CHICAGO — There will be holiday festivals and markets around the city this weekend, plus yoga with butterflies, an ornament-making workshop, art symposium and more.
Here are 16 things to do in Chicago this weekend:
8:30-9:45 a.m. Saturday
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive
Grab a yoga mat and a water bottle and head to a stretch session in the nature museum’s Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. You must be 18 or older to participate. Tickets are available online for $16-20 and include admission to the museum.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.
The holiday edition of this seasonal market is returning with more than 100 local artisans. Shop food, fashion, home goods, art, coffees and teas, gourmet treats and more. This is a family- and dog-friendly event. General admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door or $20 for four tickets. You can buy tickets online. Kids younger than 12 get in for free.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday
the shop by haywoodmade, 4942 W. Irving Park Road
Create your own felt ornaments freehand or using pre-prepared templates. You can get tickets for $5 online.
2-6 p.m. Saturday
6402 S. Honore St.
There will be tree- and ornament-decorating, hot cocoa and hot meals, a toy giveaway, winter clothing distribution and more at this free, family-friendly holiday festival.
3-7 p.m. Saturday
Along Milwaukee, Damen, North and Western avenues
Enjoy carolers and other holiday festivities at businesses in Wicker Park and Bucktown this weekend. There will also be decorated, lit-up rickshaw passenger bicycles you can ride for free around the neighborhood’s shopping corridors. See this online map for participating shops and rickshaw stops.
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday
Famous Fido Rescue No Kill Advocacy Wellness & Learning Center, 3124 W. Irving Park Road
Shop baked goods, holiday ornaments and gifts at this bazaar and bake sale. All proceeds go to helping animals in need.
5-10 p.m. Friday
Along North Milwaukee Avenue
Take a stroll through West Town and check out a variety of free exhibitions at A Very Serious Gallery, Gallery Cafe, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and Weinberg/Newton Gallery.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday
Bosly’s Backyard, 4011 N. Ravenswood Ave.
You can shop baked goods for your pet and yourself, doggy apparel, home goods, custom pet portraits and more. There will also be a winter-themed photo booth, espresso bar and more. Admission is $13, which includes a tote bag and an entry in a raffle to win goodies and a play session to Bosly’s Backyard. You can buy tickets online. Proceeds go towards Live Like Roo, a nonprofit that provides emotional and financial support to families whose pets have cancer.
1-4 p.m. Saturday
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.
You can enjoy a day of free immersive exhibitions and activities at this nonprofit hub for contemporary art. There will be art-making activities, open studios with resident artists, classic holiday song performances, a holiday art sale and more. Center Days is free and open to the public.
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday
Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Sample unlimited sips from wineries and enjoy live entertainment during this “all-day, all-night vino experience.” You can buy tickets for $35-60 online.
8 p.m. Saturday (doors open one hour prior)
Epiphany Center For The Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago-based vocalist Brandon James will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder in this soulful live band performance. Tickets cost $15-$120 online.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 7-8 p.m. Friday, 6-11 p.m. Saturday
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 740 E. 56th Place
This two-day symposium includes presentations, screenings, panels and performances that explore Nick and Jack Cave’s “The Color Is” fashion exhibition, which is on display and draws influence from Ebony Fashion Fair, New York City Ballroom Scene and Black Cinema. The symposium ends with a mini-ball and dance party. You can register online, with tickets costing $12-$80.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
AGB Institute, 7545 S. Western Ave.
The AGB Foundation is hosting a bike giveaway in partnership with Walmart. Along with bikes — which will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis — you’ll get a photo with Santa, hot cocoa and a candy cane.
Logan Square Hot Cocoa Crawl
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Lost Girls Vintage, 1947 W. Chicago Ave.
Start the crawl at Lost Girls, grab hot cocoa and stop by other participating stores for holiday shopping and complimentary treats.
5-7 p.m. Sunday
Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St.
Kids can stroll around Christkindlmarket with a lantern singing songs together, just as children in Germany do for St. Martin’s Day. There will also be a reading of the story of St. Martin, and you’ll get to take home a goodie bag afterwards. Tickets are available for $10 online.
Empty The Shelters Anniversary Weekend
Varying times Saturday-Sunday
Cody’s Public House, 1658 W. Barry Ave.
Cody’s, a dog-friendly retro bar, is celebrating its anniversary with festivities throughout the weekend. Here’s the lineup:
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday: $1 Power Hour, which includes $1 mimosas, bloody marys and Miller Lites.
- Noon-3 p.m. Saturday: 101.9 FM The Mix will be live broadcasting on-site for an Empty the Shelters fundraiser to help with funding adoption fees and finding dogs their forever homes.
- Noon-2 p.m. Sunday: Take photos with Santa, create custom ornaments, enjoy a free breakfast buffet and more at a tree-decorating party. There will also be a dog-themed cocktail menu and drink specials.
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