Weekend 101: Sept. 13-15

It’s a busy weekend around Chicago, with wine, whisky, and dessert tastings as well as a movie screening, art festival, Mexican Independence Day celebration, and much more.

“This Changes Everything” Special Event

Sept. 13

Join The Wilmette Theatre and Women in Film Chicago for a showing of “This Changes Everything,” a documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood, followed by short films by local women filmmakers.

Whisky, Wine & Swine Weekend

Sept. 13-15

Wine Riot Chicago
Photo courtesy of Page One Public Relations.

Revel Fulton Market hosts three can’t-miss culinary events this weekend: Whisky Extravaganza, with tastings and food pairings; Wine Riot, with more than 40 wine exhibitors and a variety of special programs; and Grand Cochon, a competition with chefs from around the country serving their best pork creations.

Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago

Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Photos by Leigh Loftus.

Begins Sept. 13

Enjoy Bavarian entertainment, “Oktoberfestbier,” food specials, keg tapping ceremonies with local celebrities, “Masskrugstemmen” stein-holding contests (Friday and Saturday nights), and more through Oct. 31.

East Elm Wine Walk

Sept. 14

East Elm Wine Walk
Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash.

Shop the businesses of Eat Elm Business District while sampling wines curated by the Wilmette Wine Cellar and appetizers from area restaurants. Proceeds will benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Sept. 14

Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont
Photo courtesy of Village of Rosemont.

This brand new event features Irish food and drinks, plus live music and entertainment and children’s activities like bounce houses and face painting, on Parkway Bank Park’s great lawn.

Dessert Fest at the Zoo

Sept. 14

Lincoln Park Zoo festival
Photo by Lisa Miller.

Sample tasty desserts from vendors like Beavers Coffee & Donuts, Bittersweet Chicago, Krispy Kreme, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Stan’s Donuts, Terry’s Toffee, and more while enjoying a night at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

Sept. 14-15

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Photo courtesy of Lakeview East Festival of the Arts.

This festival returns for its 15th year with more than 150 juried artists, live music, a children’s area, the Lakeview Supper Club Culinary Tent, and more.


Opens Sept. 14

"Bernhardt/Hamlet" at Goodman Theatre
Photo courtesy of Goodman Theatre.

Goodman Theatre’s latest production is a comedy The New York Times says is “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts.”

Cecil Smith Cup — Sips & Saddles

Sept. 15
Oak Brook

Oak Brook Polo Sips & Saddles
Image courtesy of Oak Brook Polo.

Don’t miss Oak Brook Polo’s Cecil Smith Cup event, taking place alongside its first Wine Festival. There will also be a Best Hat Contest, Best Tailgate Contest, and Mallet Challenge. Better is a proud media sponsor of this event.

Fiesta Ravinia

Fiesta Ravinia at Ravinia Festival
Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

Sept. 15
Highland Park

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Ravinia with kids activities, pet adoptions, mariachis, karaoke, and more. The day ends with a showing of “Coco” as the Chicago Philharmonic performs the score.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • World Music Festival Chicago begins Sept. 13 and runs through Sept. 29 throughout the city. This weekend’s events include Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music and ¡SÚBELO! — A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture.
  • Celebrate fall at Wagner Farm’s Bonfire and Barn Dance Sept. 14. Enjoy live music, dancing, wagon rides, s’mores, and storytelling.
  • Don’t miss the new Printer’s Row Art Fest Sept. 14-15 with art, music, and food from South Loop restaurants.
  • Watch a scrimmage during the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival, which also features alumni appearances, live music, and more entertainment, on Sept. 15.
  • BIDE Market on Sept. 15 is “Chicago’s first sustainable, luxury shopping experience.” Shop jewelry, beauty products, clothing, home goods, and more while also learning about sustainability and ethical brands. (And Brand Director Mandy Lancia was recently named one of our 10 Influential People in Chicago You Should Know About.)

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital