This weekend, check out 40 local artists and their interpretations of art and products at Puma and Modern Notoriety present Through the Lens. Take a quick Parisian getaway in the Bridgeport neighborhood at Passport to France. Support Black enterprise and education at the Taste of Black Star Chicago event. Celebrate the 105th Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Millennium Park. These events plus many more things to do in this weekend seekers guide to Chicago.
The Randolph Street Holiday Market Festival: Urban Antique Market
Saturday – Sunday | November 17th – 18th | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Plumbers Union Hall | 1340 W Washington Blvd | $0 – $10
The Randolph Street Market Festival has been described as a “mecca of cool,” “the Barney’s of vintage” and Chicago’s best venue for people-watching. In other words, it’s a can’t-miss Chicago holiday shopping experience. Browse through thousands of collectible records at the Vinyl Depot. Feast your senses on the delectable wares of the Fancy Food Market. Peruse the Global Goods Bazaar featuring handcrafted goods from local artisans representing many cultures. With over 125 vendors on three indoor levels, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for and a whole lot more! Grab a discounted ticket using my special code and get your shop on!
Puma and Modern Notoriety present Through the Lens
Sunday | November 18th | 7:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
Revel Fulton Market| 1215 West Fulton Market | Free
Modern Notoriety in tandem with Puma and Finish Line will be collaborating on Through the Lens where product meets visual experience. The Puma Optic, a pack inspired by gel filters which create prisms of harmonious hues, will be creatively fused with photographic subjects by 40 of Chicago’s up-and-coming photographers. Check out work by local artists and live music while exploring the latest fashions by Puma. RSVP here and be sure to arrive early.
Passport to France 2018
Thursday | November 15th | 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Zhou B Art Center | 1029 W 35th St. | $55 – $75
Passport to France is a night-long tribute to Chicago’s finest French-inspired restaurants, pastries, wines, spirits, and more. Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce the event was designed to excite and inspire food and wine lovers and to highlight the rich, creative and varied culinary experiences available in Chicago. Click here to register or learn more about the 34th edition this November 15th at the Zhou B Art Center.
16th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer
Friday – Saturday | November 16th – 17th | Time Varies
UIC Forum| 725 W Roosevelt Rd. | $85
The Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer, the world’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival and competition, returns to the city this weekend. More than 200 craft breweries from across the United States will showcase their rarest, most innovative wood and barrel-aged brews, competing for top honors in The National Barrel Aged Beer Competition. Three tasting sessions are available to experience some of the most exotic barrel-aged beers on Earth. Grab your tickets before they are gone by visiting the website.
Taste of Black Star Chicago
Saturday | November 17th | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Black Star Project |3509 S. King Drive Suite 2B| $25
Join The Black Star Project for year-end fundraiser and open house. The non-profit seeks to provide educational services that improve the lives of less-advantaged Black communities and to close the racial academic achievement gap. The open house will feature food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Grab your tickets to the event here.
Arts & Culture:
105th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday | November 16th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Park | Free
Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. Miguel Cervantes, star of Hamilton at CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the ceremony featuring music and special guests. Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St. For the latest details on the event, visit www.millenniumpark.org.
MoCP After Dark
Friday| November 16th | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography | 600 South Michigan Ave. | $0 – $25
Join the Museum of Contemporary Photography for their After Dark event. Against the backdrop of The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage, dance the evening away to a DJ set by Kwest_on, while enjoying drinks and savory bites. At 8:30 p.m., multidisciplinary artist avery r. young will present a performance. For tickets, head over to the event page.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend I will be shopping local and vintage goods at various winter markets in the city. I will also be attending a Friendsgiving. My very first one! As always, see what I am seeking this weekend by following me on Instagram @The Haute Seeker.