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Posts from December 2015

Kings Bowl Lincoln Park

You can ring in the New Year with food, fun, and festivities - even if you've got kids in tow. Thankfully, a handful of Chicago venues have kept families in mind by offering kid-friendly fun. Here are seven ideas for a festive Chicago-style New Year's Eve with the entire family.

Studio Paris New Year's Eve Chicago

After all that egg nog and gingerbread, you need a refreshing reprieve only Champagne can provide. New Year's offers an apt bubbly respite, perfect for beckoning 2016 with raised spirits. In Chicago, you're not lacking in New Year's dining and drinking options. Here are some top options for celebrating the new year.

5 Can't Miss Chicago Kwanzaa Events

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates


The African American cultural celebration of Kwanzaa kicks off with festivities around the city starting on December 26, the first day of the festival. Created to inspire community-centered celebrations based on seven African principles, Kwanzaa focuses on a single principle for seven days and ends with a feast and creative program. Check out these Kwanzaa events for a taste of the city's community spirit:

First Bites Bash Chicago

It's the first foodie fête of the year and the date is set for Thursday, January 21, 2016.

First Bites Bash 2016 will take over Union Station's Great Hall and bring in over 60 Chicago restaurants to showcase small bites both sweet and savory. Executive Chef Tony Priolo (Executive Chef/Partner of Piccolo Sogno & Piccolo Sogno Due) will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Nutcrackers across Chicagoland are flexing their jaws and sharpening their swords in preparation for the annual battle to be played out on stages large and small. Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker (Auditorium Theatre, final performances through December 27), choreographed by Robert Joffrey in 1987, is poised for its final voyage with the company for its 28th consecutive season.

Lobby of Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop

Experience Chicago's rich architectural history firsthand with a stay at the newly opened Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop. Located in the 100-year-old Roanoke Building (11 S. LaSalle Street), which is registered as a Chicago Historic Landmark, the hotel offers elegant historic touches in the bustling financial district.

Helmuts from The Greeks Exhibit at The Field Museum
Explore more than 500 rare Greek artifacts at the newest exhibition at The Field Museum, The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander The Great. Chicago hosts the largest exhibition of this kind to tour North America and it delivers a fascinating glimpse into ancient Greek life. The collection spans 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, with a focus on the every day effects of individual people.

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