Celebrating 51 years, the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show (A+M) returns to the Community House in Winnetka this fall with a Preview Party on Thursday evening, November 2nd, followed by a fabulous show weekend Friday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th. Presented by The Woman’s Board of Winnetka’s Community House, this spectacular style and design event takes place on Chicago’s beautiful North Shore and is a beloved favorite of locals and beyond! Chicago North Shore Moms had the pleasure of hearing from A+M co-chairs and local moms, Kelly Laszlo and Kathryn Kish, on what makes this a must-see and shop event. Welcome, Kelly and Kathryn!
Hi Kelly Laszlo and Kathryn Kish! Please introduce yourselves. Where are you from originally? What city do you live in now? What brought you here?
Kelly: Hi! I’m Kelly Laszlo and I reside in Winnetka with my two girls (5 and 8). We’ve been here about 9 years now. I’m originally from Crystal Lake, IL. We lived in Lincoln Park for a while but eventually gravitated to the North Shore. It’s such a beautiful area and I loved the idea of a smaller community that felt more like home.
Kathryn: Hi, I’m Kathryn Kish and I’ve been in Winnetka for 22 years, raising my two boys. We moved from California but lived in Lincoln Park during my husband’s law school days. We remembered how good the New Trier school system is so the move was an obvious choice for us.
What are your favorite North Shore places, spaces and eats to frequent?
Kelly: There are so many wonderful gems along the North Shore. I love to stop in Valentina for gifts (probably too frequently). The North Shore Exchange is another favorite for finding vintage pieces and fun unique items- I always love exploring there. Towne and Oak is a great lunch spot. For dinner, I love Pomeroy and Sophia Steak. My kids enjoy Fizz & Pop for treats and Beat Street for birthday gifts! We’re at Village Green and Dwyer Park frequently on the weekends. When my girls were younger, Wagner Farm was a huge hit.
Kathryn: My boys are big breakfast eaters so Green Bay Cafe or Walker Brothers is a fan favorite. Date night is Pomeroy, Mino’s or Frank & Betsy’s.
You are both the event chairs for Antiques + Modernism 2023. Tell us a little bit about this event and why it’s so special that the North Shore gets to host this incredible event.
Kelly: A+M brings national and international vendors into one space. This event is truly unique to the area and allows individuals to find one-of-a-kind pieces for their homes. We also have jewelry and vintage couture vendors, which adds a bit of fun to the mix.
Kathryn: The A+M Show makes the Community House shine so brightly and is an opportunity for folks that raised their kids at the Community House but haven’t been back for a while to revisit their fond memories.
Why did you choose to co-chair this event?
Kelly: I’ve sat on the Woman’s Board for many years and watched as others co-chaired these massive events. I was always in awe of how they pulled it off. When I was asked to co-chair I was happy to help. Kathryn has been a wealth of knowledge and I’m so grateful to call her my friend as well.
Kathryn: I would not have been able to chair the A+M Show by myself. Kelly and I divvy up the workload and being able to collaborate and bounce ideas off each other is priceless!
What is the toughest aspect of being a co-chair for such a large scale event?
Kelly: There are so many moving parts to getting A+M running. I think that being on top of things from the beginning has been helpful. The biggest takeaway is that this is an event that takes a lot of staff and volunteers to accomplish. I’m thankful for everyone who helps with the show. Without them, none of this would be possible.
Kathryn: This is definitely a “Takes a Village” event to run. I am so impressed with the dedication and effort from our entire team. Kelly and I couldn’t do this alone.
How is the event set up? Are the exhibits in one room or spread throughout the Community House?
Kelly: The vendors are spread throughout the Community House. The bulk of the vendors are on the first floor and a handful on the second. During the Preview Party we’ll have a variety of other exciting experiences taking place such as the 360 Photo Booth and Bourbon Tasting from Blue Ash Farms.
This event raises money for a chosen nonprofit. What nonprofit did you choose this year and why?
Kathryn: The event raises funds for the Winnetka Community House’s operating budget. The Community House offers a variety of programming for kids and adults and has become a second home to my family and is a local 501(c)3 organization that provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. WCH is not funded outside of donations, so this is a helpful way to keep it running.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or this event?
Kelly: This event is near and dear to me. I’ve attended almost every year since joining the board. It’s an exciting event and you’re sure to find something special.
Kathryn: We have such an interesting and eclectic crowd that attends Antiques + Modernism each year, from Winnetka locals to folks from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. But, the Preview Party has grown to become such a great Ladies Night Out for so many – a chance to dress up, socialize and gain early access to all the fabulous items that the dealers bring. It’s truly a wonderful event and Kelly and I are so proud to be this year’s co-chairs!
Save the date for Antiques + Modernism Winnetka 2023, a one-of-a-kind North Shore event that draws in shoppers, collectors and gazers from all over the Midwest. Here are the details at a glance:
Thursday, November 2nd 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Ticket Price: $150 in advance/$175 at the door
Friday, November 3rd 10:00 am. – 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 4th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 5th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (featuring a Bloody Mary bar from 11 am to 1 pm)
SHOW ADMISSION COST:
$15 per person in advance, 3-day admission (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
$20 per person at the door, 3-day admission (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Community House Winnetka: 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093
A+M PHONE NUMBER FOR MORE INFORMATION: 847-446-0537
FOR INFO AND TICKETS:
More information and tickets are available online at: www.thewinnetkashow.com
See you there!