A perfect Sunday…
Awake early. Make a pot of coffee. Revisit Michael Workman’s riveting New City cover story, Hope Dies Last, which appeared in print this week and is worth any amount of time it will take you to read it.
10AM-2PM: Attend the indoor Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market, in the lobby of the historic landmark Congress Theater. The last of the surviving movie palaces, the Congress was built in 1926 and by all accounts it’s still kicking. Morrissey just had to reschedule, a growing number of well known bands who’d ordinarily play at other venues now select the Congress for their Chicago tours, and on Sundays, as in just about now, or rather commencing at 10AM, the lobby is the place to be. At the Indoor Winter Market, happening almost every Sunday from 10AM-2PM, you can pick up farm produce and freshly prepared gourmet and organic food made by dozens of farmers who traveled to Logan Square from near and far away places like Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois.
With the market being closed next Sunday for the holiday weekend, this will be your last call to pick up produce and spreads for your Thanksgiving Dinner, which feels like a long way off but indeed is only 4.5 days from now, aka Thursday. (For our part, we have a pre-Metra train 9-inch pie pick up, up the street, but we’re not the norm and are glad the rest of the world is better prepared for most things and major holidays than we are). Hosting the main meal? You can even get your Thanksgiving turkey carving knife sharpened, too! Read all about it as well as a recipe in the Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market e-newsletter.
1-6PM: Join Moonshine Brewing Company’s executive chef Matt Wilde along with several other chili-lovin’ Chicago cooks from eight local restaurants (The Bedford- Revolution Brewing- The Southern- Beat Kitchen- Prasino- Division Ale House- 3 Forks Prime Steak House and Café Absinth) for another cook-off mêlée and tailgate party in a tented Moonshine parking lot. The winner will walk away with a Gilded Ladle award and a bowl full of hard cash – as voted on by the public. Check out our Pipeline coverage of last year’s cook-off and a few pictures HERE. Admission is $5 with a warm coat donation and $10 with no coat donation for all the chili your stomach can handle. At 3:15PM the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers face off!
7PM: Pop by a benefit concert for Ryan Hart, an Ipseno coffeehouse employee who recently suffered injuries from a bicycle accident. The throwdown fundraiser is BYOB and donations will be accepted to be applied toward Ryan’s numerous medical bills and loss of wages while in recovery. Ipsento is located at 2035 N. Western.