Weekend Seekers Guide: April 5th – 8th

This weekend, get the best of bacon-infused dishes at Bacon Fest or leave the swine behind at Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen pop-up shop. Brunch and shop with vintage and artisanal black-owned business at the Hey Brown Girl Sunday Social. Do a little spring cleaning, while serving Chicago’s homeless community with Street Samaritans. Throw it back to 1979 with a pop-up event hosted by the MCA. Embrace your inner nerd, be the ultimate fan at C2E2. These events plus more things to enjoy this weekend in Chicago. Check out the latest Weekend Seekers Guide below!


Style:

Hey Brown Girl: Sunday Social{Brunch & Shop}

Sunday | April 8th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bronzeville Incubator | 300 E 51 St. | Free

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Join Hey Brown Girl for their monthly brunch and shop event. Every 2nd Sunday the community of Black & Brown women who celebrate vintage, handmade goods, jewelry, home decor and more. Be sure to check out the full list of vendors, including new and returning artists, collectors, stylists, and more. For brunch details and complimentary admission, follow the link here.

 

Happy Birthday Chicago

Saturday | April 7th | 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 1.m.

Hairpin Arts Center | 2810 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free

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Join Echoes of Chicago, the nonprofit whose mission is to create affordable, innovative arts and music events, in a celebration of  Chicago’s 181st Birthday! The event will feature an art gallery featuring over 30 local artists, a marketplace featuring local artisans, nonprofits, and businesses, as well as local music performances. Don’t forget about beers and spirits as well as live art, a photo booth, and more. Celebrate the city, community, and culture in a big way. Suggested donation for the event is $10. For more information on this event and Echos of Chicago, be sure to visit their Facebook page.



Food:

Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen

Sunday | April 8th| 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Emporium Arcade | 1366 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free

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Emporium Arcade Bar presents Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen this Sunday in Wicker Park. The Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen is a community of local plant-based chefs and vendors of cruelty-free goods, beauty and wellness products. Enjoy vegan-style dishes from vendors such as Pie, Pie My Darling and Yvolina’s Tamales for wellness essentials from Ari Rose Body Care and Mano y Metal: Handmade Accessories. Be sure to register here to receive free arcade tokens for the arcade as well. For more details about this event and the Chicago Vegan Kitchen, be sure to check out the event page

Bacon Fest

Saturday | April 7th| 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

UIC Forum |725 W Rooselvet Rd.| $85 – $160

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This Saturday, taste the most bacon-based dishes, drinks, and deserts, crafted by some of Chicago’s hottest chefs and local restaurants at BaconFest Chicago. The unlimited bacon dish-driven event will feature over 50 chefs, locally crafted bacon and bacon-related products from brews to baked goods. Tickets are still available for the bacon lovers oasis. Grab your tickets by heading over to the website here.
Unlimited bacon dishes from 50 great chefs; beer, wine, and cocktails galore. You guys, it’s Baconfest.

 

Good:

Spring Cleaning with Street Samaritans

Saturday | March 24th | 10:30 a.m.

TechNexus | 20 North Upper Wacker Dr. | Free

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Join Street Samaritans on Sunday, April 8th for their spring cleaning event. The organization seeks to provide human connection and grassroots outreach to those living without shelter; raising awareness of the realities of homelessness and serving those in need. The group will gather to collect donations assemble care packages, discuss homelessness, and distribute living essentials to those living in homelessness.  The organization is looking for any and everyone to get involved. To learn more, visit their event page.

 


Arts:

1979: The Year That Changed Everything

Saturday – Sunday | April 6th | Time Varies

1330 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free

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The year was 1979. The year that changed everything. Step back in time as the Museum of Contemporary Art host a two-day experiential pop-up shop where attendees can fully immerse themselves in the music and popular culture of 1979. The experience is inspired by the art and life of Howardena Pindell. A New York-based multidisciplinary artists whose exhibit “Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen,” is currently on view until May 20th at the MCA. For more details on this artists work featured in Chicago, be sure to check out the MCA website.

C2E2

Friday – Sunday | April 6th – 8th | Time Varies

South Building-McCormick Place| 2301 S King Dr. | $30.75 – $75.75

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C2E2 (Chicago Comic Book and Entertainment Expo) is no longer just for comic book lovers. The annual Chicago event is a convention featuring incredible celebrities from some of the most well-known movies and television shows, unique exhibitors, amazing comic artists, career cosplayers, and epic literary authors spanning from the comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games that fans from around the world love. Whether it is your first time visiting C2E2 or you are a veteran, get everything you need on the festival of fantasy, creativity, and wonder by visiting the C2E2 website.

 


What I’m Seeking:

This weekend, I have a jam-packed schedule. Friday, I will be trying out a new restaurant in the neighborhood, since one of my favorite go-to spots just recently closed! Saturday, I will be finishing up another one of my classes( I am almost done with school)! That evening, catch me galavanting the city with one of my closest Chicago friends for her birthday. Sunday I will be catching up a mentor and probably apartment hunting. Not much room for checking out events this weekend, but you never know. I might just make it to a few. As always, see what I am seeking by following me on  Instagram at The Haute Seeker.



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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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