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This Week CHI: Feb. 19 – 25

Good news people, February is almost over which means the months of spring are just that much closer! But, we want to help you close out this winter with a bang. We have a great list of things to do this week that will keep you nice and busy and all over the city!

The Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year, is here and celebrations are in full swing all across the city. The New Year officially began on February 16th, but celebrations will continue through March 2nd. There’s no better way to honor the Year of the Dog than with a delicious traditional meal and Time Out Chicago has kindly put together a list of some of the best Chinese restaurants across the city. Pick a spot and gather your friends and family as the holiday centers around relaxation and time with family. For the full list of recommended restaurants click, here.

Photo Credit: Time Out Chicago

The winter months are coming to a close very soon and so are the activities that come with them. The Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park in the Loop is open through March 4th and it’s the perfect after work activity to break up the week. The Ribbon is unlike any other ice skating facility in the area, as it follows a winding path that is twice as long as a traditional skating rink. Skates are available to rent and you can be sure that hot chocolate is readily available as well. The Ribbon is open until 8pm on weekdays. Visit the official website for all of the details, here.

You’re never too old to enjoy a great game night and Emporium in Logan Square is making it easy to make it happen. Starting this Wednesday Emporium is hosting Air Hockey Wednesday starting at 8pm. Grab your friends for a little friendly competition as the tournaments will be hosted every week and all skill levels are more than welcome. Visit Emporiums website for loads of other events hosted at all three of their Chicago locations and for more info about Air Hockey Wednesdays, click here.

Looking for a way to mix up your workout routine? This Thursday, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the famed John Hancock building and Time Out Chicago are hosting Flow in the Dark Yoga. Instructors from Creative Motion Yoga Studio will lead the group in an illuminated flow, while taking in 360 degree views of the city. Tickets are $35 and include the 45-minute class, access to the TILT Experience and glow sticks! Don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Photo Credit: Time Out Chicago

We can’t believe that it’s been two years since the world lost music legend David Bowie. But a group of his former bandmates and collaborators are assisting in ensuring his legacy lives on. This Friday the same group will be gathering at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview to perform his music and pay tribute to his remarkable career. Doors open at 6:30pm an1d the show gets going at 7:30pm. For tickets visit the Vic Theatre, here.

It might still be cold outside, but the good news is you can still get your Chicago festival fix in starting this weekend! The Randolph Street Market opens Saturday in the West Loop and over 200 vendors will be on display. The market is a great spot to checkout all sorts of vintage and antique housewares, furniture and clothing. And don’t forget the food at the fabulous food market; a great spot to stop and have lunch in between shopping. The market will remain indoors for the next few months, but starting in May the stalls will move outside into the warmer weather. To visit website for tickets and more information, click here.

Treat yourself to a little Sunday funday dinner at Bellemore, the newest restaurant from Boka Group in the West Loop. The menu, created by award winning chef, Jimmy Papadopoulos, is centered around “new American classic” dishes that will definitely surprise and delight. And the space will as well with high ceilings and dramatic finishings, you’ll want to keep your camera on the ready for all of the Instagramable shots. Reservations are a hot ticket, but they are available! Visit the website for the full menu and access to reservations, click here.

Photo Credit: Chicago Eater

Julie Strand

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