This weekend, say ‘I Do’ to the South Side during the first wedding-themed event of the fall. Experience a little bit of country with a little bit of the city at the County Fair in Portage Park. Support a 24hr festival of peace through theatre and the arts in the Austin neighborhood. View artwork from some of the best graffiti artist in the world. These events, plus more things to do in Chicago. Get the full weekend seekers guide below!
South Side I Do
Sunday | September 9th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harper Court | 5235 S. Harper Court | $8 – $24
If you are seeking wedding inspiration or helping plan the big day for a friend, then the “South Side I Do” Hyde Park Wedding Stroll is the perfect event for you. The exclusively South Side-based wedding event is the first of its kind that spotlights the Hyde Park neighborhood and the businesses that offer couples options when planning their special day. Guest will start the stroll at Harper Court to pick up a complimentary tote bag – making stops at Jojayden, The Silver Room, Hyatt Place Chicago, and Vanille Patisserie, before ending at The Promontory. The event will also feature 35+ other participating vendors. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit group granting wedding wishes to couples dealing with serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. Want to win free tickets to South Side I Do for you and your boo/bae? Be sure to visit my Instagram for more details!
Summer Soiree in Pink
Friday | September 7th | 9:00 p.m.
The Underground | 56 W Illinois St. | Free
Pop Lash Studio, the specialty eyelash extension studio, and The Underground Chicago will host a collaborative event featuring some of Chicago’s most elite beauty brands and influencers. RSVP at here for their Summer Soiree.
JSVFest – Jerk, Seafood & Vegan Festival
Saturday – Sunday| September 8th – 9th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dearborn at 24th St & State St.| $5 – $10
The Jerk, Seafood, and Vegan(JSV Fest) food festival with drinks, music, arts, crafts and fun for the entire family. In celebration of Ephraim Martin’s International 35th Anniversary, the JSV Fest will help celebrate the success of the well-known festival planner. For more information, check out the event page.
Binny’s Beverage Depot presents County Fair Chicago
Saturday – Sunday | September 8th – September 9th | 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Binny’s Beverage Depot – Six Corners| 4901 W Irving Park Rd. | $5 – $18
Chicagoans will taste the flavor of down-home this fall when urban meets rural! County Fair Chicago invites city dwellers and countryfolk to experience Americana with an urban twist as Six Corners Association fixes to blend the farm with the city for Portage Park’s newest event. Pick up new skills for a variety of education, maker-focused workshops or lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance at sunset. No matter your preference, the county fair will have something for you. Visit the event page for more information on the first county fair in Chicago.
Peacebook Austin Sept. 7 & 8 – The House of Power, Love & Hope
Friday – Saturday | September 7th – 8th | Time Varies
La Follette Park |1333 N Laramie Ave. | Free
Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK Festival is a free theatre festival focused on peace, peacemaking, and community in Chicago. The festival features a breadth of stories and perspectives explored through theatre, dance, and spoken word created by a diverse group of artists from throughout Chicago. Collaboraction uses theatre to incite change by growing empathy, and encouraging local action on issues of social justice. Each performance will feature free meals, plus community discussions. PEACEBOOK tours continue throughout September in neighborhoods on the south, west, and north sides of the city. For more information on all neighborhood, tours visit www.collaboraction.org.
Arts & Culture:
How do you see me? Opening Reception
Friday | September 7th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Catherine Edelman Gallery | 300 W Superior St. | Free
Catherine Edelman Gallery will open this fall season with a compelling show by three women who confront the way African-Americans are perceived in art, the workplace, and through their physical appearance. How do you see me? features photographs by Alanna Airitam, Endia Beal, and Medina Dugger. The show opens September 7, with Alanna Airtam and Endia Beal in attendance for the show. Each artist’s work will be presented in a unique and non-traditional manner. Visit the website to see the entire exhibit online.
Meeting Of Styles USA – Chicago
Friday – Sunday | September 7th – September 9th | Time Varies
Location Varies | Free
The 14th edition of the Meeting Of Styles Chicago makes its way back to the city this weekend. The longest running graffiti event is a 3-day multifaceted series featuring live art, DJs, and more. Check out the full lineup of events by visiting the event page.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend catch me exploring fall festivals and events across the city of Chicago. Be sure to follow all that I am seeking on Instagram at The Haute Seeker.