Weekend Recommender: April 26–29
Tuck into a book while you sip wine, shop the last indoor Green City Market, work out with Bears' Chris Spencer, and more.
April 26, 2012
Get in shape like a football star at Equinox this weekend.
Book Signing at the Book Cellar
Thursday, April 26, 7 PM
Lincoln Square’s gem of an independent bookstore, The Book Cellar, offers more than an unrivaled selection of books by local or first-time authors—it also serves wine by the glass, beer by the bottle, and a selection of light fare. A cozy getaway any day, the Cellar hosts an event with author Gary Krist tonight to celebrate his new book, City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago. The book gives a local look at the scenes that shaped our city in the early 20th century. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665; bookcellarinc.com
Green City Market
Saturday, April 28, 8 AM-1 PM
After a long six months of winter, Green City Market market hosts its last indoor hurrah this Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Stop by to shop a supply of the freshest produce (and other delicious treats) from farmers that call Illinois and the surrounding states home. Plus, all produce featured is grown using sustainable best practices. Come next week, the nationally recognized farmers market will move a few blocks down the lakeshore to the south end of Lincoln Park. 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-880-1266; greencitymarket.org
UNICEF Message of Hope Gala Afterparty
Saturday, April 28, 9-11:30 PM
Following UNICEF’s fifth annual Message of Hope Gala, the organization’s Midwest regional office will host the first-ever official afterparty in the Union League Club’s Crystal Room. Cocktails and desserts will be in abundance at the late-evening event, and guests can dance to the music of The Stitely Orchestra. Tickets ($100) are available at unicefusa.org/messageofhope. 65 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-222-8900 ext.12; unicefusa.com
Chris Spencer at Equinox
Sunday, April 29, 2–3 PM
Work out like a pro with Chicago Bears’ Chris Spencer this Sunday at Equinox. The class is part of Equinox’s April partnership with United Way and the NFL Play 60 project, a program created to help kids get active. MetCon3, a high-intensity strengthening workout that uses dumbbells, high-resistance tubing, weighted medicine balls, and more for metabolic conditioning will be co-taught by the offensive lineman. All proceeds will go to the organizations. Sign up in advance for the class at unitedway.org/equinoxNFL. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-254-2500; equinox.com
Michigan Avenue celebrates with cover star Harrison Ford at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.