This haute list just got a new name.
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Welcome to the official Weekend Seeker’s Guide! New title for unseen and unique things to do in the city of Chicago. This weekend is full of wellness, collaboration, and community. Events across the city allow you to end the month on an enriching and enlightening note. Seek something empowering on this last weekend of January 2017.
Thursday | January 26th | 5:30 p.m
Life Creative |1655 W. Walnut St.| $35
Is 2017 your year to become an entrepreneur? Ready to break into the competitive fashion industry? Then you definitely want to check out this event! Macy’s Fashion Incubator hosts its very first public event of 2017. The two-hour creative session will be lead by Fashion Brain Academy and CFI mentor Jane Hamill. Hamill will share her business and marketing strategies that have successfully worked to help emerging small businesses. Make your passion profitable and dreams a reality with this expert workshop. Spots are still available, sign up now.
Friday |January 27th| 6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
Sofitel |20 East Chestnut St.| $35-$49
Grab your fashion-forward beauty bestie for the 10th annual resolutions event hosted by Stylechicago.com. The evening will feature brands representing the best of beauty, wellness, and health. Expect complimentary cocktails, wines from Rocca delle Macie, hors d’oeuvres from RA Sushi, a mini-spa and beauty services from brands like NARS Cosmetics and Bliss Spa Chicago, as well as on-site lifestyle experts to help you improve on one aspect of life this year. Spoil yourself and go for the VIP treatment which includes a signature good bag and early arrival or goes general admission which includes all the fun and fabulous, but at a lesser price.
Food + Drink:
Friday |January 27th| 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Tom Robinson Studio and Gallery |2416 W. North Ave.| Free
Why attend the same old average and ordinary happy hour this year. Elevate the experience with this Friday night event. Head over to Wicker Park for an art, music byMAR$, and most importantly food-focused happy hour, with a menu curated by Chef Blueskino and Chef Suzy. This free event goes all night long with an exclusive after party hosted by the hosts from Grade A Living. Grab tickets for an all you can eat of what is sure to be chef-driven delights here.
Sunday | January 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Boleo |122 West Monroe Street, 15th Floor| Free
It’s the early month of winter and while the season as yet to be unbearably harsh, we all wish we were somewhere sipping a cocktail on a warm beach. Even though a trip to our local sandy shores is pretty undesirable the fantasy of being somewhere else, while still being home is not impossible. The collaborative spirits launch, between Rhine Hall Distillery and Boleo, takes place this Saturday. Fernet Lola is a desire to drink the cultures of Argentina and Peru – made in right in the city. Head over to Rhine Hall for this exclusive launch, and at least for a while, pretend you are on the beach, just make sure they turn the heat up to 70 degrees, so it feels more real. RSVP is required.
Saturday |Janurary 28th| 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library West Englewood Branch | 1745 W. 63rd St.
The People’s Wake Up Mission is inviting the community to join them in West Englewood. The Saturday afternoon will be filled with educational films, inspirational speakers, financial literacy advisors, health and wellness experts, and delicious food. It is a day for empowerment and education for a community that is too often forgotten. Now is the time to remember that we are a city that stands together, as a whole. Support this community day by volunteering or simply participating in the activities.
Arts + Culture :
Saturday | January 28th | 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Metro Chicago |3730 N. Clark St.| Free
Block parties are huge in Chicago. Join Vocalo, WBEZ, and Young Chicago Authors as they host a family-friendly event that focuses on hip-hop present and its future. The U.N.I.T.Y (cue Queen Latifah) themed event celebrates and highlights the accomplishments of women artists in mediums of music, dance, written word, and everything in between. Similar to any block party in the city, the all-day indoor festival and evening concert will take place at various venues in the area. This empowering event will feature an all-female DJ showcase, a marketplace full of unique items, as well as a concert featuring artists like Kaina and Jamila Woods, as well as a host of other talented local artists. Purchase tickets here for the concert at Metro and to see the full schedule of events.
Thursday|Janurary 26th |7:00 p.m.
Dusable Museum |740 E. 56th Pl.| Free
Join the Rainbow Push Coalition at the DuSable Museum for an advance screening of I Am Not Your Negro. Base on James Baldwin’s never finished a book, that radically examines race relations in America. A struggle that we continue to face as a country. The cinematic journey connects the past of the Civil Rights to the present #BlackLivesMatter groups. The trailer is enough to cause conversation. If you can’t make it to the premiere, support the film in local theaters when it releases on February 3rd.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend, this weekend I’ll be attending the Millions two-day conference Conference hosted by Tiphani Montgomery on Friday and Saturday. My friend from college is attending as well and is visiting from New York. Of course, I have to show her a good time, so I am thinking of taking her to the neighborhoods favorite spot Punch House for a beverage or two Friday night. Saturday, classic deep dish pizza and Portillo’s cholesterol cake upon her request. Sunday will consist of going to church, brunch, and a possible day party. Playing it by ear for the most part!
See what I am seeking by following my @instagram as I create stories throughout the weekend.
Enjoy your weekend fellow seekers. Loving the weekend guide? Feel free to leave comments and suggestions. They are always appreciated!