The best of what to do in and around Chicago this week
This week in Chicago, get outdoors for the Chicago Marathon, a huge event that you should go to witness whether you run in it or not. Post-marathon, hang out at the massive Columbus Day Parade, and then get ready for this week’s presidential debate with a visit to the new political-fueled exhibit at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery. Finish off the week at The Little Beet Table, the city’s new haven for gluten-free foodies.
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October 7–January 14 | Art
The newest show at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery endeavors to explore how art can provoke thought and debate about politics, bureaucracy, and power. Coinciding with the 2016 elections and lasting through the inauguration of our next president, Sapphire aims to extend and build upon the conversation surrounding politics. The exhibit features works of artists such as Anna Elise Johnson, Jason Pallas, and Deb Sokolow, and proceeds of the art sold will be split between Common Cause Illinois, a nonprofit that fights for real and accountable democracy, and the artist.
Times vary | 300 W. Superior St., #203, Chicago | Free | website
October 8–9 | Escape the city
Embrace fall by heading to Marquette, Michigan for the annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival (October 8). Downtown will be transformed with street dancing, music, food, a chalk art exhibition, harvest-themed paintings by local artists, and even a pastry-eating contest. Take some time to hike on Sugarloaf Mountain (bring a camera so you can show off photos of the tremendous view later), and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at Presque Isle Park. It’s all about nature this time of year. If you’re bringing the kids, also make sure to check out the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.
October 9 | Marathon
Even if you’re not planning on running the 26.2 miles that make up the Chicago Marathon this weekend, head downtown to cheer on those who do. The energy that infects the town during this race is contagious, and the post-race party will gather runners and spectators alike for a giant celebration with live music, food and drinks, massage therapy, and more.
7:30 a.m. | Various spectator watch areas throughout the city | Free | website
October 10 | Parade
Columbus Day Parade
This Chicago favorite is a massive parade featuring more than 150 bands, floats, and marchers. It’s loud and brings together every major organization in the Chicago area, including politicians and various cultural groups. This very inclusive parade welcomes people of all ethnicities and backgrounds to come together as Chicagoans.
12:30 p.m. | Starts at State St. and Wacker Dr., Chicago | Free | website
Now open | Restaurant
The Little Beet Table
Some restaurants will offer a gluten-free dish or two on their menu, but it’s difficult to find somewhere with a nice, wide selection. New small-plate-focused restaurant The Little Beet Table is 100 percent gluten-free, as well as local, artisanal, and tasty. Dishes include wild pink shrimp curry, sweet pea guacamole, and grilled grass-fed rib eye with roasted fingerling potatoes. It’s also got an extensive wine and craft cocktail list, as well as gluten-free beers, ciders, and house-made sodas (the beet soda is a must-try).
The Little Beet Table, 845 N. State St., Chicago | website
Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.