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🗓️ Queer prom, drag storytime, and brick tours

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Happy Friday, friends! 

Usually I try not to overstuff these weekend event roundups, which is hard considering how much there is to do around the city! But this weekend is stacked with so many fests to visit, art to see, and food to try that I had to let you all know about it. 

Wishing you an easier time settling on plans than I did choosing them 🤞

🗓️ Weekend Plans


Gov. James R. Thompson estate sale kickoff in Winnetka. Shop Cuban folk art, a velvet sofa, and more from the late governor and antique collector at the north suburban sale starting at 9 a.m. (Varies)

Drag Story Time in Ravenswood. Bring your kiddos 5 and under to the Sulzer Library for a special Pride story from drag queen Abhijeet at 11 a.m. (Free)

The Artisan Collective in South Shore. Get your karaoke on, shop, and vibe with local artists and vendors from 6–9 p.m. (Varies)


New brick tour in McKinley Park. Learn the industrial history of the Southwest Side neighborhood on the architecture walking tour at 10:30 a.m. ($12–$19)

Farmers market in Little Village. Pick up fresh produce, tortillas, soap, and more at the first Mercado de Colores of the season at Manuel Perez Memorial Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Varies)

Chicago Gospel Fest downtown. Listen to traditional choirs, house music, and hip-hop at Millennium Park from 2:45–9 p.m. (Free)

Hades’ Danse Macabre ends on Northwest Side. Celebrate Halloween early as the immersive theater experience ends this weekend at the River Park Theater Fieldhouse. ($35)

Orgullo Prom in Pilsen. Queer teens are invited to the drag superhero–themed prom at the National Museum of Mexican Art at 6:30 p.m. Drag queens Luna La Catrina and Denali Foxx will perform. ($10 suggested)


Enjoy Illinois 300 downstate. The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series in Madison, Illinois, is sold out, but you can tune in on Fox Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. (Varies) 

All Weekend

Art in Hyde Park, Uptown. Browse jewelry, glass, sculpture, paintings, and more from 132 artists at the 57th Street Art Fair. View and celebrate new art installations around the North Side neighborhood through Sunday. (Varies)

Do Division Fest in Wicker Park. Enjoy live music from headliners like Ric Wilson and Tune-Yards. Bring the littles for crafts and fashion shows on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt through Sunday. ($10 optional)

Hot dog fest, eating contest in Portage Park. Sample all types of classic and unique dogs at the Six Corners event Saturday and Sunday. Plus, see how you do at the hot dog eating contest! (Free)

Greek, German fests in Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square. Enjoy authentic Greek food and performances at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Don traditional German garb, see the Maifest queen crowned, and play carnival games at Lincoln and Leland avenues. Both fests are through Sunday. (Free)

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🎤 Karaoke Storytellers

Every song has a story — that’s the idea behind the Karaoke Storytellers event. Performers get up, tell a story, and then sing a song related to that story. The event is hosted by our own Jacoby Cochran. 

🎧 At the April event, we heard stories about finding love and finding yourself.

👉 See historian Sherman “Dilla” Thomas headline Karaoke Storytellers at Schubas in Lakeview June 19.

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