Weekend Seekers Guide March 2nd – 5th

It’s the beginning of March, and this month it is all about the ladies. March is internationally recognized as Woman’s History Month, and it’s kind of a big deal. This month, I will share some of my favorite #haute events that are for or by this town’s leading women. Check out this weekend seeker’s guide on things to do that elevate the creative, community, and cultural platforms of women. 

Style Seeker:

The Bottomline Boutique Grand Opening Party 

Thursday |March 2nd| 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bottomline Boutique|2208 W. Chicago Ave| Free

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Bottomline Boutique celebrates its new store and spring collection this Thursday. The retail shop, once voted by Refinery 29 as one of the “Best Resale Shops in Chicago has found a new home in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. The event will feature the same frugally friendly fashion with excellent customer service. Proceeds from the shop support the not-for-profit organization Bridge to Success, which is the only one of its kind to have programs that enhance the employment opportunities for at-risk, low income, or no income men, women, and young adults. Bridge to Success provides interview resources to build confidence in the workplace. The non-profit and resale shop are both the brainchild of woman Founder and Executive Director, Susan Van Veen.

Food Seeker:

Almost Famous Brunch at SteakBar 

Saturday |March 4th| 10:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.

SteakBar  |1500 N. Wells St.| $35 Buffet, $15 Mimosa Package

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Another weekend, another brunch with your favorite girls. Head over to The Steak Bar this weekend as the swanky restaurant in Old Town launches its new Almost Famous brunch menu. If you are a fan of all you can eat buffets and mimosa packages, then this is the spot for you! Take a break from the hype of the River North brunch scene to explore this Four Corners Tavern and Hogsalt collaborative venture. The thirty-five dollar brunch will consist of a Nutella crepe station, butcher shop, benefit & omelet station, boozy donuts, gelato and more. Can’t forget the mimosa’s, fifteen for the drink package. Reserve your seat for the breakfast launch on OpenTable.

Chicago Lenten Fish Fry’s 

Fridays |March-April| time varies

Various locations| $12-$20

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The Chicago Lenten Fish Fry Club makes it easier for you to stick to your lenten commitments this season. The compilation features various churches and community centers that will be serving fish dinners in observance of lent. Attendees will be in for a treat, as most dinners include not only include fish but a hearty portion of sides such as fries, cole slaw, mac and cheese, and more depending on where you go! The fish fry are budget friendly and provide a different take on the average Friday night. Grab some friends and take advantage of great food and entertainment this Friday.  Homemade meals in a welcoming enviroment? Sounds like a win, whether you observe the holiday or not.

Good Seeker:

Game On to Prevent Gun Violence: A Basketball Game with the Cast of Empire

Saturday |March 4th| 1:30 p.m-4:00 p.m.

Simeon High School |8141 S. Vincennes Ave.| Free

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Chicago-born actress and Empire funny girl Ta’Ronda Jones will host a star-studded basketball event this Saturday. The event will raise awareness of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic and draw attention to smart solutions on how to stop it. Ta’Ronda will be joined by fellow Empire cast mates and other Chicago celebrities as the rally the community for this much-needed awareness event. Participating community partners that will also be in attendance are The Faith Community at St Sabina, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Pico Live Free Campaign, and CJRC. Join Ta’Ronda and other celebrities at this incredible community event. Free tickets are currently unavailable. Fortunately, a waitlist is available. RSVP for the first available spot here.

Arts Seeker:

Chicago Feminist Film Festival

Wednesday-Friday |March 1st-3rd| time varies

Columbia College |1104 S. Wabash Ave.| Free

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The three-day Chicago Feminist Festival kicked off onWednesdayy. The showcase features films from independent and international filmmakers. Films presented address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality. The festival propels the need for diversity in this particular creative space. Gender-identifying women will present a myriad of cinema genres including social documentaries, horror, comedies, whimsical films, and romance. Support these artists, like Dana Jacobs, of the film I.D. during this all-empowering event.

Got Juice? Art x Music Showcase 

Saturday  |March 4th| 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Silver Room |1506 E 53rd Street| $5

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The first “GOT Juice” showcase will feature a diverse group of selected artists covering everything from visuals to sound. The collective features both artists and musicians who implement a bright and bold tone to their work. This event will keep both your ears and eyes immersed as these emerging artists take over the Hyde Park gallery for an afternoon of good art, music, and vibes. Suggested $5 dollar donations, adult “juice” will be provided.

What I’m Seeking:

This weekend I will be playing it ALL by ear. Lots of new developments coming to the blog that will have me lock in my apartment, in full concentration mode. Make sure to peep my @instagram for stories. I may come out to play.

Enjoy your weekend fellow seekers!

Be sure to share city events that you plan on attending this weekend.

Seeker’s Tips? Send them my way. I would love to feature other content in the ‘things to do’ portion of my blog.

Taylor J

The Haute Seeker is a digital platform created through the curious lenses of Taylor Justin, whose mission is to actively seek and share the cultural diversity found in the city of Chicago. Taylor is an Ohio-born, Southern-raised transplant who loves to vintage shop, museum hop, and live “like a local” in every city she visits. She is Jill of all trades and has an extensive background in fashion, marketing, sales, event planning, and community engagement.

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