Bright Friday

I’m happy to be partnering with Glade® to turn Black Friday into Bright Friday! Together, we’re going to encourage people to spread moments of joy that can often be overlooked during the holiday season.

For some, the holidays can feel overwhelming. According to a survey conducted by Glade®, Chicagoans are 15% more likely than the average American to say the holiday season is busier than the rest of the year. This is the time to step back and think about what really matters, which is why I’m joining Glade® and four other bloggers around the country to find areas in our cities that could use an extra boost of joy this holiday season.

Lillstreet Art Center

As you probably know by now, I love all things that support the arts. I was recently in the Ravenswood neighborhood and stopped by Lillstreet Art Center. It’s a creative space with an incredible mission to cultivate and support the arts through its education program, artist residencies, gallery exhibitions and retail sales opportunities, studio rentals, and arts=based professional development.

Lillstreet Art Center offers classes in the arts for kids and adults. It holds workshops and courses on painting, drawing, ceramics, photography/digital art, bookmaking, and textiles. It even teaches metalsmithing and offers classes on working with glass! Lillstreet is also home to ArtReach, a sister nonprofit organization providing arts education to Chicago communities that don’t have a lot of resources for creative programs.

The Lillstreet Art Center Building

This is a fun space that draws a lot of people to the neighborhood, so I’ve worked with Glade® to bring a little joy to the Lillstreet Art Center this holiday season with a light installation that will turn Black Friday into “Bright Friday.” Sometimes the holidays can feel hectic and overwhelming, so Glade® is reminding people that joy is the greatest gift this holiday season. And everything always feels a bit magical when holiday lights go up, right? So what better way to bring joy?

Lillstreet Art Center at Night
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640

I can’t wait to see the lighting display, which will be there from Friday, November 27 through the holiday season. I know Glade® will create something amazing — something to help us all spread and feel moments of joy this holiday season. I’ll be sharing it here soon! Check out and don’t forget to share your joyful moments, using the hashtag #FeelJoy.

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  • judy
    November 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    What a lovely thought…..I wish there was some concerted effort to assure all children at least a few gifts every year…We need manufacturing back in our own Country. Why employ everybody- but- Americans to make 90% of every blessed thing we use? Imagine the money that would be kept circulating in our own Country! What a blessing that would be for so many.

  • Libbey
    November 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I love your posts, and normally don’t mind your sponsored ones. I’m not sure if the marketing person got to it, but the Glade® product name in every other sentence was so distracting. Repetition does not create engagement. Engagement creates engagement.

  • cathyv
    November 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    What a great idea. I live in Arkansas and fly to Chicago every other year to spend time at the Chicago School of Shoemaking. I pass this art center on my walk from my lodging to the shoe school. Great area and some time check out the Chicago School of Shoemaking. They teach many leather classes in addition to shoemaking. I love the time I spend in Ravenswood.

  • Nicole
    November 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    How awesome – I love Lillstreet!! When I lived in the city I took several screenprinting classes & even a pottery one… so so fun & such great teachers and classmates.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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