This weekend is made for the arts. A slow down in major food festivals, the weekend list of things to do focuses on localized and more intimate events. Join a conversation on style at the MCA, find an Uptown rarity at the Argyle night market, get the health check you need, and a little dose of melanin magic as well for an extra bit of weekend wellness. Check out the full guide of things to do in the city below!
MCA Talk: On Style, Eckhaus Latta
Thursday|July 20tth| 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art |220 E. Chicago Ave. | $7-$15
On Style is a series of talks and conversations hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art( MCA). The talks are inspired by the current work by world renowned pop artists Takashi Murakami’s and his extensive practice spanning the disciplines of contemporary art, design, and high fashion. This Thursday’s talk will feature bi-coastal fashion label Eckhaus Latta, Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, the duo designers who have worked respectively for brands such as Marc by Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein will discuss the intersection of art, design, and high fashion. The designers are joined in conversation by Chicago History Museum curator of costume, Petra Slinkard. Purchase tickets to this stylish event here.
Friday – Sunday |July 21st-23rd| Time Varies
The three-day festival hosted by Off-Kilter, a local publication featuring a collective of artists and designers. This weekend the magazine will celebrate its 002 issue with a series of art and fashion installations, musical performances, and a communal dinner party. Attend one or all of the events are held at various locations across the city. Celebrate local storytellers. More information and registration details here.
Green City Market Chef BBQ
Thursday |July 20th|5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
South End of Lincoln Park| 1817 N. Clark St.|$125
The Green City Market is a non-profit organization that creates a sustainable food system in Chicago through farmers markets across the city. This weekend they will host their most highly anticipated food event of the year. Comprised of over 100 Chicago’s top performing restaurants and beverage purveyors, the Chef BBQ provides a tasting of locally sustainable produce, heritage meats, and craft beverages. Guests will find plenty of options, so no worries vegetarians and carnivores. All funds raised by the Chef BBQ go directly to support GCM’s education and access initiatives including our Link/SNAP Matching Program, Club Sprouts, The Edible Gardens, Chef Demonstrations, Compost Program, Edible Education Program, and our Produce Box Program. Check out the list of participating vendors as well as additional event details here.
Argyle Night Market
Thursday |July 7th| 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Argyle Night Market |Kenmore and Sheridan|Free
Hosted by Uptown United the weekly Thursday night market features food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and entertainment that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. This week will feature a variety of vendors including Empanadas Argentinas, Sun Wah Barbecue Restaurant, Uptown Brownie, and many more. Get the full list of this week’s suppliers by visiting the night markets Facebook page.
West Town Health Market
Thursday |July 20th| 2:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center|Corner of Division Street and Oakley Boulevard| Free
Documentaries like What the Health and the looming elimination of affordable health care is making everyone more conscious about the dietary decisions that they make. Take advantage of local efforts by checking out the West Town Health market hosted by the Presence Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, held every 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, now until December. The event will focus on locally source fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and sampling, nutrition education present by registered dietitians, as well as an on-hand medical staff to, answer any health related questions. Learn more about the event by check out the West
American Justice: She Ain’t Blind
Saturday |July 22nd| 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Jazz Foundation|2635 S. Wabash Ave.|Free
This Saturday experience the grand opening of Black Manprovocative exhibit featuring over 150 important art pieces from 35 diverse artists. The show questions America and her injustices towards men of color. Learn more about the curator Stanley B. Stallworth as well as artists to be featured in the show here. Can’t wait for Saturday?Attend the private reception for industry insiders by visiting Racialized Jusitce.
Saturday|July 22nd| 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Nichols Park |1355 E 53rd St| Free
Chicago Park District hosts a variety of free events every summer. This summer the park district welcomes Melanin Voices. Organized by A g Thing, the event is a collective series of poetry and live literature such as short stories, vignettes, fictions, and non-fictions from various Chicago artists focusing on the inclusive experiences of black women. Check out this uplifting Night Out in the Park event and more happening in your neighborhood here.
What I’m Seeking:
I am not going to lie; I am pretty worn out from my last weekend! The Silver Room Block Party was TOO, lit and the Thai Food Festival was scrumptious as well. I have yet to plan this weekend fully, but as always, you can find what I am seeking in the city every weekend on my Instagram, @thehauteseeker.
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