Haute List: October 13-16

This weekends Haute List is all about culture. Experience unique culture through fashions from another continent, wine from around the world, and even architecture in an unfamiliar neighborhood. No better time than this weekend to learn something new and seek something different. 


Style Seeker:

Gilt City Warehouse Sale

Friday & Saturday |October 14th – October 15th | times varies

Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse | 1747 W.Hubbard St. 


The Gilt City Warehouse is back in Chicago. Style seekers will find designer goods for women, men, kids, and home-all at up to 80 percent off retail. The shopping event includes fashionable pieces from designers like Lavin and Thakoon. Stock up on luxury fall fashion pieces, while enjoying treats as you shop from The Chloe Wine Collection, Snap Kitchen, and many more. Check out the details above for this fabulous two-day shopping event.

African Fashion Week Chicago 

Friday – Sunday |October 14th- October 16th |times varies

Fulton Market |210 N Racine Ave.


African Fashion Week Chicago is a multi-day showcase of African and African inspired fashion designers in Chicago. The weekend long event features a marketplace, a fashion show, and of course plenty of networking with after parties being held around the city.


Food Seeker:

Wine Riot 

Friday & Saturday |October 14th – October 15th | 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Venue One | 1034 W. Randolph


The annual event makes its way back to Chicago this weekend. As a previous “rioter,” I can say this event is definite must. Wine Riot is an all access pass to sip and savor over 250 wines from around the globe. The event also features talks from wine experts and sommeliers, who offer expert tips and tricks on the popular spirit. Post-riot, the hundreds of wines served, can easily be found at Benny’s or other speciality grocers in the city. Wine Riot also makes it easy to track down favorites with their app. Although, you may forget to reach for your phone after a couple of glasses. Just speaking from personal experience. 

Logan Square Food Truck Social 

Saturday & Sunday  |October 15th – October 16th | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Humboldt Blvd. between Armitage and Bloomingdale


The Logan Square Food Truck Festival could be one the last outdoor adventure for many Chicagoans. ‘Bon voyage’ could be in the near future for food trucks as the weather turns more and more crisp. The event kicks off on Saturday with over 15 food trucks and live music. Be on the lookout for speciality bacon dishes- collaborations between local chefs and participating food trucks brought sponsored by Hormel ® and Black Label Bacon®.  

Good Seeker:

In Good Taste

Now |October 1st-30th | times varies

Restaurants Varies


Eat and Drink for a good cause all October long. The Lynn Sage Foundation has partnered with more than 150 Chicagoland restaurants like Stan’s Donuts and Howells & Hood, to help raise money for breast cancer research. Restaurants donate a $1 per check from designated food or drink items created for the month of October. The proceeds benefit The Lynn Sage Scholars Program. A local awards scholarships that is awarded to talented researchers, in the early stages of their research careers, who are committed to supporting the field of breast cancer research. 


Arts Seeker:

Open House Chicago 

Saturday & Sunday  |October 15th – October 16th | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sites Varies


There are many reasons why I love Chicago in October, this is probably the main one. Open House Chicago opens the doors of over 200 unique and very cool places this weekend. The annual open house, sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, allows guests to visit iconic architectural treasures throughout Chicago. These places are sacred, and rarely open to the public. This is truly a must-do! I featured this event last year when I started my blog. I have personally visited over 15 different sites through the open house. It is a great opportunity to venture into different and diverse neighborhoods in the city, and discover the rich and important cultural Chicago has throughout the city.  

Activate: Celebrate

Today | October 13th | 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sullivan Center Alley |Monroe Street between State and Wabash


Activate brings the five senses together for the last event of the season. Activate transformed iconic alley ways into pop-up urban experiences all summer longing. Each event was unique and brought together Chicago’s talented arts scene to the Loop. Expect a sensory explosion of light, color, music, and taste at this final installation. RSVP in advance for a complimentary drink ticket. 


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