For immediate release Press contact: Gordon Merkle

December 7, 2016 [email protected] or 954-202-1955

(Chicago) The new Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show featuring 100 premier international exhibitors presenting fine antique furniture, decorative and fine arts in gallery settings at the Chicago Merchandise Mart’s seventh floor exhibition space on May 18-21 will benefit the Illinois Executive Mansion Association.

All proceeds from an early-buying preview party held Thursday evening, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. will benefit the Illinois Executive Mansion Association. Former Governor James R. Thompson will serve as Honorary Chair of the opening night party which will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and an opportunity for serious collectors to shop the show before it opens to the general public on Friday through Sunday. Preview tickets for the Collectors Circle are $500 per person for 6 p.m. entry, and Supporter Level are $150 per person for 7 p.m. entry. Alls preview attendees will receive a show catalog and return entry all weekend.

The Illinois Executive Mansion Association is a private, charitable corporation created in 1972. Its non-profit board aims to preserve and oversee the restoration of the People’s House in Springfield. That mission has never been more urgent and important than it is today. The Illinois Executive Mansion Association has begun a major restoration project to preserve the People’s House for future generations. It is critical the building be repaired so all Illinoisans have a chance to learn from it now and in the future.

The show will continue through the weekend of May 19-21, open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m . to 7 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. It is expected to attract major dealers, designers, curators and collectors from across the country. Among the impressive list of venerable dealers participating are American Garage of Los Angeles; Antique American Wicker of Nashua, NH; Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA; David Brooker Fine Art of Woodbury, CT; Philip Chasen Antiques of East Norwich, NY; William Cook Fine Antique Furniture of Berkshire, England; Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge of Maryknoll, NY; The Golden Triangle of Chicago; Greenwald Antiques of Woodmere Village, OH; Linda Gumb of London, England; Imperial Fine Books of New York, NY; Leatherwood Antiques of Sandwich, MA; Lebreton Gallery of San

Francisco, CA; Markov of London, England; Nally Jewels of New York, NY; Ophir Gallery of Englewood, NJ; Charles Edwin Puckett of Akron, OH; Really Good of Panama City, Panama; Rehs Gallery of New York, NY; Solomon Suchard of Shaker Heights, OH; Jayne Thompson Antiques of Harrodsburg, NY; Toj Gallery of Annapolis, MD; Turkey Mountain Traders of Evergreen, OH; and Yvel of Jerusalem, Israel, among many other highly reputable dealers.

Both dealers and collectors have expressed great enthusiasm for the new show since there has been none held in downtown Chicago for several years since the Merchandise Mart ended its long-standing International Antiques Show and another show held at Navy Pier was unsuccessful. Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions, observed “Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world, and we are so excited to be bringing a prestigious antiques show back to downtown — the city deserves it!” Dolphin Promotions presently organizes other shows in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Springs, San Mateo (CA) and Sarasota.

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