The Haute List: September

The Haute List for the last weekend in September 2016. The city has the world at it’s feet this weekend as the best in fine arts, music, fashion, and food head to Chicago.

Style Seeker:

Roof Runway

Today | September 22nd | 7 p.m. CST

Roof on the Wit | 201 North State Street, 27th Floor


The end of September is the beginning of fall fashion around the world. Although Chicago may not be the fashion capital of the world, we have our own sense of style that can only be found  and appreciated in the ‘windy city’.  Get a first hand look at Model Atelier Autumn Coat collection at the Roof Runway event. Model Atelier is a Chicago based fashion house specializing in ready-to-wear goods for women 5’7″ and taller. The clothing line was founded by Robin Harris, Ford model-turned designer, who understands the challenges tall women( like myself) have when shopping for clothing.   For reservations to this event call 312.239.9502. Can’t make it in person? Watch the show live online.


Zuvaa Pop-up Tour( Chicago)

Sunday & Sunday |Septmeber 24th- 25th | 12:00 p.m. – 8p.m.

Power House | 931 South Homan Ave.


Zuvaa, the global marketplace for African Design sets up its pop up shop in Chicago this weekend. Making the city its first, of several, in a series of pop-up shops across the country. The online destination for “unique and one of kind African inspired pieces”, is helping to break the barriers of fashion. The company works directly with emerging designers to curate a selection of high quality finds.

Food Seeker:

Chicago Gourmet 

Friday – Sunday |Septmeber 23rd- 25th | Time Varies

Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St.


Nine years and counting, Chicago Gourmet by Bon Appétit brings local chefs, like Rick Bayless and global chefs together for an exhibition of taste in Millennium  Park. Even though many of the primetime events are sold out. Visitors can still participate in events, like Late Night Gourmet; the official after-party of th Hamburger Hop. Guests can sip, savor, and mingle with tastemakers, chefs, and influencers, all to the beats from Paris Club veteran, DJ Rock City.

Glow in the Dark Dinner

Friday – Sunday |Septmeber 23rd- 25th | 7:30 p.m.; 10 a.m.(Brunch)

Virgin Hotels | 203 N. Wabash


The Virgin Hotels Chicago brings art and food together for their partnership with EXPO Chicago. Experience a glow-in-the-dark pre-fixed dinner or a Sunday brunch crafted by Chef Rebecca LaMalfa throughout this weekend event. The partnership of art x cuisine will also feature a performance from artist Millie Brown. Who is Millie Brown? Her work includes non-traditional painting methods as she explores mind, body, and spirit throughout her work.


Good Seeker:

Watch Party: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Saturday |September 24th | 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

DuSable Museum of African-American History |740 East 56th Place


The DuSable Museum invites the city of Chicago to watch the ceremonial watch party of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located by the Washington Monument. The opening of the museum comes at a pivotal time in our nations history where the talk of race relations is at an all time high. The museum will be the home to over 3,000 historical artifacts, some with strong ties to Chicago, such as the coffin of the late Emmett Till. The grand opening will parallel the watch party at the DuSable this Saturday.


Arts Seeker:

Aahh Fest 

Sunday & Sunday |Septmeber 24th- 25th | 11:00 a.m. – 3p.m.; 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Union Park | 1501 W. Randolph St.



AAHH Fest by Common is the perfect example of how a person of major influence can give back to their community. In this annual music festival, Chicago’s very own Hip-Hop legend Common, brings to the city a headline of A-list musicians.  Common brings together chart topping artists  such as J. Cole and Bilal as well as some other artist who Chicago home such as Jeremih, Tink, and Vic Mensa. The festival not only brings influential artists to Chicago, but brings about a larger focus to the community at large. The festival with a purpose, supports the visions of both Common Ground Foundation and the Donda House( Kanye’s West mother’s foundation). It is a festival that brings good music and good vibes to the whole city of Chicago.

EXPO Chicago

Today |September 22-25 |various times

Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand Ave


EXPO Chicago is a four day long presentation of artwork from over 140 leading galleries from around the world. It brings together an international population of curators, collectors, art patrons, and art seekers, like myself. The EXPO features programming, videos, installations, and site specific projects throughout the city of Chicago. Checkout my review from last year’s SOFA EXPO, the sculpture and objects sister event to the EXPO.


Do you have other plans for your #seekEND? 

Let me know what you are seeking on this last month of September. 

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