Humboldt Park: Every Saturday until August 28, from 11 am to 8 pm, head out to Humboldt Park for the El Jolgorio de Salsa y Más summer event series. Visitors can shop and support the city’s Puerto Rican community’s businesses and take in cultural performances, including DJs and Salsa dancing at Esmeralda’s lounge and street vendor pop-ups on Paseo Boricua, a section of Division Street. This free recurring event is a perfect way to explore the city and take in some amazing culture as the weather warms up. Find more info here.
Old Town: Last week, I wrote about the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit at Lighthouse ArtSpace, located at 108 West Germania Pl. If you have already checked out the show, there’s still another way to absorb yourself in the works of the master painter. In partnership with CorePower Yoga and Lifeway Foods Inc., Lighthouse ArtSpace offers Gogh with Lifeway Immersive Yoga. This 35-minute yoga session taught by CorePower Yoga instructors lets participants get into a better mental and physical state while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Immersive Van Gogh setting. Each class occurs on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 7 am and 8 am before the doors open to the general public. Tickets are $54.99 plus fees. Bring your mat and take part in a truly unique and socially distanced yoga class, which runs until September 5. Find more info here.
West Loop: All 32,000 square feet of Morgan Manufacturing, located at 401 North Morgan Street, will be taken over by Artopia: The Immersive Art Experience beginning Friday, April 16. Treat yourself to fascinating eye candy via the numerous large-scale light installations, projections, murals, and sculptures created by a plethora of talented street artists from Chicago and throughout the country. The future-forward exhibit costs $40 for one adult (13 and up) ticket or $30 for a child, including a 60-minute guided hands-free, socially distanced tour. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include a specialty cocktail in the Artopia Lounge after the tour and ICON tickets for $70, including the tour, cocktail, and a t-shirt. This exhibit runs Thursdays through Sundays until May 16. Find more info here.
River West: Who let the dogs out? Turns out District Brew Yards and Bold Dog Beer Company will on Sunday, April 18 at District Brew Yards, located at 417 North Ashland Avenue, at 1 pm. The Bold Dog Pup Party lets our furry friends onto the brewery’s patio for the first pooch party of the 2021 season. Dog owners and anyone else can enjoy food from Lillie’s Q, located inside District Brew Yards, and try out the debut of Bold Dog’s new Bubba Berry Light Lager, named after Bubba, the winner of the 2020 National Bulldog Day contest. This free-to-attend event is a great way to meet new friends no matter how many legs they stand on. Find more info here.
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