Are you ready to try 300 of Chicago's most popular restaurants or are you looking forward to the top events to celebrate Chinese New Year? Well, Chicago should definitely be on your bucketlist! You can also celebrate and get autographs from your favorite players on the White Sox. Sounds like it's time to make weekend plans — here are 12 things to do in Chicago to get you started.
Ideal Home Show Chicago
January 27-29 // $10 | $7 online
Head to Navy Pier this weekend to find the latest in products, tips and deals on remodeling, design, home improvement and spring outdoor projects — all under one roof! The third annual experiential marketplace will bring home buyers and home re-modelers face-to-face with more than 150 local and regional vendors offering the latest in windows, cabinetry, solar power and more.
January 27-29 // $40-$75
The annual get-together is a great opportunity to mingle with other White Sox fans, meet the players and coaches, and nab some autographs from current players and past stars right before they had to spring training. Scheduled to appear are current White Sox team members, prospects, White Sox coaching/development staff and White Sox greats. It's the perfect way to celebrate.
Chicago Restaurant Week
January 27-February 9 // $22-$44
Bring your appetite for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week and get an introduction into Chicago's extraordinary culinary scene. Enjoy top fare at value pricing at restaurants throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. Over 300 restaurants take part featuring some of the best Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese restaurants and more!
Visit EatItUpChicago.com for the full list of participating restaurants and their special #CRW17 menu offerings.
Bloomingdale's North Michigan Avenue Celebrates Lunar New Year
January 28 // FREE
Enjoy a variety of in-store events and activities for the whole family at the Lunar New Year pop-up shop. Take home the coveted limited edition "Little Rooster Bag" that is inspired by Bloomingdale's iconic Little Brown Bag. Bloomingdale's is thrilled to once again partner with the Chinese Fine Arts Society to offer authentic cultural performances and activities. Shoppers will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Lion Dance, have their name written in Chinese calligraphy, make a paper lantern, get a red manicure, and more.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Art Institute of Chicago
January 28 // FREE with museum admission
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue) with music, dancers, art demonstrations, and a special performance by the National Peking Opera Company, also known as the Spring Festival, when families and friends gather together to share their mutual wishes for well-being and prosperity. You can also bring your kids to the museum for free drop-in art activities celebrating the Chinese New Year.
For all the holiday happenings, including the FREE Chinese New Year Kick Off Celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center at noon on January 30, check out the complete calendar at choosechicago.com/chinesenewyear.
Chicago Ale Fest
January 28 // $50
The 2017 Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition will take place in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The fest will feature more then 150 American Craft Beers, Chicago's favorite food trucks and a DJ spinning an all-vinyl playlist. Join us at Navy Pier for one of the most anticipated winter beer events of the year.
Also enjoy Winter Brew in Lincoln Square with local breweries around Chicago as they showcase at least two different craft beers, with some limited releases being offered. It's sure to be an event you won't want to miss! For a full list of beer festivities this year, check out our Chicago Beer Festivals & Tasting Events guide.
Chinese New Year Celebration: Butterfly Lovers Concerto
January 29 // Statt at $20
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a concert showcasing the rich history of Chinese music, from the traditional to the contemporary. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will blend Eastern and Western musical techniques when performing the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. The concert will also feature China's Shaanxi Province Song and Dance Theatre National Orchestra performing on traditional instruments.
Need more to do? Check out Randolph Street Market (it's the Valentines Day edition), Stout & Chili Night & The Paragon Sight and Sound Fine Audio Show or see our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month.