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20 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, Karaoke Night, African Dance Workshop And More

There's also an open mic for writers, a winter market and market celebrating Black creatives.

Patrons pose for a photo in Old Crow Smokehouse on Clark Street on Saturday night.
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CHICAGO — A Mardi Gras day party, a free electro-pop concert, yoga in a taproom and wine tasting are just a few things happening across the city.

Here’s a roundup of 20 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Mardi Gras Day Party

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Old Crow Smokehouse Wrigleyville, 3506 N. Clark St.

Self-described as “Chicago’s version of Bourbon Street,” this Mardi Gras celebration will have a buffet, drinks, beads, giveaways, a live DJ and more. You can buy $10-$20 tickets online.

Open Books Open Mic

2-4 p.m. Saturday

Open Books Pilsen, 905 W. 19th St.

You can hear writing from neighbors and local authors, plus share your work at this open mic. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

Queer Karaoke

6:30-9 p.m. Sunday

Dorothy, 2500 W. Chicago Ave.

For the month of love, you’re welcome to sing your heart out to any love songs, breakup songs or anything else you desire at this Queer Meetup karaoke night. Dorothy is a 21-and-older venue. Tickets are $10 online.

Black Creatives Makers Market

1-5 p.m. Sunday

KOVAL Tasting Room, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave.

This market will feature Black creatives and Black-owned businesses, specialty cocktails, treats, a raffle and more. Stop by to shop from local and celebrate community and Black excellence. Reserve a spot here.

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You can flow through a 60-minute vinyasa session in a taproom, then follow it up with a beer.

Yoga & Beer

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 — and you’ll be given a craft beer of your choice from available supplies. You can buy $20 tickets for this beginner-friendly vinyasa flow here.

A Cute Lil Market

1-7 p.m. Sunday

Royal Palms Chicago, 1750 N. Milwaukee Ave.

You can shop from more than 20 vendors selling vintage goods, art, homewares, jewelry and more. There will also be food trucks and activities, including tarot readings, shuffleboard and hand-drawn portraits. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot online.

tiLLie: Live at House of Vans

7 p.m. Saturday

House of Vans Chicago, 113 N. Elizabeth St.

You can enjoy a free show of tiLLie’s electro-pop tunes this weekend. The concert is open to all ages, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. You can RSVP online.

Rogers Park Movie Screening At The 400

3-6 p.m. Sunday

The New 400 Theater, 6746 N. Sheridan Road

The acclaimed dramedy “RELATIVE” was shot almost entirely in Rogers Park, and it’s being screened at the New 400 Theater. The 97-minute film screening will begin at 3 p.m. and be followed by a 20-minute Q&A with writer/director Michael Glover Smith and cast member Elizabeth Stam. At 5 p.m., Smith will lead an optional walking tour to some of the film’s most prominent locations in the neighborhood. You can buy tickets for $8.50 online.

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Artist Ish Muhammad will be talking about his latest exhibition, “The Astros.”

Artist Talk With Ish Muhammad

2-4 p.m. Saturday

Elephant Room Gallery, 704 S. Wabash Ave.

Artist Ish Muhammad is having an intimate artist talk this weekend in conjunction with his current Elephant Room exhibition, “The Astros.” 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. Admission for the talk is free, but space is limited. You can RSVP online.

Plant Chicago Winter Market

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Plant Chicago, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave.

You can shop fresh produce, honey, baked goods and treats, body care products and more from a rotation selection of local businesses. There will also be family-friendly activities, live music and more. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot online.

BLK. A Celebration Of Everything BLACK

4 p.m. Saturday

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.

In the spirit of Black History Month, you can enjoy drinks, appetizers, merch by Leaders 1354 and DJs playing hip hop, R&B, reggae and more. The event is expected to sell out. You can get your ticket starting at $15. online.

Pilsen Community Market Open Mic

1-2 p.m. Sunday

Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W. 18th St.

Nonprofit Pilsen Community Market is hosting its first indoor open mic for musicians, comedians, poets and singers. There’s no sign-up fee, and admission is free.

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West African dance instructor Maila Sylla will be leading a family-friendly workshop this weekend.

Family Dance Workshop

Noon-2 p.m. Sunday

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Learn African dance movements from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast and more at this family-friendly community building workshop taught by Maila Sylla. Admission is free, and you can reserve a spot online.

Adora-boba Pop-Up Market

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday

Sunnyside Plants, 4800 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Enjoy bubble tea from @amber.agave‘s pop-up shop while browsing locally made goods, baked goods and pastries, art, stickers, polymer clay, resin and more. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

Black Authors Children Stories

2-5 p.m. Sunday

Pose Cultural Art Gallery, 2136 W. Chicago Ave.

Hear from Black authors as they share snippets of their writings, plus enjoy kid-friendly painting fun. This event in honor of Black History Month is free and open to the public.

The Artisan Collective Vendors Market

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

The Artisan Collective – TAC South Shore, 1910 E. 71st St.

Shop small at this artisanal market. You can browse aromatherapy, skincare, clothing, glasses, jewelry, purses and more. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot online.

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Listen to Love Is Blind star Iyanna McNeely and her friend Kayla discuss love versus lust, followed by an After Dark party.

Feel In The Blank: Live At WNDR

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

WNDR Museum, 1130 W. Monroe St.

WNDR Museum is celebrating Valentine’s Day with Iyanna McNeely of Netflix’s “Love Is Blind.” She will live record her podcast, “Feel In The Blank,” discussing love versus lust. There will be an After Dark event afterwards with a DJ, cocktails and late-night access to the museum until 11 p.m. You can buy tickets for $45-$65 online.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

2-10 p.m. Saturday

Black Hole Bar, 1942 W. Division St.

Celebrate Mardi Gras while enjoying exclusive drink specials, beads, a souvenir koozie, DJs, dancing and no cover charges during this bar crawl. Hit Black Hole Bar, The Standard, Bourbon on Division and more. Tickets are $14.99 online.

The Love Bizarre Wine Tasting

6-11 p.m. Saturday

aplomb, 1010 W. 35th St.

You can enjoy an evening of music, mingling, wine advice from consultants and complimentary wine samples. Tickets starting at $12 are available online.

Needle Felted Hearts Workshop

1-4 p.m. Saturday

International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive

Learn basic needle felting techniques while creating small, fluffy hearts brooches that you can wear on your sleeve. Masks are required for this event. You can buy tickets for $40 online.

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