The first of many monthly guides, these August events in Chicago are both unique and interesting. Dress up in something complementary, and enjoy a amazing events around the city of Chicago. Check out the complete guide below!
Rent the Runway
Now | Ends August 28th | 10 a.m- 9 p.m.( see website for weekend store hours)
710 N. Wabash
Shop for holiday attire NOW during the major sale event taking place at Rent the Runway. Great deals online and through the app on clothing and accessories; up to 90 percent off from designers such as Lela Rose and Hervè Leger. Stop into the Chicago shop in the Gold Coast to browse the local selection.
Randolph Street Market
Saturday and Sunday| August 27th – 28th | 10 a.m- 5 p.m.
1340 W Washington Street
The indoor/ outdoor market is back in session with rare vintage finds and locally made furnishings. You never know what you will find at a market of this magnitude. The market boasts over 200+ vendors and services such as valet parking, home delivery, and trolley rides from Michigan Ave. Plus a wide selection of food and entertainment that is perfect for all ages.
Food + Drink:
Taste of Greektown 2016
Friday – Sunday |August 26th- 28th | 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m; noon to 11 p.m.
400 S. Halsted @ Van Buren
The Taste of Greektown enters it it’s 27th year this weekend as the city’s strip of Greek restuarants comes together to celebrate Hellenic pride and Mediterranean culture. There will be nine infamous restuarants participating, a host of Greek bands, and even a Gyro eating contest Opa!
Sunday | August 28th | noon
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
The first festival of its kind, Sangria Festival brings together a selection of unique sangrias, that are paired with a various cuisines. The festival is will almost make you forget that you are in Chicago, with the array of entertainment, live music, and expertly crafted sangrias.
Block Party Excuse Me Officer XMO
Saturday |August 27th | 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Jackson and Oakley
Excuse Me Officer is a mobile application that seeks to shed a light on experiences with your local law enforcement. The platform allows users to rate and share their experiences, both good and bad. To launch the application, the founders look to host an ‘old school’ block party that will feature food trucks and meet and greets with the Chicago Police Department, plus musical acts and a ton of community building.#XMO
Culture Talk Change Agents(Chicago)
Sunday| August 28th | 6 p.m- 9 p.m.
The Gallery @ Great Lakes Tattoo
Culture Talk Change Agents got its start in Columbus Ohio. An effort founded by James Drakeford( fellow Dayton Ohio native), the talks focus on community engaging conversations ranging from current events to business. There is no set agenda. Just real conversations amongst that relate to the African-American experience. Culture Talk CA visits the windy city this Sunday, and in light of the most current events in Chicago, this conversation featuring perspectives of some of Chicago’s most influential photographers, poets, designers, and artists, is bound to be enlightening. #CultureChangeCA
Arts + Culture:
Black Harvest Film Festival
Now | Ends September 1st | various times
Gene Siskel Film Center| 164 N State St
The annual three week film festival comes to a close after this weekend. The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, according to the website, the festival “celebrates the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Many of the films take place and are created by local Chicagoans. In most cases, the audience is often joined by the writer, producer, or even stars of the films which makes the experience that much more authentic. Can’t make it to the festival this month? Visit in Septmeber for various showings of the biography of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.
Let’s Talk About It
Opening Reception| August 26th | 6 p.m- 10 p.m
Galerie F | 2381 N Milwaukee
Obviously, Let’s Talk About It, has had people…talking. The exhibit, featuring over 25 street artists, has already stirred up some backlash on the gallery’s social media pages. Residents, activists, and even other artists are very much anticipating the discussions that arise from the opening of this event. See what the talk is all about at this art focused, art event in Chicago.