5 Fab Things to do This Weekend: Oct. 13-15

By / Culture / October 13, 2017

Zak Stemer rounds up the best ways to spend your off days, from popped corks to pop concerts.


1. Bring the wine

Acceptable reasons for drinking copious amounts of wine: 1) It’s Friday. 2) It’s Tuesday but stupid Susan kept hitting Reply All on a company-wide email chain. 3) It’s Wine Riot. Part wine tasting, part party, this event is the best way for young winos to discover and learn more about hundreds of wines, while also enjoying totally Instagrammable moments like photo booths, temporary tattoos and a super stylish crowd. Three sessions — Friday 7-10 p.m. and Saturday 2-5 p.m. (yay for day drinking!) and 7-10 p.m. — include unlimited wine tastings, crash courses and revelry. Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. Tickets ($65) HERE.

2. Open season

It’s no secret that Chicago has some of the best architecture in the world; unfortunately a lot of the coolest rooms and sights are behind locked doors. Well, this Saturday and Sunday, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is throwing those doors wide open for Open House Chicago. Visit more than 200 sites around the city, from Edgewater mansions to the Chicago Tribune printing plant (which happens to be the same building as Splash HQ). It’s totally free and no tickets are required. For a complete list of all the sites, click HERE. 

3. Out of the blue

Hold onto your purposefully tilted hats, blues lovers: This weekend is the first annual Logan Center Bluesfest. The event kicks of Friday night with performances by Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio and Wee Willie Walker (taking bets on if that’s his birth name). Saturday and Sunday, enjoy more performances, as well as workshops for kids and adults, including one on how to play the blues harmonica. Most events are free, though some concerts require tickets (prices range between $5-$25). See the full lineup HERE.

4. Introducing your indie obsession

If you haven’t jumped on the Misterwives train yet, what in God’s name are you waiting for? Lead singer Mandy Lee (pictured at top) has a voice I can only describe as a folksy Ariana Grande. And on stage, she bounces around like Richard Simmons after a 5-Hour Energy. Take it from me: I had the chance to interview her while the band was gaining steam and she’s delightful. Apparently she read once that Beyoncé used to train by singing while exercising, so that’s what she does now. It shows. But don’t take my word for it, go see Mandy and the gang at The Vic this Sunday. 3145 N. Sheffield Tickets ($31) HERE. 

5. Go harder or go home

Mike’s Harder Lemonade (or as I call it, drinking training wheels) is throwing the ultimate rager Friday night. Think luchador wrestling, an adult swim ball pit and an art gallery by graffiti artist Amuse126. Plus, the evening is headlined by EDM star Gryffin (best known for remixing popular songs like “Talking Body” by Tove Lo and “Desire” by Years & Years). Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie. Free, but RSVP HERE. 


Zak Stemer is a former Splash editor and lifestyle expert who currently works for Henson Consulting.