Weekend Seekers Guide: January 11th – 14th

This weekend, make your goals a wearable reality with the BYOJ Workshop. Discuss mental health and its relationship to modern music. Explore printmaking from diverse perspectives at DePaul Arts Museum. Put a pause on “dry January.” These and more events to seek during the three-day weekend in Chicago.


New Year New Jeans BYOJ Workshop

Saturday | January 13th |1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Loft 553 | 553 E 75th St. | $35 – $105


Why limit yourself to post board when you can wear your 2018 visions and goals? Sky Arts Bring Your Own Jeans (BYOJ) workshop invites attendees to create custom jeans or denim jackets, that reflect their goals. Tickets to the event include supplies and lite appetizers. Spaces are limited. Reserve your spot here.


Adliah M’s Trunk Show

Saturday | January 12th | 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Macy’s | 111 N State St.| Free


It’s never too early to shop for spring! This Saturday, shop looks from the ADILAH M’s Spring/Summer Collection. The event is hosted in the studio space where her collection is produced. Sip and shop at this local design and made shopping event. Catch a sneak peak before this weekend’s show here.


The Blackout Brunch

Sunday | January 14th | 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Key Club at Hubbard Inn |Key Club at Hubbard Inn St. | $20 – $50


Three-day weekends are made for day parties in Chicago. Join Liv Social Collective for The Blackout Brunch. Drink, and dine on an open bar, bottomless mimosa, a brunch buffet. Stay a little later for sounds and good vibes by some of the city’s hottest DJs. Reserve your spot before tickets sell out to this highly anticipated event. 

Winter Wine & Cheese Festival

Friday – Saturday | January 12th – 13th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Eataly |43 E Ohio St. |$45


If you are omitting “dry-January” than this weekend’s Winter Wine and Cheese Fest at Eataly is the perfect event for you. Experts handpick the tasting of high-quality wines and artisanal cheeses from top local and Italian producers for your pairing enjoyment. Tickets to the event include access to all 15 pairings, a commemorative wine glass, and discount to the marketplace. Reserve tickets to two-day anniversary event here.


Mental Health Messages in Music

Saturday | January 13th | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Center for Inner City Studies |700 E Oakwood Blvd. | Free


Mental health and wellness continue to be an important topic in 2018. Join the Chicago Association of Black Psychologists as they discuss mental health mental health implications of the content of popular Black music. The event will include multi-media interactions that will help to explore its impact on ‘the minds, hearts, and behavior of Black youth in particular.’ Check out the events page for my details on this engaging event.


2018 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

Thursday | January 11th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

DePaul Museum | 935 W Fullerton Ave. | Free


DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) will host a public opening for their winter exhibition. The show will feature printmaking through three different perspectives. Featuring Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu, a woman who played central figure of the Black Arts Movement and founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Artistic movements that were mentioned in a previous blog post, of an exhibition, featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). Along with works by Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio;” and “Rock, Paper, Image: Lithographs by Clinton Adams and June Wayne from the Belverd and Marian Needles Collection.”

Chicago Composers Orchestra + Tomeka Reid at Constellation

Sunday | January 14th| 8:30 p.m.

Constellation | 311 N Western Ave. |  $15


Chicago based cellist, composer, and educator Tomeka Reid joins the Chicago Composers Orchestra for an evening of experimental jazz and classical sounds. The evening will include cello solos by the highly acclaimed musician plus commissions pairing orchestra and electronics by Chicago composers Lawrence Axelrod and Beth Bradfish; and George Walker’s gripping Address for Orchestra. More details and ticket availability on the event website.

What I’m Seeking:

So fellow Seekers, this is my last weekend of flexibility before I start school next week. That’s right! I am going back to school. I am excited and overwhelmed to challenge my self academically once again. Balancing school, work, and the blog will be a process that I look forward to sharing with you. This weekend, I will also be volunteering and attending a few events in celebration of MLK Day. If you are looking for things to do to commemorate the civil rights leader, check out my guide to events and activities happening in Chicago.





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