There are two very cool events coming up this weekend in Chicago.

The first is STOP TRAFFICK’s annual fundraiser on Saturday evening at the beautiful Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, at 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.  Your ticket includes admission to Intuit’s current exhibit: Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, From the Wand of the Genii. Enjoy food and drink donated by Angelina Ristorante and Goose Island Brewery, and bid on original art, fair trade products, and goods and services from your favorite Chicago businesses in a silent auction.  The event will feature a performance of traditional Cambodian music by Punisa Pov of Elastic Cambodia, as well as live jazz.

Admission is $35 in advance and $45 at the door.  The event, sponsored by Chicago Fair Trade member Malia Designs, is raising money for two organizations that work to end human trafficking:  Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) and Goutte d’Eau/Domnok Toek, an orphanage and child center that helps rescue and rehabilitate victims of child trafficking in Cambodia.

The other awesome event is Old St. Pat’s Solidarity Market, happening Sunday from 9am – 1pm at 700 West Adams Street in Chicago.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping with some beautiful, unique, and fair trade gifts.

Of course, we’ll be there, displaying our fair trade clothing and handmade jewelry.  Other local fair trade vendors include Fair Earth, World Shoppe, Soko Rafiki, MayaWorks, Greenola, Global Handmade Hope, Greenheart Shop, Friends of Fabretto, five ACCESSORIES, the above mentioned Malia Designs, and many many more.

Should be a great weekend for fair trade in Chicago!  Get out and show your support, and we’ll see ya there!!