Welcome to the first weekend of 2018! This weekend, be cozy and comfy at Carnivale with their annual pajama brunch, attend a runway show and pop-up shopping event with ALMVGTHY. Watch newly choreographed work by the Chicago Dancemakers Forum. Support the continued relief efforts to aid the citizens of Puerto Rico with a community of Chicago artists. These events and more to seek this weekend in Chicago.
The Light Fashion Show
Thursday | January 4th | 8:00 p.m.
Row 24 Events and Productions |2411 N Michigan Ave. | $20 – $40
ALMVGHTY Clothing is back again for its second annual pop-up shop experience. Their event seeks to ” inspire, uplift, and empower Chicagoans through artistic expression.” The event will feature a runway show featuring unreleased designs, an art installation, musical performances, and special guests with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the non-profit organization Kids Off the Block. Start your New Year off with the some of Chicago’s growing street wear brands. Ticket information and details can be found on the event page here.
Indoor Market at the Plant
Saturday | January 7th | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Plant | 1400 W 46th St.| Free
Miss shopping at your favorite outdoor market? No worries, The Plant has got you covered. Join them this weekend for their first winter market of 2018. The market will feature over a dozen food vendors and makers, along with cooking demonstrations, and facility tours taking place throughout the day. For vendor details and more information about The Plant, be sure to check out their Facebook page.
National Spaghetti Day at Francesca’s
Thursday | January 4th | 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Francesca’s Restaurants | 3311 N Clark St. | $10
Celebrate National Spaghetti Day at Francesca’s restaurant this Thursday. For $10 enjoy freshly baked bread, a house salad, and spaghetti and meatballs. Kids can indulge as well with meals starting at $6. Warm up with this classic and hearty Italian meal at any of the Francesca locations. Make reservations for National Spaghetti Day here.
Carnivale Pajama Brunch
Sunday | January 7th | 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Carnivale | 702 W Fulton St. | Free
Sunday Funday in Chicago just got a little more comfortable, thanks to Carnivale. The Latin American inspired restaurant will host their ” Carnival Pajama Brunch this Sunday and invite all guests to join them for live music, a photo booth, mimosa kits, and a bloody mary bar, all in the comfort of their jammies. Any guest(21 +) wearing PJs will receive also receive a complimentary mimosa. Be sure to make reservations at the popular food and entertainment destination for this weekends event here.
Make PR Lit Again
Saturday | January 6th | 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Chicago Art Department |1932 South Halsted St. |$5 – $50
Many Americans are still suffering the effects of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A vast majority, still without power. Chicago Creatives for Change invites you to enjoy an all-day event featuring musical talent, visual artists, and more. Activities include a live talent show, yoga, paint and sip, and after-party featuring multiple DJs. Proceeds from the event will be donated to two on-the-ground organizations working directly with the citizens of the island. For more information on the event, be sure to check out the event page here.
Innovation in Chicago Dance: Community Engagement
Saturday |January 6th | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Harold Washington Cultural Center | 4645 South King Dr. | Free
The Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the ‘only organization, dedicated to artists advancement in dancemaking’ will be launching its 15th year with a series of public dialogues and performances of newly choreographed work. The event will also provide an artist-to-artists exchange on innovation as well as sessions dedicated to application information on grants and programs for dancemakers and choreographers. To learn more about this weekends and event and the organization, make sure to check out their event page here.
2018’s First Gallery Openings
Friday – Sunday | January 5th – 7th| Time Varies
Location Varies | Free
The first weekend of the month is a great time to attend art openings which as taking place around several neighborhoods in Chicago. A couple of highlights from Chicago Gallery News that seem tremendously interesting are openings featuring works by Nicholas Pinto and Eddie Owens Martin who will have works featured in River North and River West respectively.
What I’m Seeking:
Reuniting, plotting, getting my photo shoot on is pretty much the summary of my weekend. Be sure to see the highlights by following my stories on my Instagram.