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Countdown! The Most Anticipated Chicago Restaurants for 2016

Chicago Restaurant Openings 2016 Naoki Sushi

When it comes to restaurant and bar openings in Chicago, 2015 will be hard to top. But considering the cadre behind some of this year's upcoming dining debuts, 2016 is looking pretty delicious.


5 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016

Filament Theatre presents Pinocchio | Chicago Theatre Week

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 11-21, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are five don't miss children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016.


Monkey See Monkey Do: The Insider's Guide To Chinese New Year

Macy's on State Street | Chicago Chinese New Year
 
Chinese New Year celebrations inspire excitement and festivities all over the globe and Chicago honors the holiday with a wealth of colorful events. February 8, 2016 marks the year of the red fire monkey, or the 4713th year in the Chinese lunar year. According to Chinese astrology, the monkey represents a year of fast-paced intensity and optimism as well as unpredictability. Here are some insider activities to usher in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Chicago's Driehaus Museum

Downton Abbey at The Driehaus Museum Chicago

British period drama television series Downton Abbey has been dazzling U.S. audiences since it premiered in 2011. Set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, the series transports viewers to the post-Edwardian era, depicting the tumultuous lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. This February, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum will be bringing Downtown Abbey to Chicago via its much anticipated exhibition, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing


Top 10 Theatre Week Must-Sees

Broadway in Chicago presents Cabaret

Dramas, and comedies, and tragedies. Oh my. For the super-cheap price of $15 or $30, you can nab tickets to over 120 different shows from February 11-21, when ChicagoTheatreWeek.com celebrates the city's stages from Skokie to South Shore. The sheer amount of shows is overwhelming. How to pick when the field is so crowded? Here are our picks for the Top Ten Theatre Week Must-Sees.


Explore The Wild and Wonderful World of Pop Art and Design at the MCA

Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
If you think Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" represent all there is to pop art, think again. Thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art's revelatory exhibits, The Street, The Store and The Silver Screen: Pop Art From The MCA Collection and Pop Art Design, the broad scope of the 60s and '70s era movement is on vivid display. Yes, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans are featured but so are a host of striking images positioned as "an attack on the privileged world of fine

18 Valentine's Day Dining and Drinking Destinations in Chicago

Valentine's Day dining in Chicago

Love is in the air (and on the plate) at Chicago restaurants, as Valentine's Day draws near. From couples' menus to romantic prix fixe tastings, here are some of Chicago's top spots for Valentine's Day dining.


Dive Into Pageantry and Tragedy at Goodman's Another Word For Beauty

Goodman Theatre presents Another Word For Beauty

In popular culture, the South American country of Columbia has long been associated with images of drug trafficking, beauty pageants and political strife. Its a one-dimensional trope that keeps haunting Columbia, especially with media spectacles like the recent Miss Universe debacle. Academy Award-nominated director Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries)  borrows from real life and manages to cram all of these elements into the multi-faceted musical Another Word For Beauty,


6 Brunch Eats: Go Here for a Great Chicago Breakfast

Sweet Maple Cafe Chicago

Whether you are on your way to a big meeting, or just craving a bit of morning “me time”,  starting your day off right with a tasty breakfast is always a great plan. Chicagoans take their first meal of the day seriously; and the dining scene stands ready to please with offerings that will fit any mood. From “down home” to downright inventive, here are a few faves that will leave you deliciously satisfied and ready to take on the day.


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey: Kid-Friendly Guide to Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chicago Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8, 2016. We can expect lots of playfulness this year — it's the year of the monkey! One of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year is Chicago's one-of-a-kind Chinatown, where the sights, the sounds and the (mouthwatering!) smells will transport you directly to China, but you'll find plenty of festivities around town. Here are eleven ways to kick off the Year of the Monkey in Chicago.


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