This weekend, sip and shop with creatives from a creative community at SheSays. Get a taste of local food and spirits tasting at Taste of Ravenswood. Laissez les bon temps rouler Chicago style. Engage in public dialogue about mental health. Kick back with 6LACK during Red Bull Sound Select and more things to do this weekend in Chicago. See full details in this week’s guide below.
SheSays Chicago Shop & Sip
Sunday |November 12th| 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
The Brown Elephant Lakeview |2359 N. Milwaukee Ave.| Free
Forget Simon and shop with all female vendors at SheSays Chicago Shop & Sip this weekend. The holiday market featuring Chicago’s DIYers and artists is in its third year and continues to expand. Shoppers will find everything from custom jewelry to home accessories, vintage goods to apothecary and more. Guests can enjoy a specially created SheSays Signature drink by the distillery while mingling with the multi-talented community of vendors participating in the event. Get a sneak peek at the vendor list before hitting the event by checking out the event page here.
Handmade Market Chicago
Saturday |November 11th| 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Empty Bottle |1035 N. Western Ave.| Free
Another market to shop, another name checked off of your holiday gift list. Handmade Market connects over 30 different makers with the Chicago community. The market includes funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more. Head over to Handmade Market’s Facebook page to check out the list of participating vendors.
Taste of Ravenswood
Friday |November 10th| 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ravenswood Event Center |4043 N. Ravenswood Ave.| $70-$1000
Join the community of Ravenswood for its 3rd annual Taste of Ravenswood event. A one night only collaboration of bits and sips featuring neighborhood restaurants, distilleries, and breweries. The evening will feature live entertainment and calorie-burning games. General admission includes unlimited food, 20 beverage tasting tickets, an official ToR glass and early entrance to the event. Grab your tickets and get a taste of what’s in store by checking out the event website here.
Chicago’s Taste of New Orleans
Sunday |November 12th| 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Christian Fields Style Bar |6550 S. Cottage Grove Ave.| $35
Enjoy the style, taste, and presence of New Orleans in Chicago this weekend at the Taste of New Orleans event. The mini Nola experience will feature live music, drinks, and delectable food options from local businesses around the Chicagoland area. General admission ticket includes three tasting of any food item, one drink, and one dessert plus some N.O swag. Grab your tickets to this gulf inspired experience here.
You Good Bro?
Thursday |November 9th| 6:00 p.m.
Chicago Hope Cafe |2431 W. Roosevelt Rd.| Free
Addressing mental health has continued to become a topic of conversation, West Side Stories is ready to start that discussion within the African-American community. West Side Stories is a series of public dialogues that promote community in North Lawndale; the first installment focuses on mental health issues among Men of Color entitled You Good Bro? The conversation will be lead by a panel of industry professionals, from RSVP here to be a part of this critical conversation.
Red Bull Sound Select: 6LACK
Saturday |November 11th|8:00 p.m.
Thalia Hall |1807 S Allport St.| $15
6lack takes on day number 11 for the Red Bull Sound Select series taking place during November. The artist has an incredible year touring the early part of the year with the Weeknd during his North America tour as well as opening and closing the cypher during this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. Just recently, the artist announced that he would be taking a break from touring to focus on fatherhood. The show will also feature Tobi Lou and Jean Deaux, two Chicago artists before 6lack(pronounced ‘Black’) hits the stage. Stop by the Thalia Hall for limited tickets sold at the door.
The Secret Life of Indigenous Archives
Thursday |November 9th| 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Newberry Library |60 W. Walton St.| Free
The Newberry host prize-winning authors this Thursday as the reflect on their archival experiences exploring the “secret life” of the Indengious archive collections from the Newberry Library. The panel discussion will share haunts, comforts, unexpected intimacies, unresolved questions, discoveries, and more during this reflective event. A preceded reception will occur before the debate which starts at 6 p.m.
What I’m Seeking:
Friday, I will be quickly passing through a couple of art galleries in my neighborhood during the Pilsen 2nd Friday Art Walk. I mainly want to stop by Gallery Oh to check out the exhibition It Takes All Kind, and take my butt home. That’s it, hopefully. Saturday is my biweekly volunteer shift. After that, I will be house hopping through a couple of spots on the North and South Side of town. Sunday, I will get my praise and worship on and contemplate hitting up a couple of shopping events around the city. As always stay seeking with me on Instagram where I post stories of what I am getting into every day.