Garfield Park Conservatory-Chicago image by Taylor Justin

Weekend Seekers Guide: September 27th – 30th

This weekend leads us into Chicago’s most arts and culture filled month of the year October. Get a kick start on all the city has to offer with the weekend seekers guide of things to do. This weekend, celebrate the historical Ebony Fashion Fair with a retrospective on the South Side. Rock the Fork at Chicago Gourmet with a lineup of all-stars chefs. Support local children in Illinois’ foster care system by attending the Windy City Ball. Be exposed to over 135 leading galleries at EXPO Chicago. Check out the full weekend seekers to Chicago below.


House of Vans

Friday | September 28th | 5:00 p.m.

House of Vans-Chicago | 113 N. Elizabeth St. | Free


Chicago’s favorite night market makes its highly anticipated return to the House of Vans. Join 50 vendors, food trucks and artists inside the West Loop venue for a night of eating, drinking, and shopping. Throw in a DJ and some beer from Goose Island, and you have an event you probably shouldn’t miss. SAUCED Night Market is free to attend with an RSVP and open to guests of all ages. The event is first to come, first serve so get there early! RSVP for the event here


A Celebration: The Ebony Fashion Fair

Friday | September 28th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Stony Island Arts Bank | 6760 South Stony Island Ave. | Free

If you grew up like me than you are very familiar with the Ebony Fashion Fair. A traveling fashion show that showcased Black and European designers modeled by African-Americans. The show also showcased Fashion Fair, a major cosmetics line of the same name. Ebony Fashion Fair will be celebrated this weekend at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Guests can view original gowns and posters from the annual fashion event launched in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and demo the iconic cosmetics line that the show inspired. Following the demonstration, stick around for a special OUTDOOR screening of Mahogany (PG). For more information on the event, visit the event page here



Chicago Gourmet

Friday – Sunday | September 28th – 30th | Time Varies

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | $40 – $1,999


Chicago Gourmet presented by Bon Appétit, the nation’s premier culinary experience, returns to the city this weekend. Celebrating its eleventh year, Chicago Gourmet returns with a new theme – Rock the Fork – which celebrates two of Chicago’s most beloved cultural attributes, food, and music. The festival honors Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also spotlights Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. This is one of Chicago’s most highly anticipated food event. Be sure to grab your tickets to the main event as well as various ancillary events taking place across the city.


The Whiskey Extravaganza

Thursday | September 27th | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Union League Club | 65 W Jackson Blvd | $50 – $175

37219224_10156177344335709_3777967350842654720_o.jpgWhether a whiskey aficionado or at the beginning of your whiskey affair, you’ll no doubt find something to ignite your passion at this year’s ‘Extravaganza. The Whisky Extravaganza for a sampling 100+ of the world’s best whiskeys, sip on craft cocktails, indulge in whiskey inspired bites + learn from industry experts through curated masterclasses. Grab your tickets to the event here.


Windy City Ball

Saturday | September 29th | 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Venue West | 221 N Paulina St.| $100 – $150


The 4th annual Windy City Ball(WCB) blows its way into Chicago this September. The charity gala for young professionals will be held at Venue West with all proceeds benefiting the Rice Child & Family Center, an organization which provides a temporary home and therapeutic setting for local children in Illinois’ foster care system who face severe mental and behavioral challenges. The WCB supports a different cause each year, and more info on past beneficiaries can be found on their website here. Included in the tickets, which are on sale now, is a 4-hour premium bar, passed appetizers, live music, and a silent auction. Join this organization for a great cause by purchasing tickets to the event here.

Arts & Culture:

EXPO Chicago 2018

Friday – Sunday | September 28th – 30th | Time Varies

Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave. | $20 – $40

Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago, Women and Smoke, 1971. EXPO VIDEO, Curated by Anna Gritz (Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin). Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco and Salon 94 (New York) and EXPO CHICAGO.

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier. The exposition hosts more than 135 leading International exhibitors alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Entering its seventh year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO offers diverse programming and bridges a critical gap for Chicago’s contemporary art community by engaging with regional, national and international institutions and collectors. This year’s EXPO aligns with Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, to present various programs and events throughout EXPO ART WEEK (running concurrently with EXPO). This is a big week for art and culture in Chicago, be sure to see it all, for the low of course. Follow this link to save on tickets this can’t miss the three-day event. See you there!

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Saturday – Sunday | September 29th – 30th | Time Varies

Location Varies | $0 – $50


The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. The free two-day festival features the finest in local jazz and national and international jazz artists; diverse performance venues; outdoor dance floor; food/beverage vendors and picnic areas; artisan vendors; and family-friendly programming. Learn more about the talented acts taking the stage by visiting Hyde Park Jazz

What I’m Seeking:

This weekend, I will a little be seeking a lot of art and some food scene in Chicago. Thursday, I kick off my weekend with EXPO Chicago. Friday, I will make my way to Pilsen for The Other Art Fair. Saturday, catch me at the Art Institute volunteering. That evening, I will be attending a 1-year-old’s birthday party (I am so excited about this birthday cake)! As well as hit the town for a slight turn up with my girls. Sunday catch me at Chicago Gourmet for an afternoon of food and other delicacies from some of the best chefs in the city. Follow all that I am seeking this weekend by following me on Instagram at The Haute Seeker.

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