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Canadian Artisans in the Midwest Chicago OOAK Spring ‘23

BEDI Studios will exhibit at the spring edition of Chicago OOAK from April 28th to April 30th. If you’re looking for an excuse to check out this vibrant city known as the ‘Heart of America’ you couldn’t have picked a better time ! Inder BEDI and 300 other selected artisans (including at least 15 Canadian artisans), will be on site for you to truly have a one of a kind experience when it comes to local craftsmanship.

“A perfect opportunity to celebrate the changing of seasons while showing support for independent makers in a fun, interactive way.” (Kathleen Hogan, Director OOAK Chicago). This year, a variety of hands-on art-making family friendly workshops led by event collaborator Marwen, live music daily from local musicians, a curated exhibition of fine art and sculpture from the show floor as well as gourmet cafés will be animating your shopping experience. The wide range of goods includes bath & body, ceramics, fashion, furniture, gourmet, mixed media, paintings, photography and sculptures. 

marketing picture displaying the mart centre in chicago with the black logo of the mart appears in the centre of the picture.

Located in the midwest, Chicago is a quick flight from most major cities. The event organizers have thoughtfully chosen the show location, THE MART, a centrally located leading commercial building and wholesale design center, to help people from outside of Chicago discover the cosmopolitan metropolis and its world-class cultural establishments, wonderful lakefront and its animated nightlife. OOAK has secured travel discounts and a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip to Chicago affordable. 

real picture of downtown chicago in the afternoon

Chicago is home to 28 miles of lakefront and 24 beaches. More than 8,800 acres of green space and 600 parks; the Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation. The city boasts over 300 miles of bike lanes, 18.5 miles of lakefront bicycle paths, and more than 13,000 bike racks and parking areas.
One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the 77 neighborhoods that make up Chicago. Logan Square and Wicker Park are great neighborhoods to visit if you desire experiencing the hipster Chicago lifestyle as well as local restaurants such as one of our favorites, the Chicago Diner operating meat free since 1983! Recommended Chicago neighborhoods to visit include The Loop for its nightlife, the Gold Coast for its high-end shops and architecture and vibrant Lincoln park which includes the free Chicago zoo for a little nature break. Finally listed as one of the must visit neighborhoods by timeout magazine, Avondale is also worth checking out. 

collage of three images inside a bagel factory (left) male model wearing a black extended parka and a black shoulder bag over (middle) male and female model both wearing sweaters, vests and black pants posing in front of a historical wall, (right) female model wearing a green extended parka over a green sweater and black pants holding a black tote bag full of bagels

BEDI Studios will be presenting new outerwear pieces for the first time in the U.S. this spring including the IDRIS maxi coat and our highly anticipated unisex vest, the MONTCALM, providing the perfect cozy layer for spring weather. We invite you to our booth (5084) to check out our latest offerings of sustainable, elevated utility design. 
This season, the Chicago OOAK show will present and celebrate a lot more Canadian designers than its previous years. We encourage you to take a look and learn more about these artisans representing Canadian craftsmanship in Chicago, here are a few;

Bluberri (Booth 3081)
Jeff Servos (Booth 3096)
Kate Taylor Art (Booth 5105)
Lilliput Hats (Booth 3087)
Mark Gleberzon (Booth 5053)
Allo Simonne (Booth 2013)
Cyrc. (Booth E34)
Kid’s Stuff  [Trucs d’Enfants] (Booth 1054)
Le Point visible (Booth 3065)
Mas Montreal (Booth 2061)
PRYSM (Booth 3105)
Vol Privé (Booth 2071)
ARTNWORDZ (Booth 6037)
Darren Jones (Booth 1083)
Dconstructjewlery (Booth 6105)
Lennard Taylor Design Studio inc. (Booth 3061)
Dorsali (Booth E26)

All in all, The One Of A Kind Chicago show Spring edition is a great opportunity to visit the city of Chicago and experience its vibrant arts scene, unique architecture, incredible cuisine, and rich cultural heritage.

Get your tickets on time for the Chicago One Of A Kind Show Spring edition here

Get your reduced-rate hotels offered by One Of A kind here

As always feel free to reach out regarding Chicago OOAK or any other inquiries at It will be our pleasure to help you!


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