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The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., Chicago) is hosting Family Night: All Aboard on Friday, April 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for train enthusiasts, in conjunction with the exhibit Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography. Listen to live folk music, play train bingo, create a railroad lantern and ride a trackless train. Designed for kids aged 12 and younger. Kids are free; $5 for adults.

Contemporary Art for Kids

I was screwing around on Houzz.com (I’ve lost hours of my life this way) and came across ArtStar.com, a site that offers limited edition work from contemporary artists (completed with authenticity card.) The best part? They have a sub-specialty in art for kids. See my favorites below, and then check out the site for yourself.

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Excessive, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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’69 Cougar, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Merry Go Round, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Baby Leopard, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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A Child’s Bookshelf, starting at $105.

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Animal Stack, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Up to the Challenge, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Trains #1, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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One Day in the City, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Kiss Me, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

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Fisher Price People, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.

 

Ever gone to Ikea thinking you just need one thing and come out with two Billy bookcases and a potted plant that won’t fit in your car? Or had a small donation pile turn into an enormous one with no way to transport it? Now Dolly can help.

Dolly, which his essentially Uber for moving things, has launched in Chicago. The service has a fleet of background-checked “helpers” who have pickup trucks/vans/SUVs to help with moving or delivery needs, and requires less time commitment or advance planning than U-Haul. The service can help for furniture store purchases, Craiglist pickups, or donating large items to charity. The helpers can be tracked via GPS on the app and prices are determined by distance and size/amount of items. The minimum price is $35 but if you don’t need help carrying or moving the items, curbside delivery is available at a discount.

Want to try it out? Enter code PINWHEEL at checkout to receive 20 percent off your first use of the service.

Back next week!

Shark Attack

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Love this shark bite pouch from Uncommon Goods. Each is handmade and is available for $44.

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I’m in love with this superhero collection at Pottery Barn Kids. Am I too old for the Wonder Woman backpack with the cape? I mean, it’s a little inaccurate because Wonder Woman obviously had a golden lasso and not a cape, but these are small quibbles. Check out the whole collection here; most items are priced $35 or less.

Sales This Week

The Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland consignment sale continues Thursday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (half price sale), Saturday, March 28th from 9 a.m. to noon (half price) at 1199 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Admission is free; cash or credit accepted for purchases.

Lots for Tots Consignments runs Friday, March 27th from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday March 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the half-price sale on Sunday, March 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Libertyville Sports Complex (1950 N. Hwy. 45, Libertyville). Admission is free; cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted for purchases.

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Love this wall art that lends a pop sensibility to a paper airplane. Available for $249 at CB2.

Keith Haring Dominoes

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This adorable set of wooden dominoes is adorned with the pop drawings of Keith Haring. Available for $68 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sales This Week

Share Our Spare, which donates new and gently-used baby items to needy families, is holding two drop-off events this week on Saturday, March 21st from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25th from 1 to 3 p.m. at 935 W. Chestnut St. in Chicago (enter on Sangamon). Click here for a list of accepted donations.

The Moms of Multiples consignment event is Saturday, March 21st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston). Admission is $1; purchases are cash only. Bring one laundry basket to shop and leave those strollers at home.

Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland, one of the biggest consignment sales in the area, runs Sunday, March 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 24th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (half price sale), Saturday, March 28th from 9 a.m. to noon (half price) at 1199 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Admission is free; cash or credit is accepted for purchases.

 

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