Let the wind blow you where it may this weekend in Chicago. The long holiday weekend forecast calls for venturing throughout the city this weekend. Make your way to the Northside for Ribfest and head down to the Southside for the infamous House Music Picnic. Take time in between to chill with some seasonal drink specials and a wardrobe refresh from some of the best local shops in the city. It may seem like a lot, but your planning is complete with this weekends seekers guide courtesy of The Haute Seeker who has done it all before.
Fat Tiger Workshop Grand Opening
Friday |June 30th| 12:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Fat Tiger Workshop |836 N. Milwaukee Ave.| Free
Fat Tiger Workshop and it founder Joe Fresh have been having some pretty stellar months. The once underground fashion brand has featured in publications such as The Fader, Billboard, and Instyle for the Thank You Obama Collection featuring Chance the Rapper. This weekend the clothing brand is opening up a brand new store in the Noble Square neighborhood. Not too far from its previous location in West Town. Celebrate the launch of this Chicago designer with new collections from other in-house brands like VITA, DBM, FTW, SQUAD, and SENSEI. For those of you who can’t make it, be sure to still catch the wave early by checking out the latest collections sold exclusively through Fat Tiger Workshop.com available online and in-store.
Mod + Ethico & Ready Pretty
Thursday |June 29th| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mod and Ethico |27 N. Morgan St.| Free
Clothing and lifestyle store Mod + Ethico and personal wardrobe styling service Ready Pretty are teaming up for an evening of shopping and sips to benefit Chicago non-profit My Favorite Outfit (MFO). Guests will enjoy champagne (and rosé!) and shop the latest sustainably-made summer styles to hit Mod + Ethico. Shoppers are also encouraged to bring gently used clothing to donate to MFO, which uses fashion to empower at-risk youth to succeed in middle school and high school through personalized learning programs that help students build their self-worth and interpersonal skills. Learn more about the event here.
Windy City Ribfest-Uptown
Friday – Sunday |June 30th -July 2nd| Time Varies
Uptown|Lawerence & Broadway| Free
Okay. Here is another one of The Haute Seeker’s favorite festivals. I know, I have many, but this Ribfest is one of the best festivals I have ever attended since living in Chicago. The Winy City Ribfest is held in the NorthSide neighborhood of Uptown and is two block stretch of rib kings, and other festival eats. It draws a huge crowd during the holiday weekend, but the selection of vendors is worth the wait. This festival is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to grab a sample rack from one of my favorite vendors, Robinsons Ribs.
Thursday |June 29th | 1:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Market by Foxtrot|1019 W. Lake St.| $5
Get a little foxy this Thursday with the gourmet grocery store located in thee West Loop neighborhood. Enjoy pre-holiday vibes as you sip on the first featured seasonal Rose Colored Glasses cocktail from the team at Soho House’s Fox Bar. Starting at 6 PM at the Foxtrot, there will be a cocktail demonstration, mini chicken sammies from the restaurant the Chicken & Farm Shop and High Life. Not a member of the store? No worries, get your ticket here for this low-cost event.
Too Fly Chi
Thursday |June 29th| 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
M Lounge |1520 S. Wabash Ave.| Free
Too Fly is taking off on Thursday, June 29 at M Lounge. Music by DJs The Franchiise and Milehigh, complimentary sweets and raffle giveaways. Donations and drink sales will help raise funds for passports for underserved high school and college students.The mission of the Too Fly Fundraiser is to raise money for passports for high school and college students, and have successfully thrown events in NYC, ATL, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City and LA. To date, we have been able to provide funds for over 60 passports! Register today for this too good to miss fundraising event!
Chosen Few DJS Picnic Weekend
Saturday & Sunday |July 1st – 2nd| Time Varies
Jackson Park |6401 S. Stoney Island Ave.| $40-$300
The Chosen Few Picnic has become synonymous with the summer. Last year the festival expanded into a two-day event, and let me tell you, it was a mess getting in. Like bad. Once inside though, it was, of course, an excellent experience. I went on Saturday, and it was a day filled with high energy, plenty of dancing, a beautiful gathering of diverse people. The globally recognized Southside festival is of course, back again and there is no reason why you should NOT attend. Grab your tickets now and check out my haute tips on some last minute planning.
- Go with a group and get a tent. You get early access, and you can bring your food which saves you tons of money.
- Get there early. Pre-brunch time, if issues are getting in, you are not standing in the back of the line hungry and upset.
- Leave before dark. Less tom-foolery, more of your evening to enjoy.
- If you can’t deal with porter potties, upgrade to VIP. It’s a corporately sponsored area with drinks, seats, and of course better porcelain stalls.
Where’s Waldo in Wicker Park
All Month Long |July
Volumes Bookcafe| Free
Celebrate the book character who has been in the game for 30 years starting this Saturday. Where’s Waldo is an iconic children’s book character that is coming to life throughout the Wicker Park neighborhood. During the month of July, participants can visit twenty-five local businesses, collecting passport stamps for each Waldo they spot. The stamps and signatures can earn some pretty big prizes and gifts cards to use at local shops like Volumes Bookcafe. This is a great way to shop local and venture into various shops and restaurants in this popular neighborhood. Learn more about the month-long event and participating shops here.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend I am once again out of the city! I will be attending ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans! Let me tell you; I cannot wait for this festival. Not only will I be spending time with my god-mother, who is dope. But I plan on eating my life away, vintage shopping like crazy, and enjoying the southern vibes that I have missed for so long! My IG will be lit this weekend so be sure to follow me on @Instagram as I seek NO all weekend long.
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