• Marcy Farrey

Chicago Indie Weekend Guide October 26-28, 2018


Discover and support independent businesses and art in Chicago this weekend!


There's a lot happening this weekend, especially on Saturday. If you're in to coffee, shopping, and books, then you'll have a full weekend!


CoffeeCon Chicago

October 27 & 28


CoffeeCon is the first 100% consumer tasting and learning coffee event, and it is back in Chicago (where it first started) this weekend! CoffeeCon is a unique event in that you not only get to sample coffee but also learn about how to best brew the coffee with the best tools. The vendors are true brewing experts who can tell you all about their product and their brewing techniques, which go far beyond your standard coffee maker. Attending CoffeeCon in previous years made me realize just how much there is to the world of coffee. I am still amazed at how the different brewing methods can bring out whole different flavors in the same coffee bean. The classes and demonstrations dive deeper and give you the info you need to start brewing amazing coffee at home. I always learn about so many great local coffee shops at this event, and that's why I highly recommend it -- especially if you're looking to switch up your routine and move away from the big coffee chains in favor of some local coffee houses.


Local AF Artist Market Pop Up at Esquina Chicago

Saturday, October 27, 12 to 6 PM


Check out the work of eight local artists at this pop-up shop in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. Two food vendors will also be there with scones and vegan tamales (from Bravo Vegan). A great opportunity to grab some lunch and shop for local products.


Author Signing -- Brooke Barker, Volumes Bookcafe

Sunday, October 28, 1 to 2 PM


Author and illustrator of the hit books SAD ANIMAL FACTS and SAD ANIMAL BABIES, Brooke Barker, will be doing a quick stop at Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park for a signing. Her first book, SAD ANIMAL FACTS, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book features Brooke's illustrations of various animals, paired with facts about them that are simultaneously amusing, perplexing, and yes, a bit sad. You'll certainly learn things you never expected about many animals! If you've already read the book and love it, or are looking for a fun and enlightening read, stop by and meet the author at this fantastic local bookstore and cafe. Volumes Books is a place you can easily enjoy a full, relaxing afternoon.


Enjoy your weekend, and support some indie businesses in the process!


Let us know of any upcoming events supporting independents -- send an email to ourindieland@gmail.com.

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