This weekend, find some vintage goods for your fall wardrobe at the Silver Room pop-up event or perhaps dye your own garments at The Plant. Get a taste of decade-long recipes from Greek Town or Vegan delights at Chicago State. Open your mind as you grab some used books at Open Books in West Loop. Uplift the arts by celebrating the legacy of house music of the past while reveling in paintings from artists of the present.
The Silver Room Weekend Pop-up Shop
Friday & Saturday |August 25th – 26th| 12:00 p.m
The Silver Room |1506 E. 53rd St.| Free
This is the perfect time of the year to build your fall wardrobe. Why not add a little vintage flair with pieces from the latest pop-up shop at the Silver Room from Christopher’s Attic Vintage. Items will range from vintage Christian Dior blazers to Retro 90’s Championship Bulls memorabilia. Not to mention 50-75% off selected items. Score some fresh yet classic fashion this weekend.
Natural Indigo Dye Workshop
Saturday|August 26th| 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Plant|1400 W. 46th St.| $35
Learn about sustainable fashion and natural dye practices at The Plant in Back of the Yards neighborhood this weekend. This two-hour workshop begins with a discussion of the history and practice of indigo dyeing. Attendees will have the opportunity to tie, fold, and/or twist a piece into a different resist. Attendees will not only leave with a remade indigo garment but a better understanding of textiles and sustainable practices in fashion. Dye ingredients are provided but bring your own cloth or garment. Register today for your spot at this hands-on event.
Taste of Vegan
Friday – Sunday |August 17th – 20th| 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago State University|9501 S. King Dr.| Free
Many African-Americans, especially Hip-Hop artists like Waka Flocka and Russell Simmons have recently become Vegans. Learn why so many people are moving towards this lifestyle change and practice at the 3rd Annual Taste of Vegan event being held Chicago State University. The historically black university is hosting a celebration of vegan food, fitness workshops, and exciting entertainment. This community-driven event is led by the people, for the people. Learn more about the organizations involved by visiting their Facebook page.
Taste of Greek Town
Friday – Sunday |August 25th – 27th| Time Varies
Greek Town |400 S. Halsted St.| Free
The party never stops in the West Loop, and we can contribute that entirely to Greek Town. The 28th annual culinary festival on Halsted returns this weekend. The epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades is the home to important Mediterranean culture. The three-day celebration will feature neighborhood eats, live entertainment, and plenty of fun for the whole family. It is definitely one of my favorite festivals in the city. Check it out for yourself and see why. Opa!
Friday – Sunday |August 25th – 27th| 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Open Books |652 W. Lake St.| Free
Open Books in the West Loop will host a sidewalk sale all weekend long. They will have an enormous collection of books available in both paperback and hardcover. All paperback books will be $3, all hardcover will be $4, and all kids’ books will be $2. If you are a member, you will save even more during this end of the summer event. Members receive 25% off all used book purchases at the sale as well. This is the perfect event for grabbing books for friends, family, and everyone in between. Want to learn more about Open Books and their membership program? Find out more here.
Arts + Culture:
The Frankie Knuckles Day Celebration
Friday |August 25th| 7:00 p.m.
Untitled| 111 W. Kinzie St.| $125
It’s a house party type of weekend in Chicago! This weekend, celebrate the life and legacy of Frankie Knuckles, the Pioneer of House Music. The second annual Frankie Knuckles Day features Maad Soul, and Grammy nominated DJ Terry Hunter. The band mixes latin percussion and horns in a high energy fusion of funk, soul, disco, and house. Proceeds from the event support the Frankie Knuckles Foundation. An organization that focuses on education and cultural advancement. Get your tickets to this specialty gala here.
Not A Still Life – Paintings by Jas Petersen
Thursday – Saturday |August 19th| Time Varies
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers|1338 West Lake St.| Free
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers hosts a three-day Young Collectors exhibition featuring works by Jas Petersen. The painter and muralist put her FastGirl at the forefront of her work, a series of coming-of-age portraits exploring contemporary society. She uses the female form as a centerpiece for her work, consistently questing societies ideation of beauty. The opening reception of Petersen’s work will feature live entertainment and a charity auction. Over the weekend, Petersen will also host artists talks discussing her exhibition. RSVP to attend at firstname.lastname@example.org
What I’m Seeking:
This week I plan on attending the opening reception of Not A Still Life on Thursday. Friday my evening is up in the air, but an event at the nightclub Lite called Wine & Grind( Insecure or nah) sounds kind of interesting. Saturday I’ll be switching up hairstyleyle, which is an all day task. Hopefully, I can stop by the Taste of Vegan at Chicago State as well. That evening I plan on attending a fight party, if you are hosting one of your own, please let me know! Sunday its church, a possible day party, and hopefully Taste of Greek Town. There is a lot to do and see on my agenda, stay in tune and see what I am seeking @thehauteseeker.
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