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Winter Wonderland

Musician Stann Champion at City Newsstand, Winter Wonderland 2016

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WHEN: Nov 30, 2019
1P – 4P

WHERE: City News Cafe
4018 N Cicero Ave, Chi

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
FREE

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Across the country, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday, when people are encouraged to support small, local shops and services. That’s when Northwest Arts Connection joins with the owner of one of these shops, Joe Angelastri of City News Cafe at 4018 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, to host the annual Winter Wonderland celebration.

 

Joe appreciates Northwest Arts Connection’s mission to foster a bond between local creative talent and the public, and this event is an ideal example of how a business owner can give back to the community.

 

On that day, anyone who stops by will find City News—which offers hundreds of magazines and also books, calendars, and newspapers—and its coffee shop transformed into a festive venue for live performances by popular musical and literary talent from the Northwest Side. Winter Wonderland has plenty to keep the young (and young-at-heart) happy: storytelling, hot cocoa, coffee, marshmallow roasting, and face painting. Storytellers will entertain kids. Mrs. Claus will drop by to join in the caroling and to do what she does best: listen as children share their wishes.

Mrs Santa at Winter Wonderland / Small Business Saturday Celebration 2018

photo by David Sameshina. Mrs. Santa urging visitors to Winter Wonderland / Small Business Saturday Celebration to shop small. 2018

 

Dale Tippett Jr-Winter Wonderland 2016

photo by Nikki Spencer. Dale Tippett Jr leading caroling at City News, kicking off Winter Wonderland 2016

At 1pm Dale Tippett Jr will kick things off, leading caroling. Kathy O’Neill will read hilarious reminiscences about growing up Catholic and Irish in New Jersey. Mark Piekarz will sing with a voice that will reach your heart. After that, The Winnemac 3 will change it up with a New Orleans-style flair. Erika Doyle will read poems. And finally, Stann Champion will wrap things up with music of Americana, Africana, and Caribana.

 

Winter Wonderland has free admission, and everyone is welcome!

 

The Passport was introduced in 2018 and will be available again this year. On November 30th pick up the Passport at City News or other participating locations. Get it stamped at 6 of the participating local businesses. No need to buy anything, just walk in. When you have all 6 stamps, bring it back to City News or any other participating location by end of their business day on Sunday and drop it off to be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card. (Remember to fill in the contact information!)

 

The following businesses are participating: City News Café, 4018 N Cicero Ave; Distinct Bath and Body, 4046 N Milwaukee Ave; Lorch Bros. Flowers, 4936 W Irving Park Rd; Fannie’s Café, 4042 N Milwaukee Ave; Tatas Tacos, 4929 W Irving Park Rd; Rasenick’s Workwear, 3940 N Cicero Ave; Singer Factory Distributor, 4914 W Irving Park Rd; Shilas Restaurant, 3938 N Cicero Ave; Fearless Cooking, 4410 N Milwaukee Ave; Cosmic Bikes, 4641 N Milwaukee Ave; Ix-Chel Gelato, 4968 N Milwaukee Ave; Delightful Pastries, 5927 W Lawrence Ave; Sir Speedy, 4209 N Milwaukee Ave; Today’s Avon, 4057 N Milwaukee Ave; and, last but not least, Bistro 6050, 6050 W Irving Park Rd.

 

Nadig News published an article about Small Business Saturday on the Chicago Northwest Side, including Winter Wonderland– Holiday Trolley, Small Business Saturday Passports Planned for Nov 30.

Northwest Side Holiday Trolley Route 2019

Live life locally! On Small Business Saturday, hop on the trolley for free rides through several nearby business districts

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Across the country, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday, when people are encouraged to support small, local shops and services. That’s when Northwest Arts Connection joins with the owner of one of these shops, Joe Angelastri of City Newsstand at 4018 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, to host the annual Winter Wonderland celebration.

Joe appreciates Northwest Arts Connection’s mission to foster a bond between local creative talent and the public, and this event is an ideal example of how a business owner can give back to the community.

On that day, anyone who stops by will find City Newsstand—which offers hundreds of magazines and also books on the history of Chicago and its neighborhoods—and its coffee shop transformed into a festive venue for live performances by popular musical and literary talent from the Northwest Side. Winter Wonderland has something for everyone, excellent coffee and homemade truffles for the adults and plenty to keep the young (and young at heart) happy: storytelling, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting, and face painting. Mrs. Claus will be dropping by to join in the caroling and to do what they do best: listen as children share their wishes.

Winter Wonderland is free for everyone.

In 2018 City Newsstand has added a new feature–the Passport. On Saturday, November 24th, pick up your Passport at City Newsstand. Take it to the 6 participating local businesses to get it stamped. When you’ve collected all 6 stamps, bring it back to City News to be entered into a drawing (remember to fill in your email / phone on the back!). There are 2 great prizes: a $100 gift certificate to City News and a $100 gift certificate to local business Distinct Bath and Body.

Participating businesses include City News; Delightful Pastries (at a table just outside City News); Distinct Bath and Body (4046 N Milwaukee Ave); Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe (4032 N Milwaukee Ave); Lorch Bros. Flowers (4936 W Irving Park Rd); and Today’s Avon (4057 N Milwaukee Ave).

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