So far, so good, 2011.
First-Time Artists Program
What: Lillstreet Art Center unleashes your inner hobbyist with eighteen new five-week class series ($165-$180) introducing various mediums like sewing, digital photography, pottery, and jewelry making.
Why: Here’s to new beginnings.
When: Classes begin Jan. 10 & Feb. 14.
Where: 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., at Montrose Ave. (773-769-4226). Register online at lillstreet.com.
What: Local, fair trade roaster delivers blends via bike (in certain parts of Chicago) and mail.
Why: The Nicaraguan brew supports a nonprofit co-op that provides job training, education, and health services for needful Nicaraguan women.
When: Anytime you need a perk. (Bicycle orders are delivered every Fri.)
Where: Online at grindermancoffee.com.
Le Dress Winter Whiteout Sale
What: Slip into something more affordable with 20 percent off all sale merch, including party frocks by Trina Turk, Milly, and Nicole Miller.
Why: DailyCandy readers score an extra 20 percent off on Sat. (Mention at checkout.)
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1741 W. Division St., b/t Hermitage Ave. & Wood St. (773-697-9899).
Longman & Eagle’s Morning Menu
What: Become even more addicted to the Logan Square spot now that it opens early on weekdays for pastries and coffee amid a cafe-like vibe.
Why: Discoveries like date, caramelized shallot, and blue cheese brioche and huckleberry muffins with vanilla crumble.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7-11 a.m.
Where: 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., at Schubert Ave. (773-276-7110).
The City Exhibit
What: Artist Lori Nix’s eerily cool photographs of vacated spaces imagine a world without people.
Why: Each shot is of a hand-built diorama.
When: Opening reception, Fri., 5-8 p.m. Discussion with the artist, Sat., noon. Regular hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., at Franklin St. (312-266-2350).
Photo: Courtesy of Lillstreet Art Center