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Nika Levando is a 27 year old writer living in downtown Chicago, and is a Chicagoan through and through. Raised in the North West suburbs, Nika received her Bachelor’s of Art History from Loyola University Chicago and her Master’s in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained professionally in art and writing, Nika’s passion for style, art, culture, and fashion infuses her every day urban adventures. Currently Nika writes for her own blog, Wearandwhy, and follows Chicago events related to fashion, food, libations, art, and theatre. Nika has recently taken an interest in running and this past year, participated in two 5k runs, one dedicated to the PAWS Chicago charity, and the other for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Nika is a lover of all things related to fashion, and has participated as a model in the Lincoln Park Merchant’s Association After Dark series runway show, as well as a winner of the Chicago Blogger Network’s best dressed at the CheekyChicago Real People of Style Fashion Show. As a blogger, Nika belongs to the Chicago Blogger Network, and has currently been invited to write for Ask Miss A, a nationally renowned online publication where charity and style meet to capture inspiring voices and urban events!

Recap: International Antiques Fair At The Merchandise Mart Chicago

Tiffany Lamps on sale at the Mart                                                  Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com

Tiffany Lamps on sale at the Mart  (Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com)

The annual International Antiques Fair came yet again to the Merchandise Mart this past weekend, and as usual attracted hundreds of art lovers and professionals from all corners of Chicago. From Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29, 2013 fair attendees had the opportunity to browse thousands of art objects from across the country and some parts of Europe, in one of the Midwest’s largest antique exhibits of the year. VIP ticket holders had the privilege of viewing exhibitors and their treasures on opening nightwhile sipping on cocktails and enjoying hor d’œuvres, at the Opening Night Party sponsored by Modern Luxury’s Interiors Chicago Magazine.

Rows and rows of original Tiffany lamps, Lalique glass figurines and ash trays, large oil paintings, and decadent wood furniture amassed the labyrinth maze of the Mart’s exhibition hallways. Hundreds of art dealers and art patrons filled these hallways, brooding over Art Deco jewelry, vintage Rolex watches, and others goods set up on display. This year the fair celebrated it’s 15th anniversary and featured a number of keynote speakers, such as Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman AuctioneersCharlotte Moss of Flair for Living, and others significant art authors and dealers from around the country.

Lalique Elephant, circa 1940's  Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com

Lalique Elephant, circa 1940’s
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com)

One of my favorite aspects of the fair is that it gives attendees the opportunity to view art objects from around the world that they might never have the opportunity to see elsewhere. For antique specialists and dealers, the fair is a luxurious opportunity to find rare pieces and collectibles in an environment where negotiating an bargaining is allowed. As a dealer, you have four days to find, fall in love, and come back to purchase a piece of art that you may never have the opportunity to buy anywhere else, and for this reason the event draws visitors from all across the country to spend the weekend in Chicago just to attend the exhibit.

Vintage Posters on sale at the Mart Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com

Vintage Posters on sale at the Mart
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman, thewatcherchicago.com)

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