Happy Holidays from the family of WFMT Advertisers and Sponsors! Support your neighborhood WFMT advertisers by visiting the following businesses -- either online or at their stores. And remember to tell them you heard them on WFMT!
This holiday visit Franconello Restaurant in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood for a taste of fresh homemade Italian favorites. Franconello provides a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for an intimate evening or a gathering with family and friends. Choose from seasonal specials or Franconello’s signature dishes such as pork chop Vesuvio or their homemade gnocchi. Visit Franconello Italian Restaurant in Beverly at 103rd and Western with ample parking for your convenience. Limited early dining options available on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. To make your holiday reservations call (773) 881–4100 or visit them at www.franconellochicago.com. Buon Natale!
Nestled in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, discover Marchesa a bustling brasserie offering modern French and Continental cuisine created by Chef Didier Durand. Marchesa’s art-filled dining room provides a gorgeous backdrop for the rich, layered flavors you’ll find on the menu. Marchesa’s intimate private rooms and Champagne Cave are perfect for your holiday events this year – limited space still available. For more information and to make your reservation today, visit marchesachicago.com.
This holiday season, give the precious gift of time from Father Time Antiques, The Midwest’s largest dealer and restorer of vintage and antique wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks. Father Time Antiques offers hundreds of unusual vintage wristwatches, classic antique pocket watches and Wall Mantle and Grandfather clocks. These timepieces are the best in the vintage market – fully restored by master watchmakers and clockmakers, warranted for a year and timed to original factory specifications for accuracy and reliability. Father Time Antiques is at 2108 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, in the heart of “Antique Row”.
This holiday season, travel the world without leaving Chicago at The Golden Triangle! For 30 years, The Golden Triangle has showcased vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. The 18,000 sq. ft. wonderland features an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, modern art, and much more. Right now is the perfect time to visit The Golden Triangle to take advantage of the Holiday Market filled with unique gifts. Don’t miss Chicago’s most lavishly decorated store, and enjoy an outdoor Christmas tent brimming with bargains and complimentary gift wrapping. You’ll find find-made gifts that are sure to be treasured forever! Visit The Golden Triangle’s emporium right next to the Chicago River – with plenty of free parking – or click here to browse online or call (312) 755-1266.
At Gethsemane Garden Center, find fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, boughs, seasonal containers and a wide variety of shapes, amazing colors, and sizes of poinsettias. Plus take care of your holiday decorating needs in Gethsemane’s Holiday Accents department. And for one-of-a-kind gifts, visit their Wild Pansy Gift Shop. Click here for locations, store hours and complete information.
Make the holidays extra flavorful with inspiring gifts from The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Evanston….offering an array of seasonings; teas; gourmet infused sugars and salts; candles; kitchen accessories; and more. Stop in and shop for yourself, or discover unique gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season. Shop online at spiceandtea.com, phone them at 847-859 6469 or visit The Spice & Tea Exchange® in downtown Evanston at 1615 Sherman Avenue ….and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot tea while shopping!
Find wonderful holiday gifts for everyone on your list at Hazel! Located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, Hazel offers locally-made jewelry, men's and women's apparel, stylish accessories, unique housewares, children's gifts and more. You’ll also find ornaments, decorations, holiday cards, and fun novelty gifts! Hazel’s friendly staff is ready to help you find the perfect gift and complimentary gift-wrapping is always available. Check out Hazel at their two locations: Hazel at 1835 West Montrose – and Hazel Apparel at 1926 West Montrose. Click here for more information or call (773) 769-2227 and on social media @hazelchicago.
Enjoy a classic Chicago holiday at Tortoise Supper Club, a family-owned metropolitan supper club serving steaks, chops, and fresh seafood in the heart of River North. Toast 2019 with our annual NYE bash featuring chef's special New Year's menu, live jazz, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight!
Discover Illinois' historic Heritage Corridor. Situated between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, the region features miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago to Starved Rock State Park. Stay at four star hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, take a Guided Winter Hike from Starved Rock Lodge (with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls & eagles in flight!), shop big-name stores and boutiques, dine on hearty home cooking or haute cuisine, and play at the area's exciting attractions and gaming venues Whatever your pleasure, the Heritage Corridor is the perfect weekend getaway! Click here for a complete list of things to see and do!
Looking for that perfect piece of wonderment that, when opened, delights and astounds? Epilogue Art in Long Grove is brimming with extraordinary gift ideas, ones that you’re delighted to give – and tempted to keep for yourself! You’ll find a wide array of handcrafted pieces by artisans including distinctive art tiles from award-winning Motawi Tileworks; an extensive selection of Houston Llew Spirit Tiles; Lampe Berger – the French air purifying and fragrance systems; plus handmade arts and home decor including jewelry, ceramics, and functional glass. At Epilogue you’ll always experience extraordinary customer service along with complimentary custom giftwrapping. Discover why Epilogue is called a “Store of Extraordinary Things.” Visit them in historic Long Grove or click here for information or call 847-383-5912.
This holiday, bring some flair to your table with wonderful desserts from Toni Patisserie and Café. Try their signature Buche de Noel, holiday stollens, and their festive Toni cookie selection. They also offer a wide assortment of French desserts from tarts and traditional pastries to fabulous gift items. Place your order early to guarantee that your order will be ready for the holidays. Visit them at 65 East Washington in Chicago or place your holiday order online at tonipatisserie.com or call (312) 726-2020. Happy Holidays from Toni Patisserie & Café!
Create lasting memories this Holiday Season! Let the experts at Frame Warehouse help you frame your priceless photos, children's artwork, and cherished family heirlooms. Located in Oak Park and Evanston, Frame Warehouse has been caring for Chicago Area art for more than 40 years, specializing in difficult-to-frame items such as vintage posters, textiles, unusual architectural artifacts, antique maps and sports jerseys. Framing needlepoint, embroidery and cross-stitch are just some of their many specialties! Click here for more information and store hours.
Hanig’s Footwear makes the holidays even more comfortable with shoes from Thierry Rabotin, BeautiFeel, Arche, Samuel Hubbard for men and women and many more; plus warm, weatherproof boots from Valdini, Ara, and La Canadienne. Hanig’s also has great stocking-stuffers and holiday gift ideas-- check out their selection of SmartWool socks and cozy, comfortable accessories. Can’t decide? Hanig’s Gift Cards are always a “fitting” gift! Hanig’s has 2 locations across Chicago and online at www.hanigs.com.
Make the holidays memorable with artisanal vinegars, oils, wines, and spirits from Vom Fass! They are the perfect way to put a delicious new spin on your favorite holiday recipes… or let them help you find a unique gift for the friend or loved one "who has everything". At Vom Fass, you can look, taste, and enjoy! And now Vom Fass can engrave bottles for a personalized gift – one that will be cherished long into the future. Make Vom Fass a part of your holiday traditions. In Naperville at 121 South Washington Street and Chicago at 4755 North Lincoln Avenue. Online at vomfassusa.com.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 15th for an all-new performance of IL VOLO: The Best of 10 Years! Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto will perform live at the Chicago Theatre with the best of IL VOLO’s repertoire from “Ol Sole Mio” to “My Way” to “Grand Amore”. A perfect holiday gift for theater and opera lovers alike! Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or the Chicago Theater Box Office.
For wonderful gifts for the holidays, visit Steve Quick Jeweler in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. You’ll discover a skillfully curated collection of hand-crafted, small batch jewelry from an ever-expanding collection of award-winning designers. The stunning variety of innovative and one-of-a-kind pieces at Steve Quick Jeweler will change the way you think about jewelry. Plus, enjoy free parking and assistance from their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Steve Quick Jeweler is located at 2471 North Clark Street and online at stevequickjeweler.com.
Celebrate the holiday season with friends and family at Les Nomades at 222 East Ontario in Chicago. Anytime is the perfect time to experience exquisite French cuisine, an extraordinary wine list, and attentive service. Recognized by many as the best French restaurant in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune has named Les Nomades “Classic Restaurant of the Year”. Dinner is served Tuesday thru Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. For reservations, call (312) 649-9010.
The Sweden Shop is your very own Scandinavian department store where you can find the latest in textiles, housewares, clothing, books and children’s ware – from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Click here for store hours and more information including home design inspiration, Scandinavian cooking, tips, information on the designers they carry and much more!
For 144 years, Merz Apothecary has offered the finest natural health and personal care items from across the globe. From our flagship store in Lincoln Square to downtown Chicago at the Palmer House, Merz carries the best of clean beauty, independent fragrance, and men's grooming. You can shop online anytime at www.smallflower.com. With over 14,000 products to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.
Little Passports monthly subscriptions make a great gift for kids of all ages! Each package includes fun hands-on activities, interactive projects and unique souvenirs designed to spark a child’s curiosity in the world. It's the gift that keeps giving all year long. For holiday delivery buy by December 17th.
Since 1971, Tamarkin Camera has been offering world-renown expertise, education, and service for all Leica Camera products – new, used and vintage. Along with the Rangefinder Gallery in their downtown showroom, Tamarkin Camera offers the finest products, the finest service and the finest photographic prints available anywhere.
Relax... the holidays can be fun! Put the stress of holiday shopping to rest and give a gift that will be remembered forever: A retreat to artsy, historic, down-home -- yet cosmopolitan -- Mineral Point, a tranquil enclave in SW Wisconsin. Mineral Point is home to renowned art studios, galleries, and specialty shops. Dine; stay in a historic cottage; have local handcrafted beer; take-in a performance at the historic Mineral Point Opera House. The National Trust for Historic Preservation lists Mineral Point as "one of the dozen distinctive destinations in America". Click here for a complete list of things to see and do in Mineral Point Wisconsin.