The Haute List: August

The Haute List for the last weekend in August 2016. A collection of shopping, sangria, and social activism. 

Style Seeker:

Rent the Runway

Now | Ends August, 28th | 10 a.m- 9 p.m.( see website for weekend store hours)

710 N. Wabash

13239228_10154151916720350_8317032593978218777_n Shop for holiday attire NOW during the major sale event taking place at Rent the Runway. Great deals online and through the app on clothing and accessories; up to 90 percent off from designers such as Lela Rose and Hervè Leger. Stop into the Chicago shop in the Gold Coast to browse the local selection.

Randolph Street Market

Saturday & Sunday| August 27th-28th | 10 a.m- 5p.m.

1340 W Washington Street

13173757_10153758303979773_5468430131307029796_n The indoor/ outdoor market is back in session with rare vintage finds and locally made furnishings. You never know what you will find at a market of this magnitude. The market boasts over 200+ vendors and services such as valet parking, home delivery, and trolley rides from Michigan Ave. Plus a wide selection of food and entertainment that is perfect for all ages.



Food Seeker:

Taste of Greektown 

Friday – Sunday |August 26th- 28th | 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ; noon to 11 p.m.

400 S. Halsted @ Van Buren

14107768_10154582439616454_7858289006627933518_o  The Taste of Greektown enters it it’s 27th year this weekend as the city’s strip of Greek restuarants comes together to celebrate Hellenic pride and Mediterranean culture.  There will be nine infamous restuarants  participating, a host of Greek bands, and even a Gyro eating contest Opa!

Sangria Festival

Sunday |August 28th | noon

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

b8bf36_f03e60dbdbe649408e8b1e2b69a9c3d0mv2   The first festival of its kind, Sangria Festival brings together a selection of unique sangrias, that are paired with a various cuisines. The festival is will almost make you forget that you are in Chicago, with the array of entertainment, live music, and expertly crafted sangrias.


Good Seeker:

Block Party Excuse Me Officer XMO

Saturday |August 27th | 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jackson and Oakley

14031711_336612170003847_1157783894_nExcuse Me Officer is a mobile application that seeks to shed a light on experiences with your local law enforcement. The platform allows users to rate and share their experiences, both good and bad.  To launch the application, the founders look to host an ‘old school’ block party that will feature food trucks and meet and greets with the Chicago Police Department, plus musical acts and a ton of community building.#XMO 

Culture Talk Change Agents(Chicago)

Sunday| August 28th | 6 p.m- 9 p.m.

The Gallery @ Great Lakes Tattoo

13658504_1170610689671779_1144454678_n Culture Talk Change Agents got its start in Columbus Ohio. An effort founded by James Drakeford( fellow Dayton Ohio native), the talks focus on community engaging conversations ranging from current events to business. There is no set agenda. Just real conversations amongst that relate to the African-American experience. Culture Talk CA visits the windy city this Sunday, and in light of the most current events in Chicago, this conversation featuring  perspectives of some of Chicago’s most influential photographers, poets, designers, and artists, is bound to be enlightening. #CultureChangeCA

Arts Seeker:

Black Harvest Film Festival

Now | Ends September 1st | various times

Gene Siskel Film Center| 164 N State St

14088656_10153606960651739_4421042381184810601_n.png   The annual three week film festival comes to a close after this weekend. The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, according to the website, the festival “celebrates the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Many of the films take place and are created by local Chicagoans. In most cases, the audience is often joined by the writer, producer, or even stars of the films which makes the experience that much more authentic. Can’t make it to the festival this month? Visit in Septmeber for various showings of the biography of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

Let’s Talk About It

Opening Reception| August, 26th | 6 p.m- 10 p.m

Galerie F | 2381 N Milwaukee

14124263_1397600580256007_6163844446354948871_o Obviously, Let’s Talk About It, has had people…talking. The exhibit, featuring over 25 street artists, has already stirred up some backlash on the gallery’s social media pages. Residents, activists, and even other artists are very much anticipating the discussions that arise from the opening of this event.


Do you have other plans for your #seekEND? 

Let me know what you are seeking on this last month of August. 

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