Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra playing outside in Chicago as featured on The Haute Seeker

7 Things to do this Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago

This weekend, shop local and black-owned during the Super Ujamaa market during Black Friday. Step up your holiday hosting game with a cocktail class at Bar Sótano. Help bring holiday cheer to the Chatham neighborhood with My Block, My Hood, My City. Hangout with family as you enjoy the harmonious tunes of the Chicago Philharmonic along with other community musicians in South Shore. These events, plus others, to experience this Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago.


6th Annual Buy Black Friday Super Ujamaa Market

Friday | November 29th | 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Black Mall | 533 79th St. | Free

Image | The Black Mall

Shop Black-owned and operated goods during the Super Ujamma Market this November in Chicago. This holiday season, buy and support over 50 Black-owned businesses during the busiest shopping season of the year. This shopping event is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit The Black

10th Annual Chicago International Fashion Show

Sunday | December 1st | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Palmer House (Hilton Hotel) | 17 E. Monroe St.| $0 – $150

Fashion and charity come together this weekend in Chicago at the 10th Annual Chicago International Fashion show. Now in its 10th year, Live Out Loud Charity will hosts a fashion show this weekend that raises awareness of suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and core character development. Help raise awareness while enjoying fashionable attire and ambiance at this annual event. For more information and event tickets, visit the event page here.

Food + Drink: 

Escuela at Bar Sótano: Lessons in Holiday Hosting

Saturday | November 30th | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bar Sótano | 443 North Clark St. | $100

Image | Bar Sótano

Learn a new cocktail making skill this holiday weekend at Bar Sótano. The hip bar, located in the alleyway behind Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill, offers a hands-on cocktail class just in time for the holidays. Spirits Director Lanie Bayless leads lessons in creating big batched cocktails and agave-laced punches, while Chef Rishi Manoj Kumar steps you through recipes for low-hassle, easy snacking. Be the best holiday host yet with these new skills! Purchase tickets for this event here. 

25th Anniversary Celebration at Dat Donut

Sunday | December 1st | 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dat Donut | 8251 S Cottage Grove Ave. | $30

Celebrate 25 Years of South Side sweets at Dat Donut in Chicago. Dat Donut, known for their famous “Big DAT.” Since 1994 the neighborhood institution has been serving donuts to the Chatham community and is inviting friends and family to celebrate the deep friend confection this weekend in Chicago. This weekend Dat Donut is rolling back their prices to 1994 on one dozen glazed donuts. In addition to the sweet prices, the donut shop will be giving away a variety of prizes such as tote bags, backpacks, and more. For more details on this event, visit the website here.


MLK Kickoff Event and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cole Park

Sunday | December 1st | 1::00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nat King Cole Park | 8502 S. King Dr. | Free

Be a light to the South Side neighborhoods this winter in Chicago. This weekend, serve alongside other My Block, My Hood, My City volunteers in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago as you bring holiday cheer to under-resourced communities. The first-holiday lighting event is consisting of home decorations, a toy drive, food vendors, holiday music, and more. To volunteer, visit the website here. 

Arts + Culture:

The Art of Blackness 2019

Saturday | November 30th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Block 37 | 108 N. State Street, Suite 270 | Free

Mix and mingle with fellow art lovers at The Art of Blackness Exhibition Saturday, November 30th. The art event exists for artists and art lovers. It also provides these artists with both an avenue of expression and an introduction to potential patrons and resources. Check out over a dozen black designers, artists, and creatives as they share their interpretation of the black experience in America. For more details on the opening night event, visit the Facebook page here.

Chicago Philharmonic Side by Side

Sunday | December 1st | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S South Shore Dr.  | Free

Enjoy the harmonious sounds of the Chicago Philharmonic and community musicians in Chicago. Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic” brings students and community musicians to Chicago public parks to rehearse and perform a free concert alongside professional Chicago Philharmonic musicians. For more information visit the event pager here.

Find the best things to do this November by checking out this month’s events guide. Need more ideas on this go do? Check out 32 of the best fall events happening in Chicago.

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