THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Embracing All Things Fall!

Chicagoans close out yet another month! This last weekend in September, we’re embracing all things fall!

Opening the fall art season each September, Expo Chicago will host more than 135 leading international galleries from 27 countries and 63 cities for one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood.  This exposition highlights the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers art enthusiasts, collectors, dealers, and visitors.  It also features select aligned programming, museum exhibitions, gallery openings, and much more!

Celebrating its 11th year, Chicago Gourmet – Rock the Fork, the nation’s premier culinary experience, returns this weekend to Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop.  Each September, celebrity chefs headline cooking demos on two stages, popular wine and mixology seminars serve up the coolest trends in a glass, and there’s an awesome lineup of delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings that keep the crowd a rockin’ and a rollin’!  Join this concert of culinary delights to celebrate two of Chicago’s most beloved cultural attributes – food and music!!

Music and art, in all its forms, will be on display at the 6th annual Edgewater Arts Festival on Granville Avenue between Broadway Street and Sheridan Road in the Edgewater neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.).  This family oriented festival features 100 Chicago based juried artists exhibiting their original works in all mediums, three stages of live music with co-headliners Great Moments in Vinyl (performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album Saturday at 7:15 p.m.), a beer and wine garden, local vendors, and more!

Oktoberfest Chicago will be bringing on autumn this weekend in the West Lakeview neighborhood at St. Alphonsus (1429 W. Wellington Ave.).  In addition to beer, brats, pretzels, pop, and Bavarian music acts on two stages, craft beer tastings will take place on Friday and Saturday nights (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) in the parish’s German Beer Hall. Kinderfest, featuring games and other activities for youngsters and families, is on Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).  It’s one of Chicago’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian!!

The 12th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival takes place this weekend at Midway Plaisance Park (1130 Midway Plaisance North) in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Two outdoor stages will feature over 150 of the finest in local, national, and international jazz artists with an outdoor dance floor.  Food/beverage vendors, picnic areas, artisan vendors, and family-friendly programming are also highlighted at this free festival!

The 2018 ALS Walk for Life takes place Saturday (9:30 a.m. festivities begin, 11:00 a.m. walk kicks off) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop.  Attendees will take a two-mile stroll along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and complete the walk through Soldier Field before crossing the finish line.  Join the ALS family as they walk for hope, walk for help, and walk for life!!

Finally, the Chicago Cubs will be wrapping up their regular season this weekend hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) in Wrigleyville.  Will the Cubs win their division?  Only time will tell!

Embrace Fall Because Winter is Next!