: $30 per person (Includes $15 admission to the One of a Kind Show)

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Women’s Auxiliary invites you to a One-of-a-Kind Reception at the Merchandise Mart’s One-of-a-Kind Art Show. Spend a day browsing unique art and gifts and join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the GLASA reception area. GLASA promotes and supports youth and adults who have a primary physical or visual impairment as they participate in recreational, fitness and competitive sports activities.

Friends of Atebubu Holiday Marketplace

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 4
First Presbyterian Church
824 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield | 847-945-0560

Join the Friends of Atebubu for their Holiday Marketplace, and help the Atebubu Regional Hospital in Ghana, West Africa complete construction of a kitchen. Shop unique gifts from artisans around the world, many of them handmade, including jewelry, holiday decorations, stocking stuffers, baby gifts, handbags, scarves, purses and baked goods.

30th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair

Held at Arlington Park Racecourse Dec. 3-5
2200 W Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights | 847-385-7500

Shop jewelry, clothing, fashion accessories, home decor and more and benefit Lambs Farm’s mission to empower people with developmental disabilities to lead personally fulfilling lives. Fair hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. Dec. 3; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 5. Adults: $7, Children (under age 15): Free. Parking: $6. Visit

Shop for the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation
Fresh Ideas Clothing Company
300 Happ Rd., Northfield | 847-446-3774

From 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 2, Fresh Ideas Clothing Company serves wine and hors d’oeuvres during a shopping evening in which 15% of sales will support the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation’s mission of research for prevention, early detection and treatment of both pediatric and ovarian cancers.