Our weekly 5 Things to Do column is now Weekend 101, where you’ll still find can’t-miss events around Chicago and the North Shore. This weekend, don’t miss a variety of new exhibits in the city, two festivals perfect for those who love bourbon and wine, and a family-friendly fest that kicks off fall.
Opens Sept. 6
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will present this exhibit of paintings, prints, and sketches by Todros Geller through Feb. 17, 2019. Geller was a Chicago artist “who was central to the history of modern American Jewish art.”
Buckingham Fountain will be the backdrop of this festival, where guests will have the chance to sample from more than 300 wines, hear from experts during wine seminars and cooking demos, listen to live music, and more.
Open Sept. 8
Chicago’s Driehaus Museum will open three exhibitions this weekend, including the focal exhibit “Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America,” organized by the New-York Historical Society. In addition, the museum will present original exhibits “Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era” and “Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.”
Festival season didn’t end with Labor Day, so don’t miss this fest all about smoked meats and bourbon whiskeys with a side of live music.
Celebrate a new season with Kohl Children’s Museum during this event featuring kiddie train rides, carnival games with Snow White and Merida, a petting zoo, wagon rides, apple cider made on site with a 1900s cider press, and more.
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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.