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Updated: July 11, 2013 6:12AM



Chicago had its cows.

Tinley Park has its benches.

Now Frankfort’s merchants have hand-decorated chairs that urge folks to “sit a bit” and enjoy the downtown area.

“It’s something to draw you in. It’s very family-oriented — just a fun thing,” Karen Krasowski, of Chew on This Dog Barkery, said of the public art project launched this year.

The chair outside this shop at 21 Ash St. is covered in a variety of soft furs.

“We want to keep the traffic and make this a place to go. If you’re here for a movie, walk around and see the chairs,” she said. “Any time they come up with something like this to draw people in, we support it.”

Sit a Bit Chair Art includes about 20 fun chairs situated throughout the downtown area until Sept. 26, when they are to be auctioned off during the second annual Wine Walk. Each was created to reflect the theme of the individual business creating it.

There’s an Adirondack chair disguised as a box of popcorn outside Kernel Sweettooth, 11 N. White St., with chocolate-covered pretzels on its arms. Another chair appears to be covered with candy.

Bride and groom chairs adorn The Paper Spot, 105 Ash St., hinting that this is the place to buy wedding invitations as well as stationery.

The goal of the Frankfort Historic Business Association is to make Frankfort a year-round shopping destination, spokeswoman Rachel Gilmore said.

“There’s more traffic downtown, more energy. Merchants were looking for a way to keep that excitement going,” she said. “They wanted some kind of art, and chairs seemed like an easy, fun thing to do.”

Some are new, some are repurposed. There’s even a couple of small benches.

“Each one is so different,” Gilmore said. “We are really pleased with the turnout.”

Merchants are hoping the public will walk around to see these works of art, and sit a bit, take photos and share them.

At Maddie Maks, 28 Ash St., Roxanne Zdanek found a white metal mesh chair, into which she cross-stitched a wavy American flag on the back and “USA” in bright red, white and blue yarn on the seat, clearly reflective of her cross-stitch shop.

“Everyone loves the Fourth of July,” Zdanek said. “It was fun. I might do another one. My cross-stitchers love it.”

“They are drawing a lot of interest,” said Marty Connolly, of Cottage Creations, 110 Kansas St.

In addition to the Sunday concerts on the Green, and the Country Market, other events in the downtown business district include a Girls Night Out on June 19, the Fine Art Fair on June 22, and the Historic Frankfort Garden Walk on June 23.

For more information, visit shophistoricfrankfort.com or visit the Frankfort Historic Business Association page on Facebook.com.



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