Weekend Picks: Food and Fun and Whales, oh my!

Currently in the zodiac sign of the Cancer, let’s take a lesson from their book and exude sophistication and unleash our wicked sense of style for this edition of the weekender. Here are your Haute weekend pics because we heart Chi summers.

Fourth Annual Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale

July 20-21

From apparel to accessories, this outdoor emporium offers everything for the fashion savvy. From clothes to jewelry and accessories, local favorites like Erin Gallagher, Kate Boggiano, House of Sole, and Michelle Tan are highlighted.

Daley Center Plaza. 50 W. Washington St. www.chicagofashionresource.com

10th Annual Green City Market Chef’s BBQ

July 15, 6- 8 PM

80 chefs will be offering up dishes created using fresh items offered from the Green City Market. Featuring the “who’s who” of the Chicago culinary scene, feast on delectable favorites from the city’s best restaurants. The VIP Heirloom table costs $2500 and seats ten. With VIP tickets, you will also get exclusive pre-event tastings and cocktails with the celebrity chefs from 5-6.

Green City Market  1750 N Clark St. 773.880.1266. http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/

BLU 2010

July 17, 7 pm- midnight

The Shedd aquarium’s annual fundraiser, sample food and drinks from Chicago favorites like Shaw’s Crab House, Uncommon Ground, Goose Island, Sunda, Jim Beam, SUSHISAMBA rio, Texas de Brazil, The Melting Pot and many more. The auction includes a 2009-2010 Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick autographed by the whole team, an overnight package from the Elysian Hotel and a weekend-long lease of a 2011 Porsche Cayenne. With a VIP ticket, you get an intimate visit with the Shedd’s beloved beluga whales from 6-8, while sipping the specialty BeLUga cocktail designed by Mionetto Prosecco Brut.

The Shedd Aquarium. 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Museum Campus. 312.939.2438. http://www.sheddaquarium.org/blu.html

Liquid Soul and Luxury Ice Cream Festival

July 17, 6- 9 PM

Chicago’s own Grammy-nominated Liquid Soul bring the beats as you enjoy sweet treats- exotic ice cream flavors from the best micro-creameries.
Kenmore Live Studio. 678 N. Wells St. 312.265.0871. http://www.kenmore.com/