This weekend in Chicago, shop vintage goods at Randolph Street Market. Get a taste of the Vegan life at the South Side based Taste of Vegan. Strive for community activism and change with #LetUsBreathe. Find your next work of art amongst 200 artists at the Annual Bucktown Arts Festival. Check out these events, and more things to do this weekend in Chicago in the latest Weekend Seekers Guide.
Randolph Street Market Festival
Saturday and Sunday | August 24th – 25th| 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plumbers Hall | 1341 W Washington Blvd. | $10 – $200
The start of the Back to School season is a reminder to all of us that fall is right around the corner. Get fall-ready by shopping the best unique vintage and antique goods in Chicago, at the Randolph Street Market. This market features 200 vendors both inside and outside of Plumbers Hall in the West Loop. Enjoy the market bars, cabana, and live bands, along with plenty of shopping this weekend in Chicago. For tickets, visit Randolph Street Market.com
Mini Night Market: Avondale
Thursday | August 22nd | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sleeping Village | 3734 W Belmont Ave. | Free
SAUCED, the well known night market in Chicago, will make its way to the Avondale neighborhood on Thursday, August 22nd. The fair presented by New Belgium Brewing’s Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza is a beer and fashion-filled pop-up experience. Check out Chicago’s best makers from every part of the city, at the SAUCED Mini Night Market this weekend. For more details on this free shopping event, visit the Facebook Page.
Food + Drink:
Taste of Greektown
Friday – Sunday | August 23rd – 25th | Time Varies
Halsted St.| Free
Make your way to the epicenter of Greek culture in Chicago this weekend. The annual Taste of Greektown is a true Chicago food festival. The neighborhood festival showcases an array of authentic food classics and drinks from Greektown and other Chicago restaurants. The festival will also feature Greek and American bands, traditional Greek dancing, performances by the amazing Jesse White Tumbling Team and plenty of games for a weekend that is perfect for all families to enjoy. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For more details on vendors and a schedule of activities, visit the website here.
5th Annual Taste of Vegan
Saturday | August 24th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hales Franciscan High School | 4930 S Cottage Ave.| $0 – $30
Embrace Vegan food and culture on the South Side of Chicago this weekend. The Annual Taste of Vegan festival is a free celebration of food, healthy communities, and the Vegan lifestyle. The event features workshops, live music, yoga, and of course, dozens of Vegan-based food vendors. For more details on the event, and to purchase VIP tickets, visit the event page.
The #BreathingRoom Series: 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Friday | August 23rd | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Breathing Room Space | 1434 W 51st. | Free
“We Are What We Need,” is a program mixing performance and political education by the #LetUsBreathe Collective. Be apart of their community-driven five-year anniversary celebration, as well as fall programming launch this weekend. The organization promotes health & wellness, the arts, political self-governance, and economic self-determination through a Black queer feminist framework, self-governance, and radical system building. For more details on this organization and the free event, visit the website here.
Arts + Culture:
SSCYO Tribute to Aretha
Friday | August 23rd | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Culture Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr. | Free
Experience a free showcase of artistic, musical talent this weekend on the Southside. The Inaugural Concert of the South Side Chicago Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) presents “All Hail The Queen: A Southside Chicago Youth Orchestra Musical Tribute to Aretha Franklin.” The concert features musical works by traditional European masters and African American composers all while paying tribute to the mothers of victims of gun violence, and feature a retrospective of Aretha Franklin’s career. For more details, visit the event page here.
Bucktown Arts Fest
Saturday – Sunday | August 24th – 25th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Holstein Park | 220 N Oakley Ave. | Free
This a festival that is for the community, by the community. The 34th Annual Bucktown Art Fest is a neighborhood festival that is a celebration of the arts. Check out the works of 200 artists, from local painters to international wood-makers. Enjoy the artistic celebration while savoring local food and beer, live music, and kids activities. Learn more about the free admission festival by visiting Bucktown Arts Fest.com.