Weekend Seekers Guide: September 7th-10th

This weekend, embrace the pre-fall weather with a little fall shopping at a local thrift shop in Pilsen or with artisanal finds in Wicker Park. Support South Side businesses during the 79th Street Renaissance Festival or grab some bourbon and barbecue in Roscoe Village. Join Black Lives Matter Chicago and#LetUsBreathe Collective for a collaborative effort to support the relief in Texas. Make it a date or a girls night out with queen-ly skating and Nasty Women’s paintings. Get the details of this weekends curated events below.


Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday & Sunday |September 9th -10th| 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Division St. in Wicker Park|Between Damen and Ashland|  Free


Cool weather equals a very ‘haute’ shopping season in Chicago. This weekend, make your way to Wicker Park for the fall Renegade Craft Fair. Renegade is a unique market of seasoned artisans and independent designers from across the nation. This event will feature over 400 vendors, local DJ sets, photo ops, and DIY workshops. Do a little pre-shopping and check out the full list of suppliers here.


Second Friday Sale At VBV

Friday |September 8th|6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Very Best Vintage |1346 W. 18th St.| Free


Build your fall wardrobe with vintage pieces from Very Best Vintage. The Pilsen vintage shop is marketing everything to 25% off, and they are open late.  Plus beverages and snacks to keep you nourished on your quest to find some great pieces for the new season.


79th Street Renaissance Festival

Saturday & Sunday |September 9th – 10th | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

79th and Racine|Free


In its 12th year, the 79th Street Renaissance Festival is expanding its late summer festival an extra day! The festival is one of the longest running festivals in the city and is held in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The free and family friendly festival draw in nearly 15,000 attendees to the South Side for a two-day community celebration. Check out local food, retailers, organizations, and entertainment at this South Side Fest.

Chicago Bourbon and BBQ

Saturday & Sunday |September 9th – 10th| 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Roscoe Village |Damen and Roscoe St.| Free


Bourbon + BBQ a perfect late summer/ early fall combination. The inaugural Chicago Bourbon and Barbecue Fest brings barrel-aged Southern bourbon whiskeys and BBQ joints together for a finger-lickin’, whiskey tastin’ a real good time. There will be plenty of BBQ options and bourbon to choose from; the event will feature over 30+ food and drink vendors plus live entertainment. Bourbon tastings are a ticketed event. Go big with a sampler of 12 bourbons for $40 or 4 for $16. Get the full line-up and purchase tickets to the tasting in advance by visiting the events page.



Love Thicker Than Water

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

The Breathing Room |1434 W. 51st St.| Free


The effort to support devastation left by Hurricane Harvey will continue for a very, very long time. This Friday, these forces come together to support Black women and artists of those affected communities. Black Lives Matter Chicago & the #LetUsBreathe Collective will host a night of comedy, music, and dialogue at the #BreathingRoom Space – art, healing, & organizing hub on the south side. Ticket sales will be donated to a list of women compiled by Dr. Roni Dean-Burren for #SupportBlackWomenHOU and give directly. The #LetUsBreathe Collective is also accepting donations of feminine hygiene and baby supplies to be shipped to shelters in Houston following the weekend of events. This is the perfect opportunity to give directly to the relief. For more information about this event and the organizations hosting visit the event link here.

Arts + Culture:

Nasty Women

Friday |September 8th| 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Stan Mansion| 2408 N. Kedzie Blvd.| Free


The global art showcase is back again for its fall show. Nasty Women Chicago is an act of resistance. The collaborative community event accepts open submission pieces where 100% of the proceeds raised will support Planned Parenthood. The event is free. However, a $5 donation is suggested at the door. If you want to experience this one-night exhibition VIP style opt for the $50 Champagne and Cupcakes pre-party which allows you to purchase art before the event is auctioned to the general public.  Learn more about this city-to-city tour and how you can continue to support the movement. Visit Nasty Women Chicago to find out more.


Skate Night Sessions: Queens on Wheels

Friday – Sunday |September 8th – 10th| 10:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel |12 S Michigan Ave.| $20


Trade in your heels for a set of wheels at the “Queens on Wheels skate sessions hosted by the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The event is inspired by the influential individuals of all shapes, colors, and sizes who’ve defined the times and inspire us today. The weekend skate series takes place inside the hotel’s historic full-size basketball court( it is fabulous I’ve seen it myself)! A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Transformative Justice Law Project, a local group of activists, social workers, and organizers who provide support and advocacy to transgender people in Illinois. Some skate sessions are already sold out. Head over to Chicago Athletic Association events page to grab your tickets to this dynamic event.


What I’m Seeking:

Last weekend was jammed packed full of events, BBQ’s, late nights, and other things I could not even capture on camera because there was so much going on! This weekend catch me at the Nasty Women show in Logan Square. I am thinking dinner and drinks in the neighborhood as well. Saturday I  plan on attending the Bourbon and Barbeque event in Roscoe Village and possibly stop by Renegade as well. Sunday I’ll be working on some fall related content for the blog and will maybe step out for a drink or two. As always, see what I am seeking every weekend by following my Instagram @thehauteseeker. 

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