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From Friday through Sunday, we know you don’t even want to think about work but rather looking for a fun distraction to occupy your weekend in the city, help is here. Whether you want to explore new haunts in Chicago, relax, take in a festival, or have a night out on the town that’ll make your snapchat and insta stories get #FOMO, here’s what to get into this weekend. It’s #summertimeChi so there’s a lot taking place this weekend but these are the recommended ones for you to go either solo or with a group for a good time. The Chicago Weekend Guide for August 9-11.
FRIDAY AUGUST 9
WHAT :: Friday Night Beer Flights
WHERE :: 31st Street Beach | 3101 S. Lake Shore Drive
WHEN :: 6-9PM
WHY:: Drink Beer, Hang Out, And Explore A New Neighborhood taking in summer time chi. Friday Night Flights takes place in different neighborhoods throughout the city all summer and this year they have another exciting lineup of local beer tastings that highlight Chicago’s craft brew movement. Bet you didn’t know we had local breweries from the South Loop, Bronzeville, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Pullman, and Beverly. They will be on hand to provide the beer while Pier 31 provides the music, food, and some of the best views of the city’s skyline. This event is open to the public and free to attend.
COST :: Pre-purchase tasting pass is $20 for 10 3oz pours or $25 at the event. Click here for more info
WHAT :: Bloomingdales Outlet Grand Opening
WHERE:: Village Square Northbrook|
WHEN :: August 9 | Starting 10am
WHY:: For all our ballers on a budget, fashionable and wallet conscious shoppers this one’s for you. Whether its back to school shopping, wedding season or hot girl/city boys szn gear, there’s something for you. Bloomingdales is opening their 3rd outlet location in the Chicagoland area; 21,000 sq. ft one at the Village Square at Northbrook. They already have spots at Fashion Outlets in Rosemont and in Schaumburg. They are opening this . Shoppers at the grand opening weekend will be treated to special surprises and savings in a range of off-price apparel and accessories, including women’s ready-to-wear, men’s, and home. The great thing about the Bloomingdale’s outlet is that it’s the same high quality products from brands Burberry, Vince, Joie, Equipment, Furla, and more but at a fraction of the price where you can find savings up to 70% off.
COST :: Attendance is free.
SATURDAY AUGUST 10
WHAT :: Made In Chicago Market
WHERE :: Plumber’s Hall | 1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday Aug. 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHY:: Made in Chicago market in during the day You’re invited to join Chicago’s best makers and creatives for a day of shopping, celebration and fun. Explore beautiful products handmade by artists right here in Chicago. Sample delicious food and drinks and enjoy activities provided by American Bocce Co. This is an event organized by The Sun Times.
COST :: FREE to attend Click here for more info here.
WHAT :: Stans Donuts 5k & Kids Dash
WHERE :: Soldier Field
WHEN :: Saturday August 10 | 8am
WHY:: Why have a normal run when you can run while eating donuts? Stans donut which originally started in Los Angeles back in 1963, opened their first Chicago shop in partnership with Rich Labriola in 2014 and they’ve opened several shops since then. Their delicious donuts are a favorite in the city, mine being the Nutella pocket. Runners at the Stans Donut 5k and Kids dash can enjoy donuts on the course and at the finish.
COST ::$49 for the 5k and $25 for kids| Click here for more info
WHAT:: North Halsted Market Days
WHERE :: Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison
WHEN :: Saturday August 10- Sunday Aug. 11 | 11am – 10pm
WHY :: Northalsted Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration. The weekend-long festival features an all-day lineup of live music on stages, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more. The live music performances are also quite a treat, with past instances of the festival featuring shows from Neon Trees, Karmin, Wilson Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, Belinda Carlisle, The Pointer Sisters and many others.
COST :: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Jesus & Jollof
WHERE :: Vic Theatre | 3145 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday August 10
WHY:: Jesus and Jollof is the popular podcast from Insecure actress and comedienne Yvonne Orji and NYTimes Best selling award-winning writer and cultural critic Luvvie Ajayi, two proudly Nigerian women, exploring their experiences, relationships, aspirations, and everything in between. They shared the epic bachelorette getaway for luvvie in Anguilla on Instagram and now we get to witness some of their fun IRL. They will be sprinkling Chicago with their black girl magic. The name “Jesus and Jollof?” stems from the two things they cannot do without.
COST :: $50 GA // VIP SOLD OUT | Click here for more info
SUNDAY AUGUST 11
WHAT :: Restaurant Week River North
WHERE :: Select River North Restaurants
WHEN :: Sunday August 11
WHY :: Final day to enjoy the week of incredible restaurant deals. Tortoise Club’s Keene and Megan Addington created Restaurant Week x River North as an opportunity for River North restaurants to offer incredible deals and special menus for one full week during the summer. Some of the participating restaurants joining Tortoise Club include Hampton Social, Hutch, Beacon Tavern, Prosecco and more click here.
COST :: varies per restaurant and meals
Check out this video from a segment on The Jam TV talking about things to do this weekend. Thank you so much for the opportunity to The Jam Team. Follow them on social and watch daily 6-8am.
Whatever you get into this weekend, tag us on Instagram @SociaLifeChicago with #MakeTheScene. If you’ll be outdoors for a long duration of time, remember sunscreen and hydration (water not just alcohol). Have a great weekend!
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