WEST TOWN — You can support a longtime neighborhood bar in West Town by purchasing barware, T-shirts, face masks and other gifts during a holiday pop-up.
Declan and Candace Morgan, owners of the Irish Nobleman, 1367 W. Erie St., are running a Christmas Market pop-up through Dec. 23. The market includes barware from the couple’s other local business, Chicago Bar Shop, as well as items from local artists and makers.
The pop-up will help the Irish Nobleman survive the winter, but it’s also a chance for neighbors to support other small businesses in Chicago, Candace Morgan said.
“We’re really focused on helping the local business and maker community with the pop-up portion inside, and a portion of all of the merchandise proceeds is going to help us offset the costs of offering free meals to those struggling during the pandemic this year,” she said.
Quoting Maya Angelou, Morgan continued, “We believe that, ‘When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.'”
Chicago-themed items designed by a local artist include skyline beer glasses, Chicago flag beer bottle openers and greeting cards. Irish Nobleman swag — including hats, T-shirts and pint glasses — say “Chicago” or have the Chicago flag or skyline on them.
A variety of barware and cocktail items are for sale, too. In addition to locally-made BitterEx Bitters, Chicago Bar Shop items for sale include bartender kits ($25-$85), crystal mixing glasses ($35) and shakers ($10-$49).
Other local offerings include soy candles from Colin’s Candle Company, such as the “Midwest Prairie” scent ($18). Recycled by Robin‘s line of up-cycled wine, beer and spirit bottle candles include Chicago-themed scents, such as “Don’t Smell the El” and “North Ave Peach” ($10-$25).
Looking for a face mask? The Nobleman’s selection of $8 holiday-themed masks support a good cause.
The masks were made by neighbor Lauren Young, and sales will support Young’s Holly Jolly Project, an effort to bring free face masks and handwritten holiday cards to 1,800 West Town seniors.
All purchases can be wrapped in red paper gift bags with tissue paper for free.
The Irish Nobleman has a winterized outdoor patio along Erie Street, which the Morgans have “decked out” with colorful Christmas lights and decorations.
During the pop-up, buttered rum, spiked hot apple cider, hot toddies, hot chocolate, coffee and holiday-themed cocktails will be served. Neighbors can take pictures in front of an igloo photo booth.
The Morgans have owned the Prohibition-era bar since 1999. They live across the street and are spearheading a community effort to add speed bumps to Noble and Erie streets.
The pop-up’s hours are subject to change, but current hours are 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
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