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Posts from February 2016

Chicago Seafood Restaurants for Lent

After the gumbo-filled glut of Fat Tuesday, Lent is an appropriate time to clean house, dietary speaking. Of course, that doesn't have to mean forfeiting flavor. This being Chicago, you've got a myriad of Lent-friendly options at your beck and call, and nothing fits the bill better than a fine fish-centric meal at one of the city's incredible seafood haunts.

Camel at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Chicago is to bundle up, get outside and connect with nature, family and friends. And one of the best places to connect with nature in our busy city is at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Wintertime is one of the best times of the year to visit: it's peaceful wandering around the beautiful, snow-blanketed zoo, while some of the animals are at their most active (hello snow monkeys!).

Van Gogh's Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles is one of the most iconic paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. But did you know that Van Gogh made three distinct versions of the painting, all depicting the bedroom of his Yellow House in France? Now, for the first time in North America, all three versions of the painting will be together in an exhibition titled Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.

A Hyde Park Itinerary

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Oriental Institute Chicago

Hyde Park might be most known as President Obama's neighborhood and the home of the University of Chicago but this eclectic enclave has a lot more going on beyond these landmarks. From the leafy streets to the bohemian residents, this South Side community stands out from other Chicago hoods. Check out these highlights for a taste of Hyde Park.

Mr. Brown's Interior

I have fond memories Chicago's former Calypso Cafe in Harper Court and I’ve been waiting for a solid Jamaican dining option in Chicago for years. The wait is over as the troika of Chef Chris Douglas, Terry Meghie and his wife Carrie have brought their cuisine to the Loop with Mr. Brown's Lounge, gently tucked within the Hard Rock Hotel.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with fun events and activities that celebrate that thing called love this February. Here are seven ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized valentines.

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.

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.

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 Times.

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