September 5th-8th: 7 Things To Do This Weekend in Chicago

This weekend, enjoy seven great events that are welcome you into the fall season. From the Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker to the 79th Street Renaissance Festival in Auburn-Gresham, this Weekend Seekers Guide has everything you need to do to have the best weekend yet this September! Check out the full details below.


Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday – Sunday | September 7th – 8th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Division St. between Damen Ave. & Ashland Ave | Free

Image | Renegade Craft Fair

Find fall fashion must have’s and other unique goods at the Renegade Craft fair this weekend in Chicago. The marketplace will take over Wicker Park and feature over 400 of the best makers, designers, vendors, hands-on workshops, art installations, food trucks, live DJ sets, and more. For more details on this event or to sign up for workshops, visit the website here.

RTR Sample Sale – Chicago

Thursday – Saturday | September 5th – 14th | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Water Tower Place | 835 N Michigan Ave. | Free

Image | Rent the Runway

Find top designer goods for less at the Rent the Runway Sample Sale at Water Tower Place. The sample sale features rentals(designer clothing, handbags and accessories) up to 90% off the retail prices. Save an additional 15% off your purchase at the event when you are RSVP.

Food + Drink: 

Ukrainian Village Fest 2019

Saturday – Sunday | September 7th – 8th | 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

2200 block W Superior St. between Oakley Blvd. and Leavitt St. | $5 Donation

Image | Ukrainian Village

The 17th Annual Ukrainian Village Fest features traditional Ukrainian fare such as potato pancakes, borsch, pierogi, kabobs, blintzes plus imported Ukrainian beer and wine. In addition to the great food, there will be non-stop entertainment, a kids’ area, and more. For details visit the Facebook page.

Jerk, Seafood, and Vegan Festival

Saturday – Sunday | September 7th – 8th | 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Park 540 | 2401 S Federal St. | Free

Image | Jerk, Vegan, and Seafood Festival

If you are looking for a food festival that offers a variety of dishes that fits every craving, check out the Jerk, Seafood, and Vegan Festival ( JSV Fest). JSV Fest is a Caribbean inspired festival that promises jerk chicken, vegan, soul, BBQ, desserts and more in the South Loop. The event will also feature live music, activities, and more. The perfect event for food, family, and fun this weekend in Chicago. For more details, including a schedule of events, visit the website.


Inspire Change Advocates Perform the NFL Kickoff Experience in Grant Park

Thursday | September 5th | Noon

Grant Park | 337 E Randolph St | Free

Image | Inspire Change Initiative

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NFL with a free concert and NFL Experience in Grant Park. Recording artists Meek Mill, Rapsody, Meghan Trainor, and my favorite personal favorite, Chicago DJ Pharris, will perform a free concert this Thursday in Grant Park as apart of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and NFL partnership. The partnership known as the Inspire Change Initiative focuses on education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.  The concert will host two Chicago-based community organizations. Post-performance, stick around for a live broadcast of the season opener of the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers. For more details about the Inspire Change Initiative, visit the website here.

Arts + Culture:

A Celebration of Black Composers & Dance

Friday | September 6th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sherman (John) Park | 1301 W 52nd St. | Free

Image | D-Composed

This Friday, D-Composed the South Chicago Dance Theatre (SCDT) are collaborating for a celebration of black composers and dance. This collaboration brings music and dance through an immersive and interactive. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Annual 79th Street Renaissance Fair

Saturday – Sunday | September 7th – 8th | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

79th Street between Racine and Loomis | Free

Ty Watts Photography | 79th Street Renaissance Fair

Make your way to the South Side for one of the longest-running neighborhood block parties in Chicago. The 79th street Renaissance Fair in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood offers attendees the opportunity to support their local businesses through food, games, entertainment, and more. For more details, visit the website.

The Weekend Seekers Guide shares some of the best things to do in the city over the weekend, but there are even more events that make some of our other major lists. For more events, be sure to check out the fall guide as well as the best things to do in September.

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