This weekend, see Chicago’s most well-known stylist battle it out to for the crown during STYLE.RIVALS. Get a taste of the vegan life at Chicago Vegan’s Test Kitchen Spring Fling event. Laugh for literacy at the Open Books fundraising event at the Laugh Factory. Experience Latin-based film making at the 35th Annual Latino Film Festival. Check out the full Weekend Seekers Guide below of things do in Chicago this weekend.
STYLE.RIVALS 3rd Annual Fashion Show Competition Extravaganza
Friday | April 5th | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Trigger Chicago | 2810 W Addison St. | $22 – $40
Watch as some of the Midwest’s best fashion stylists battle it out to be crowned the 3rd Annual STYLE.RIVALS Fashion Champion. The show will feature local wardrobe stylists from across the Chicagoland area an opportunity to show up and show out their fiercest skills on a battle stage like no other. Each look will be scouted out by industry professionals who will crown the STYLE. RIVAL Champion of 2019. Arrive early for drinks, networking, and shopping before the show. For tickets and more details, visit the event page here.
The Wicker Collective 15 Boutique Warehouse Sale WC-XI
Sunday | April 7th | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1714 N Damen Ave. | Free
Update your wardrobe for spring while supporting local businesses this Sunday in Wicker Park. The Wicker Collective hosts their biannual neighborhood event featuring local Chicago boutiques clearing out inventory below cost to make space for next season and the best of new arrivals. Check out some of the best shopping deals off of Michigan Avenue at this neighborhood event. For more details, visit the event page.
Food + Drink:
Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen: Spring Fling Market
Sunday | April 7th | 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Emporium Arcade Bar, Logan Square | 2365 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free
If you are looking for vegan-friendly options in Chicago—you must check out the Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen market. The Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen is a community of local plant-based chefs and vendors of cruelty-free goods, and beauty and wellness products. The event hosts over a dozen vendors of artisanal goods, food, fashion, drinks, and more. Celebrate Spring with this favorite Vegan Collective Market this April. For a full list of participating vendors, visit the event page.
Friday – Saturday | April 5th – 6th | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
UIC Forum |725 W Rooselvet Rd.| $85 – $160
Do you go ballistic for bacon? Then you have to go to the 2019 Bacon Fest in Chicago. This April, taste the best bacon-based dishes, drinks, and deserts, crafted by some of Chicago’s hottest chefs and local restaurants. The unlimited bacon dish-driven event will feature over 50 chefs, locally crafted bacon and bacon-related products from brews to baked goods. Tickets are still available for the bacon lovers oasis. Grab your tickets by heading over to the website here.
Open Books & Laugh: A Standup Comedy Show For Literacy
Friday | April 5th | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Laugh Factory | 3175 North Broadway St. | $30 – $75
OPEN BOOKS & LAUGH! is a night of standup comedy supporting Open Books, a non-profit organization that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the creative capitalization of books. The fundraiser will take place at Laugh Factory in Lakeview featuring amazing performances from some of the city’s best comedians in support of literacy in Chicago. For tickets to the event and the full list of performers, visit the event page here.
Arts + Culture:
The Parlor: A Cocktail Party & Salon
Friday | April 5th | 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Colvin House | 5940 North Sheridan Rd. | $75
Spend your Friday evening in decadent costumes and esteemed opulence at The Parlor’s April event. Fierce Productions and the Colvin House continue their popular immersive event bimonthly event. Guests this month, will be amazed by opera singers, Shakespearean actors, drag queens, musicians and more. Signature cocktails, wine and heavy appetizers will be served in abundance inspired by the art of the evening. Experience high society this weekend. To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
35th Chicago Latino Film Festival
Sunday – Saturday | March 28th – April 11th | Time Varies
AMC River East | 322 E. Illinois St. | $10 – $20
Experience Latin-based filmmaking during the 35th Annual Chicago Latin Film Festival. The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is a two-week festival showcasing 63 feature-length films and 47 shorts from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, and this year is no different, with topics exploring subjects such as the Afro-Latino experience and the U.S. Latino diaspora. Join the cinematic festival and learn more about Lain-based filmmaking. Visit the