Welcome to the first weekend of November. My, how time flying by! This weekend, get buzzed on fried chicken and champagne at Kendall College. Get your fill of homemade pies in Hyde Park. Find fabulous luxury goods for fall during Brown Elephant’s “Best of” event. Support local teens at the once a year Marwen Art Fair. Celebrate 38 years of Día de Los Muertos in Pilsen. These and more things to do this weekend in Chicago. See full details in this week’s guide below.
The Brown Elephant Best Of
Saturday – Sunday |November 4th – 5th| 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
The Brown Elephant Lakeview |3020 N. Lincoln Ave.| Free
Brown Elephant will host their 5th “Best of” event featuring a selection of vintage and high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories from all three of their Chicago stores. You may just find like a Prada blouse, Gucci Bra, Filth Mart jeans, so take it all(insert Jay-Z ‘Give It To Me)! Proceeds from the event benefit Howard Brown Health and its seven ally locations across the city.
Grand Opening at col•lec•tiv
Saturday – Sunday |November 4th| 5:00 p.m.
col•le•tiv |5743 W. Irving Park Rd.| Free
The grand opening of Col•lec•tiv kicks off tomorrow. The pop-up shop in the North West Side neighborhood of Portage Park will host an exclusive holiday shop through November and December. The store will feature local artists, artisans, and makers that will be selling goods from vintage photographs to authentic Brazilian jewelry and more! First, 25 guests to visit on opening day will receive a goodie bag with any purchase. Learn more about the shop and its featured vendors here.
South Side Pie Challenge
Saturday |November 4th| 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club |5480 S. Kenwood Ave.| Free
The South Side Pie Challenge is back again this Saturday to celebrate autumn and holiday pies. Pies featured in the challenge are categorized by fruit, nut, sweet potato/pumpkin and cream. The array of pies will be as diverse as the bakers. Stop by the event for a slice or two all priced at $3! Got a recipe of your own, registration is still open to participating. All proceeds raised from the South Side Pie Challenge will will be to the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs. Get more details on the event as well as past winners by visiting the website here.
Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest
Saturday |November 4th| 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Dining Room at Kendall College |900 N. Branch St. | $85 – $195
Sip and savor for a special cause during the third annual Fried Chicken & Champagne fest; an event that raises scholarship funds for students in need attending the local college as well as the culinary training camp held at the institution. The event will feature over a dozen chef-driven fried chicken delights as well as a curated list of premium champagnes. Each package includes a tasting of each chefs dishes plus dessert and of course, champagne. Purchase tickets here for a good clucking time.
Marwen Art Fair 2017
Friday |November 3rd| 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Marwen |833 N. Orleans St. | $50 – $60
The Marwen Art Fair, a once a year exhibition of art produces by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and the staff is in its 30th year and plans to celebrate in a big way. Join students, artists, and friends for the annual art auction this Friday. 50% of the proceeds will go to the artists; the other half will benefit the free art course, college and career programs for Chicago youth from under-resourced communities and schools who participate in the Marwen program. Purchase tickets to the event here.
38th Annual Día De Los Muertos
Thursday| November 2nd| 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ElevArte |1119 W. Cullerton St.| Free
Make your way to Pilsen to celebrate the 38th Annual Dia de Los Muertos at ElevArte, the longest-running Day of the Dead event in the neighborhood. The Mexican tradition serves as a joyous occasion to celebrate life and honors the memory of loved ones. The multi-disciplinary event will feature interactive activities, performances, and a grand community-led procession. Be sure to dawn your best Muertos-inspired attire. For more on this community-led event, head over to the event page now.
MOCP After Dark
Friday |November 3rd| 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography |600 S. Michigan Ave.| $15-$25
Explore the Museum of Contemporary Photography after hours this Friday. Their current show Disruptive Perspectives is currently one view. The event will feature author Shantrelle P. Lewis, and curator of the popular traveling exhibition, Dandy Lion. The author will be releasing her book based on the blockbuster of the same name. There will also be music from one of the city’s best DJs, a ‘dandy attire’ contest, as well as an open bar and small bites from local vendors. All proceeds from this night out will benefit the museum and its educational programming.
What I’m Seeking:
Let’s start with Thursday. I will probably stay in the neighborhood and partake in the community Dia de Los Muertos event. Friday will be one dedicated to one of my closest friends who is moving out of Chicago to some bigger and better things. Time to celebrate like its 2014, because we go it in that year! Saturday I may make my way down to Hyde Park to indulge in some pies. That evening, I will be celebrating with Fake Shore Drive and Red Bull in Portage Park. Sunday, well, that’s to be decided. As always stay seeking with me on Instagram where I post stories of what I am getting into every day.