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The theme of your weekend is this: food. Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off tomorrow, and with the City of Chicago's dining scene at your feet (and fork), now is your chance to push your culinary boundaries and check out a handful of over 290 participating restaurants. To walk off your weekend meals, we've got art exhibits, sail boat expos, unique Chicago concerts and tap dancing. Sound like a plan?

Chicago Restaurant Week 2014 (1/24-2/6)

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It truly is the most wonderful - and delicious - time of year. Chicago Restaurant Week is finally upon us! Kicking off tonight at First Bites Bash, Chicago Restaurant Week has been extended this year to a 14-day "week" (the best kind of week when it comes to dining out), and will feature over 290 restaurants throughout downtown, the neighborhoods, and the surrounding suburbs. This awesome annual culinary celebration will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). You know all of those restaurants you've been dying to try? You know that friend you've been trying to get together with for so long? You know that time you said you wanted to get out and explore a different neighborhood or restaurant? All of the above apply, because now is your chance. For a full listings of participating restaurants and to learn how to get in on this Chicago Restaurant Week action, click here

Art and Appetite at the Art Institute of Chicago (Ends 1/27)

Art and Appetite

This weekend is your last chance to make your way to the Art Institute of Chicago to see Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine. American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity. This exhibit is comprised by an eclectic collection of 100 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century. This stunning exhibit will pair perfectly with your weekend of dining around the city in honor of Chicago Restaurant Week - already sounds like a weekend well planned. 

Strictly Sail Chicago at Navy Pier (1/23-26)

Strictly Sail Chicago

Just in time for round two of the polar vortex to sweep through Chicago, the Midwest's largest indoo, all-sail show takes over Navy Pier this weekend! Strictly Sail Chicago features the newest sailboats, gear, gadgets, and marine accessories, as well as invites attendees to participate in educational seminars for novice and experienced sailors. What other time of the year is better to purchase a boat for warmer weather?

Lola Arias: El Año en que nací (1/23/26)

MCA Lola

Starting this evening through Sunday, the Museum of Contemporary Art's Global Series will feature a moving program of eleven performers born in the late 1970s to early 80s during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile. Their stories reconstruct their parents' youth from photographs, letters, tapes, clothing, and murky memories. Created by Lola Arias of Buenos Aires, Argentina, El Año en que nací, or the year I was born, will be spoken in Spanish, with English subtitles. 

Savion Clover's STePz (1/24)

How often to you get to see a tap performance, let alone a professional tap dance performance? In this exuberant celebration of tap, Savion Glover and his ensemble take tap dancing to a whole new level, fusing traditional music with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy of the future. This one-night-only event is part of Harris Theater's 10th Season, Collaborate, Innovate, and Celebrate, and is sure to have you tapping your foot throughout the show and well afterwards.

CHICAGO with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1/25-28)

CSO

Two of Chicago's powerhouse music forces unite in this duo performance this Saturday and again on Tuesday. This collaboration between these two Chicago musical icons takes place when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes CHICAGO to Symphony Center. This concert is what happens when you team up billboard's highest-charting American band of all time with the renowned musicians of the CSO to perform some of the band's most well-known hits, including If You Leave Me Now, (I've Been) Searchin' So Long and Saturday in the Park. Yeah, you're not going to want to miss this.