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Posts from January 2016

Dirty Dancing Party

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date; whether your single, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day is all about celebrating that thing called love. Here are thirteen unique ways to enjoy Valentine's Day in Chicago.

Chicago Theatre Week | The Second City

Shakespeare called it when he said all the world's a stage. The Bard's sentiment rings doubly true from February 11-21, when the fourth annual Chicago Theatre Week celebrates the art form practiced on more than 200 stages across the city. Produced by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, the week-long party in the theatrosphere features deeply discounted tickets to 120 different theaters plus free events including sneak previews and a staged reading.

Buddy Guy

January is a special time in Chicago. Not just because the city shimmers with ice and snow and the legendary Hawk blasts through every street. It's because January is the month that hometown fans (and visitors!) can see globe-trotting blue legend Buddy Guy perform at his equally famous blues bar, Legends.

10 Neighborhoods, 10 Chicago Restaurant Week Gems

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Chicago Restaurant Week Neighborhood Gems

Lots of people have heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. Renowned chefs like them help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But just as important as the television mainstays are the longstanding restaurants situated in neighborhoods throughout the city that showcase Chicago's diversity and communities.

A Visit to the Busy Beaver Button Company and Museum

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Busy Beaver Button Museum

Chicago is home to many wonderful world-classhistoric museums, filled to the brim with amazing cultural finds from near and far. Yet you'll also find smaller, more eclectic museums that are off the beaten tourist path yet just as interesting. We have a quirky, mini-museum in our Logan Square neighborhood, the only one of its kind in the world: The Busy Beaver Button Co. and Button Museum stands as the world's only button museum!

Chicken Shop Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's culinary delights. From January 16 through February 4, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus — starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) — for the whole family.

G is for Garfield Park (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Garfield Park Conservatory L Train

The rumble rumble of the elevated train is one of the defining features of a visit via the CTA to the 184 acres that comprise the wonders of Garfield Park. Of course, most visitors know the stellar expanse of the Garfield Park Conservatory as one of the highlights, as well they should. It is open daily and admission is FREE.

The Best Deals for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Paella at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

As a Chicago foodie with a penchant for finding deals, I’m always happy when they come to me in the form of Chicago Restaurant Week (coming up January 22-February 4). It’s one of the most anticipated and far-reaching restaurant events of the year, and for good reason. You can grab a three-course lunch at a swanky spot for $22, and a three- or four-course dinner for $33/$44 at the most premium restaurants.

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink

Skating figure eights is always fun, and Chicago sets the skating stage by offering a wide selection of wonderful outdoor skating rinks. From a sky high rink to a lazy river-like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy fun night of ice skating.

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