Oktoberfest, model sailboats, and a Day of the Dead exhibit; Chicago Tonight knows what's going on this weekend.
The largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States kicks off this weekend at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of renowned artist José Guadalupe Posada, the annual exhibit features a wide collection of work from more than 60 Mexican artists. The opening reception for the exhibit takes place on Friday, September 13 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and guests are encouraged to dress up as one of Posada’s characters, such as La Catrina, also known as “The Fancy Lady.” Also opening on Friday is the Tienda Tzintzuntzan Art Sale, which gives visitors an opportunity to take home original works of art created by local artists. The exhibit is open through December. For more information about the exhibit, and a full schedule of events, click here.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
On Sunday, head to the north lake at the Chicago Botanic Garden to watch some model sailboat races. During the relaxing afternoon, members of the Chicago R/C Model Yacht Club will be available to teach attendees about building and sailing model boats. The event takes place on Sunday, September 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. For more information, click here.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Browse the work of more than 175 artists this weekend at the ninth annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. In addition to checking out unique paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures and more, visitors can also listen to live musical performances all weekend long. On Sunday, chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations throughout the day at Broadway and Roscoe. The festival takes place on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, along Broadway Avenue, just north of Belmont. For more information about the event, and a full list of artists who will showcase their work, click here.
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Broadway Avenue, from Belmont to Hawthorne
Enjoy a brat and a soft pretzel while listening to traditional German musical this Friday during the 28th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza. The final day of the fest takes place on Friday, September 13 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, and admission is free. In addition to delicious food, Friday’s festivities include beer tasting from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and a live performance by Spoken Four, a band that plays both classic and contemporary hits, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information, click here.
John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza
230 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60604
This week, we featured a web extra online about The Theatre of Western Springs, a suburban theater that is celebrating their 85th season and 500th production this year. The theater’s most recent production, Slaughterhouse-Five, which is written by Kurt Vonnegut, is a tale of a World War 2 veteran who becomes a time traveler after he is abducted by aliens. The show’s final performances will take place this weekend on Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558