Chicago the Most Underrated City in America

Chicago weekend, learn about Native and Indigenous traditions, support runners, or engage in charitable video game play.

1 Indigenous Peoples Day Arts And Music Festival, For Starters

Experience the Indigenous Peoples Day Arts and Music Festival, a two-day celebration of Native American and Indigenous music, art, and culture, close to Wicker Park.

What’s happening: Indigenous artists Digging Roots, Keith Secola, and Novalima will all play. The American Indian Center will also include a hands-on workshop and traditional craft demonstrations.

When: 5:30–10 p.m. the weekend and Monday

Place: Chop Shop

Cost: Free; please RSVP for nights one and two.

2. The Three Sisters from IPD Camp

A culinary lesson is being held at Schoolhouse Kitchen + Studio for kids ages 5-11. Children will prepare spicy muffins and tortillas.

When: Monday, 9 am to 3 pm; check the schedule here

Price: $50 for the two hours of instruction; $100 for the entire day. Tickets.

3. Mitchell Museum IPD

Visit the Mitchell Museum on Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be guided tours, craft workshops, and a pop-up market with items by regional Indigenous artists. Free.

4. Oktoberfest in Naperville

The two-day German festival in Naperville will feature kid-friendly lawn activities, pop-polka music, and professional pumpkin carving. Here is a list of the meals and beverages available. The price of tickets is $20.

5. Chicago Gaming Convention For Extra Life

In addition to arcade, tabletop, and video games, this unique charity event will feature a costume competition, gaming competitions, laser tag, an app developing workshop, and meetings with regional game creators. The fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, benefits the patients and family of the hospital where it is being held, Lurie Children’s.

Tickets are $20 for volunteers and children, $30 for students, and $45 for everyone else.

6. Chicago Marathon 6.

The 45th running of the Chicago Marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday and finish at Grant Park. The 26.2-mile event is anticipated to draw more than 45,000 runners.

How to watch: From 7 to 11am, NBC 5 will show the event. You may watch it livestreamed or show up in person to support your favorite runner(s).

Additionally, have a look at these runner recommendations for the best places to eat before a marathon.

7. Nas And The Wu-Tang Clan

At 8 p.m. on Sunday, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas will perform at the United Center as part of their ongoing NY State of Mind Tour. The price of tickets is $20.

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