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This Week in CHI: April 25 – May 1

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It’s hard to believe that another month of 2016 has come and gone—it feels like it was just New Year’s Eve! We have your social calendar to help you welcome in May with open arms, and embrace the consistent warm weather.

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Monday
Head to the Violet Hour for a special absinthe happy hour this Monday evening and sip away your Monday blues. The strong absinthe libations, with full traditional regalia and sugar drip, will only set you about $8 to $10—not bad for such potent potions. For more information, click here.

Tuesday
In honor of the James Beard Awards on May 2nd, nearly 100 Chicago restaurants are participating in James Beard Eats Week from April 22nd through May 2nd. Enjoy special menus and James Beard-inspired dishes at participating restaurants. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, click here.

Wednesday
Head for a hump day libation and game night at Headquarters Beercade in Lakeview for Savage Bingo. With prizes like an Apple watch, gift cards, cash, and more, why not get your friends to go and make a night of it? Savage Bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. and for more information, click here.

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Thursday
Attention football fans! The 81st annual NFL Draft is happening right here in Chicago. While this is a ticketed event, make sure to check out the free interactive fan festival. For more information, click here.

Friday
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, head to the One of a Kind Spring Show at Merchandise Mart this weekend to browse art, fashion, food, and perhaps find the perfect gift for your mom. With over 300 artists selling their work, you won’t run out of things to look at! For more information, click here.

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Saturday
Wine your weekend away at the River North Wine Festival. Tickets are $50 and there are only a limited few left! From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., sample 35 different wines along with cheese, and small bites. For more information, and tickets, click here.

Sunday
Love bacon? Then head to Baconfest this weekend for all things bacon-infused, bacon-inspired, and everything inbetween. The festival will feature confections from over 100 different restaurants so you can gorge yourself to your hearts content. For tickets, times, and all the info you need, click here.

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Something to look forward to…
Looking for Kentucky Derby plans? Join the Bitches, Izabela Sloma, and Janet Lee Mandell from Fashion-a-holic at Pearl Tavern’s Bourbon & Oysters celebration of the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $45, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Chicago Children’s Choir. With crazy hats, and mint juleps in hand, watch the race and help support a great cause. For tickets and more information, click here.

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