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Posts from December 2016

Participate in the joyful community celebration of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 27, at the DuSable Museum of African American History in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The annual African American cultural celebration focuses on seven African principles for each day of the weeklong event, which culminates with a feast and creative program.

Chicago Restaurant Week: January 27 – February 9, 2017

The reservation books are now open for the 14-day feast otherwise known as Chicago Restaurant Week. From Friday, January 27, to Thursday, February 9, dine at 300+ restaurants (including 66 new participants!) at deliciously low prices. Multiple-course meals pack in prix fixe deals with $22 brunch (new this year) and lunch options, and $33/$44 dinner options.

Caroling at Cloud Gate

The countdown to Christmas and New Year's Eve continues, which means we have some amazing holiday options in Chicago for all to enjoy this weekend! Whether spending the evening soaking in the activities in Chicago's Andersonville or taking a tour of downtown's beautiful lights at night, you'll find there's no better place to be. Here are 8 things coming up on the calendar — it's time to make weekend plans!

The House Theatre's

The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 

American Girl Doll

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.

The Best New Brunches in Downtown Chicago

Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Beacon Tavern Brunch

Chicago tourists and locals alike never stop brunching at classic spots such as Bongo Room, but it’s important to expand your palate every once in awhile. Chicago’s brunch scene is ever-changing and it’s hard to keep up! This roundup of the best new brunch spots in downtown Chicago includes a number of spots you’ll be dying to try this month. Challenge accepted!

Chi-Town Rising

It's time to shout, "Farewell!" or perhaps, "Good Riddance!" to 2016 and say, "Hello!" to 2017. And nothing says, "Happy New Year!" better than a New Year's Eve packed with champagne toasts, far-reaching fireworks, extra-silent disco dancing, a rising star and a 5K. Wait . . . what? It's Chi-Town Rising! Chicago’s biggest, brightest and newest New Year’s Eve celebration.

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical

A family theater excursion offers the perfect excuse to dress up for a night on the town and gather some cherished holiday memories. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Clara and the Nutcracker, and even Charlie Brown are all in Chicago to share the spirit of the season with families.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Chilly temps are starting to hit the city, but the best events in Chicago are just warming up. Take on the cold with our many ice skating rinks that are sure to show you a great time. We've also got many holiday shopping markets for you to find the best gifts your loved ones could ask for and much more. It's time to make some weekend plans! 

First Bites Bash 2016

It's the first foodie celebration of the year, and the date is set for Thursday, January 26, 2017. A new location at Navy Pier, a new celeb chef host and 32 new restaurants are on the lineup for this 1-night only tasting party. Start 2017 off with this stylish celebration of the Chicago culinary scene... and do it with a deal: Early Bird tickets have just been posted.

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