The Empty Corner

The Empty Corner A Creative Event Space in Downtown Arlington Heights
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Gouda and Ganache turns one! 🎊🍾Join Kristie at The Empty Corner on January 28th at 2:30 PM and celebrate the ONE-YEAR an...
01/09/2024

Gouda and Ganache turns one! 🎊🍾
Join Kristie at The Empty Corner on January 28th at 2:30 PM and celebrate the ONE-YEAR anniversary and birthday of ! Kristie will be celebrating by teaching everyone how to build their own bouquet to take home! There will be a delicious hand-baked cake to dig into to get the party going. Don’t forget to BYOBubbles!

We are so honored and happy to have met Kristie almost a year ago. Our story with her began when she hosted her Gouda and Ganaches Grand Opening here at The Empty Corner! We were instantly drawn to her joyous personality and talented creations, and have been so lucky to partner together on many projects together. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Kristie! 💕

Tickets are $70 per person. We hope to see you there and celebrate together!



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You are invited to join us on Friday, January 19th at 7PM for an evening of music and reflection in the name of PEACE. W...
01/07/2024

You are invited to join us on Friday, January 19th at 7PM for an evening of music and reflection in the name of PEACE. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to join us to consider how we can approach topics of peace, war, and inequality apart from a patriarchal mindset. As mothers, daughters, sisters, and leaders we long for peace, and this concert will be a beautiful opportunity to reflect together.

Pianist and composer Maria Rago will play her original music accompanied by professional singer and creator Francesca Giannis. We will highlight influential women of the past, read various excerpts and speeches, and open with a nondenominational prayer to foster connection and community.

Maria Rago was born in Sicily and now resides in the Chicago area. Expressing her emotions through music has led to her works being performed around the world. Maria’s passion for music and heart for those who are suffering inspired this Concert for Peace, she is a truly talented and deeply compassionate artist. Alongside Maria is Francesca Giannis, a Chicago native who studied at Berklee College of Music. Concurrently with undertaking jazz studies, she found herself drawn to studying the classical and traditional music of North Africa, the Middle East, India, and Anatolia; all of which have added nuance to the music she creates. We hope you join us to hear their beautiful words and touching music.

For more information please click the link in our bio. A $10 donation (or more) is appreciated, and can be sent in the link in our bio or at the door. All proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. No donation is required to enter, we look forward to seeing you there 🎶✌️



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One week from today is the   for “Face the World,” new paintings by up-and-coming artist Jai Braidie. Join us on Thursda...
12/29/2023

One week from today is the for “Face the World,” new paintings by up-and-coming artist Jai Braidie. Join us on Thursday January 4 at 6:30pm for an to hear Jai talk about his influences and the process of creating his powerful and provoking paintings. We will then host an opening reception to celebrate this talented young artist — we look forward to seeing you there! 🖤

Have you over-indulged leading up to the holidays? Thinking about doing   to give your body a break and start the year h...
12/22/2023

Have you over-indulged leading up to the holidays? Thinking about doing to give your body a break and start the year healthy? We are excited for our friend Conrad to teach a brand new “mocktail” class in the New Year, join him at The Empty Corner for Dry January and Vinyl on January 6th or 7th from 7-9pm

This interactive class will provide you with the history of alcohol abstinence and why creating thoughtful non-alcoholic cocktails is an essential skill for being an inclusive host. Conrad will teach you how to make four spirit-free cocktails that are perfect for any occasion where you or someone else doesn’t want to or can’t drink.

The cost is $75 per couple and includes all ingredients. Tickets are available in the bio. We can’t wait to see you there! 🖤



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We are only a few short weeks away from our first exhibition of 2024, mark your calendars and make sure to attend the op...
12/20/2023

We are only a few short weeks away from our first exhibition of 2024, mark your calendars and make sure to attend the opening reception for “Face the World” on Thursday January 4th! 🗓️ It is an honor to host the talented young painter Jai Bradie in our space — Jai’s exciting and thought- provoking work is well worth seeing in person.
We met our friend Jai almost a year ago at one of our art critiques and were blown away by his distinctive and eclectic painting style. Over the last year we have watched Jai grow and expand in both his mindset and through his powerful pieces. Witnessing his creativity in person while he completed a summer residency at The Empty Corner was a true honor. Jai has been a constant inspiration for us; we are always so excited to see his pieces come to life!

Jai’s art intentionally evokes an intense and emotional response from the viewer. He draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including graffiti, street art, American cartoons, poetry, death, life, and God. Jai’s distinctive and eclectic style creates visual narratives that navigate between reality and surrealism. Viewers are invited to explore hidden depths of the human experience at Jai’s first solo exhibition “Face The World”, on view at The Empty Corner throughout the month of January.

Join us for an exciting and on Thursday, January 4th. Jai will speak about his work at 6:00pm and we will continue with an opening reception between 7-9pm. We hope to see you there at this celebration of fine art in Arlington Heights! 🖤



Join us on December 22nd between the hours of 3 and 6 PM for a new  vintage market! Come shop and browse through a curat...
12/16/2023

Join us on December 22nd between the hours of 3 and 6 PM for a new vintage market! Come shop and browse through a curated collection of vintage and thrifted clothes. Choose from a collection of purses, shirts, skirts, jackets, shoes, and so much more! It’s the perfect time to design and upgrade your style for the New Year! 🎀



So excited to meet these cuties on Sunday!
12/15/2023

So excited to meet these cuties on Sunday!

We are so excited to have a full house of puppies and adoptable dogs from  on Sunday, December 17th for  book reading an...
12/09/2023

We are so excited to have a full house of puppies and adoptable dogs from on Sunday, December 17th for book reading and signing of “Bert the Boxer”! With dog-friendly and comfy seating from , you can play with these dogs and get to know them while listening to Deb’s heartfelt book. These sweet doggos are all looking for their forever home- so come on by, you might just meet your new best friend!

If you are interested in joining us, please click the link in our bio to let us know! We hope to see you there!



Santa will be visiting us NEXT Saturday on December 16th for a fun story time and photo shoot with the kids! Tickets are...
12/06/2023

Santa will be visiting us NEXT Saturday on December 16th for a fun story time and photo shoot with the kids! Tickets are still available for our fun holiday event, taking place at 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Grab a ticket before they’re gone! 🎅

Each ticket allows for one family, and digital photos will be sent and emailed within one week, just in time for Christmas. Tickets are $50 and available in the link in our bio. Make some special memories this Holiday season!

Thank you to our sponsors !


Our Holiday Market is coming up fast, and we are so excited to announce that we will be partnering with  THIS Friday! St...
11/27/2023

Our Holiday Market is coming up fast, and we are so excited to announce that we will be partnering with THIS Friday! Stop by between 7-8 PM to get a FREE cup of delicious hot cocoa from their hot chocolate bar. Customize your yummy drinks and find the perfect gift while you sip. With 14 vendors participating and December beginning, it’s the perfect way to start the holiday season and find some local and handmade gifts!



Our friend Deb Tranter recently released her first children’s book, “Bert the Boxer,” a touching story based on the true...
11/25/2023

Our friend Deb Tranter recently released her first children’s book, “Bert the Boxer,” a touching story based on the true events of a shelter dog's remarkable journey from abandonment to a loving forever home. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting “Road to Rescue,” a book reading, signing and adoption event at The Empty Corner in celebration of “Bert the Boxer”! 🐶 Join us on December 17th from 2-4PM — Deb will read and sign copies of her book and our friends at will be there to share about their mission. And the best part??! Second City will be BRINGING ADOPTABLE DOGS 🐶🎉 Come play with puppies, support a local author and learn about how YOU can support dogs in need!

Our friends from will be setting up dog-friendly poofs and pillows to keep everyone comfy during the event!

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Second City — to snag a spot please visit the link in our bio. We can’t wait for this special event!! 🖤🐶



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🎁 ADOPT-A-FAMILY this holiday season! 🎁Support a family in need by giving to their children this holiday season!Our frie...
11/22/2023

🎁 ADOPT-A-FAMILY this holiday season! 🎁

Support a family in need by giving to their children this holiday season!

Our friends at the Good Neighbors Network have over SEVENTY families who need help to make the holidays magical for their kids this year – we need your help to support our neighbors in need!
Don't want to adopt an entire family? Share a family with your friends and family. Make it fun by shopping together or having a gift-wrapping party! Or donate money towards a family & we will do the shopping for you!

You will receive your adopted family's wish list on December 1st. Gifts are due by December 15th!

Sign up at bit.ly/neighborsgiftdrive



We are so excited to announce our lineup for our Holiday Market, taking place from 5-9 PM on Friday, December 1st. With ...
11/20/2023

We are so excited to announce our lineup for our Holiday Market, taking place from 5-9 PM on Friday, December 1st. With a range of vendors who specialize in ornaments, ceramics, jewelry, coffee, art, clothes, and so much more, the perfect gift is waiting for you at this market! Check out all of these local and talented creators and write the date down in your calendars. It’s the perfect way to start December!


















We are so excited to announce our lineup for our Holiday Market, taking place from 5-9 PM on Friday, December 1st. With ...
11/20/2023

We are so excited to announce our lineup for our Holiday Market, taking place from 5-9 PM on Friday, December 1st. With a range of vendors who specialize in ornaments, ceramics, jewelry, coffee, art, clothes, and so much more, the perfect gift is waiting for you at this market! Check out all of these local and talented creators and write the date down in your calendars. It’s the perfect way to start December!


















Santa is coming back to the Empty Corner this season!! We have TWO   events this holiday season — join us on Saturday, N...
11/15/2023

Santa is coming back to the Empty Corner this season!! We have TWO events this holiday season — join us on Saturday, November 25th or on Saturday, December 16th to make some magical memories with Santa! You won’t want to miss this sweet Santa experience — the big guy will read a holiday story by our Christmas tree before taking some festive photos with the kids. will provide professional photos that will be sent to you following the event. We will also have sweet treats on hand for the kids to enjoy, this is one of our favorite events of the year!! 🎅

Our friends from will setup some comfy seating, perfect for storytime!

This event is sponsored by our friends at the group. We are thankful for Shaunna’s ongoing support and commitment to bringing amazing programming to our community! Tickets for Storytime with Santa are $50 per family and are available in the link in our bio. Two time slots are available for each event. We can’t wait to see you soon!! 🎅🎁🖤


Are you looking for creative and one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays? Mark your calendar for our HOLIDAY MARKET on Frid...
11/14/2023

Are you looking for creative and one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays? Mark your calendar for our HOLIDAY MARKET on Friday, December 1st from 5-9pm!! ❄️ We are incredibly excited for our first-ever Holiday Market, this one-night-only pop-up is free and open to the public. With over 10 local creatives and artists participating, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for those special people in your life. There will be a wide assortment of unique and handmade pieces ranging from ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, art, and so much more! Stop by for some cozy hot cocoa and neat artwork and join us in the festivities 🎁

Vendors will be announced this week, keep your eye out for our stories and upcoming posts! All vendors are local creatives, so stop by, follow their accounts, and businesses this holiday season! 🖤✨



Hosting for the holidays and wanting to impress your guests? Join us and Kristie from  at The Empty Corner on Thursday, ...
11/09/2023

Hosting for the holidays and wanting to impress your guests? Join us and Kristie from at The Empty Corner on Thursday, November 30th at 7 PM and learn how to build your own holiday-inspired charcuterie board!

The night will be spent learning how to pair the right cheeses with meats to make the perfect charcuterie arrangement for the holidays. Then take what you learn and get hands-on to build your own board! All food supplies will be provided to complete your board along with being able to take your board home with a how-to pamphlet to continue to perfect your newly learned skills throughout the holiday season. All you need to do is a bring friend, a bottle of bubbly, and an appetite for this winter workshop.

Tickets are $60 and this event is BYOB. Tickets are available in the link in our bio!


Join us at The Empty Corner on Sunday, December 3rd at 1 PM to make some holiday-inspired prints with Mine from ! This c...
11/08/2023

Join us at The Empty Corner on Sunday, December 3rd at 1 PM to make some holiday-inspired prints with Mine from ! This class is perfect for those who like to personalize their gifts, either with handmade cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, or cotton wine bags. Make your gifts super special this holiday season!

All participants will create and carve out one to two of their own print designs, which can be used many times if more wrapping paper is desired after the class is over! Paint (including fabric paint), wrapping paper, card paper, and cotton wine bags will be provided. Also included during the class are printmaking tools such as a linoleum carving tool, a printmaking brayer, and a block of linoleum.

We also invite you to bring your own wrapping paper, tags, or clothes to decorate as well. The possibilities are endless- make a one-of-a-kind tote bag or shirt for you and your friends!

Tickets are $50, and the event is BYOB. Tickets are available in the link in our bio!



The holidays are coming up soon, which means it’s almost time to send out those cards and wrap those gifts! Join us at T...
11/06/2023

The holidays are coming up soon, which means it’s almost time to send out those cards and wrap those gifts! Join us at The Empty Corner to learn the basics of printmaking with a holiday twist! Design some holiday-inspired prints with Mine from on December 3rd at 1 PM. This class is great for those who like to personalize their gifts, either with handmade cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, or cotton wine bags. Make your gifts super special this holiday season!

All participants will create and carve out one to two of their own prints. Paint (including fabric paint), wrapping paper, card paper, and cotton wine bags will be provided. Also included during the class are printmaking tools such as a linoleum carving tool, a printmaking brayer, and a block of linoleum.

We also invite you to bring your own wrapping paper, tags, or clothes to decorate as well. The possibilities are endless- make a cute tote bag or shirt for you and your friends!

Tickets are $50, and the event is BYOB. Click the link in the bio to grab one before it’s too late!



Calling All Vendors! We are looking for creatives in the area to join us for our upcoming HOLIDAY MARKET on the 1st of D...
11/02/2023

Calling All Vendors! We are looking for creatives in the area to join us for our upcoming HOLIDAY MARKET on the 1st of December! We would love to give the community a chance to shop small and shop local for the holiday season, so send us an email if you would like for your unique business to be featured in this very merry market. Contact us at [email protected] to get more information.



The holiday season is coming up quickly, and we wanted to invite you to our Artist’s Friendsgiving Potluck!! We welcome ...
10/23/2023

The holiday season is coming up quickly, and we wanted to invite you to our Artist’s Friendsgiving Potluck!! We welcome everyone who has been a part of this journey with us and would love to show you our gratitude here at The Empty Corner. Come on over on Sunday, November 12th at 5 p.m. to chat and feast!

We invite you to bring a side dish (any dish!) to share with all the other amazing people and creatives who will be joining us! This event is BYOB, so come prepared with a drink or two if you’re in the mood. We can’t wait to eat some yummy food with everyone!



The wait is finally over! Conrad is finally back with another cocktail class that is perfect for the fall season. Grab a...
10/21/2023

The wait is finally over! Conrad is finally back with another cocktail class that is perfect for the fall season. Grab a bottle of rye whiskey and a friend and join Conrad Thursday November 16th or Saturday November 18th for a night of tunes and fall themed cocktails! This interactive class will provide you with the history of rye whiskey and cocktail techniques. This class is great for everyone – whether you’re new to making cocktails or hoping to hone your bartending skills. Cost is $75 per couple and includes vintage drinkware, various ingredients available for use, and is BYOR (bring your own rye) 🥃

Tickets are on sale Monday October 23rd at 10 am on our Eventbrite. Link in bio. Mark your calendars and set alarms, these tickets sell out fast!



Hi friends!! With the weather getting colder we are collecting new or gently used winter coats and boots for Good Neighb...
10/19/2023

Hi friends!! With the weather getting colder we are collecting new or gently used winter coats and boots for Good Neighbors Network. If you're unfamiliar with the mission of GNN this amazing organization was started during Covid and serves local students and families in need by providing resources like food and clothing. As Good Neighbors has grown so too has the need, there are nearly one hundred students in District 21, 25, 59 and 214 who will need to stay warm this Winter.

If you have coats or boots that you can donate please drop them off at The Empty Corner before Halloween. Thank you for your support and kindness!! 💙🧥

Our next exhibition, ”All the Pretty Vultures" featuring recent paintings by artist Brittany Caldwell will have an excit...
10/19/2023

Our next exhibition, ”All the Pretty Vultures" featuring recent paintings by artist Brittany Caldwell will have an exciting new   and  on Thursday, November 9th from 6–9 pm!
This exhibition is based entirely in watercolor and is inspired by the duality found within nature, human development, and reality. Themes of life, death, and the passage of time hang in the air around her work, especially noticeable when considering her muse: the vulture. This exhibition honors the misunderstood bird that is home to the open skies of Wyoming, where Brittany once lived.

The quiet pursuit for balance in Brittany's works exhibits three subjects: animal, Earth, and the moon. Each of these natural wonders is carefully considered in terms of proportion and placement, balancing and complementing one another as they interact.

Brittany will also host a demo & and paint-along event on Sunday, December 3rd from 11am–2pm. Join us to celebrate this local artist and come by to our opening next month, it's going to be a great exhibition!   



Another week, another  ! We are introducing the lovely Maureen of  back into our space. With an assortment of earrings, ...
10/17/2023

Another week, another ! We are introducing the lovely Maureen of back into our space. With an assortment of earrings, bookmarks, necklaces, bracelets, and keychains, her earth-toned pieces are each one of a kind. Every piece has a unique charm and assortment of beads that create a whimsical yet bold effect. These are perfect gifts for the fashionistas and readers in your life! You don’t want to miss out on this vendor!

Maureen is an Arlington Heights native and the owner and designer of DelAdornments. She draws inspiration from melding seemingly disparate pieces into a seamless and integral blend of beads and charms. Maureen enjoys creating new combinations of shape, color, material, movement, and simplicity into eclectic yet practical pieces.

Stop by the marketplace to try on a piece and explore the various artists in our marketplace!


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214 E Grove Street
Arlington Heights, IL
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Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 1pm - 6pm
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