First weekend of November and the World Series is finally behind us. Need a break from the celebrations(or not)? Check out these events that challenge the palate, the popular, the politics, and the perspective.
Today |November 3rd | 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hotel Monaco | 225 N. Wabash
Join Hotel Monaco every first Thursday of the month for their neighborhood pop-up. The pop will feature various vendors from the city, encouraging guests and locals to check out a new neighborhood. This Thursday the pop-up will feature shops from Wicker Park. The cities most diverse neighborhood for food, shopping, and music scene. The featured vendors are Goorin Bros, BeadnicksBeadnicks, Kokorokoko, Jeni’s Ice Cream, and South Water Kitchen. Event is free to attend.
Today |November 3rd | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Columbia College Chicago Film Row |1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th Floor
Tickets are still available for this Thursday’s The New Realities: A Retail Symposium presented by the Fashion Group International Chicago and Google partner to explore the dynamic changes in the current retail industry. Guests who are aspiring entrepreneurs to current business owners are encouraged to attend. The event will feature insight from local industry leaders and the opportunity for advanced networking. Speakers will include Julie Krueger, Retail Industry Director for Google. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Michael Fischer, Senior Designer, Bucketfeet; April Francis, CEO, Dose Market; Erick Soderstrom, VP Marketing, FLOR; Mary Emerine, Senior Sales Director, Trunk Club; Marcie Hoklas, Category Manager Color, Walgreen’s, and moderated by Shia the “Taking Names” Columnist from the Chicago Sun Times. The closing presentation will be with Gwen Morrison, CEO of The Americas and Australasia, The Store/WPP Global Retail.
Saturday |November 5th | 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
UIC Forum | 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Make room for the most comforting food festival yet, the Mac & Cheese Fest. The third annual event of creatively crafted versions of the ooey, gooey, mouth-watering comfort food is brought to one location, with over 50+ restaurants from the Chicagoland area. Get ready to see local favorites like, Public House and Bar Pastoral, battle it out for THE GOLDEN NOODLE. Last year’s winners, Auntie Vee’s and AMK Kitchen will also be in the building defending their titles. A portion of the proceeds from these cheesy fest, will help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Thursday & Friday |November 3rd – November 4th | 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. sessions
43 E. Ohio st.
Head to Eataly thursday to discover the true difference between truffles and mushrooms. For two nights, the food hall will feature 10 food stations with 10 wine pairings. Each station will pair dishes featuring Italian truffles or wild mushrooms with traditional northern wines. Take advantage of this palate challenge. Tickets gets you all access to the stations, 10% off in the retail shop, and a complimentary wine glass.
Saturday |November 5th | 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Harper Theater | 5238 S. Harper Ave
Join the brothers of Zeta Psi Phi as they kick off their week of fundraising with a little ‘philanthropy and chill.’ The fraternity will be hosting a private screening of Dr. Strange at Harper Theater, where 100% of the proceeds will support the ThanksUSA, a charity that raises money for veterans and their families. Veteran’s Supporter tickets are $15 and comes with popcorn and a commentary pin to show veterans support. General Admission is $10. The giving continues as through a partnership with Insomnia Cookies in Hyde Park as well as online donation until Veterans Day.
Friday |November 4th |5:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400 |400 S. Peoria St.
David Leggett‘s solo exhibition Black Drawls is the first large-scale presentation produced by the Chicago based artists. The exhibition, will include paintings, drawings, ceramic sculptures, wall decals, and installations that, “challenge hierarchies of taste and power in art and popular culture.” The artist looks to the humor and satire for his works, and tackles themes on race, racism, art history, popular culture, hip-hop, political movements, and sexuality, and much more. Learn more about this artist and Gallery 400 here.
Saturday | November 5th | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Old Town School Folk of Music | 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” – Nina Simone. These words could not be anymore true than in today’s social climate. Musical artists, across various genres and generations of music, have been voices of activism and leadership. Like the great Nina Simone, they have used their platforms to make a difference. This weekend, the Old Town School faculty and staff will honor Nina Simone during their Uncovered Series. The celebration will be presented through music and dance as they reflect on the singer, songwriter, and activist amazing influence throughout her career. Their will be pre-show actives that will explore spoken word, dance, and music before the main event.
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