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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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