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Posts from February 2014


It's that time of year again! Our favorite celebs will take to the red carpet, cross their fingers tight, and Meryl Streep wins all the awards. The filmmakers of 2014 have given us some great flicks: The Wolf on Wall Street, American Hustle, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club. While the actors and filmmakers anxiously await the winners, Chicagoans have plenty of great options to watch the celebration and have a fun filled time with family and friends (and maybe even dress up in character themselves). And the 86th Annual Academy Award place to be goes to...

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show Returns March 15

Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, March 15-23, serves as your annual reminder that spring is right around the corner, and that snow will soon be replaced by colorful, vibrant foliage. This year's show theme is Do Green, Do Good, offering unique and practical ideas for novice green thumbs through expert gardeners. Chicago's best landscapers create displays that gardeners in attendance can emulate and create masterpieces of their own! This inspired show is a visual shopping trip of ideas for transforming any green space into one that's beautiful, enjoyable and memorable.

Weekend Alert: February 28 - March 2

Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 AM by Emmy Carragher

Skyline dusk navy pier

Chicago is your kind of town. That's Chicago. Chicago, Chicago. Whichever way you say it, Chicago's got a lot in store for you this weekend - including a one week only run of CHICAGO at the Bank of America Theatre! We've got film fests, icy plunges, some hometown hockey and more in this Weekend Alert.


I briefly shared a few words with Rasa Gierstikas, one of the masterminds behind comedy show The Sh*t Show now play at The Collaboraction Theater. The Sh*t Show has some big new things happening for it, including a successful opening of the show in Los Angeles with Ever Mainard. Take a peek below to see exactly what you can expect from this new and improved Sh*t Show when you see it this Saturday, March 1.

SXSW Eric Sheinkop

Chicago is just a little over a week away from its first ever presence at South By Southwest. And while there's no shortage of Chicago talent to be found at the music portion of SXSW (see the Chicago Made showcase for a strong showing of hometown acts), it's worth noting that the annual Austin festival's film and interactive portions boast their own share of Chicago names.

Traditional World Music at Martyrs

Beyond the incredible World Music Festival Chicago and year-round music programming and the Chicago Cultural Center and at local universities, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate diversity through music in Chicago. To help point you in the right direction, no matter what taste you have or would like to explore, we've rounded up a list of some of the top venues, festivals, and industry players in town.

This Month In Chicago History: The House of Peacock

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Kevin Doerksen

Palmer House Peacock door

With February coming to a close, let's take a look back to the Chicago of February 1837, when a third generation watch repairman named Elijah Peacock, opened the House of Peacock, the town's first retail jewelry store. With this, Chicago went from being a town to a city in March of 1837. Learn more in our monthly installment of This Month in Chicago History.

Chicago Arts Orchestra

Tap into a new vein of Chicago music this spring by getting familiar with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. Founded by local musicians and artists with the intention of bringing chamber music to a wider audience, the CAO teams up with Concordia University Chicago's premier choral performance ensemble the Kapelle for the opening of its 2014 season. This weekend, the two groups bring their skill and enthusiasm to the stage for "Rediscovered Treasures IV: Music of 18th Century Spain and Mexico." 

Neighborhood Dining Guide: Little Saigon

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Pho 777

Follow the aroma of anise-infused broth through Uptown to the corner of Broadway and Argyle Street and you'll find yourself immersed in the nexus of Little Saigon. Chicago's Vietnamese enclave is rife with heady, soulful fare indicative of Asian cuisine and culture, easily accessible off the Argyle Red Line stop or the Broadway bus.

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