Weekend Seekers Guide: December 14th-17th

This weekend, heat up your holiday style with looks from local shops at Jingle Bell Walk. Enjoy fine dining and Mezcal tasting with Mi Tocaya. Donate Barbies during the 3rd Annual Barbie Brunch. Experience a Jazz legend’s version of The Nutcracker. These and more things to do this weekend in Chicago. See full details in this weekend seekers guide.


Style Seeker:

Jingle Bell Walk: Fashion Show & Pop-up Shop

Thursday |December 14th| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Rhyme or Reason |1938 W Division St.| $25

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Shop contemporary local shops and fashion labels this Thursday at Rhyme or Reason’s first ever ‘Jingle Bell Walk.’ Get inspired by runway looks for others or yourself. Tickets include a hosted bar with small bits as well as show and pop-up shop access. 50% of an individuals ticket will also be donated to Make A Wish-Illinois Foundation. Rock the racks away! Grab your last minute tickets here.

 

Bridgeport Holiday Night Market

Friday |December 15th| 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bridgeport Art Center |1200 W 35th St.| Free

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Get a tour of the Bridgeport Art Center and pick-up some last minute holiday gifts this Friday at the Bridgeport Holiday Night market. The market will include resident artists and other artists from around Chicagoland. Be sure to check out 3rd Friday Open Studios, a monthly showcase featuring over 100 resident arts and four art galleries through the facility. Both will be taking place simultaneously throughout the entire evening. The event will also include free parking, complimentary food, and drinks by Argus Brewery.

 



Food Seeker: 

Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen

Sunday |December 17th| 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Emporium Arcade |1366 N Milwaukee Ave.| Free

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Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker will host a holiday-themed pop-up featuring Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen. Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen is a community of plant-based, conscious, and locally based Chicagoland chefs. The event will feature eats and treats as well as artisanal plant-based gifts. Entry is free. Be sure to also RSVP and get $5 worth of game tokens to use on the day of the event.

 

Mi Tocaya Mezcal Dinner Featuring Mezcal Uníon

Thursday |Thursday 14th| 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Mi Tocaya Antojería |2800 W Logan Blvd| $75

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The Logan Square Mexican restaurant Mi Tocaya along with Mezcal Unión, a Mezcal producer from Oaxaca region of Mexico, will host special dinner and drink pairing this Thursday. The upscale restaurant will feature a four-course meal, each paired with a tasting portion of Mezcal. The co-founder of Mezcal Union will also be onsite to share the sustainable practice used to create the distilled agave-based spirit. For reservations and course descriptions, be sure to head over to head over to the event page.

 



Good Seeker:

Josilyn’s 3rd Annual Barbie Brunch

Sunday |December 17th| 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Velvet Lounge |67 E Cermak Rd.| Free

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The 3rd Annual Barbie Brunch will take place this Sunday at The Velvet Lounge. The toy drive, founded by Josilyn Whitney Martin-Richardson is back with the mission to collect dolls for “little girls around the Chicagoland area and the world.” All ages are invited to bring a Barbie and celebrate and support the season of giving. For more information visit the event page here.



Arts Seeker:

B.A.P.S Comedy Presents: Curlz, Fros & Braids

Saturday |December 16th| 8:00 p.m.

1700 Theater |1700 N. Halsted | $5

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B.A.P.S, a comedy variety show based out of Chicago, showcases women of color in comedy. The one night of stand-up comedy and sketch show will highlight the “wonder, woes, and fros” of three Black women. The show is a part of a series of special performances that corresponds with Steppenwolf’s nine-week production, BLKS.  For more information on BAPS or other BLKS Salon Series performances visit Steppenwolf.org. Use the code “BAPS” and receive $20 tickets to the play until the end of the month. 

 

Ellington’s “The Nutcracker Suite”

Thursday |December 14th| 8:30 p.m.

Fulton Street Collective |1821 W. Hubbard St.| $5-$10

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The Nutcracker is synonymous with the holiday season. Experience the traditional sounds of the infamous ballet differently with The Jazz Record Art Collective(JRAC). Michael Nearpass Large Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation of The Nutcracker. The evening will also include an installation and live painting by visual artist Michelle Richardella.


What I’m Seeking:

The holidays are around the corner, and the only that I have checked off of my list is me! So it’s safe to say that I will be finishing up my Christmas shopping this weekend. In addition to that, I plan on catching up with a few friends and checking out some new restaurants and bars as well. As always stay seeking with me on Instagram where I post stories of what I am getting into every day!

 

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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