Valentine's Day is approaching, Chicago Restaurant Week marches on and, even though she still runs like a champ, you'll probably trade in that '82 Cadillac Cimarron when you see what's on the showroom floor at the Chicago Auto Show. Sorry, but it's time. Check your mirrors and veer right, the weekend's coming up on the next exit.
Make the most of the next 96 hours. Before the event ends on February 10, visit as many of the participating Chicago Restaurant Week restaurants as you can. Overwhelmed by the nearly 300 options? Our dining blogger put together this handy can't-miss list. Vegetarian or vegan? She's got you covered there, too. Want to book a reservation from your smartphone? There's an app for that.
Monster trucks, like Airheads and Starter jackets, were an invaluable pillar of my childhood that, like parting my hair down the middle, I thought gone from my life forever. But this weekend enormous tires will be dramatically reducing the resale value of stock cars and my inner gearhead is running on octane. This event offers the adrenaline spike of smashing stuff without the comedown of exchanging insurance information.
The 105th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the nation, will feature 1,000 display vehicles and enough polished chrome to make you wish you brought sunglasses. This is a catchall occassion for car lovers, with every major manufacturer represented. The Chicago Auto Show is as much a celebration of the city as it is fold-flat rear seats and power steering, so don't miss this institution.
Brought to you by SBS Imports and Seattle Beer Collective, Navy Pier hosts this inaugural celebration of fermented apples and peaches. The Cider Summit invites guests to sample more than 60 cider purveyors from the United States, England, Scotland, France, Spain and more. Admission to this 21+ event ($20-$25) includes 10 drink tickets and, for the cider-inclined, the option of purchasing extra vouchers for $2 each.
The Royal Comedy Tour picks up where Def Comedy Jam left off, showcasing some of art's most unabashed performers. Sommore, D.L. Hughley, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock and Mark Curry team up this Saturday night to blow the proverbial roof off the Arie Crown Theater.
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