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Art Van Furniture opens two more Chicagoland stores

 At The Art of Style party at the Art Van Furniture’ new 45,000-square-foot showroom in Chicago’s Logan Square are David Van Elslander, left, and Art Van Elslander, Art Van; actor Jim Belushi; and Gary Van Elslander, Art Van.At The Art of Style party at the Art Van Furniture’ new 45,000-square-foot showroom in Chicago’s Logan Square are David Van Elslander, left, and Art Van Elslander, Art Van; actor Jim Belushi; and Gary Van Elslander, Art Van.
 Art Van founder and Chairman Art Van Elslander and employees gather to cut the ribbon on the new Chicago showroom on Elston Avenue.Art Van founder and Chairman Art Van Elslander and employees gather to cut the ribbon on the new Chicago showroom on Elston Avenue.

CHICAGO — Art Van Furniture celebrated the opening of two more Chicagoland stores with festivities at both locations this past weekend, a charity donation and a party featuring Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts band.

With the openings in Chicago on North Elston Avenue and in Bedford Park, Ill., on Cicero Avenue, the Top 100 Warren, Mich.-based company now has five Chicago-area stores.

The latest expansion signals the last two stores opening for the retailer this year and follows earlier Chicagoland openings in Orland Park and Batavia, Ill., and Merrillville, Ind. A sixth area store, being built from the ground up, is expected to open in Woodridge, Ill., in March.

"We have had our eye on the city of Chicago for many years, and we couldn't have asked for a better location to put down roots," Art Van CEO Kim Yost said in a release.

Among the lines and furniture collections carried by the new stores are Bassett's HGTV Home, Broyhill, England, La-Z-Boy and Cindy Crawford Home, the company said. The stores are bringing about 180 jobs to the area.

In addition to opening day festivities, which included face and pumpkin painting, DJs and a scarecrow magician, Art Van held The Art of Style party at the Elston Avenue store Oct. 24. It featured rooms styled by ESPN Radio anchor Sarah Spain, JET magazine Editor-in-Chief Mitzi Miller; Plate Magazine Editor and Meals on Wheels Chicago President Chandra Ram, and Susanna Negovan, editor and publisher of Chicago Sun-Times publication Splash; as well as the performance by Belushi and his band.

The retailer also donated $25,000 to Jackson Chance Foundation, an Illinois charity providing resources to families with babies in neonatal intensive care units.

"The donation to this deserving nonprofit is only the start of our charitable efforts in the Chicagoland area," Art Van founder and Chairman Art Van Elslander said.

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