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12 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: A Makers Market, Open Skate, Brewfest And More

There's plenty to do across the city on the first weekend of the month.

Northwest Brewfest
Northwest Brewfest

CHICAGO — You can kick off your February at a pop-up market, skating with House of Vans Chicago and more this weekend.

Here are 12 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence Ave.

There will be live music, tacos and tamales, pierogis and Polish food, a cash bar and more at this market. Stop by to prep for Valentine’s Day or Superbowl Sunday activities with offerings including but not limited to canned vegetables, hot sauces, locally produced honey, baked goods, spices, candles, kids’ books and pet treats.

Northwest Brewfest

1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday

2901 W. Lawrence Ave.

Celebrate more than a dozen brewers on the Northwest Side, plus receive a 5-ounce glass that you can use for unlimited samples during the fest. You can also support Bateman Elementary by buying a $5 pretzel necklace. Tickets for both time slots are available for $45 online.

Girls Day Of Play

Various times and park locations Friday

The Park District is hosting a “day of play” for girls 6-15 years old. There will be a variety of sports, recreational games and more at parks across the city. Highlights include e-gaming at Archer Park, boxing at Carver Park, African dance and lifeguard skills instruction at Harris Park and a basketball tournament at Olympia Park. You can learn more and register online.

Skate Market & Open Skate Jam

6-10 p.m. Saturday

House of Vans Chicago, 113 N. Elizabeth St.

You can buy skateboards, art, vintage goods and more from local vendors at this market hosted by House of Vans. There will also be an open skate session. You can RSVP online.

CHAOS Stout & Chili Night

5-11 p.m. Saturday

C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club, 2417 W. Hubbard St.

This 12th annual Stout & Chili Night returns this weekend to CHAOS, with more than 20 seasonal craft brews and a chili buffet. There will also be prizes for a Chili Cook-Off. You can join the party by buying a $35 Trial Membership or signing up as a “Friend of CHAOS” member for $27. You can buy them online.

Saturday Night Drag Show: Black Drag King Showcase

11 p.m. Saturday

Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave.

Berlin is celebrating the first weekend of Black History Month with a special edition of its Saturday Night Drag Show featuring a cast of Black drag kings. Hosted by Luc Ami, the show will highlight Chicago’s vibrant scene of drag kings, or performers who take on a masculine-leaning drag persona. This event is for people 21 and older, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.

Call Your Dibs Market

2-6 p.m. Sunday

Easy Does It, 2452 N. Milwaukee Ave.

An ode to the Chicago dibs tradition, there will be artists selling handmade goods, wine and a live DJ at this pop-up market.

Ravenswood Makers Market

1-6 p.m. Saturday

KOVAL Distillery, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave.

You can shop jewelry, knit goods, home decor, metal working, prints, soap, paintings, candles and more from local vendors — with a drink in hand — at this market. This pop-up event is free to attend, but you can reserve a spot online.

‘The Astros’ Exhibit Opening Reception

5-9 p.m. Friday

Elephant Room Gallery, 704 S. Wabash Ave.

Artist Ish Muhammad’s exhibit “The Astros” opens this weekend at Elephant Room Gallery. The collection is inspired by the ancient Egyptian story of Isis and Osiris, with the characters reinterpreted in Muhammad’s signature graffiti style, with lots of colors, abstractions and line work. “The Astros” runs through March 4.

Beats & Bars Legacy Showcase

5-7 p.m. Thursday

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St.

This open mic for high school students is an event to celebrate Black future and self expression.

Relax, Relate, Paint

Various times Thursday and Saturday

KaLab Bronzeville, 501 1/2 E. 47th St.

BYOB and listen to soothing music while painting canvas or glassware, no artistic background necessary. There will be custom templates and instructors to bring your creation to life. Sessions are $25-$32, and you can reserve a spot online.

Vintage House Chicago

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave.

There will be more than 50 handmade makers and vintage vendors at this Valentine’s Day sale organization by Vintage House Chicago. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees younger than 21 must be accompanied by a parent.

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