It’s the last weekend of April. Can you believe we are 100 days into 2017 already? Crazy. This weekend, we celebrate and recognize locals who are celebrities in their own right. Check out events featuring Chicago-born James Beard Award nominees to celebrity stylists, event planning gods, and famous fine artists.
Show of Hands Chicago
Friday-Sunday |April 28th-30th| time varies
Artifact Events|4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.| Free
Now in its 3rd year, SHOW of Hands has quickly become one of the most talked about shopping events in Chicago. The marketplace, described as relaxed, unpretentious, and thoughtful by its faithful supports, features a finely-curated group of independent artists, designers & craftspeople. Make your way to the city’s Ravenswood neighborhood for the weekend market that is sure to delight. Get more details about the event and a list of vendors who will be on site here.
Fashion Geek Fashion Show
Thursday |April 27th| 8:00 p.m.
Lite |215 W. Ontario St.| $20
Make your way to the premiere nightlife venue LITE for a full submersion of Chicago fashion and style. Join Zo, creator of the Chicago-based clothing line Geek Clothing and Law Roach, celebrity stylist to stars like Zendaya and Celine Dion and judge on America’s Next Top Model, for an evening of #ChicagoKids celebrating style their way. Purchase tickets to an event that is sure to bring the city’s most notable insiders out.
IDE 2017 All-Star Culinary Bash
Saturday |April 29th| 8:00 p.m.
Morgan’s on Fulton |950 W. Fulton St.| $100
Kick off the James Beard Awards with this pre-awards week celebration. The Iconoclast Dinner Experience is a series of signature events that take place in Chicago and NYC celebrating food, wine, and spirits for trailblazers of color. This weekend’s pre-party is an All Star Bash, that will include culinary offerings by some of the country’s most cutting-edge chefs. You will have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and enjoy exceptional cuisine from these leading chefs who are helping to broaden the culinary conversation to include the diverse voices throughout the globe making significant contributions to food culture. By attending the event, you also be supporting the education of Spelman College students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries; 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Historically Black University. Get your tickets to this foodie event here.
Launch Into Summer Day Party
Sunday |April 30th| 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Prairie Products |1314 W. Randolph St.| $15-$35
Enjoy Sunday Funday with T.A.L.M.A Event Planning & Design. The newly launched company will highlight their event planning services in one of the cities best kept secret venues. Enjoy free passed cocktails, light bites, and desserts as well as a full bar, and of course, music from the cities most notable DJ’s, DJ Double M & The Franchiise. The curated event is a great way to end that last day of the first 100 of the year. Get your tickets to the event here.
Garden of Eve: Forward
Friday|April 28th| 6:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.
Venue SIX10 |610 S. Michigan Ave.| $100-$200
Garden of Eve: Forward is a charitable event that brings together Chicago’s LBTQ community of women and allies who support the wellness and health services at Howard Brown Health. Howard Brown Health provides clinical, behavioral health, and community health services, which include gynecological care, alternative insemination, breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV and STI testing, and prevention and wellness education for the LBTQ community. This event will be hosted by Kristen Kaza of Slo ‘Mo Party, with an interactive pop-up shop by Early to Bed, as well as music, dancing, cocktails, and a silent auction all in support of this community health organization.
Spring 2017 Open House
Saturday |April 29th| 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
High Concept Labs| 2233 S. Throop St.| $15-$50
Remember those days in middle school when your parents/guardians were invited to your school to meet with teachers, principals, other parents, yeah, that’s kinda of like this, except with art and alcohol. An open house allows for open dialogue between the artists and their audiences. High Concept Labs( HCL) supports this effort by hosting an open house event that increases the access and transparency of the artists and his or hers process, while also celebrating the growth of the organization as a whole. The evening will include lite bites, beverages, performances, installations, more during the night of mixing and mingling with artists, supports, and HCL staff. Grab your tickets for this evening of creativity and appreciation of the fine arts here.
Chicagoland Indie Bookstore Challenge Day
Saturday |April 29th| 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location varies| Free
With rain in the forecast, it may be a good idea to catch up on some light reading this weekend. Grab some new material during the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge. This Saturday, independent bookstores across the country will be celebrating a one-day national party. Each of the participating stores( two dozen in the greater Chicago area) will create their own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales. Great perks are part of the challenge, as book lovers are encouraged to indulge in bookstore tourism across Chicagoland, by visiting 10 or more stores on the one day! The more stores you visit, the more you save. An excellent way to build your summer reading list all while seeking out new neighborhoods and bookstores along the way. Learn more about the participating stores and event details here.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend you can catch me bar hopping and socializing with one or two good friends on Friday. Saturday I am back at the Art Institute so please drop by and say Hi! Sunday I will be out with my favorite artsy-friend Jen as we explore the Show of Hands event and kick it in the Ravenswood neighborhood. As always, check me out in @Instagram as I am always sharing what I am seeking in the city!
Have an event to about fashion, food, the arts, or community involvement? Send me an e-mail with event details, and I’ll be sure to include it in an upcoming Seeker’s Guide!