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Colleen McNicholas is a Chicago South Sider who frequently wanders the streets of the windy city. She is always on the lookout for the best food and adventures this city has to offer. She is a Columbia College Chicago grad and is a marketing/PR professional. A few years ago, Colleen realized how many limitations she was putting on her life and decided she needed a change. She created a bucket list back in 2011 and has been following that bucket list ever since. Now, Colleen finally feels like she is living the life she has always wanted. When not working, volunteering, or trying new restaurants, she enjoys playing the guitar, fashion, going to concerts, running races, and meeting new people. Colleen is also a big thrill seeker: from extreme zip lining, to helicopter rides, to whale watching in Alaska, all the way to skydiving. Colleen wants to inspire people to take risks, try new things, and enjoy every second of life.

Chicago Weekend Guide: July 26 – 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014

Randolph Street Market

The Randolph Street Market strikes again this weekend on July 26 – 27. The popular vintage shopping excursion returns and will feature a vinyl swap meet, fancy food market, and global bazaar. The Market is a European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Shoppers can expect 200 select purveyors of high quality, well-priced “finds” that range from furnishings and vintage clothing, to jewelry, collectibles, and more!RSM_july2014-v2-2

This month, be sure to register for The Parisian State of Mind Market tour featuring world renowned Antiques Diva®, CEO of Europe’s largest antiques sourcing company, Toma Haines. There will be a Style Guide Presentation and Tour of the Market at 2-2:45 pm on Saturday, July 26, where Haines will take guests on a virtual tour of the major French furniture styles to identify their key characteristics utilizing modern day metaphors and sharing some slightly scandalous stories from the past. Sip on French wines paired with cheese while Toma brings Europe to Chicago! Pre-register at www.randolphstreetmarket.com.

The following are also special events on tap for July’s market: Vintage clothing stylist Redgi Woods of reFINDefined and fashion forward jewelry Elyse Vieni will be outfitting models showcasing the hottest concert looks of the season on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m;  Fan favorite Poems While You Wait returns with a collective of poets and their vintage typewriters who provide their patrons with an unexpected and decontextualized encounter with poetry; and, DJ D. Jones will be on hand in the “Shade Shack” spinning tunes along with eyewear vendors like Washington DC based These Eyes of Mines.

Can’t find a sitter for the kiddies? No problem! Lincoln Park’s Kidville will be onsite with fun activities and Rockin’ Railroad band.

For all the early birds, be sure to check out Early Shopping Saturdays. Outdoor shopping opens at 8 a.m and indoor shopping begins at 9 a.m. with 100% of the proceeds going to Chicago House charity. Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (early bird Saturday hours begin at 8 a.m.)

Located at the 1350 W. Randolph Street and 1340 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ph. 312-666-1200

General Admission is $8 in advance on-line, $10 at the gate.

Early Shopping on Saturday is $25 at the door, and $20 online advance.

Please click here to purchase tickets


Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

Newberry Library Book Fair

Bookworms, get ready for the 30th Annual Newberry Library Book Fair. As one of the largest used book sales in the country, avid book lovers who still enjoy the tactile feeling of reading a book are sure to find a thing or two to add to the collection.

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(Photo Credit: Newberry website)

Featured books include those autographed by President Barack Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer. Other highlights include a complete set of the works of Charles Dudley Warner; a wide selection of autographs, from Nelson Algren to Ginger Rogers; early editions of the Lonely Doll books; many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and a rare volume on how to be elegant by fashion designer Lily Dache.

According to The Newberry mission statement, they are free and open independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. They acquire and preserve a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas.

All proceeds go to furthering the library’s mission.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

The Newberry
60 W Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Ph. 312-943-9090

This event is FREE.

World Weekend

Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will be having their World Weekend: Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. World Weekend is a two-day event of collaborative art making, experimental activities, and more. Over 25 collaborations with the artist community and local literary and even includes creative workshops, artist interventions, readings, performances, and screenings.

If you plan on getting in on the fun, attendees are encouraged to go on their Instagram and Twitter accounts using #WordWeekend to share their pictures and thoughts with @mcachicago.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 -5 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Ph. (312) 280-2660

ADMISSION: Free with museum admission.


Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wicker Park Fest

(Photo Credit: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/fest)

Come to one of Chicago’s finest neighborhoods for a fun night of food, music, and art! The event will take place in Wicker Park on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Donations will be given to the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber Commerce, a non-profit working to increase the neighborhood’s visibility and viability by putting on events that promote the local businesses of the community.

There will be three stages and 35+ bands. Some of the bands include: Owls, Pet Symmetry, RJD2, Odesza, and more. Attendees may also bring children into the event and get in on the fun at Wicker Park Fest’s Kid’s Fest area.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 – 10 p.m.

Wicker Park
Milwaukee Ave. at North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Ph. 773-384-2672

$5 donation at the gate.

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