This weekend, explore Eurocentric holiday markets in the Loop. Celebrate the growth of a local grassroots movement with Assata’s Daughters. Watch one million lights illuminate, a kick off to the holiday season at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Feed a Teen with the Roseland community. Its the season for Fall fun and festivities for everyone. Get more details on things to this weekend in Chicago below.
Daily |November 17th – 24th| 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Daley Plaza | 50 W. Washington St.| Free
The highly anticipated holiday market is back again for its 22nd year at Daley Plaza. The annual event, inspired by Nuremberg, Germany in 1545 brings European tradition and international flair, along with local charm to the city of Chicago. This year, the outdoor market expands further north to the Wrigleyville area to open its third location in the Chicagoland area(the second location is in Naperville). Get a full list of vendors and activities here.
La Cultura Cura: Cooperative Market in Pilsen
Friday |November 17th| 5:00 p.m.
La Catrina |1011 W. 18th St.| Free
The cooperative market for barrio sustainability in Pilsen is a market aimed to uplift Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. The work by artist, healers, and creators will feature everything from apparel to botanicals, must to zines. Another market for the community by the community. Check out the full list of vendors being featured here.
Beaujoulais Nouveau Day
Thursday |November 16th| 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
French Market |131 N. Clinton St.| Free
Beaujolais Nouveau is a specialty red wine unveiled annually during November, around this time of the year. The special day here in Chicago celebrates the French Market with Beaujolais Nouveau tastings, vendor treats, and live music. This event takes places during the annual Marche de Noel French Christmas market during November and December. Reroute your Happy Hour plans to the French Market for this yearly tradition.
The Inaugural Assata’s Daughters Fall Fete
Thursday |November 16th| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Kitchen |324 N. Leavitt St.| $35 – $85
The grassroots organization, Assata’s Daughters, will be celebrating two years this Thursday. The event will feature live music, special performances, and a silent art auction with work from Black and Brown artists. All funds raised will be used to support the continued growth and sustainability of the organization. Cocktails and hors d’oevers will be served. Grab tickets online and learn more about this community organization.
Feed A Teen
Saturday |November 18th| 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11618 |11618 S. Michicagn Ave. | Free
This Saturday, the founder of Kids Off The Block (KOB), Diane Latiker, will host her 10th annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving dinner. The Roseland resident and mother of eight plans on feeding over 1,000 families and youth at her annual dinner. This year guests, served by volunteers can expect gift giveaways, entertainment, and special surprises. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a full Thanksgiving dinner for all guests to enjoy. Learn more about this community event and other ways to get involved with Kids Off The Block by visiting their website.
The BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Friday – Saturday |November 17th-18th| Time Varies
Magnificent Mile |Oak Street & N. Michigan Avenue, traveling south to Wacker Drive| Free
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns this year for the kick-off celebration of the holiday season! The two-day festival offers free family-friendly activities featuring local vendors, shops, and hotels. Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will lead the tree lighting ceremony of one million lights strung on over 250 trees alongside Oak St. and Michigan Ave. Get a full list of activities taking places by checking out Magnificent Mile.com.
Fall BFA Show
Saturday |November 18th| 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Sullivan Galleries |36 S. Wabash Ave.| Free
As an artist and recent college graduate putting your work into a public forum can be freeing, scary, and encouraging. This weekend, over 130 talented undergraduates will be exhibiting their work to the public. Celebrate with them as they share their innovative pieces, on display until December 8th. You never know, you may just meet this decade’s next best artist.
What I’m Seeking:
Thursday I’ll be hanging out at the French Market for a night of good eats and drinks. Friday I’ll be keeping a pretty low profile. Saturday I will kick off my morning early with a Good Seeker interview. That evening you will find me taking in fabulous pieces of art during the Harlem Fine Arts Show at Malcolm X College. On Sunday, I’ll be back in grind mode but may just take a break from consecrated-concentration and head over the Grabadolandia Printmaking Festival in the neighborhood. Join me in all my seeking by following me on Instagram. Want to seek with me or have an event that you want a feature on the blog? Hit me up!