CHICAGO — A fair with carnival games and inflatables, a Persian New Year celebration, a vintage market and retro soda-tasting are all on deck in Chicago this weekend.
Here’s a roundup of 23 things to do in Chicago:
7-11 p.m. Saturday
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Uncorked returns for its third edition this weekend. You can taste more than 100 wines and bubblies from around the world, plus get after-hours access to the museum. There will be interactive exhibits, a DJ and more. General admission tickets are $70, and VIP tickets are $100. You can buy them online.
8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Buckingham Fountain, 500 S. Columbus Drive
This tradition is open to people of all levels and abilities, from walkers to families to competitive athletes. The 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk have sold out, but you can still sign up for The Mile. Registration is $15-$25, and participants will receive a race shirt, event bib and timing device. You can sign up here.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Loft Lucia, 7 N. Carpenter St.
You can shop sweet and savory treats from more than 20 local food artisans, including fresh preserves from Breezy Peach, Veloria Coffee and confections from Sweet Nouveau. Admission is free.
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Bridge 410, 410 N. Paulina St.
This women- and queer-run market is hosting its second edition this weekend. Shop one-of-a-kind pieces from local creatives, plus enjoy food, drinks and other activities. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. You can get updates and learn more on Instagram.
6-9 p.m. Saturday
Chicago Fair Trade Museum, 1457 N. Halsted St.
Learn about Nowruz from an Iranian activist, enjoy a Persian-inspired mezze, sip on cocktails and mocktails, watch a live folk performance and more at this Persian New Year celebration. Tickets bought before Friday are $39 online, or it’s $49 at the door.
4-6 p.m. Saturday
Revolution Brewing’s Brewery & Taproom, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
Since 2012, Revolution Brewing has hosted family-friendly running events that start and end at local breweries. You can join this year’s festivities by signing up this weekend. You can get a free beer if you stop by the taproom and sign up for runs, or you can register online. Registration includes a free craft beer and collector’s pint glass or series sway item. You’ll also have access to race day festivities, including live music, food trucks, giveaways and more.
2-4 p.m. Sunday
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, 1320 W. Fullerton Ave.
You can try out jousting, play in bounce houses, compete in relay races, build Legos, get airbrush tattoos and more at this family-friendly event. Some activities, food and drinks require tickets that can be bought the day of the event for $2 each. You can RSVP and find more information here.
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
The Emily Hotel, 311 N. Morgan St.
This vintage market will have more than 30 vendors on the Emily Hotel’s sixth floor, plus a bar and open rooftop. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online for a chance to win $50 to spend at the market.
1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom, 2101 S. Carpenter St.
There will be plenty of pozole home recipes, beer and prizes at this two-day community celebration. It’s too late to sign up for the competition, but you can still attend and vote for your favorites. You can RSVP here.
Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday
ConTextos Chicago, 2240 S. Michigan Ave.
You can explore and experiment with forms of poetry and writing practice at this monthly meet-up, open to all writers. Lunch will be provided to registered authors. You can RSVP here.
2-6 p.m. Saturday
Pose Cultural Art Gallery, 2136 W. Chicago Ave.
You can celebrate Women’s History Month at this art show highlighting female artists. General admission tickets are $7. You can buy them online.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 740 E. 56th Place
AFROJUMP is coming to Chicago for the first time this weekend, and it’s bringing Double Dutch teams from across the country. You can get your ticket for $20 here to find out who will get the W.
Noon-2 p.m. Saturday
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark St.
You can take a trip through American history by tasting soda and sweets from the 1910s to 1980s this weekend. You’ll get to sample candy from each and get one specialty drink with your ticket, and more vintage items will be available to buy. You can also win extra prizes by dressing up in retro attire from your favorite decade. Individual tickets for $20 and couple’s tickets for $35 are available online.
7-10 p.m. Sunday
The Pink Squirrel, 2414 N. Milwaukee Ave.
There will be cocktails, ice cream, music and more at this inaugural women’s bowlathon. This is a 21-and-older event. You can buy tickets for $10-$30 online.
3-11 p.m. Sunday
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Celebrate femme energy and expression with a full day of musical performances, poetry readings, a vendor market, food and drinks and more. Tickets are $25-$30 for attendees and $70 for vendors. You can buy them online.
2-3:30 p.m. Saturday
Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St.
You can meet Chinese-American author Kara Eng and learn more about her book, “Not Just a Simple Chinese Girl,” at this book talk hosted by the museum. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.
Noon-7 p.m. Sunday
Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Hosted by The Apothecary Cupboard, you can shop all things mystical from more than 80 local vendors at this market. There will be performances by DJ Jinx’d, The Phantom Tollbooth, Jake Gatsby and “The Weird and Feared” podcast. Food and drinks will be available to buy. You can buy general admission tickets for $2 online.
6-9 p.m. Saturday
Xced Design Build Studio, 3044 N. Elston Ave.
This Women’s History Month art show will feature 50 international, national and local female artists ages 19-90. The art selected and created for this event explores the phrase “woman to woman” and its interpretations. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.
7 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday
Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St.
Ten dance companies will present signature and new performances — from ballet to modern to tap to traditional African dance and more — at this “dazzling display of the power of Black dance in our city.” You can buy tickets for $10-$25 online. Availability is limited.
10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday
Midwest Coast Brewing Company, 2137 W. Walnut St.
Bring your own mat, water and ID to this 21-and-older yoga session in a taproom — and you’ll be given by a craft beer of your choice from available supplies. You can buy $20 tickets for this beginner-friendly vinyasa flow here. Attendees should arrive 10-15 minutes before the class.
2-4:30 p.m. Friday
International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.
The Mahabharata is a major Sanskrit epic and is perhaps the longest poem. You can learn more about the story and its social implications, plus enjoy chai and samosas, at this event with the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts. If you have any questions or requests about accessibility, you can email email@example.com or call 312-436-2789. You can RSVP online.
Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday
Target Area Development, 1542 W. 79th St.
This field day for youths ages 12-15 will have games, prizes, food and more. Parents can also learn about free programs for kids, register onsite and meet staff.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Prāzbar, Non-Alcoholic Wine Shop, 1821 W. Chicago Ave.
You can shop handmade body and beauty products from local artisans at the third edition of this expo. Admission is free if you RSVP online, or it’s $5 at the door.
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