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Chicago Dance Highlights: Flamenco Festival, Debut from Liz Imperio & Thodos Dance 25th Anniversary Performance

Chicago Flamenco Festival

The year is off to a healthy start for dance in Chicago, with lots of exciting events coming up through winter and spring from both Chicago and touring companies, so plan ahead and mark your calendars! Here are 13 upcoming dance shows to see in Chicago.


Welcome the Year of the Rooster! Chinese New Year Festivities: January 26–February 9

The Peninsula Chicago Chinese New Year

With one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago welcomes Chinese New Year with a host of celebrations during the end of January and beginning of February. Officially starting on January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be commemorated with parades, dinners, special packages and events all over the city. Many of the festivities are FREE, so mark your calendars to join in some of these cultural celebrations!


Tour Chicago's Foodie Neighborhoods during Restaurant Week

Pan Seared Broccoli Steak at Dusek's Board and Beer

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to head out to one of Chicago's vibrant, foodie neighborhoods. In locales from Albany Park to West Town, over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week from January 27 to February 9, 2017 — making this the perfect opportunity to taste test through neighborhoods you haven't yet had a chance to explore.


A Weekend at Dana Hotel and Spa: What's New & Nearby

Dana Hotel and Spa Chicago

Amid the hustle and bustle of River North, the Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago offers a bit of tranquility with its wonderfully appointed rooms and suites. The hotel always offered a bit of nightlife of their own with Vertigo Sky Lounge, which for eight years was their four-season rooftop lounge. Just announced is a new cocktail concept which will take the 26th floor space to even greater heights!


5 Family-Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Geja's Cafe

Here's a resolution for 2017: Make a point to expand your Chicago dining repertoire by exploring new restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9). Over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating this year, including 50 brand-new additions, making this the perfect opportunity to give some new-to-you restaurants a try . . . while bringing the kids along too.


6 Unique Ways to Do Brunch in Chicago

Old Town Social

Brunch is a Chicago tradition each weekend, although no one objects to brunch on other days of the week! Brunch offerings in the city continue to become more impressive and inventive. A 99-ingredient Bloody Mary bar, anyone? Or an all-you-can-eat seafood feast? Read on for unique Chicago brunches to try, happening now.


Weekend Alert January 13-15: Chicago's Best Grilled Cheese Competition, 600+ Boats, a Citywide Indie Music Fest and FREE MLK Weekend Offers

Shedd Aquarium

It's another weekend and it's time for you to make the most of it with your weekend alert! Are you a grilled cheese lover, cultural music fan or sailing enthusiast? Well, we've got some Chicago events specifically for you, and some great FREE offerins as well! It's time to make weekend plans with these 8 picks.  


Feel the Magic at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: January 19–29

Rough House

If you think puppets are just for kids, head out to the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and prepare to be amazed. The second bi-annual event will feature talented puppetry artists from Chicago, across the country and all over the globe, for 11 days of performances and workshops.


5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

The Great Train Story

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.


Score Crafts & Cocktails at Chicago Handmade Market

Handmade Market Chicago

Getting crafty was never as much fun as the popular Ukrainian Village monthly event, Handmade Market. This crafters dream unfolds inside of the Empty Bottle bar on Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 pm. Cocktails will be served during the market so that shoppers can browse and sip through this free event.


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