This weekend, celebrate fashion and football(soccer) with Nike x Off-White at Garfield Park. Celebrate 20 years of BBQ, bands, and bragging rights at Ribfest. Do a scavenger hunt with The Simple Good. Experience the modern-day creative renaissance with ACTIVATE in the Loop. Check out the latest Weekend Seekers Guide on things to do this weekend in Chicago.
EXPRESSIONS OF FOOTBALL
Saturday | June 9th | 3:00 p.m.
Douglas Park Soccer Field|S. Farrar Dr.| Free
Make your way to Douglas Park for a community event celebrating the World Cup, football(soccer), and fashion hosted by Nike. The event precedes the launch of a collection collaborative with Virgil Abloh, founder of OFF-WHITE and Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior Homme as they approach the beautiful game of football (soccer) from two distinct perspectives. Soccer fans or not, this event is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Both collections will launch this month at select retail locations including NikeLab at Nike Chicago as well as online at nike.com.
The Wasteshed Summer Craft Fair
Sunday | June 10th | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Wasteshed | 2842 W Chicago Ave. | Free
This Sunday the Wasteshed will host a curated market featuring 10+ of Chicago’s makers with goods consisting of 50% or more repurposed/upcycled materials. In addition to the selection of ceramics, apothecary, and other handmade goods, there will also be a silent auction to benefit El Rescate, a local LGBTQ youth shelter. For more information on this event including featured vendors, be sure to check out the event page.
Friday – Sunday | June 8th – 10th | 5 p.m. – 10:00 p.m;
Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road | $10 Donation
Ribfest, Chicago’s largest cookout, celebrates 20 years of bands, BBQ, and bragging rights. This year’s festival will feature thirty rib and non-rib vendors and performances by top-tier Chicago talents and premier touring bands. See why 50,000 fans make their way to the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago to be apart of this festival. For more details on the food vendors, musical acts, and VIP tickets, visit Ribfest Chicago.com.
Thursday | June 7th| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3201 N Wolcott Ave | $50 – $65
Start your weekend early with a little wine and a little bit strolling through Roscoe Village. The Fifth Annual Roscoe Village Wine Stroll will feature over 40 wines plus hors-d’oeuvres from participating business along Belmont Avenue and Roscoe Street. Get a taste of the Northwest neighborhood as you sample wines from around the world all in one place. Tickets are still available, grab yours today by visiting the event page.
Hunt for Good | Urban Art Hunt
Saturday | June 9th | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SPiN | 344 North State St. | $30 – $45
Explore the city as you hunt for “the simple good” this Saturday in Chicago. The Hunt for Good is a three-hour team scavenger hunt that encompasses the Chicago Loop and surrounding neighborhoods led by the non-profit, The Simple Good. All participants are invited post-Hunt to Spin Chicago for awards, music, discounted food, drinks, and ping-pong. All proceeds from the scavenger hunt will go towards the organization whose mission is to connect the meaning of good from around the world to empower at-risk youth to become positive activists through art and discussion. To register or learn more about the Simple Good, visit their website here.
Arts & Culture:
The Bodega Boys Live FT. Desus Nice & The Kid Mero
Saturday | June 6th | 8:00 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre | 175 N State St. | $39.50
The Bodega Boys will bring their humorous perspectives on entertainment, celebrities, and pop culture to Chicago this weekend. The late-night host, Bronx born duo known as Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be performing live at the iconic Chicago Theater. See what the stars, behind Viceland’s popular show, have in store for the windy city. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the event page here.
Thursday | June 6th | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Chicago Riverwalk | Wabash and Upper Wacker Ave. | Free
ACTIVATE kicks off its series of summer pop-up arts programs this weekend at the Chicago Riverwalk. Inspired by Dusable’s historic trading post along the river, the event site will transform into EVO (a fictional muse representing all of the artistic intentions in Chicago) Bazaar. The ACTIVATE experience will showcase art installations, including a live tribute painting of DuSable, live music, dance performances, themed cocktails and signature surprise moments. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP in advance for a free drink ticket (21+) by registering here.
What I’m Seeking:
To kick things off, I will be catching up with old friends in the South Loop. Friday, it’s all about Pilsen as I make my way to NYCH gallery to check out the latest artwork of Ava Gray and other artists during 2nd Friday Artwalks in the neighborhood, plus immerse myself in food truck paradise at the Pilsen Food Truck festival. Saturday catch my volunteering at the Art Institute, then making my way to Douglas Park for the previously mentioned Expressions of Football event. I will end things by celebrating a birthday with fancy eats and drinks. After all that, I may just bum it out on Sunday, but who knows. Be sure to keep up with my weekend adventures by seeking with me on Instagram at The Haute Seeker.