This weekend seeker’s guide is sure to keep you busy. Need Easter plans for the whole family including kids to enjoy? This guide has got you covered. This weekend is full of events that include dapper soiree’s, poems that praise the culture of Chicago, and plenty of brunch options that everyone can enjoy.
A Premier Soiree
Saturday |April 15th| 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop – Wicker Park |1533 North Milwaukee Ave. | Free
To all my fellas and menswear inspired fashionista’s, this event is for you! Join The Dapper Club Inc., a local bespoke menswear brand and the infamous Goorin Bros. Hat Shop for a contemporary collaborative event. The heritage hat company and customer clothier will host an evening of style, complimentary craft cocktails, and entertainment. Stop by and get suit and tie fly, just in time for Easter. Get the details here.
Live Colorfully Fashion Show
Thursday |April 13th| 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
Stage Two |618 South Michigan Ave.| Free
This weekend, join ambassadors from My Favorite Outfit, a non-profit organization that empowers at-risk youth to succeed in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Each outfit will convey individual style, with models wearing head to toe clothing from local Chicago boutique, Fab’rik. Guest speakers for the event will include Lindsay Siwiec, the Executive Director at My Favorite Outfit and members of Fashion Group International. Donate gently used or new clothing as admission this fashion-forward event. Register today for this colorfully creative event here.
food and Drink Events:
Easter Brunch with Chef Derek Rylon at Palette
Sunday |April 16th| 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
Palette |1204 N. State St.| $14.95-$34.95
The man behind the busy boast-worthy Batter & Berries has opened his 3rd restaurant in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. This Sunday the famous Chicago chef who has perfected breakfast and brunch in Chicago will be serving his signature fresh toast, waffles, and omelets. Stop by for the food, stay for the unlimited champagne and mimosas. This is definitely an Easter brunch the whole family can enjoy. Make reservations today, tables will undoubtedly fill up fast!
Easter Brunch at Dive Bar
Sunday |April 16th| 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.
Dive Bar |3445 N. Halsted St.| $25
Get bad and boozy for Easter brunch at Dive Bar. Sunday fun day at its finest, the bar is known for its “adult cereal” made with liquor crafted milk. Get in on the boozy brunch package that includes your choice of spiked cereal, mimosas, and one gourmet waffle or special brunch item, all this for $25 bucks a person. #Ummyum!
We Love Chicago Concert
Thursday |April 14th| 7:10 p.m-10:00 p.m.
House of Hope |752 East 114th St.| $10-$20
Fellowship Chicago along with Salem Baptist Church of Chicago presents the We Love Chicago Concert taking place the House of Hope. The concert will feature world renown gospel artists such as Hezekiah Walker. Tickets to the event will go to support anti-violence efforts and youth programs in Chicago, with initiatives targeting the city’s west and southside neighborhoods. Start Good Friday with a splendid concert. Purchase tickets for the whole family here.
Arts and Culture Events:
Thursday |April 13th| 5:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography(MoCP)|600 S. Michigan Ave.| Free
#AiWeiwei is an exhibition specifically designed for the Museum of Contemporary Photography that focuses on Ai’s early work. The diaristic photographs are from the 1980s and 90s will be alongside social media based installations that Ai refers to as photo activism. Ai boldly confronts contemporary political and social issues both in China and abroad using multidisciplinary mediums. His social media presence draws over half a million visitors to both Twitter and Instagram page. Following the publication, guests can enjoy an interview with Ai Weiwei by MoCP executive director Natasha Egan and texts by graphic designer and lecturer Liz McQuiston and independent curator John Tancock.
A People’s History of Chicago
Saturday |April 15th| 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Chicago Truborn |1741 W. Chicago Ave.| Free
Chicago Truborn presents “A People’s History of Chicago” as curated by Chicago’s own Kevin Coval. Kevin Coval is the poet/author/editor of seven books including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Kevin Coval is also the founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. The Saturday night event showcases the artists who contributed illustrations to the poet’s seventy-seven book of poems(for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) that honor the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city’s workers, poor people, and people of color, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape. Limited edition screen prints from the book as well as copies of A People’s History of Chicago will be available for purchase. The 5-week long show will have artist talks, mural reveals and more. The event is free, so get there early!
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend I will be in Washington D.C! I will be visiting the African American Museum of History and Culture as well as seeking out some other major museums. The trip is all about the family so follow me on my adventures with them. D.C seek with me on @instagram. Share your Easter weekend plans with me by giving me a little shout out in the comments below!