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.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Todros Geller: Strange Worlds at Spertus Institute

L to R: Todros Geller, South of Chicago, 1937, Wood engraving, 8 x 10 in. Spertus Institute, Chicago; Todros Geller, Mural Sketch for the Covenant Club, 1946, Watercolor, 24 x 28 in., Spertus Institute, Chicago.

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.”

Windy City Wine Festival

Windy City Wine Festival
Sept. 7-8

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.

Fall 2018 Exhibitions at the Driehaus Museum

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Driehaus Museum Exhibit, "Treasures from the White City"

Tiffany And Gorham Exhibits-Manufactures Building from Official Views Of The World’s Columbian Exposition, by C. D. Arnold and H. D. Higinbotham, 1893.

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.”

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest

Photo courtesy of Special Events Management.

Sept. 8-9

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.

Fall Family Festival

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Fall Family Festival at Kohl Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

Sept. 9

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







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