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Sweater Dude & Friends Plushes

sweater dude and friends!

Hey, handsome. Fancy meeting you here in the nursery, tucked in bed beside the teddy bear.

Look at that tie and sweet stitched smile. You must be one of the Sweater Dudes, the collection of lovies sewn by Green Genes boutique owner Heather Muenstermann. Clearly, you’re one of a kind, because she makes each of you dapper lads from salvaged wool sweaters and neckties.

Even though you’re dressed for business, we can tell you’re a softie. After all, you’re stuffed with leftover sweater bits, which makes you a great cuddle buddy or even a pillow.

How about giving us a snuggle? Oh, that’s right — you’re taken. No problem, we’ll pick up another lovey at Muenstermann’s store or commission her to design an original.

It’ll be a match made in heaven.

Available at Green Genes, 5111 North Clark Street, between Winona Street and Carmen Avenue (773-944-9250 or green-genes.com), $48; custom orders start at $55.

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this week in chicago!

Brunch & Boogie: Back to Cool
Put homework aside to join Families in the Loop for crafts, eats from local favorites, and a show by The Gooeybots.
Why: School’s back in session (happy dance).
When: Sun., 10:15 a.m.-noon.
Where: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., at Fullerton Ave. (773-525-2501). Tickets online at fitlbacktocool.eventbrite.com. Adults and children, $10; under 2, free.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
Emerald City Theatre stages another funny caper from Laura Numeroff’s book series.
Why: The silly story whisks a fur ball from the kitchen to the beach and back again.
When: Sat.-Jan. 7.
Where: Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., at Wrightwood Ave. Tickets at 773-935-6100 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults, $16-$27; children, $13-$24.

Garfield Park Conservatory County Fair
Hail the annual harvest at the shindig with a petting zoo, pony rides, family games, farmers market, and more.
Why: Make corn-husk dolls and tiaras in the crafts area.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 300 N. Central Park Ave., at Fulton Blvd. (312-746-5100). Admission is $5.

Photo: Courtesy of Heather Muenstermann

2424 N Lincoln Ave
@ Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Apollo Theater
2540 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
5111 N Clark St
bt Winona St & Carmen Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
300 N Central Park Ave
@ Fulton Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624