Whether your Sunday plans involve heading down to the Lakeside to see the Dave Matthews Caravan, hitting the Gold Coast Art Fair or popping over to West Fest, you should start your day at River East Art Center for Dose Market. The market, which premiered in June, will feature a great mix of food and design vendors and expect longer lines because special drinks will be served.
Helping kick off the market, Grant Achatz will hand out free Thai-inspired Aviary cocktails between 10 a.m. and noon. The drink will consist of market strawberries, Thai basil, long pepper simple syrup and Chandon sparkling wine. If you don't want the alcohol boost, walk toward the water (that'd be the Chicago River) to grab a snack at the Wúcháng Tea House, a collaborative pop-up between X-Marx and Rare Tea Cellar, where they'll have things like smoked tofu with five-flavored peanut; steamed shiitake lotus buns and various Chinese teas.
Some vendors, like Old Town Social and Seedling Fruit will be back, but a number of newcomers will be on hand Sunday. City Provisions will have Michigan Farms turkey sandwiches with rosemary mayo and raw veggie wraps with locally produced Phoenix tofu. Great Lake, the intimate pizza shop in Andersonville that commands hefty wait times, will have a table with their farmer's market salads, some baked goods, Barn House toffee and more. Sorry, no pizza, but owner Nick Lessins will have some focaccia for sale.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company takes a turn at the market to reintroduce their pie shakes, which haven't been around since last summer's Lollapalooza. Lillie's Q, Black Dog Gelato and Malika Ameen's By M Desserts will also be on hand.
Two other really cool vendors to watch for are Spices of Lezzet, a Chicago-based company that sources top-quality spices (like cinnamon, dried red stamp pepper, isot pepper, coriander and Mediterranean oregano) from China, India, Turkey and beyond, and Bittercube, which creates exquisite, unique bitters from ingredients like cherry bark, hibiscus and molasses.
Dose Market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the River East Art Center. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance, which can be purchased online; or grab a six-month pass for $30.