This weekend in Chicago, shop handpicked vintage from over 50 fabulous collectors at RETROSPECT. Make your own cupcakes and greeting cards with Intoxicakes and Indigo and Violet Studios. Help create sustainability for the next generation at Garfield Park Conservatory. Collect records and other delights at the annual CHRIP Radio record fair. Get more details on fun and unique events taking place this weekend in Chicago below.
RETROSPECT Vintage Modern Fashion Market
Thursday – Sunday | May 2nd – 5th | Time Varies
2260 S Grove St. |$12 – $35
Shop handpicked vintage finds from 50 fabulous dealers from around the U.S and Europe at RETROSPECT Vintage Modern Fashion Market this weekend in Chicago. Kick off the with fashionable festivities on Friday, May 3rd at 3 – 10 p.m. with the First Look Benefit, which offers a VIP shopping experience before the market opens to the public. Meet the dealers, hear their stories and shop the finest selection of vintage fashion, jewelry, and other adornments before anyone else. On Saturday, the market officially opens and featuring an on-site café, informal modeling, DJ, photo opportunities, and more. Find your best vintage piece yet this weekend at RETROSPECT. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the RETROSPECTchicago.com.
DIY Skincare Workshop With Absolutely Anything Essential
Friday – Saturday | May 3rd – 4th | Time Varies
Absolutely Anything Essential | 3521 S. King Dr. | $22.50
Natural skin care is all the rage these days, but it’s hard to know which remedies work for you. Get some help from the experts at Chicago’s Absolutely Anything Essential in Bronzeville. Make your own DIY scrubs and lotion while sipping champagne and wine as you create your own bath and body essentials. Light appetizers will also be provided, Sign up for the weekend event here.
Food + Drink:
Chicago Beer Classic
Saturday | May 4th | 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solider Field | 1410 Museum Campus Dr| $69 – $89
Nothing says summer like a cool, crisp, beer—or hundreds of them. Chicago Beer Classic celebrates unique beers on the grass of iconic Soldier Field. Enjoy samples and learn from a lineup of breweries while discovering new favorites alongside fellow beer enthusiasts at Chicago’s only beer fest on the grass of Soldier Field. To purchase tickets to the event, visit Chicagobeerclassic.com.
Cupcake Decorating + Spring Greeting Cards Workshop
Thursday | May 2nd | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Indigo and Violet Studios | 1411 W Irving Park Rd.| $60
IntoxiCakes is bringing their cupcakes and decorating skills back to Indigo & Violet Studio this weekend in Chicago. Join the women-owned businesses for a BYOB cupcake decorating workshop featuring their signature cocktail-inspired flavors. Learn how to decorate cupcakes like a pro and craft a set of handmade greeting cards with a burst of festive sprinkles inside the cards themselves – the perfect gift for the sweetest one in your life! For more details and to attend, visit the event page.
The 7th Annual Greenheart Gala: For the 7th Generation
Thursday | May 2nd | 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave. | $85 – $100
Surrounded yourself in the natural beauty of lush plants and spring flowers at the conservatory, during the 7th Annual Greenheart Gala. During the fundraiser, you will enjoy in-season food, unlimited local beer and wine, KOVAL Distillery whiskey and gin, live music by the Guillermo Paolisso Trio, and an inspiring presentation commemorating our 2019 Global Leader Honoree, Chicago artist Arica Hilton. Interact with local organizations offering resources for sustainable living in Chicago, including The Urban Canopy, loveren collections, and TreeSisters: women seeding change, as well as the Greenheart Odyssey program. To purchase tickets to the event, visit Greenheart.org/event/gala-2019.
Arts + Culture:
Free First Friday Nights
Friday | April 20th | 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Heritage Museum of Asian Art| 218 W 26th St. |
Start the weekend off exploring a new museum. On the first Friday of every month Heritage Museum of Asian Art offers free admission and is open late until 8pm. Heritage Museum of Asian Art showcases a wide range of art forms, spanning many cultures and time periods of Asia. The museum’s collection includes archaic and modern jades, Neolithic pottery, imperial porcelains, Chinese snuff bottles, scholar’s objects, textiles, bronzes and more. For a list of current exhibitions, visit the Heritage Asian Art.org.
17th Annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights
Saturday | May 4th | 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall | 1340 W Washington Blvd
| $8 – $25
It’s the 17th year of the CHIRP Record Fair! Join us at Plumbers Hall to dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, as well as DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. It’s a music collector’s paradise! In addition to over 100 tables of vinyls, the event will also feature great food, beer, live music, and multiple other delights. To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.