Weekend Seekers Guide: August 9th – 12th

This weekend, shop for local goods on the South at Hyde Park Handmade or on the West Side at West Lake Market. Kick off the second week of the month with good eats from Food Bowl hosted by the Chicago Tribune. Discuss identity, passion, work and how it relates to moving Chicago communities forward with a roundtable discussion hosted by The Table. These events, plus more to seek this weekend in Chicago. Get all the details below!


Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar

Sunday | August 12th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Promontory | 5311 S Lake Park  | Free


Join Hyde Park Handmade for its monthly installation for local shopping, brunch, cocktails, and live music. For more details, check out their facebook page.

West Lake Market

Friday | June 29th | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Eden Parking Lot |1748 W Lake St. | Free


Make your way to the West Loop or the West Lake Market. From skincare products and jewelry to fresh bouquets, clothing, and furniture – local products will adorn the street and offer an exclusive day of shopping, with plenty of free street parking available. The West Lake Market takes inspiration from markets across the globe, incorporating unique vendors and family activities to create a wonderful, admission-free, Sunday experience for everyone. Get more details on the market by visiting the event page.



Food Bowl

Sunday – Saturday | August 8th – 26th | Location Varies

Location Varies | $0 – $100


FOOD BOWL celebrates the chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, critics and connoisseurs who put Chicago at the forefront of the nation’s food and drink scene. During August, over 100 events will take place throughout the city to showcase the distinct tastes and flavors of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Get the details on this new food-focused event,  perfect for any and every foodie’s budget.

Saturday – Sunday |August 10th – 12th | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

RIIS Park |6100 W Fullerton Ave. | $15 – $50


The 9th Annual Festival Cubano returns featuring Grammy Award-winning artist, 30 of the top restaurants in the Midwest, over 75 merch and retail vendors, Carnival rides and games, hand-rolled cigars, domino tournaments, Classic Vintage Cars, The Boxing Corner, NEW VIP Experience, Music & Dance Workshops, traditional rumba parades and much more. Grab your tickets to this midsummer festival by visiting the website.


6th Annual Lunar Ball 2018

Saturday | August 11th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Zhou B Art Center| 1029 W 35th St. | $62.50 – $625


The 2018 Lunar Ball presented by United Airlines is a dedicated evening to celebrate Chicago’s most accomplished Asian American young professionals and friends. Attendees will enjoy a fun evening of premium drinks, delicious food, great entertainment, and social networking. Join the fun by celebrating Asian culture and supporting local charities. More information is available at lunarball.org, and a limited number of tickets are available for sale on Eventbrite.

Arts & Culture:

Poetry Reading: If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

Sunday | August 12th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Women & Children First Bookstore | 5233 North Clark St. | Free


Celebrate the release of the Emmy-nominated writer of the web series Brown Girls, Fatimah Asghar’s, new poetry collection If They Come For Us. The national touring poet, performer, and educator will be joined by fellow poets, Rachel “Raych” Jackson, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and José Olivarez for the reading and a book signing. To reserve your seat at this free event, be sure to register here. 

The Table: Chicago Changemakers

Saturday | August 11th | 11:00 a.m.

Chop Shop | 2033 W North Ave. | $10


The Table is a panel conversation and social networking event that brings notable leaders and influencers together to discuss topics that matter most to them—often at the intersection of identity, passion, and work. The Chicago Changemakers will gather together this weekend to discuss change across industries and communities like Chicago. Join in the critical discussion by purchasing a ticket for the event here

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