Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!
For one weekend only, a dual art gallery descends upon Navy Pier. As the longest-running and largest art fair in the city, the International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair will open its doors for the 18th year in a row in Chicago, and its second year alongside the Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art. In addition to showcasing cutting-edge sculptures and functional art objects, SOFA also presents a series of lectures and specialized exhibits. The Intuit show will be presenting for sale the works of “untrained” artists, those who have not been formally trained in art school or forged an official connection with the art world. Learn more about the exhibitions. General admission is $15, or $25 for a three-day pass.
Festival Hall at Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 6: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville
Set in the Great Migration era of 1910–1930, The Old Town School of Folk Music make its first venture into the theatre with the World Premiere of Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville. The show features more than 20 historic songs written and performed by African Americans from 1830–1930. It tells the story of a young woman who travels to a northern city from the South in hopes of a better life, followed by her boyfriend. Through their adventures, the production explores Vaudeville’s black heritage through music and dance. Following each performance, there will be an open Q&A with the cast with a different guest moderator each night. Learn more about the show. General admission is $45, $43 for Old Town School Members.
Old Town School of Folk Music
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5: 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 5: 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 6: 6:00 pm
First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Need to get your groove on? You might as well do it in style at the Museum of Contemporary Art. On the first Friday of each month, MCA hosts an art-themed party. This month, “Minimalism” reigns supreme. With a cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres provided by Wolfgang Puck, guests 21 and over can experience electronic music sets by Jerome Baez and DJ Joe Bryl. In addition to schmoozing and dancing, explore the featured exhibition, and enjoy a creation station and scavenger hunt. The November event features Scott Reeder and The Language of Less (Then and Now) exhibition, with minimalist and post-minimalist inspired work from the 1960s and ‘70s. General admission is $18, $13 if purchased before 3:00 pm November 4, and $10 for MCA members.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, November 4: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dose Market operates once a month in the River East Arts Center. Whether your passion is artisanal food, clothing, accessories or housewares, Dose has it in spades. Celebrate the season with six new flavors from the Doughnut Vault, sample complimentary cocktails from Bittercube, or a slew of cheeses from Zingerman’s Creamery in Ann Arbor. Or, get a head start on shopping for the holidays with Uusi’s wrapping paper, calendars and wooden animal box sets, body lotions and bath teas from The May Box, or have a poem written just for you before your eyes with Poems While You Wait, with plenty more to offer for the adventurous shopper or palate!
River East Arts Center
435 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Sunday, November 6: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Neighborhood Bicycle Tour
For some fresh air while it’s still above freezing, take a scenic three-hour tour off the beaten track through city. Bobby’s Bikes takes you along the Chicago Lakefront, and then through the less-trodden areas of Chicago’s North Side. Highlights include the Gold Coast Mansions, Oprah’s House, the Playboy Mansion, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Old Town Historic District, and North Avenue Beach. The tour may be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels, and reservations are recommended. The tour is $35 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, $20 for children under 12 years old and $10 for children 4 and under.
Ogden Slip at River East Docks
465 N. McClurg Court
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Saturday, November 5: 1:00 pm