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Posts from February 2016

Navy Pier Evolves Into a Dining Destination

Friday, February 26, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Navy Pier Chicago

One of the most visited destinations in Chicago, Navy Pier most definitely has a reputation as a warm-weather attraction, what with it's magnificent skyline views, lake cruises, rides, and more. But you'd be remiss to think Navy Pier goes into hibernation for the winter. In fact, there's plenty of reason to visit when the weather gets cold. Chief among them is the fact that the Pier has been steadily upping the ante on its restaurants, transforming into a dining destination in and of itself.

Badi Assad

Carnival season may be over but music lovers can still enjoy the Brazilian rhythms of singer-songwriter Badi Assad. The influential Brazilian musician, who hails from a noted family of artists, brings her innovative guitar stylings to Old Town School of Folk Music on March 2 for their World Music Wednesdays series.

What if I told you it was possible to have perfectly prepared blueberry pancakes, creatively prepared chilaquiles and much more while taking in stellar views of Millennium Park and beyond? And oh yes: there’s downtempo soul music carefully curated as well. It’s all possible and it happens every Sunday from 10am-3pm at Cindy’s on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in the Loop.

Roy's Chicago Sushi

As an international city, Chicago can’t help but have a culturally-rich culinary scene influenced by citizens that hale from around the world. No matter where your taste buds want to travel, Chicago restaurants deliver with authenticity. Here are a six favorites that, if you close your eyes while chewing, will make you swear you've been transported to a foreign land.

Chicago's Bronzeville The Musical

If not for the Great Migration, Chicago wouldn't enjoy such a rich musical legacy of blues, jazz, gospel and soul music. Many people don't make the connection between the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Chicago between 1916 and 1970, and Chicago's cultural history, but Chicago's Bronzeville—The Musical is about to change all of that.

We Gotta Bingo

Don't expect to just sit back and take in these three performances: expect to take part in the action. There's no better time than now to step into a video game, decide the fate of a tech rule breaker, or play a game of bingo with a local Catholic parish. If you're looking for an out of the ordinary Chicago theater experience, look no further than The CompassThe Last Defender, and We Gotta Bingo.

Black Creativity Exhibit

February can be one of the coldest months of the year, but that doesn't mean that the city doesn't supply reasons to lure you out. Celebrating Chicago's extensive black history is one of the very good reasons. From museum exhibits to neighborhood festivities, there are a host of activities to round out your February. Check these events out before the end of the month:

H is for Hegewisch: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Hegewisch South Shore 

If you mention Hegewisch to the average Chicagoan who isn’t from the South Side you might get a blank stare. It’s not surprising as this tiny Chicago neighborhood is tucked into the far southeast side of the city up against the border with Indiana. As you approach this working-class community via the South Shore Line train from the Loop, you’ll pass by Lake Calumet, the massive Chicago Assembly Plant (part of the Ford empire) and the rather idyllic Hegewisch Marsh Park, among other curiosities.

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