Co-chairs Leslie Sevcik, left and Kathy Leighton.                      Submitted photo

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The annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden from Sept. 21 to 23. The juried exposition and sale will give craft lovers the opportunity to appreciate and purchase distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces made in the United States by some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, while supporting increased access to mental health services offered at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Showcasing new achievements in jewelry, ceramics, metal, handcrafted clothing and accessories, glass, furniture, fiber, leather, wood, paper, mixed media and basketry, ACE is a nationally recognized event.

Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, ACE co-chairs Leslie Sevcik of Evanston and Kathy Leighton of Northbrook say they are honored to have been chosen to lead this year’s event.

“We are especially proud that ACE 2018 will be supporting NorthShore University HealthSystem’s mental health initiatives. The creation of a Psychiatric Urgent Care Program will allow patients to get the help they need, as soon as they need it,” Ms. Leighton said in an interview earlier this month.

ACE Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 for a single three-day pass, and $13 for Chicago Botanic Garden members. For more information, visit