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This Week in CHI: Feb. 29 – Mar. 6

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

It’s a leap year, which means we get a bonus day in February! Although we don’t have an eighth day added to our week, our roundup of carefully curated events will help you make the most of this week.

If it were up to me, I’d make leap day on a Friday or Saturday—a day people look forward to. Alas, this time leap day is on a Monday. Make the most of it by heading to Flagship in Lakeview for 29-cent drafts of Miller Lite and Coors Lite. You can’t even get a stick of gum for that much anymore! Get all of the details here. Cheers, Bitches!

Head to Wicker Park for Xoco Bistro’s Beer Dinner series—a four-course dinner paired with beers from Pilsen’s Moody Tongue brewery. The meal will include Mexican dishes like coconut ceviche and chicken in mole poblano. The beers sound just as delicious as the food, featuring flavors like caramelized chocolate churro porter and sliced nectarine IPA.


Whenever I find a movie that I want to see in theaters, it leaves the box office before I have time to see it. Fortunately, after films leave the movie theaters, they go to the Vic for their Brew & View. The best part is, admission is only $5! That leaves extra room in your budget for their pizza and drinks. Tonight’s showing is Sisters, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy. Get all of the details about this showing and others here.


It’s been several weeks since the highly anticipated Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibition has opened at the Art Institute, which means you’ll avoid crowds if you go today! The exhibition brings together all three versions of the famous painting Van Gogh created of his bedroom in Arles, France. This is the first time that all three are being presented together in North America. The Art Institute is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, which makes the exhibition a great alternative to happy hour tonight. Click here to reserve your ticket.

For a play unlike any you’ve ever experienced before, head to the Neo-Futurarium for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. T.M.L. consists of 30 plays performed in 60 minutes, and is actually the longest-running show in Chicago. Your ticket is a small toy or token that you will be given in line. When you get to the box office, you roll a die to calculate your price of admission. You then receive a “menu” of the 30 plays you will be watching that night (you need some way to keep them all straight!). Click here for all of the details.

We’ve all taken our out-of-town friends to Portillo’s and Billy Goat Tavern when they visit. Next time, make your guests feel like in-the-know locals with a Chef Driven Food Tour of Pilsen. You and your guests will munch on the city’s best tacos while grabbing selfies in front of Pilsen’s murals….and even Al Capone’s jail cell. All tours are led by local chefs, restaurant owners, and/or mixologists who have been born and raised in Chicago, so you will be in good hands. To get your tickets for today’s tour and learn about the other Chef Driven Food Tours, click here.


After brunch, head to the Chicago Botanic Garden for their annual orchid show. Make sure your phone is fully charged, as you’ll be taking tons of photos of and with the beautiful orchids. While you’re at it, you can enter the photo contest and take some orchids home with you. Click here for all of the details


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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