RED ALERT Indie-rock darling Markéta Irglová plays Lincoln Hall on Saturday; Diane
D’Aquila stars in Elizabeth Rex, in previews at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.23.11 through Tue 11.29.11:
museums Lost Panoramas
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Dana Benigno, sustainable foodie and executive director of the Green City Market, which runs indoors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Saturdays through 12/17, with special holiday markets on 11/23 and 12/21.
“Wednesday, I’m leaving for St. Louis after the Green City Market. My family is down there, and Thanksgiving is the holiday we all get together. I’m contributing the turkey, stuffing, and dessert. I want to make sure I’m getting a turkey breast from a farmer I know, so I’m getting mine from TJ’s Free Range Poultry at the market. I’m buying stuffing already made from Sarah Stegner and Prairie Fire. I figure why reinvent the wheel? I’ll let the James Beard award winner make my stuffing. I’m also getting my dessert from Sarah, a delicious fudge cake. My brother is a chocoholic, so it’ll be hard for me to even get a slice. It’s kind of embarrassing for him.
“Thanksgiving day we’ll all head to downtown St. Louis for the parade. Then we’ll watch football and cook. Fortunately, my nephew has chef’s training, and it’s the first time he has the holiday off. So I’m just going to hang out and drink wine. My favorite for this season is Beaujolais. It’s a nice tradition that comes out for Thanksgiving, and it’s so fruity and light that it goes well with turkey.
“I’m coming back on Friday. I’m not going to do Black Friday; instead, I’m going to decorate my house. I moved into an itty bitty cottage in Ukrainian Village that has a big front yard, so I’m seeing lots of greenery and white lights and lanterns in the yard. I always see what Anthropologie does for decorations and get inspiration from that. I’ll just see what the house wants.” —As told to Brooke Still
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
Daley Plaza transports holiday revelers to the Black Forest circa the 1500s with vendors—more than two-thirds of whom travel from Germany—peddling traditional trinkets (nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks) and treats (schnitzel, Glühwein) at this open-air bazaar. Yes, it’s as cheesy as a big old hunk of Munster on a slab of rye. And yes, we love it just the same.
GO: 11/23–12/24: Sun–Thu 11–8; Fri–Sat 11–9; 12/24: 11–4. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. christkindlmarket.com
Photography: (IRGLOVÁ) Sion Fullana; (ELIZABETH REX) Peter Bosy; (BENIGNO) Courtesy of Green City Market
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