The runway is getting caliente for Latino Fashion Week. The festivities, which celebrate Latino designers globally as well as local designers, kicked off Thursday with a celebrity catwalk featuring NFL player ass well as less athletic models like yours truly (personally, I think they may have been a bit cavalier with the word “celebrity” when they gave me the call, but hey, happy to be in good company). The show featured designs from Cami Mesa and the debut of Good Circles Clothing by local model-turned-designer Kevin Brodzinski. The chic celebrations continue with Tea with a Latin Twist Friday at Latinicity (108 N. State), a sophisticated evening of Latin teas, desserts and styles by Cami Mesa and Kristina Giedra. Saturday is the big finale: The International Runway Gala with looks from Carlos de Moya, Paulina Luna and Maison Minc Sisters at Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State). Tickets ($25-$50) HERE.
If you haven’t been to the much-hyped, totally unlicensed “Stranger Things” pop-up bar in Logan Square, this is your last chance. The Demogorgan — aka Netflix’s general counsel — issued a cease and desist order to Emporium Arcade Bar demanding the pop-up close its run Oct. 1. The place is decked out in the creepy Christmas lights, spooky hanging moss and a “Stranger Things”-themed menu with drinks like Eleven’s Ego slushie. So go ahead, take one last trip to The Upside Down. For Barb! 2367 N. Milwaukee; Emporiumchicago.com
Admittedly I am not a chef. (I ate my breakfast out of a Solo cup this morning … while driving.) But I love great food and nowhere in the city has more gourmet dishes per square foot than the Fulton Market District and Restaurant Row. This weekend, two of the ‘hood’s biggest chefs, Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, team up to curate the three-day Fulton Market Harvest Fest. Every hour a new chef will take the KitchenAid Demo Stage to offer their tips and tricks. Throughout the day, local eateries dish out nosh, and bands like the Gold Coast All Stars play upbeat jams — Saturday night will even feature a performance by indie sibling duo Wild Belle. Plus, Izard and Kahan have tapped their famous friends to host extra ticketed events throughout the weekend, like a brunch at Belly Q with Bill Kim, a classic cocktail class at The Betty and an oyster shucking class at Cold Storage. This isn’t your basic fall food festival, so leave the pumpkin spice lattes at home. Fulton Market and Halsted, general admission weekend pass ($30) HERE.
Oh Germany, you’ve given us so much: lederhosen, big pretzels, Angela Merkel. Hell, you even gave David Hasselhoff a career. We owe our Germanic brethren so much. Friday and Saturday, Revolution Brewing is celebrating that culture by throwing an Oktoberfest street fair in Logan Square (2323 N. Milwaukee), full of frothy beers and German foods like bratwurst, butterkase grilled cheese and schweinshaxe (I had to Google it; it’s a roasted ham hock). The first beer is $10 and comes with a 22-ounce commemorative mug. Each refill is $8. Bands like Real Estate and White Lung will belt out tunes throughout the day. 2323 N. Milwaukee; Revbrew.com
Back in my wild youth (like two years ago), I had exactly three addresses in Chicago memorized: my home, my office and 56 W. Illinois, which is the address of The Underground nightclub. What I’m saying is that I love a good nightclub, and this weekend, Chicago’s bass-heavy dance joints are throwing some big bashes. Here are three to note:
The Underground’s Studio 56 Party: Disco didn’t die. In fact, it’s back and sexier than ever at Friday’s ’70s-inspired party. Bust out the mini skirt, leisure suit and fringe. 56 W. Illinois; Theundergroundchicago.com
Studio Paris welcomes Baby Yu: Lovingly known as The Remix Kid, Baby Yu mashes up R&B, house, dubstep, trap and pop beats to create what, after listening to several of his Soundcloud mixes, I will call an unstoppable dance tsunami. 59 W. Hubbard; Studioparisnightclub.com
Prysm welcomes DJ Pauly D: Honestly, I’m torn about this one, guys. On one hand, I loved “Jersey Shore” and long for the simpler days when Snookie, The Situation and Sammi Sweetheart spent their days in a (hopefully heavily chlorinated) hot tub. On the other hand, some things — like leg warmers, DDT and Kim Kardashian’s original nose — are better left in the past. Still, say what you will, the highly gelled Pauly D has carved out a career for himself as a DJ and on Saturday, he’ll be making the crowd at Prysm fist pump. $25, 1543 N. Kingsbury; Prysmnightclub.com
Zak Stemer is a former Splash editor and lifestyle expert who currently works for Henson Consulting.