This weekend, reuse, recycle, and repurpose costumes from local theater productions, with the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance. Fill up on some of the city’s best shrimp at Lawrence Fish & Shrimp annual eating contest. Check out some of Chicago’s most well-known African-American artists, all under one roof at Connect Gallery. Support mothers supporting mothers during the Annual Incarcerated Mother’s Day Vigil and Toiletry Drive. These events plus many more things to do this weekend in Chicago.
4th Annual CGTA E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange
Sunday | May 11th – 12th | 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theater| 1624 N Halsted Ave.| Free
The Chicago Green Theatre Alliance will host the 4th Annual E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange event. Each year Chicago’s theatre community comes together to recycle and repurpose costume inventories, shoes, accessories. The event is perfect for creatives, non-profits, musicians, and others who are looking for free costumes, shoes, and accessories for their next production. For more information on this sustainably driven event, visit the host’s event page here.
UNIQLO x School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday | May 11th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UNIQLO USA | 830 N Michigan Ave. | Free
Missed last weekend’s fashion show at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago? No fear, UNIQLO on Michigan Avenue has you covered. Now through June 30th the fashion-forward store will feature installations and showcase the work of photography and designs from seven fashion design students from the school. Make your way to the store on May 11th for the opening reception which will feature a panel discussion with the emerging artists. For more details, visit the event page.
Shrimp Fest (Shrimp Eating Contest)
Saturday | May 12th | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp | 3242 West 87th St. | $20
Love a good food competition? Than join Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp this weekend for their inaugural shrimp eating contest. Participants get a pound of shrimp. Whoever devours it the quickest will receive $100 gift card any Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp location. To participate, visit their event page. May the best shrimp lover win!
Friday| May 11th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Chicago History Museum | 1601 N Clark St. | $75
Join the Junior League of Chicago for the Perfectly Pairings event. A unique event featuring an unlimited tasting of wine, beer, and spirit tasting along with food and dessert pairing from some of the city’s top restaurants and bars. Be sure to visit the event website for last-minute tickets to the event.
5th Annual Incarcerated Mother’s Day Vigil and Toiletry Drive
Saturday | May 12th | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cook County Jail | 2700 S California Ave. | Free
Join Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration and other local organizations for the 5th Annual Mother’s Day Vigil and Toiletry Drive. The event, held outside of Cook County Jail, uplifts and honors mothers who are separated from their children due to incarceration, deportation, electronic monitoring and even parole. During the event formerly and recently incarcerated moms, their loved ones, and abolitionist organizers/artists will share their stories of perseverance and support. Attendees will release balloons and greet loved ones on their way to and from visits. If you are unable to attend the event but wish to still support, contact Moms United Chicago for more information on how you can get involved in showing love and support to these mothers during the exceptional holiday.
Arts & Culture:
Chicago Top 5: Larger Than Life
Friday| May 11th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Connect Gallery | 1520 E Harper Ct. | Free
This Friday, experience larger than life art from Chicago’s most well-known African-American born and based artists. The exhibition will explore identity through figurative painting. Mix and mingle over new artwork from David Anthony Geary, James Nelson, Martha A. Wade, Max Sansing & Brian Dovie Golden. For more information on these artists, visit the event page.
Beyond Black Panther: Celebrating Sci-Fi in Books & Comic Books
Friday | May 11th | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography| 600 S Michigan Ave. | Free
In conjunction with Manifest, a May Guide featured arts and culture event hosted by Columbia College Chicago’s, the Museum of Contemporary Photography(MoCP) will host an interactive celebration of science fiction in books and comic books. Stop by to explore In Their Own Form, an exhibit of curated books and comics, listen to Afrofuturist beats, and make interdisciplinary connections between Afrofuturism in contemporary photography, literature, and illustration. For more information on the event, check out the event page.
What I’m Seeking:
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