Chicago is ready to kick off the New Year with award-winning food, celebrity chefs and memorable shows. The party begins at First Bites Bash, the official kick-off to Chicago Restaurant Week, one of the most popular and highly anticipated events in the city.  But it doesn't end there. The celebration continues with Chicago Theatre Week, now in it's second year, showcasing dramatic productions and humorous shorts. Find out how you can get in on all the action.


First Bites Bash

Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:30pm-8:30pm Great Hall, Union Station

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week. Held in the magnificent Great Hall in Union Station, First Bites Bash welcomes thousands for a food-filled evening. Executive Chef Paul Kahan will host this year's event, where you will get to sample tastings from over 50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Not only will you be among the first to taste what participating restaurants will feature on their Restaurant Week menus, you'll also be helping a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will benefit two local charities, Gilda's Club Chicago and Pilot Light.

First in line tickets: $100 (limited time only) General Admission: $125 Get Tickets

Chicago Restaurant Week

January 24-February 6, 2014 Multiple Restaurants

Chicago Restaurant Week has become a popular tradition, so much so that, for 2014, the event has been extended to 14 days of delicious dining. The event will take place at over 280 restaurants in downtown, the neighborhoods and the suburbs. Each establishment will offer prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Nothing is required to participate in Restaurant Week, and locals and visitors alike can reserve a table at any of the restaurants taking part in the event. Not sure which restaurants are participating? Check out to see the full list, and get a peek at their menus, so you can decide which ones to try.

Chicago Theatre Week

February 11-16, 2014 Multiple Theatres

If you're a live theatre fan, then Chicago Theatre Week was made for you. 2013 marked the inaugural year of this world-class event, and it proved to be such a success, that it will be returning again with even more shows, promotions and special deals from Chicago theatres. Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to choose from more than 75 productions and sample the extraordinary range of Chicago's theatre scene - for a very reasonable price. Tickets range from $15-$30, and many theatres may also offer post-show discussions, complimentary drinks and coupons for future shows. With deals like this, tickets are sure to go fast.

Tickets go on sale January 7 at

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