It is the last weekend of the month fellow seekers! The last weekend of February will feature events the recognize black excellence, encourage community involvement, and of celebrate a rich food culture. The change for a better Chicago comes through an immense amount of activities driven by activism and awareness. These events encourage entire communities to participate in order to be truly successful. See this weekend seeker’s guide for the highlights on #haute things to do this weekend!
Friday-Sunday |Feburary 24-26th| time varies
South Shore Cultural Center|7059 South Shore Dr.| $40
The annual black fashion week is back again for its third year. The weekend is full of events that highlight the talent of African and African-American designers and boutiques from around the U.S. The event will kick-off on Friday for an insiders panel featuring industry experts like Robin Harris of Model Atelier. The weekend will continue with a shopping connection and runway show featuring national designers on Saturday. As well as an emerging designer showcase and lifestyle showcase at the DuSable Museum on Sunday. Register today for one or all of these tremendous events by visiting the website here.
Saturday |Feburary 25th| 1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
900 North Michigan Shops |900 North Michigan Ave| Free
The English born and bred brand is known around the world for beautifully crafted and fashion-forward collections. Karen Millen is the perfect brand for confident, career-driven Chicago women. Fashion Seekers should make their way over to the 900 Shops for the spring 2017 collection and exclusive styling event. Enjoy an exclusive discount for the one day only event plus a fabulous gift for purchases over $200.
Friday-Saturday |Feburary 24th-25th| 8:00 p.m-2:00 a.m.
Reggie’s |2109 South State Street| $5 GA, $10 VIP
Pancakes & Booze Art Show has been touring over 30 cities worldwide, since its conception in 2009. The world’s largest exhibition of emergings artists will be headed to Chicago. The event focuses displaying over 80+ local artisans coupled with a lineup of live musicians, DJs’, live painting, body painting, and much more. Oh, and don’t forget about the unlimited pancakes and booze!
Saturday |Feburary 25th| 12:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Chicago Q |1160 N. Dearborn St.| $40
The popular Gold Coast BBQ joint will be celebrating Mardis Gras with its own unique twist. The restaurant will host a NOLA inspired crawfish boil. The all you can eat menu will feature crawfish, corn, red potatoes, red beans & rice, cornbread and live music. This specialty dinner is sure to put you in the Mardi Gras mood, even if you are 900 miles away. Enjoy you’ll!
Sunday |Feburary 26th| 10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum |2430 N. Cannon Dr.| Free
The need for strengthening Chicago’s diverse communities is at an all-time high. Want to learn how you can contribute? Learn how you become involved in your community by attending the 5th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo. The expo will feature over 85 non-profit organizations that vary from social justice to education. No matter your passion you are sure to find some volunteer opportunity that is best for you!
Friday |Feburary 24th| 6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
The Shapiro Ballroom |1612 W. Chicago ave| Free
Art. Cocktails. Culture. Dope Venue. Shall I go on? Medici Museums will be celebrating its launch at the new Shapiro Ballroom in Noble Square. Medici is offering attendees a way to ditch the traditional museum experience by experiencing the art world’s most revered pieces all through “virtual vandalism.” Enjoy unlimited music, cocktails, dancing, and everything in between at this culturally cool event. RSVP is filling fast. Save your spot here.
Friday |Feburary 24th| 7:30 p.m.
St. Sabina Church |1210 W. 78th Pl| Free
Most people know St. Sabina for its community activist-driven pastor, Rev. Michael Pfleger. Throughout the month of February, the church has hosted a series of political and social activists for its African-American speakers series. The event concludes this Friday with the appearance of CNN contributor and activists Van Jones. The event is free and open to the public.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend I will be cascading across the city to various venues and events. On Thursday (hopefully) I’ll be attending the Bomond| Rendevous at Shay Lounge. An event hosted by some of Chicago’s top influencers in the fashion and marketing space. Friday, I will make my way to the South Side to the African-American Speakers Series featuring Van Jones at St. Sabina Church. Saturday I will brunch and network with some of Chicago’s finest sales professionals at the National Sales Network Jazz Brunch. Saturday evening plans are up in the air, but a night of Pancakes and Booze at Reggie’s does look promising. Sunday is the church, stopping by the Volunteer Expo at the Peggy Notebaert Museum as well as stopping by the Chicago Cultural Center for Ayodele. This weekend will be #haute with cultural activities. Be sure to go out and enjoy a couple on this last weekend of February!
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Enjoy your weekend fellow seekers!