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Posts from March 2016

A fresh urban take... Othello: The Remix at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Bard might be the pride of England but no place celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's global influence better than Chicago. A year-long, dazzling celebration organized by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago's biggest cultural institutions, Shakespeare 400 Chicago features 1,000 artists from all over the world presenting innovative interpretations of the writer's best known works.

What is a Planet? Adler Planetarium Chicago exhibition

What is a Planet? is both the name and central question behind Adler Planetarium's latest exhibit, now open at Chicago's stellar lakefront astronomy museum.

It's especially timely, opening on the 10-year anniversary of the infamous Pluto controversy. In case you forgot (or learned about the planets after Pluto ceased to be one), the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto off the list of officially recognized planets, and demoted it to a "Dwarf Planet."

Wired Fridays at Chicago Cultural Center

In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.

Earl's Kitchen

The Lincoln Park neighborhood boasts several hubs for fun and the North/Clybourn intersection has amped it up even more. The sprawling New City complex opened in fall 2015 and continues to roll out new things to see and do. It's been a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking a range of culinary, shopping and entertainment options. At 363,000 square feet, it’s a great place to wander around for a long afternoon that might just end up spilling into an extended evening outing. Here are a few highlights to check out.

Good Food Festival & Conference

Going into its 12th year, the Good Food Festival & Conference presented by FamilyFarmed serves as a grand showcase for Chicago's sustainable and local food scene. It's a celebration of restaurants, chefs, cooking, and the farmers who help make that a reality. Running March 24 through March 26 at the UIC Forum, the event features demos, workshops, panel discussions, tasting events, and more.

Red Square Spa Chicago

In 1906, the Division Street Russian and Turkish Baths opened their doors as one of the city's first bathhouse, offering separate bathing facilities for men and women. Completely remodeled and renamed in 2013, today's Red Square Spa still offers guests the chance to soak and steam away their worries in their Russian-style spa.

It's that time of year when people are rushing to fill out their March Madness brackets and hoping they'll win it big when all is said and done. Part of the March Madness tradition includes anxiously watching games to keep tabs on where you stand. If you're in town, here are some of the best bars to watch March Madness in Chicago... complete with food and drink specials throughout the NCAA Tournament!

St. Patrick's Day certainly brings Irish whiskey to the forefront of a drinker's mind; but there is no reason to limit your enjoyment of this plucky spirit to only one day (or weekend) a year. Especially in a city like Chicago where it is easy to find eateries and bars for those who are Irish proud (or just want to be Irish adjacent).  

Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg HuntHippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch or discover the colorful eggs his hidden around the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here are five of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.  

The Last DefenderYou may have heard of those experiences in Chicago where you get locked in a room with people and you have to find your way out in an hour. You may be thinking "Umm... locked in a room with people I DON'T KNOW for an hour and I can't get out? No thanks. Biyeeee!" I get it, especially if they're scary ones with zombies, or you're with someone who is just the worst. However, The House Theatre of Chicago has come up with such a cool and unique escape-type room experience that I think even the biggest doubters will have a blast.

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