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This Week In CHI: Feb. 8-14

Boy, do we have a lot to celebrate this week! From the Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras, to Chicago Theatre Week and Valentine’s Day, we are busy Bitches this week. Join us as we explore the best of what Chicago has to offer.

Today marks Chinese New Year, and the beginning of the year of the monkey. Modern Asian Kitchen (MAK) is bringing the celebration to Wicker Park with two special entrees for the holiday. Now until February 29, you can trade in your go-to General Tso’s chicken for smoked tea duck or Beijing noodle. Daily drink specials are also available. Click here for more information.


Bitches love Mardi Gras. What’s better than partying on Fat Tuesday? Doing it for a good cause. We’ll be at the Beads for Hope Gala at the Newberry Library supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets include an open bar, cajun cuisine, live entertainment, and a silent auction. We’ve even hooked you up with a discount. Use the code BFHBITCHESWHOBRUNCH16 for 25 percent off your ticket. Click here to purchase your ticket and learn more.

Hop aboard the Odyssey Chicago for a night of mingling with local artists at FUTURES, an art showcase by the RAW artist collective. The Odyssey will be transformed into a cruising pop-up gallery featuring the city’s best fashions, films, photographers, artists, and artisans. Don’t be late, because the party leaves Navy Pier at 7 p.m. Click here to get your tickets and all of the details.


Although we’re bummed that Restaurant Week is over, today kicks off Chicago Theatre Week and Chicagoans are known for loving theater almost as much as they love food. You can get $15 and $30 tickets to the city’s best shows until the 21st! From Hairspray and Cabaret to magic shows and the Blue Man Group, there is something for every theater fan. Click here to get a full list of the 100+ participating productions and to purchase your tickets.

Classy Bitches spend their Friday nights getting cultured. Head over to Pilsen for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night hosted by the Chicago Arts District. This event features receptions at the more than 30 galleries and artists’ studios in the neighborhood. Pick up a gallery map at the Chicago Arts District headquarters at 1821 S. Halsted to plan out your evening. For more details, click here.


Show off your most adorable Valentine’s Day undies at Cupid’s Undie Run, a 1-mile run and party around Wrigley Field where runners are encouraged to participate in their underpants. The good news is, you don’t have to be a track star to run one mile and raise money to fight neurofibromatosis, a rare but deadly genetic disorder that affects children. The event begins with an opening party and awards ceremony, a run around Wrigley Field, and a closing party. Multiple parties + moderate exercise + good cause = good time. Click here to sign up and read our interview with founder Bobby Gill for background.

If you’ve procrastinated making dinner plans with your S.O. on Valentine’s Day, you may be finding it difficult to make a reservation anywhere in the city. Fortunately, Busy Burger in University Village requires no reservations for their weekend-long “BUN-dle of Love” menu. You and your boo can share four all-natural mini burgers, two servings of fries tossed in Busy Burger’s signature dressing, and two home-spun strawberry milkshakes for $15.16 – half their usual price. 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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