Free Home Show Open but Pump Room Sale Closed

February 25, 2011

Is your Chicago home in need of a makeover? Well, it just so happens that the area’s largest home show is in town this weekend.

The “Homelife” Home Improvement Expo is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights.

At the show, which offers free parking and free admission, you’ll find hundreds of displays for all your home improvement, remodeling and repair projects.

Some of the services represented at the event include: Kitchens, windows, flooring, landscaping, theater systems, home saunas, window treatments, interior design, waterproofing, roofing, closet organization, home organization, leafless gutter systems, in-ground pools, security systems, green products, even mortgage and equity loans.

There will be live cooking demonstrations as well as drawings and giveaways, including the opportunity to win up a Jewel-Osco gift card, a vacation, $1,000, up to $10,000 in windows by Champion or $50,000 in cash.

What: Free Home Show

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights

When: Friday, February 25, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit: FreeHomeShow.com

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Brass sconces went for $55.

We were also going to tell you about a way to pump up your home’s decor at a once-in-a-lifetime sale, but it looks like you won’t have that opportunity.

Tens of thousands of mementos from the Ambassador East Hotel and its restaurant, the Pump Room, were sold through a liquidation sale at the Pump Room on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

The public sale, which was supposed to last 12 days, made it a mere five before everything was grabbed up.

Antique phones were priced at $100 each.

Some items that went include tables, chairs, bar stools, armoires, a baby grand piano, rugs, artwork, light fixtures, antique phones, tissue box covers, towel bars, trash cans, bathroom sinks, ironing boards, dishes, glassware, luggage racks, even menus.

The Ambassador East opened in 1926 and the Pump Room in 1938. The restaurant hosted many Hollywood hot shots, including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra.

In fact, the booth in which Ole Blue Eyes used to grace sold for about $4,500.

The Ambassador East Hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation and the Pump Room closed in January as a result.

It has not yet been determined if the famous restaurant will reopen. But if it does, it certainly won’t look the same considering everything but the celebrity photos on the walls have now been sold.

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