This weekend seekers guide features everything from “Peoples Choice” ribbed meats to Instagram-worthy vegan treats. Make your weekend as traditional or as untraditional as you like with an array of things to do this weekend in Chicago. Check out some of the haute seekers picks below!
Summer Pop-up Party!
Thursday |June 3rd| 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
Designer Shoe Warehouse |35 S. State St.| Free
Stop by Designer Shoe Warehouse(DSW) located on State Street for a style showcase of all the seasons top brands and trends. Enter to win a DSW gift card plus bonus points with any in-store purchase. Sip, snack, and try on some fabulous shoes. It’s like a happy hour for your feet! Be one of the early birds to the event and leave with a free gift!
The Dapper Movement
Saturday |June 10th| 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jo Jayden |1457 E. 53rd St.| Free
The Little Dapper Collection, a Chicago-based fashion company that creates hand-crafted bow ties for infants and toddlers are partnering with JoJayden Handmade for a Father’s Day Fundraiser and Fashion Show titled: The Dapper Movement. The show will feature the newest line of matching father and son bow-ties while celebrating deserving dads in the community. Show love to the men that matter most to you while supporting this excellent brand. RSVP for “The Dapper Movement” here.
Vegan Fest Chicago
Saturday |June 2nd-4th| 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Grant Park |100 S. Lake Shore Dr.| $15
Going to a festival involving some type of culinary aspect is unavoidable in Chicago. It’s just what we do here. However, a vegan festival is one that is pretty darn unique, complete against the wave of what may often feel like a myriad of meat driven festival foods. The 2nd Annual Vegan Food & Drink Festival will feature vendors like Southern Fried Vegan and Pie Pie My Darling. Grab something unpredictably or predictably delightful at the event.
Friday – Sunday|June 9th -11th| time varies
Ribfest Chicago|400 Lincoln Ave.| $10
Ribfest Chicago has gained global notoriety as being one of the best food festivals to attend in the city. Featured on the Food Network, and USA Today, the festival features over 13 ribs focused restaurants who will be BBQ’ing it out for “Peoples Choice” all weekend long. Make room for this festival of food, music, and more. Entry to the event benefits the Northcenter neighborhoods philanthropy and community programs. Get the full list of vendors and musical line-up for the weekend here.
Kick Off to Summer Block Party
Saturday |June 10th| 12:00 p.m-3:00 p.m.
AKArama Community Service Center |6220 S. Ingleside Ave.| Free
Making the world a more positive and better place really starts by being a good neighbor. Little gestures like saying hello and picking up the trash are small ways to show community. This Saturday Miss Black Illinois 2017(Alleson Whitley Knox), AKArama Foundation, and the 20th Ward of Chicago will do just that by hosting a block party that encompasses more than just food and drinks. The organizations will be hosting a job fair for teens, family services, and plenty of activities to get the whole community ready for the summer. Now that’s how you do a party!
Chicago Blues Festival
Friday – Sunday |June 9th- 11th| times vary
Millennium Park |201 E. Randolph St.| Free
The Chicago Blue’s Festival, the worlds largest free blues festival is celebrating 34 years and is kicking off a world-renowned genre of music with a dedication ceremony to Muddy Waters this Thursday. Waters was known as the king of blues music in Chicago. The mural located on State between Randolph and Washington was painted by Brazilian artists Eduardo Kobra. The cermony will have appearances by the artist himself as well as the Muddy Waters Legacy Band. The festival commences throughout the weekend with over fifty acts, across fives stages filling Millennium Park with soulful vibes. Get the complete lineup of this timeless festival here.
Latin Rhythms: Free Open House
Saturday |June 10th| 8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance & Performance|210 N. Racine Ave.| Free
This Saturday, learn how to Bachata, Salsa, or Cha Cha during a free 45 minute dance lesson with some of the best Latin dance instructors in the city. Stay after your free lesson for the social. Practice your new moves on the dance floor with a live DJ, as well as performances by Maricza’s Beyoncé Formation and Nadia’s Boogaloo Performance Class! Who knows these spicy moves may come in hand during a sultry summer event in the city. Register today for your spot in this Saturdays session here.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend I will probably be seeking a little bit of everything. Well, attempting to at least. You will for sure catch me at the Immortality fashion exhibit Saturday night, but my weekend is pretty much in the air after that. Be sure to tune into my @Instagram for all my weekend stories and posts!
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