5 Fab Things to do This Weekend: Nov. 10-12

By / Culture / November 10, 2017

Zak Stemer rounds up the best ways to spend your off days, from Chicago-made EDM stars to Brooklyn-made pizza

1. Oh Brothers, Where Art Thou?

The Avett Brothers, a six-member folk rock band (only two members, Scott and Seth Avett, are actually brothers), comes to The Chicago Theatre Friday and Saturday. The three-time Grammy Award-nominated group is known for combining vastly different genres — think bluegrass, punk, pop and country — and churning out sounds that are simultaneously sad and energetic. Their most recent album was even called “True Sadness” (sorry, Sam Smith, guess that name is taken). If you’re feeling lovelorn, I highly recommend you have a good cry at the concert. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State; tickets ($45) HERE.

2. Shopping league

Shopping for a good cause always makes the dollars flow a little freer, especially when you’re browsing a highly curated collection of holiday goods. The Gazebo Holiday Market by the Junior League of Chicago has been a staple of the yuletide season thanks to its collection of fashion, jewelry, children’s items, home decor, gourmet food and beverages. For families, there are photos with Santa and performances by the Mad Hatter Storytime Troupe and Northwestern male a capella club the Freshman 15. All proceeds benefit the Junior League’s mission to empower women and girls through volunteerism, mentoring and advocacy. Friday night, enjoy a cocktail party preview ($75) and snap up goodies before the public comes on Saturday. $10 suggested donation, $50 bottomless bites and beverages package, The Embassy Suites, 600 N. State; more info HERE.

3. Dart & soul

Point & Feather, River North’s darts bar, opens this weekend and, real talk, it might be my new favorite spot. Despite the fact that it’s name sounds like it was pulled from a hipster name generator (actual thing), the bar itself is fantastic. Housed in the former Mercer 113 space, it’s got a chill, game-room vibe (swiveling seats and all) and giant ink murals on the wall. Gotta give a hat tip to the bartender, who whips up an amazing — and deceptively strong — mescal cocktail. Admittedly, it’s not a great idea to throw projectiles while drinking, but hey, I say live dangerously. 113 W. Hubbard; Pointandfeatherchicago.com

4. Brooklyn invasion

Fans of New York-style pizza can rejoice: Renowned Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s is bringing its crispy Neapolitan-style crust to Pilsen for one weekend only. The lauded pizza joint has partnered with Dusek’s to serve dinner Saturday (4 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and lunch Sunday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). The pies are topped with all sorts of deliciousness, like radicchio, pancetta, scallion and jalapeno (one of Roberta’s most popular). There’s even a collaboration ’za: a pan-style pizza with arrabbiata sauce and ricotta, caciocavallo, mozzarella and Parmigiano cheese as well as garlic, pepperoni and sausage. Wear your stretchy pants. Dusek’s, 1227 W. 18th

5. Krewl to be kind

Northbrook-born sister duo Krewella, most known for their 2013 hit “Alive,” comes to the Aragon Ballroom tonight (Friday!) to raise the roof with their dance-inducing EDM beats. Bass-loving fans can expect sounds from the 2016 album “Ammunition” and, if you’re lucky, teases from their upcoming follow-up that will feature songs like “Dead AF.” These girls known how to bring the energy: They’ve played major EDM festivals from Ultra Music Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival. The ballroom is standing only, so get ready to get your rave on. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence; tickets ($30) HERE.


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