This weekend, shop local and artisanal goods at Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar. Kick off the morning of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago with food and drink specials during Kegs & Eggs at various bars around the city. Celebrate and support the South East community during the Annual Woodlawn Community Summit. Enjoy free music, arts, and South Asian cultural experiences with Mandala Creatives in Logan Square. Check out guide to seven fun things to do this weekend in Chicago.
Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar
Sunday | March 17th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Promontory | 5311 S Lake Park Ave. | Free
Shop for fun spring items this weekend in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar features over a dozen artists, designers, makers and more. Admission is free for all attendees. For more information on this month’s and a list of vendors, bazaar, visit the event page.
Italy & The Orient
Friday | March 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1133 W Catalpa Avenue | 1133 W Catalpa Ave.| Free
Learn about Italy and its complex relationship with the Near East and Northern Africa at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. The free fashion lecture led by Alex Aubry, Director The Fashion Resource Center at SAIC and Editor at Large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, will address the tangled history of traders, travelers, colonists, couturiers, aristocrats and refugees as they relate to both Italian and Eastern cultures. For more information and to attend, visit the event page here.
Food + Drink:
Yard N Chill – Chicago
Sunday | March 17th | 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Healthy Hood Chicago | 2242 South Damen Ave. | $0 – $15
Experience music, food, and more at this month’s Yard N Chill in the Lower West Side neighborhood of Chicago. The food-focused event is a monthly outdoor brunch party and gathering hosted by KayaFresh. Kaya Fresh is a West African Vegan Streetfood pop-up food concept. This month’s event will feature live music, good vibes, and more. Get more details on this vegan-focused event in Chicago here.
Kegs & Eggs
Saturday | March 16th | 8:00 a.m.
Location Varies | $25 – $40
If you are looking for St. Patrick’s Day food and drink specials in Chicago this weekend—you won’t have to look far. Start your St. Patrick’s Day with Kegs & Eggs hosted by multiple bars around the city. Tickets to Kegs & Eggs events include access to a breakfast buffet, bottomless drinks, and live entertainment. This year, the following bar and restaurants will host Kegs & Eggs: The Original Mother’s, The Hidden Shamrock, New Line Tavern, She-nannigans, Old Town Pour House, and Brownstone Tavern. Be sure to visit each site for more details as specials vary by location.
10th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit: A Celebration of Community Spirit
Saturday | March 16h | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
University of Chicago | 969 E. 60th St. | Free
Join the South East Chicago community for their annual summit. The Woodlawn Summit is a collective community voice to explore new ideas and take action that will improve the Woodlawn community. Hear from invited speakers in the areas of economic development, housing, youth engagement and much more! To register for this free community-focused summer, visit the event page.
Arts + Culture:
The Outlet: A South Asian Experience
Thursday | March 14th | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Masada | 2206 N California Ave. | Free
Join Mandala Creatives for their first event showcasing South Asian artists and creatives this weekend in Chicago. Mandal Creatives is a local organization that supports creative expression and intentional cultural sharing. The free event will include visual artwork, DJs, musicians, and dancing. Drinks and food will also be available for purchase. Stick around after 10 p.m. for late night competitive karaoke. Don’t miss out on this new cultural experience; be sure to RSVP to the event here.
The V Word Experience
Thursdays – Sundays | March 14th – April 28th | Time Varies
The V Word Experience | 1400 N Halsted Ave. | $28
The V Word Experience is the first of it’s kind in Chicago. The cause-driven art installation is more than just an Insta-worthy pop-up. The V Word Experience gives attendees an opportunity to experience art, centered around six human rights causes while exploring one of a kind artistic encounter that celebrates culture and art. The family-friendly gallery experience will entertain, educate, and inspire diverse audiences for the greater good. The show will run from the 14th through April 28th. Purchase tickets to the opening this weekend by visiting the website here.