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13 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend (That Aren’t For St. Patrick’s Day)

You can celebrate the Persian New Year, make your own sushi, attend a vintage market and more.

Handmade Market returns this weekend with more than 30 vendors selling jewelry, knitted items, baked goods, skincare and more.

CHICAGO — There are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the city this weekend — but there’s also a vintage market, Persian Nowruz celebration, gardening workshop and more.

Here are 13 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Handmade Market

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.

You can shop jewelry, clothing, baked goods, skincare and other handmade goods from more than 30 artists and vendors at this market. The market is the second Saturday of every month from October through April. It’s 21-and-older and free to attend.

Museum of Contemporary Art Family Day

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

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Families can enjoy free admission to the museum as part of this monthly program, which offers workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours and artist performances. ASL interpretation is available. You can get tickets online.

Another Vegan Market

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Shop and taste vegan goods at this family-friendly market by Vegan Test Kitchen, a collective market that features local vegan chefs. Vendors include Foxship Bakery, The Chunky Scones, El Hongo Magico’s tacos and Libby’s Corner. Admission is free, but attendees must RVSP here.

Honey Harvesting Workshop

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Plant Chicago, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave.

You can learn about beekeeping in an urban setting at this hands-on workshop. Local farmer Dulce Morales will lead attendees through the honey harvesting process, including how to remove honey from the honeycomb, how to separate the wax from the comb and more. The workshop is kid-friendly, and Spanish translating is available. You can sign up online for $15-$30.

Credit: Facebook/Three Avenues Bookshop
Three Avenues Bookshop, 3009 N. Southport Ave.

Three Avenues Bookshop’s First Book Club

4:30-6 p.m. Sunday

Three Avenues Bookshop, 3009 N. Southport Ave.

This is a book club meeting about a book about a book club. You can stop by Three Avenues Bookshop this weekend to talk about “The Toni Morrison Book Club,” which is a group memoir about the acclaimed American novelist. You don’t need to have a strong background on Morrison to join the club, and there will be copies of the book available to buy in the shop.

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Women’s Day Market

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

 Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.

More than 50 women-owned businesses will gather under one roof this weekend in honor of International Women’s Day. You can shop sweet treats from Amy’s Candy Bar, spirits from KOVAL Distillery, bath and body products from JANVIER, natural henna from Crescent Moon Henna, quirky portraits from oORn and much more. You can find a full list of vendors online. Admission is free.

Logan Square Makers Market & Bar Hop

1-6 p.m. Sunday

Navigator Taproom, 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There will be 45 vendors selling a variety of handmade goods at this pop-up market, which is spread out across four breweries and taprooms. With a drink in hand, you can shop home decor, knit goods, prints, candles and more. The market is free to attend.

Make A Blanket For Project Linus

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Dunning Library, 7455 W. Cornelia Ave.

You can stop by the library this weekend to make a blanket for Project Linus, a nonprofit that provides blankets for children who are seriously ill or in need. There’s no sewing involved, but attendees should bring 1.5 yards of fleece fabric and a pair of scissors. Anyone can donate fleece by dropping it off at the library’s help desk.

Small Business Expo

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday

Kennedy-King College’s U Building, 740 W. 63rd St.

You can attend business education workshops, talk with financial advisers, take professional headshot photos, get one-on-one help with taxes, enjoy a networking breakfast and more. This event is free and hosted by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. You can reserve a spot online.

Persian Nowruz Celebration

1-3 p.m. Sunday

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St.

Explore art galleries, make themed crafts, try Persian tea and snacks, plus hear from scholars about Mesopotamia and Persia. Admission is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. You can register for the event online.

Make Your Own Sushi

7-9 p.m. Sunday

Embassy Suites Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile, 511 N. Columbus Drive

You can learn how to make popular sushi rolls in just two hours this weekend at this cooking class. Attendees will make four rolls during the class: veggie, spicy salmon, tuna and shrimp tempura. You can buy tickets for $59 online. Drinks aren’t included in the ticket price but will be available to buy at the venue.

Vintage House Chicago Market

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St.

More than 70 handmade and vintage vendors will take over the second floor of one of Chicago’s premier wedding venues. There will also be a bar and snacks to enjoy while you shop. The market is open to all ages and free to attend. You can RSVP here for a chance to win $50 to spend at the market.

Planting With Natives

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday

Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

At this workshop, you’ll learn all about how native plants can help gardens thrive, how to combine plants, site preparation, stewardship and more. You can reserve a spot online.

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