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Winter Open House


Friday, December 12, 5-9pm

Sample a variety of spirits and small-batch cocktail generously provided by KOVAL, as well as live music and sweet treats as you shop Let There Be Light, our 39th annual holiday show and sale. We'll have special offers, raffle prizes, and a 10% discount off your entire purchase.  


Established in 2008, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America. In making this decision, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style - using only the “heart” cut of the distillate - affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey. 


Saturday, December 13, 12-4pm

Sample winter class offerings with complimentary, hands-on workshops & activites for all ages, and meet and observe Lillstreet Artists at work in the studio.



Creative Collage

Explore material and pattern as you make mini collage in minutes using mixed media on paper.

12-4pm, 3rd fl Digital C

Adults or teens ages 13+


Comic Jam

Work with friends and family to create a one-panel comic with drawing and text.

12-1pm,2-3pm,  3rd fl Digital B

All ages welcome.


Screenprinting on Fabric 

Join us for a crash course in printing onto fabric. Participants will see how we expose screens in the dark room and print holiday designs onto fabric. Everyone will leave with some knowledge of the process and a hand printed tote to carry all your goodies from open house!

12-1pm & 1-2pm, 3rd fl Textiles Printing Studio

Ages 10+, adult must be present with child.


Screenprinting on Paper

Learn to print water-based ink onto paper using silkscreen. Participants come away with mulit-color print(s) from provided designs.

1-2pm, 3rd fl Printmaking Studio

Adults or teens ages 13+, adult must be present with child under 16. Limit 10 participants.


Quilted Ornaments 

Make your own tiny quilted holiday ornament! The Log Cabin pattern is simple, traditional and easily personalized: play with colors and patterns to create a tiny quilt block for the front of your ornament which will be backed with felt. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.


Age 12+, adult must be present with child under 16.

Wheelthrowing with Joe Kraft

Try your hand at spinning the wheel and making a pot.

3-4pm, 1st fl Wheel C

Adults or teens age 16+, Limit 17 participants.


Metal Ornaments

Saw pierce and texture copper or brass to create your own unique metal ornament. One ornament per person.


Printed Ornaments

Choose from geometric patterns, winter themes, or animal shapes to print on paper ornaments. Two ornaments per person.

12-4pm, drop-in. 1st fl Hand B

Agest 6+, adult must be present with child under 16. 


Clay Ornaments

Paint and decorate ready-made clay ornaments to take home.

12-4pm. 1st fl Hand C

All ages welcome; adults must be present with child under 16.

Cookie Decorating with First Slice Café

Dress up a cookie with your favorite toppings, and then enjoy your unique & tasty hand-decorated treat!

12-4pm. 1st fl Hand C

All ages welcome; adults must be present with child under 16.



Ceramic Artists-in-Residence at Work: Molly Bishop and Kyle Hendrix

Watch and talk with our 2014-15 ceramics resident artists as they make, alter, and decorate their handbuilt and wheelthrown works.

12-2pm, 1st fl Wheel C

Lillstreet Faculty: Working Large and Small with Joe Kraft and David Trost

While David is Throwing BIG, Joe will demonstrate his work on a smaller, more intimate scale.

2-3pm Joe

2-4pm David

1st fl Wheel C