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This Week in CHI: Feb. 1-7

Can you believe it’s already February? These Bitches cannot. Make the most of the new month—and the mild weather—by getting out and exploring the city. We’ve made it easy for you by curating this week’s best brunches, happy hours, and events.

Photo credit: Chicago Athletic Hotel


The forecast for Monday is mostly sunny with a high of 40 degrees Fahrenheit! Skip the treadmill and take advantage of this unseasonably warm winter by going ice-skating at the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. Its unique shape and the stunning views of the skyline make it fun for every experience level. For more information, click here.


Even in the middle of winter, you can find traces of summer in Chicago. Staytion Market & Bar at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel kicks off their week-long Winter Escape today where guests can enjoy tiki drinks like Papaya Haze, Kiwi Cooler Punch, and Mid-Summer’s Dream, which is served in a mini watermelon. Click here for more details.

Photo credit: Lyric Opera
Photo credit: Lyric Opera


Chicago is a great city for art lovers of all kinds. Opera and architecture enthusiasts can get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Civic Opera House on their Public Backstage Tours. This hour-long, docent-led tour gives you a special look into the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre. To grab your tickets and find more information, click here.


Bitches, today is your last chance to take advantage of Chicago Restaurant Week! Whether you’re a foodie or simply want to “Treat Yo’ Self”, head to any of the participating restaurants with their special Restaurant Week prix-fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner. For all the details, click here.

Photo credit: Peter McCullough, Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo credit: Peter McCullough, Museum of Contemporary Art


There is nothing cooler than being at a museum after hours. This Friday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is partnering with Pitchfork to host its first Prime Time event of the year. The event, titled ⌘R, will offer guests eclectic ways to refresh. The event will feature musical performances from headliner Holly Herndon and several DJs, serve tasty eats, and feature DIY craft making stations. You’ll find us Bitches by the spa, where feminist art collective Tracers Book Club will be giving manicures. For more information, click here.


Get your brunch on while playing tourist in your own city on the Pedway Brunch Tour. Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Chicago’s Finest Tours embarks on a 3-hour walking tour of the city. Learn about Chicago’s colorful history, while staying warm in Chicago’s underground tunnel system—the Pedway. After the first hour of the tour, guests stop for a brunch buffet at American Craft Kitchen in the Hyatt Regency. After the meal, the tour continues for another fun-filled hour. For more information, click here.


When is it appropriate to have pasta for breakfast? On National Fettuccine Alfredo Day! Celebrate this food micro-holiday by brunching with your Bitches at our favorite Italian spots in Chicago. We recommend Bar Siena in West Loop and Osteria La Madia in River North. Eat your carbs today, Bitches!

If you aren’t attending or hosting a Super Bowl party but want to get in on the action, we recommend watching the game at Headquarters Beercade. Tickets to their Nacho Average Super Bowl Party include two drinks and a gourmet nacho buffet—yum! You can watch the game on two giant projector screens and 16 TVs. If watching the game isn’t your thing, you can play vintage arcade games while waiting for the Super Bowl commercials to air. Click here to get all of the details.

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For Next Week…
Grab your ticket to the Cupid’s Undie Run here in Chicago! It helps to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to stop neurofibromatosis, a debilitating genetic disease that causes tumor growth within children’s nervous systems. Click here to sign up for the Cupid’s Undie Run and find out how you can support the cause!


On the weekend, Ana struggles to choose between sweet and savory brunch options. During the week, she helps the hospitality and tourism industries reach millennials online through her digital marketing agency, BLOOM Digital Marketing.

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