This weekend in Chicago, experience a museum dedicated to the history and future of Streetwear. Attend the biggest fest in the Midwest—Fiesta Del Sol. Inspire youth in Chicago with #TheTakeBack. Celebrate Afrofuturism at Wakanda Con Chicago. These big events, plus more things to do this weekend in Chicago in the latest Weekend Seekers Guide.
Museum of Streetwear
Saturday – Sunday | June 27th – 28th | 10:30 a.m.
Lab on Lake | 3450 West Lake St. | $20 – $110
Join Runwayaddicts for the Museum of Streetwear, a two day exhibition in East Garfield Park this weekend in Chicago. The speciality museum highlights the works of designers involved with the Streetwear culture. The two-day event will feature over a dozen designers along with interactive labs, panel discussions ( I will be moderating the Sunday session), exhibits, pop-up shops and more all centering around Streetwear. Come see your girl and attend this one of a kind event. Visit Runway Addicts for a full event schedule and tickets.
Friday | June 26th| 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ace Hotel | 311 N Morgan St. | Free
Check out Chicago makers, shop owners, and more at the Annual Night Market at the Ace Hotel. Curated by Dovetail Chicago, the market features 20 local vendors, a variety of goods from apparel to jewelry, candles, and more. For a full list of participating brands, visit the Facebook page.
Food + Drink:
Eli’s Cheesecake Festival
Sunday | July 28th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eli Cheesecake Company | 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. | Free
Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago food staple. This weekend, celebrate the famous cheesecake at the Chicago based headquarters in then Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. Eli’s Annual Cheesecake Festival features a classic car show, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. The festival is the perfect family festival in Chicago. The event will also offer free cheesecake samples as well as free parking and admission. For the most up-to-date event information, visit CheesecakeFestival.com
Fiesta Del Sol
Thursday – Sunday| July 25th – 28th | Time Varies
1400 W Cermak Rd.| Free
One of the biggest festivals in Chicago kicks off this Thursday in Pilsen. Fiesta del Sol is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, a non-profit organization located in the heart of Pilsen in Chicago, IL. This food and cultural festival is a family-friendly event that draws over 1 million visitors during a four-day period. The festival features live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources and much more. Learn more about the largest fest in the Midwest by visiting Fiesta del Sol.org.
Saturday | July 27th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mandrake Park | 3858 S Cottage Grove Ave. | Free
#TheTakeBack 2019 is an annual back to school festival that provides youth and parents with free resources. #TheTakeBack will focus on expanding efforts to influence more youth positively. In addition to organizing another peaceful day for the youth of Chicago, #TheTakeBack will provide school supplies for each attendee, award larger scholarships to more children, increase awareness across all platforms & acquire more sponsorship through various networks. To volunteer or learn more ways to give back to this community effort this weekend, visit the event page here.
Arts + Culture:
Bantu Fest 2019
Saturday – Sunday | July 27th – 28th | 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Midway Plaisance| 1130 Midway Plaisance | $5 – $10
Experience over 30 different countries and cultures all in one weekend at Bantu Fest. The 5th annual event features arts, music, vendors, DJs, live performances, and other activities that celebrate diversity, unity, and love. Grab your tickets for this weekend event that is perfect for the family and friends of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.
Wakanda Con Chicago 2019
Friday – Sunday | July 26th – 28th | Time Varies
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place| 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr. | $35 – $80
Chicago’s South Loop becomes the fictional country of Wakanda this weekend in Chicago. The event, inspired by Marvel’ s Black Panther, is a family-friendly Afrofuturistic convention that speaks directly to issues being faced within the Black diaspora, with a focus on art, community, technology, and self-expression. The conference is a celebration of fandom, culture, and African-Diaspora. For more details and to purchase tickets to the event, visit the event page.