It’s the first weekend of 2017. You’ve had the whole holidays to catch up on Netflix. Get out and get moving with this weekend Seekers Guide that will keep your mind, body, and spirit moving all year long. Start off the first weekend of the new year in the right way with one of these major events in Chicago.
Today |Janurary 5th | 8:00 p.m.
Jackson Junge Art Gallery | 1389 N. Milwaukee
Do some post-holiday celebration for yourself and pre-Valentines day shopping for your bae at ALMVGHTY‘s pop-up shop and fashion show at Jackson Junge Art Gallery. The streetwear brand will be launching its second collection, CIVIL. The evening will feature an open bar, live art, and performances. VIP tickets start at $20 and include seats to the fashion show, $10 for general admission.The creatively conscious set will certainly be present for this event. Seeing as how proceeds from the pop-up will benefit the Kids Off the Block non-profit organization.
Food + Drink:
Sunday | January 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Bar Pastoral | 2947 W. Broadway Street
Get a taste of the popular Northside Restaurant pre-restaurant week at this bi-monthly dinner event. The traditional raclette ( an Alpine specialty) dinners feature roasted vegetables and pork, charcuterie, pickles, crusty baguette and more topped with luscious, velvety melted Raclette from Spring Brook Farm Cheese. Comfort food with good company makes this a perfect way to wind down the weekend. Prix fix dinners start at $35 per person, $30 for vegetarians, and also include mixed greens and spiced oranges for dessert.
Sunday |Janurary 8th | 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Soulcycle Old Town | 1225 N. Wells Street
Kick off this year’s health initiative with the charity ride with SoulCycle in Old Town. Instructors will lead a 45-minute session as riders come together to raise awareness for the Chicago-based non-profit I Grow Chicago. I Grow Chicago’s mission is to provide a safe, inter-generational haven to children and at-risk community members. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga, and the arts, they foster creativity, wellness, and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole. Registration starts at $35 dollars. All proceeds from the class will go to this
Arts + Culture:
Saturday |Janurary 7th |7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
AMFM |2151 W. 21st Street
AMFM has laid down a strong foundation for supporting artists and creatives. This Saturday, their efforts will finally take root.The group behind highly attend curated events, like the Jazz Series, will open its official space. The which will service as a gallery, co-working, gallery, and retail shop all in one location. The platform will continue to curate amazing and innovative events at its permanent residence in Pilsen. Come kick it with AMFM, it’s free to attend.
Saturday |Janurary 7th |8:00 p.m.
The Revival |1160 E. 50th st
To all my ladies in the place with style and grace. This night is for you. Head over to the Hyde Park venue, The Revival, for The Ladies Room. A month-long Saturday night series that features a talented ensemble of women. Showcasing their talents in comedy, music, poetry and more. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Continue celebrating the universal language of rhythm and music this weekend by attending other events like Trap Vs Juke at the Mid, Saba at Lincoln Hall, and Music from Syria and Eygpt at the Chicago Cultural Center. A diversity of musical styles that everyone can appreciate
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend, I am kicking off my Friday with a little salsa dancing at Bridgeport Mind and Body Center. I’ll be there trying to keep up from 8 p.m. until my feet hurt. Saturday I plan on volunteering at the Art Institute of Chicago. Some of my favorite current exhibitions are leaving soon. Be sure to check out Humanism + Dynamite: The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksander Zhitomirsky, and of course, say Hi! If you happen to see my while you are there. I also plan on stopping by the AMFM grand opening in my Pilsen neighborhood. On Sunday I plan on catching up on some endeavors for the blog, as I have a new interview for the GOODSEEKER podcast coming up and another collaborative project in the works with a growing fashion platform. A lot going on. Be sure to seek with me by following me on @instagram. You can check out my latest stories and see what I am seeking in the city this weekend.