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A treat for art and antique collectors and enthusiasts at the Merchandise Mart

Exploring the Antiques Fair
Exploring the Antiques FairCourtesy of MMPI

The Fall International Antiques Fair, themed “Four Days of Fabulous Finds” will run from October 1st through 4th, 2010 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois. The main days includes the main fair, the LuxeHome Open House, on October 2nd, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and extended open hours at DreamHome, during October 1st through 4th, 2010. The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fairis located on the 8th Floor, at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, 60654.

This year Emporium, a new pavilion featuring an eclectic mix of urban antiques, will be the newest feature of the fair. “Everyone from the seasoned collector to the aspiring connoisseur will enjoy discovering hip and unusual finds from dealers specializing in 19th and 20th century categories,” predict the show organizers.

The Fair will open with a keynote address by Leigh and Leslie Keno of the PBS award-winning series Antiques Roadshow at 10 a.m. on October 1st, 2010. Tickets to this presentation are free, but attendees must RSVP at the merchandise mart website.

The Antiques Fair will host a Preview Night benefiting Friends of Prentice, the fund raising branch of Northwestern Hospital on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a special cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a special presention of “An intimate conversation with Leigh Keno.” The ticket price for this special presentation is $75. To attend the main Preview, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., tickets are $15.

The hours for the fair are: Friday, October 1st, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 from11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, October 4th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets to The Fair are$15 each and will be available on-site during show hours or online at the merchandise mart website.

To purchase Multi-day Fair tickets for $15 which includes general admission to the Preview from 6-9 pm and return visits throughout the weekend, October 1-4, 2010, visit:

https://www.microspec.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=MMPIAF2010

To purchase Fair tickets and to register for the Leigh and Leslie Keno Keynote on October 1st, 2010. Please RSVP at: the Merchandise Mart www.merchandisemartantiques.com

To purchase tickets to the preview night benefiting Friends of Prentice, visit: www.friendsofprentice.org

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