I am back in town for another great weekend of seeking in Chicago and have some very dope events lined up for my fellow seekers. This weekend celebrates all things natural. From events that light up Mother Earth( literally) to empowering the natural talents of some of the city’s most creative individuals. Be sure to check out some of these events and more things to do April 20th-23rd in Chicago.
Hey Brown Girl: Sunday Social
Sunday |April 23rd| 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
|300 E. 51 St.| $5-$35
Join Hey Brown Girl for their spring Sunday Social. For my fellow African-American jewelry and vintage apparel collectors, this market is made for us! The pop-up market and brunch feature the best black purveyors of vintage and handmade goods. No better place to hold this event than in the historic neighborhood of Bronzeville, a community once known as the Black Mecca of Chicago. Vendors will showcase a variety of women’s and men’s vintage clothing, jewelry, home decor, and apothecary items. Admission to the event includes brunch. Join fellow collectors this Sunday; purchase tickets here for this soulfully eclectic event.
Vegan Woman Made Chicago
Sunday|April 23rd| 11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Que 4 |2643 W. Chicago Ave.| Free
Vegan Woman Made Market is the first ever pop-up market in Chicago featuring plant-based cuisine, cruelty-free goods, beauty and wellness services created exclusively by women-identified entrepreneurs and makers. This family-friendly event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Check out unique vendors like the Mojo Owl, Scrubfusions, and the Instagram famous Pie, Pie My Darling. Grab your girls and explore natural wellness at this pop-up event.
Food + Drink:
Sunday |April 23rd| 6:00 p.m-8:30 p.m.
Sunda |110 W. Illinois St.| $80
I have personally had Filipino food once and must say, it was absolutely delish! The well-known River North restaurant Sunda brings its own rendition of traditional Filipino dishes this Sunday during their Kamayan Feast. Guests will enjoy a family-style feast of dishes like leachon kawali pork belly and crispy lumpia egg rolls. Pair these dishes with a sweet Manilla Mai Tai as your taste buds travel to the Philippines for one night only. Ticket includes tax, tip, and one Mai Tai. Save your seat at this in-city island getaway.
Taste of Iceland
Thursday-Sunday |April 20th-23rd| time varies
Baptiste & Bottle |101 E. Erie St.| $75
The Taste of Iceland is back for its second year in Chicago. The four-day celebration features authentic Icelandic cuisine, music, arts, and entertainment. Join Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson as he collaborates with American executive chef James Lintelmann at Baptiste & Bottle. The two chefs will prepare a delicious four-course Prix fixé menu for the event. Brennivin’s 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson, will also make the flight from Iceland to collaborate with Baptiste & Bottle mixologist, Michael Fawthrop, to create unique cocktails featuring Iceland’s favorite vodka, Reyka Vodka, and aquavit, Brennivin. A very cool event indeed.
Mommies & Mimosas
Saturday|April 22nd| 12:00 p.m-3:00 p.m.
Chicago Party Animals |1139 W. Fulton Market| $40
Founder of the YoungWorkinMommies blog Dinai Yelverton celebrates the five-year success of her blog by bringing together women and mothers of all ages for her event Mommies & Mimosas. The annual event collects items for women and families of New Moms. The same organization that trains young mothers for job placement through their social enterprise Bright Endeavors. Donations through the event will be distributed just in time for Mother’s Day! To learn more about the event taking place this weekend, visit mommiesmimosasbrunch.splashthat.com.
Arts + Culture:
Friday-Saturday |April 21st-22nd| time varies
Chicago Cultural Center| 78 E. Washington St.| Free
The free annual event that brings thousands of creatives together is back and bigger than ever this weekend. Lake FX will feature 50+ interactive workshops and discussions with national arts leaders including a keynote with Kevin Liles, co-founder, and CEO of 300 Entertainment, in conversation with Kevin Coval. New to Lake FX is the ACCESS Lab, an energized resource fair connecting participates with leaders and organizations through information one-on-one talks and small group activities. Bring a portfolio and get ready to pitch! You never know who you will meet this weekend at Lake FX 2017.
Sidewalk Chalk perform Kanye West’s The College Dropout
Friday |April 21st| 8:00 p.m.
Untitled| 111 Kenzie St.| Free
Most can agree that Kanye West’s The College Dropout is a Hip-Hop classic album. Re-live the vibes of the early 2000s as Chicago’s own Sidewalk Chalk performs the classic 13-year-old album in its entirety. Kick off the weekend with Sidewalk Chalk, a leading contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band is launching its fourth album and is sharing its unique sound with the downtown crowd this Friday night.
What I’m Seeking:
I am back in Chicago this weekend! Some events that I really want to attend include the Vegan Made Festival, Lake FX, and Sidewalk Chalk’s performance at Untitled. There are a couple of day parties like the Day & Night event that I am hoping to stop through as well. As always, check me out in @Instagram as I am always sharing what I am seeking in the city!
Have an event to share? Send me an e-mail with event details and I’ll be sure to include it in an upcoming Seeker’s Guide!