This weekend, immerse yourself in the seasonless trend of denim during Indigo Nation’s Denim Festival. Drink one of Mexico’s most cherished beverages Mezcal during Mexico in a Bottle. Recognize the strength of survivors, early detection, and search for a cure during the Sista Strut Breast Cancer awareness walk. View over 150 international films for one week only at the 54th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Check out the full details to these events below.
Friday | October 12th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave. | $175
FLEUROTICA spotlights the unique talents of Chicago’s leading floral designers, fashion designers, landscape artists and students as they create breathtaking garments made entirely from plants, flowers, and natural materials. Proceeds directly benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and their mission to change lives through the power of nature. Tickets include cocktails & hors doeuvres and runway show. Performances this year include Hiplet and the Chicago West Community Music Center. Purchase your tickets to the event by visiting the website here.
Indigo Nation Denim Festival 2018
Friday – Saturday | October 5th – 6th | Time Varies
Reunion Chicago| 2557 W North Ave. | $10 – $35
Indigo Nation is a two-day event centered around the subculture of denim held at the peak of the denim-wearing season, Autumn. During the festival attendees will be able to shop local brands such as Dearborn Denim, Perry Co. Shoes, and Phera by Ron Louis and more. As well as participate in the first Denim Works Workshop featuring techniques such as garment documentation and DIY customization. The weekend event will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to the RAINN organization to support the fight against sexual abuse. Get ready to create, connect, and have a good time all in the name of denim! Be sure to grab your tickets to the event by registering here.
Eat, Drink, Korea
Friday | October 12th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ravenswood Event Center | 4021 North Ravenswood Ave. | $85 – $95
Crossing Borders, an organization that provides vital aid and support to North Korean refugees and their children in China, will host an evening of Korean food and culture featuring chefs and restaurants from the Chicagoland area. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with food from culinary leaders from restaurants such as Kimski, Mott St, and bobNGrill, live music and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
Mexico in a Bottle
Sunday | October 14th | 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Logan Square Auditorium| 2539 N Kedzie Blvd. | $75
Mezcal is the embodiment of Mexico. More than just a beverage, it represents more than 500 years of history and culture. Mexico in a Bottle is a grand tasting and the largest of its kind in the United States. The event, in its third year, will feature more than 100 mezcals as well as incredible bites from local restaurants, cocktails from local bartenders, encounters with incredible personalities in the mezcal world, a tiendita, and much more. Get your tickets as well as a list of participating vendors here.
Saturday | October 13th | 8:00 a.m.
Salvation Army Kroc Center | 1250 W 119th St. | $15
The goal of Sista Strut is to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community resources. Studies show that African-American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a younger age and have a death rate from breast cancer higher than that of Caucasian women of the same age. Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survivors, their family, and friends, heightens awareness, promotes early detection and the search for a cure. To register and participate in the Sista Strut, visit the event page.
Arts & Culture:
Open House Chicago
Saturday – Sunday | October 13th – 14th | Time Varies
Location Varies | Free
The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual celebration of architecture. One of my favorite fall events––one weekend gives you the opportunity to explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public. Here’s your chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Chicago’s buildings and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community. Check out the sites and plan your itinerary by visiting Open House Chicago.org.
54th Chicago International Film Festival
Wednesday – Sunday | October 10th – 21st | Time Varies
AMC River East 21 | 322 E Illinois St. | $85 – $270
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago continues a tradition of spotlighting more than 150 films featuring numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinemas of the Americas, International Comedy, Spotlight: Italy, Women in Cinema, Out-Look, After Dark and the City & State program (showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois.) For more information on the film festival, including a full schedule of shows and events, visit the website here.
What I’m Seeking:
This week is another busy weekend seeking Chicago. Thursday, I will be kicking off the weekend in style with Indigo Nation. Friday I will be relaxing( I state this now but who knows). Saturday, catch me at the Art Institute volunteering and then bar hopping with a few friends on the North Side of the city. Sunday, I will be partaking in my favorite activity, Open House Chicago and exploring some new and familiar neighborhoods across Chicago. Keep up with all the seeking by following me on Instagram at The Haute Seeker.