Make that extra hour count.
Merz Downtown at The Palmer House Hilton
What: The Lincoln Square retailer just opened up shop in a historic Loop building, offering myriad health and beauty goods (organic toothpaste, Italian skin care elixirs, Parisian perfumes, and cure-what-ails-you herbs).
Why: DailyCandy readers get a free bar of Smallflower Trading Co. soap with any $10 purchase at the Loop location thru Nov. 11. (Please mention DailyCandy at checkout.)
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 17 E. Monroe St., b/t State St. & Wabash Ave. (312-781-6900).
Blokes & Birds
What: London’s calling, and the just-opened contemporary English gastropub answers with 70 global beers, killer fish and chips, and a pool table.
Why: The music selection — punk, new wave, and ’70s and ’80s British rock — is the dog’s bollocks.
When: Sun.-Fri., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: 3343 N. Clark St., b/t Roscoe St. & Buckingham Pl. (773-472-5252).
What: More than twenty indie artists band together for a pop-up shop inside Chicago Art Source, selling perfume, jewelry, photography, prints, and more at gift-appropriate prices ($25-$100).
Why: Double the shop-ortunity at the outlet sale downstairs at Artists Frame Service.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Kickoff, Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists Frame Service sale, Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Bazaar, 1871 N. Clybourn Ave., b/t N. Kenmore Ave. & W. Wisconsin St. Artists Frame Service, 1867 N. Clybourn Ave., b/t N. Kenmore Ave. & W. Wisconsin St. For info on both events, call 773-248-2800. Admission is free.
Gadgets and Gizmos for Techies
What: Our definitive holiday gift guide to the latest and greatest, including a 3-D camcorder, remote-operated lantern, wooden watch, and retro iPhone dock.
Why: Get your hands on hi-fi, lo-fi, and everything in between.
When: Before you crash.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
Laura Lombardi Trunk Show
What: Eye up the latest collection from the Chicago jewelry designer that works vintage and repurposed materials into geometric, statement-making necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for $20-$150.
Why: She shows alongside dreamy new local designer Cities in Dust.
When: Sat., 1-8 p.m.
Where: Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., at Honore St. (773-486-0830).
Paper Doll’s Ten-Year Anniversary
What: It’s cheers to a new decade at the Wicker Park stationery shop, as you party with drinks, eats, and 20 percent off all merch (excluding custom orders).
Why: Get a head start on holiday shopping with a preview of boxed cards and ornaments.
When: Sat., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 2048 W. Division St., b/t Damen & Hoyne Aves. (773-227-6950).
Photo: Courtesy of Merz Apothecary
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