Weekend Seekers Guide: August 30th – September 2nd

This weekend, shop indigenous-inspired textile at box shops Related in the West Loop. Get a taste of Polish food and culture at the annual Taste of Polonia Festival. Support Chicago’s young leaders and help prevent gun violence in the city. Celebrate memories and good vibes as you say goodbye to AMFM gallery in Pilsen. These events, plus more things to do in Chicago over the long holiday weekend. Check out the full guide below.

 


Style:

digitalKENTE box shop

Friday – Monday |  September 1st – 3rd | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

box shops by Related |725 W Randolph St. | Free

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Come out to experience a collaboration of culture, health, and wellness. Hosted by digitalKENTE, your source for unapologetically colorful, indigenous-inspired textile designs applied to athleisure wear. This weekend kicks off three weekends in September featuring the small Black-owned businesses. Products include the perfect headwrap with Perfect Pineapple Wraps, breathing easy with Tiffany Wilburn of Aseede aromatherapy balms and oils to releasing tension in your muscles with Sherwood A. Grant’s Wedge Kit and W.O.O.D. fitness challenges. Your life will  transform with a taste of the digitalKENTE retail experience. For more information, check out their event page. 

Exhibition of Authentic Mayan Clothing from Guatemala

Friday – Sunday | August 31st – September 2nd | Time Varies

UPSTAGE Chicago |2600 W 35th St. |$10 donation

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The authentic Mayan clothing of Guatemala represents the rich and colorful cultural variety of this country. This is because its population is largely Mayan heritage and its chromatic and traditional clothing can be seen in different parts of the country.
Each style is representative of a sector of each region. Even men in some areas wear traditional outfits that include special hats, trimmed knee-length trousers, and fabrics decorated with bird prints. Each textile garment is unique, and most are hand-woven with seam variations. Get more information about the exhibition here


Food:

Cider and Sliders

Saturday – Sunday | September 1st – 2nd | 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lincoln Ave between Addison and Roscoe | $0 – $35

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Cider & Sliders is taking Lakeview by storm with its apple-infused beer and iconic mini burgers! The festival will be making its official debut to the Chicago foodie scene this year — and there’s no better way to kickstart the Labor Day weekend! Ciders have been dominating the craft beer industry for some years now, and with new flavors coming out seemingly every day, it’s hard to keep up! This fest will feature over 30 ciders that are available for tasting. And while you’re out here, you can also check out or weekend entertainment including Eliminator, Wedding Banned and 97None, plus a Pearl Jam tribute and more! Get discounted tickets to the event here

Taste of Polonia Festival

Friday – Sunday | August 31st – September 2nd | Time Varies

61st Street and S. Langley Ave. | $5 – $10

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This annual Labor Day weekend festival at the Copernicus Center in Chicago’s Jefferson Park offers non-stop live music, food, and fun for four days.  It’s a must-do family event with a big enough schedule to keep both little kids & adults happy. The four-day festival will include over 30 live bands, polish food, and beer, 40 local vendors, carnival games, plus much more. For more information on Taste of Polonia Festival be sure to visit their website


Good:

JSF Achievement Awards Show

Saturday |  September 1st | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

House of Blues | 329 N Dearborn St. | $25 – $35

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Join the Jeremy Scullark Foundation for its annual achievement awards show. Chicago’s young leader 2018 best achievements in leadership, music, sports, activism, fashion and more. Tickets include a full brunch, plus enjoy a range of musical performances, and celebrity guests. Hosted by Portia King (Revolt TV) and Hot Rod (Power 92.3). All proceeds from the event will benefit youth from underserved communities. To support the event and Chicago’s youth visit the event page here.



Arts & Culture:

8th Annual Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival

Sunday |  September 2nd | 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2200 South Loomis St. | Free

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The annual Chicago Lowrider Festival is based in the industrial corridor of the Pilsen community.  It is the only lowrider community festival in Chicago bringing together car and bike clubs all across the Midwest. The festival brings together a curated entertainment line up of local talent, mariachis, families, children and an extraordinary awards ceremony honoring Lowrider familia. This is one of my favorite festivals, find out why by visiting Chicago Low Rider Festival.com.

AMFM Closing Party & Fundraiser

Saturday |  July 14th | 6:00 p.m.

Northerly Island | 1300 S Lynn White Dr. | $24 – 90

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Celebrate the memories, and say goodbye to the first AMFM space on 21st street. Ranked as Best New Gallery by The Reader in 2017, the creative space highlighted emerging artists and built a community that supported and cultivated all cultures. Dance, hug, laugh and cry while enjoying sounds by local artists. The $5 cover will benefit the cost of moving and future ventures. Keep up to date with AMFM and support their future endeavors here.

 



What I’m Seeking:

This weekend I will be relaxing over the long weekend. And I am so excited about it! In between that resting, I will be doing some seeking so be sure to see what I get into. Follow me on Instagram at The Haute Seeker.

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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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