July 12th – 15th 2018: Back Alley Jazz, Woodlawn Food Truck Festival, plus more Things to Do in Chicago

This weekend, step up your summer style with a custom-made piece of apparel from Anastasia Chatzka. Take a bite or better yet, a full chomp, into some of Chicago’s best burgers at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Help fight social injustices through Act of Kindness: And Other Acts benefitting the ACLU. Catch Back Alley Jazz, a contemporary approach to a Chicago tradition in South Shore. Plus, more things to do in Chicago this weekend. Check out the full weekend seekers guide below!


One-Fit Custom Party

Friday – Sunday | July 13th – 15th | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1001 N Damen Ave. | Free


Ever dreamed of owning a custom-made outfit? Local shop owner and fashion designer Anastasia Chatzka, is here to make those dreams a reality! Head over to the Wicker Park-based shop for the three-day event that allows you to create your own custom-made apparel. Choose from a variety of fabrics, buttons, trims, and silhouettes that are made entirely for you. This In addition to the customer pieces, guests can shop the spring/summer 2018 collection. Get to know the Anastasia Chatzka brand a little better by visiting their website.

Sabah In Residence

Friday – Sunday | July 13th – 15th | Time Varies

2218 W Potomac Ave. | Free


Sabah, the handmade leather slip-on shoes that Vogue deemed,”The Chic—And Unisex—Summer Shoe You Need,” will make its way to Chicago for its weekend-long pop-up shop. The growing indie brand will host a social this Friday which will feature signature Sabah Mezcal Punch along with opportunities to try on the easy to wear shoes. Check out the latest collection and learn more about the Sabah brand by visiting


Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Saturday – Sunday | July 14th – 15th | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Belmont and Damen| Free


Chicago’s finest burger emporiums and restaurants fire up their grills at this year’s 12th Annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Guest will enjoy over a dozen different food vendors plus live music taking place across two stages. In addition to the mouth-watering patties and great music, there will also be a “Kids’ Zone” as well as an area for arts and craft vendors. Make your way to Roscoe village and help choose the best Chicago burger. Hungry yet? Get even more details about this food festival by visiting the event page.

Woodlawn Food Truck Festival

Sunday| July 15th | 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

61st Street and S. Langley Ave. | Free


The 2nd Annual Woodlawn Food Truck Fest event along with the 3rd Annual Soulful Chicago Book Fair takes place this weekend on the South Side. The Woodlawn Food Truck Festival brings the entire Woodlawn Community together as one community by creating an event that family and friends of the neighborhood can enjoy. Attendees will enjoy great mobile cuisines at affordable prices, as well as get to know the neighborhood while attending many of the events presented by the Soulful Chicago Book Fair as well as live entertainment. For more information on this event, be sure to check out Woodlawn Food Truck


Act of Kindness: And Other Acts

Saturday | July 14th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Rubberneck Gallery | 2058 W Chicago Ave. | Free


Join local artists, musicians, and comedians for an evening to help fight social injustice. The backdrop to our benefit show is Shane Elliot Bowers’ Solo Exhibition “Southern Drawl,” featuring archival audio works, video, sound portraits, and photography. All proceeds will go to the ACLU. Get even more details on the community-driven event here.

Arts & Culture:

Back Alley Jazz

Saturday | July 14th | 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

S. Paxton between 73rd & 74th | Free


Back Alley Jazz is a free community event led by Chicago artists Fo Wilson and Norman Teague, in collaboration with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Art Center and South Shore residents. The one-day event presents musicians, artists, and designers in garages and alleys in the South Shore neighborhood, creating a contemporary neighborhood happening that builds on and celebrates Chicago’s history of the neighborhood jam, as inspired by the original Jazz in the Alley events. Check out the full list of performers and locations for the various acts by visiting the event webpage.

V103 Summer Block Party

Saturday | July 14th | 6:00 p.m.

Northerly Island | 1300 S Lynn White Dr. | $24 – 90


V103’s Summer Block Party brings together some of your favorite R&B and classic hip-hop artists for one of the best concerts of the summer season. This year’s lineup features Brandy, Keith Sweat, Ne-Yo, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Tank, and Daley. Grab your tickets using Click me“>my code and get discounted admission to one of the hottest concerts of the year.

What I’m Seeking:

This weekend I will be doing a little shopping, a little packing, some event planning, and a whole lot of seeking! See what I get into by following me Instagram at The Haute Seeker.

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