This weekend, shop for sustainable fashion and other artisanal goods at The WasteShed. Dine on unlimited wings at WingFest. Volunteer with Street Samaritans during their April outreach event. Celebrate 25 years of a forum for women by women at the Black Women’s Expo. Check out the full Weekend Seekers Guide below of things do in Chicago from April 11th through the 14th.
The WasteShed’s Spring Craft Fair
Sunday | April 14th | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Wasteshed | 2842 W Chicago Ave. | Free
Join the sustainable movement in fashion, beauty, and home this month in Chicago. The WasteShed, a creative reuse center located in Ukrainian Village hosts an annual spring craft fair, spotlighting over a dozen original vendors in the community and the sustainable works they make. From bags, made out of fabric scraps to functional art objects, this alternative to shopping in Chicago is where you will find unique and local goods this spring. For more details, including participating artists, visit the event page here.
Made in Chicago Market: Spring Edition
Saturday | April 13th | 11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Bridge 410 | 410 N Paulina St. | Free
Something new is blooming at the Made in Chicago Market. Join Made in Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times for their Spring market featuring Chicago’s best makers and creatives for a day of local shopping and lots of fun. Explore beautiful products handmade by artists right here in Chicago. Sample delicious food and drinks and enjoy activities provided by American Bocce Co. For more details on this shopping in Chicago event, visit the event page here.
Food + Drink:
Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery
Saturday | April 13th | 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Garfield Park Community Council | 300 N Central Park Ave. | Free
Join local community entrepreneurs and members of The Hatchery Chicago for the indoor Garfield Park Neighborhood Market this weekend. Shop local products and goods from the entrepreneurial community of the West Side and support the Garfield Park Garden Network. The indoor market will host over thirty vendors based primarily on the West Side of Chicago. For more details on this event, visit the Facebook page.
Chicago Wingfest 2019
Saturday | April 13th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UIC Pavilion | 525 S Racine Ave. | $50
Chicago WingFest is a gathering of some of Chicagoland’s best wing-slingin’ restaurants competing to be crowned “Best of Fest.” The annual event held at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago filled with the aroma of chicken wings, simmering sauces, live music, and plenty of drinks to help cleanse your palate. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the ChicagoWingFest.com
Spring Cleaning | April Clothing Drive & Outreach for Homeless
Sunday | April 14th | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TechNexus | 20 N. Upper Wacker Suite 1200 | Free
Join Street Samaritans strives to provide human connection and grassroots outreach to those less fortunate living without shelter and means to thrive in Chicago. This April, join this non-profit organization for an outreach and care package drive. The organization will gather together to collect donations, assemble care packages, discuss homelessness, and distribute living essentials to our homeless brothers and sisters in the city. Give a little of your time and clothes that you no longer need as you give back to the community of Chicago this weekend. To learn more about this organization and to volunteer, visit the event page.
Arts + Culture:
The Black Women’s Expo 25th Anniversary
Friday – Sunday | April 12th – 14th | Time Varies
McCormick Place | 1752 W 35th St. | $5 – $25
The Black Women’s Expo turns 25 this year. And, it is going to be a celebration to remember. The Black Women’s Expo, founded in Chicago in 1993 was created as a forum for women by women, to celebrate their aspirations and achievements and to discuss and explore solutions to the issues they confront in their daily lives. 25 year later, The Black Women’s Expo has become the nation’s longest running, most important exposition targeting the all-important African American consumer market. The expo continues to showcases trends, products, services, and seminars where she can be informed, empowered, and enlightened. Join in the celebration of 25 years by attending this year’s expo. Visit the event page for more details.
Sunday | April 14th | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Waydown at Ace Hotel | 311 N Morgan St. | Free
Join the Chosen Few DJs & Ace Hotel Chicago every second Sunday to celebrate the deep connections between House Music & Gospel. Music from Chosen Few DJs Alan King, Andre Hatchett, and Terry Hunter. This month, join Andre Hatchett as he plays the best of House Music from 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. this Sunday. For more details, visit the Facebook page.
What I’m Seeking:
Fellow Seekers, this will be the last weekend of traveling. This April I have been so fortunate to visit family, friends, and explore cities both new and familiar. This weekend I will be in Virginia Beach for “Something in the Water” festival. Check out my Instagram stories all weekend long for festival activities and more @The Haute Seeker.