5 Things to Do in Chicago and the Suburbs: September 10 – 12 — Lit Fest, ArtWalk, Wellness Brunch and More

This weekend is full of art, music, books and fashion for a good cause. Don’t miss the return of Printers Row Lit Fest, Ravenwood’s ArtWalk and Chicago Gourmet’s Fitness Series with Bar Siena’s Fabio Viviani. Just remember to check out each event’s website for current Covid-19 safety measures and possible cancelations.

Sept. 10: JourneyCare: Allstars of Project Runway

JourneyCare serves as the largest provider of supportive, palliative and hospice care in Illinois. They provide quality care for nearly 3,000 adult and pediatric patients and their families each day. This Friday, you can support their organization by attending — in person or virtually — their Allstars of Project Runway event. The afternoon will feature a celebrity fashion show by stars from TV’s ‘Project Runway,’ a silent auction, and more. Tickets for both the in-person and virtual options can be purchased on their website.

Sept. 11-12: Printers Row Lit Fest

Printers Row Lit Fest 2021
Photo by Ken Carl

The midwest’s largest free outdoor literary showcase return to Printers Row with their beloved book market and free programming. Headliners this year include award-winning journalist, former Chicago Tribune columnist and novelist Dawn Turner, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead. For the full schedule of events, check out our 2021 Printers Row Lit Fest Guide.

Wondering where to eat before or after the fest? We have you covered with our Printers Row Restaurant Guide.

Sept 11-12: Chicago Gourmet Bar Siena Fitness Series

Chef Fabio Viviani, courtesy of Chicago Gourmet’s Facebook.

Join Chef/Partner Fabio Viviani for Bar Siena’s popular wellness brunch this weekend. Guests will work up a sweat at an expertly led HIIT or yoga class, earning a delicious brunch to follow that includes savory and sweet brunch items and interactive wine and cocktail stations. Grab your tickets on Chicago Gourmet’s website.

Sept. 11-12: North Shore Art League’s Art in the Village

Hubbard Woods Park, Winnetka

Aiv Lisa painting, courtesy of North Shore Art League

Art in the Village, sponsored by the North Shore Art League, will take place at Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka on Sept. 11 and 12 from 10 am – 5 pm. The event will feature 45 artists from across the country showcasing their work, including oil paintings, mixed media, photography, sculpture and more.

Sept. 11-12: Ravenswood ArtWalk

Berteau & Ravenswood, Chicago

Courtesy of Ravenswood ArtWalk

The 19th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11  and Sunday, Sept. 12, showcasing the bustling hub of artisans, musicians, manufacturers, and brewers in the Ravenswood Corridor. The event also includes access to historical buildings along Ravenswood, with exclusive looks at makers, glass workers, museum archives and more.


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Macaire Douglas

Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.