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This Week in CHI: Jan. 23-29

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Monday

With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago is the proud home to a vibrant Chinese community, so we definitely will be celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, as much as we can! The Art Institute of Chicago will be ringing in the Chinese New year with guided tours,  special installations, exciting events, and Chinese culinary specialties, in anticipation for the beginning of the Chinese New Year on January 28th. For more information, click here.

Tuesday

Savor Lincoln Park is a one-of-a-kind celebration of food and the Lincoln Park community. This Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the iO Theater, come celebrate all things Lincoln Park, where participants can sample cuisine from some of Lincoln Park’s finest restaurants and celebrate the neighborhood. Guests will enjoy delicious food, wine and beer (featuring Revolution Brewing), and exciting silent auction items from Chicago’s best destinations.The cost is $40 a person, and can be purchased here.

Thursday

Restaurant week officially kicks off tomorrow with the 10th annual first bites bash this Thursday and we couldn’t be more excited. Head down to the Aon Ballroom at Navy Pier where from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. guests can toast to the city’s culinary scene with beer, wine and spirits and sample savory and sweet food tastings from over 60 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $125 a person. For a full list of participating restaurants, chefs and vendors, and for more information, click here.

Friday 

As a Chicago food lover, one of our favorite times of year is finally here. It’s Chicago restaurant Week! Get those stretchy pants out and be ready to over-indulge for two weeks of decadent dished from some of Chicago’s best and hottest restaurants. From January 27th to February 9th, try your best to check out as many of the 300 restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week, including 66 new participants for 2017. Get a taste of Chicago’s restaurant scene from Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese cuisines and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs. Restaurants and menus are added daily, so check back often! Lunch is $22 a person and dinners is $33 or $44 a person. For a list of participating restaurants and more information, click here.

Saturday

Chinese New Year begins this Saturday and we are excited to ring in the Year of the Rooster by dining at one of Chicago’s top Chinese Restaurants. Among our favorites are Fat Rice, Sun Wah, Duck Duck Goat, and the new Too Fun Chinese, or our Chinatown favorites like Lao Sze Chaun, Sweet Station and Go 4 Food. The purpose of the Chinese New is to celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family and to wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year, so we hope you take advantage of the traditions and the wonderful food the Chinese food Chicago has to offer.

Saturday is also Winter Brew! Each winter the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce takes the Chicago Street Festival scene indoors for the annual Winter Brew!  The weekend starts off with a smaller, more intimate VIP experience at Architectural Artifacts where local Ravenswood restaurants pair up with local Ravenswood Breweries. Then the big event takes place on Saturday with local breweries from around Chicago who set up shop on the 5th floor ballroom and 6th floor skyline lounge of the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center.  Each brewery will showcase at least two different craft beers, with some limited releases being offered.  Friday’s VIP Event is $50 a persona and Saturday’s beer extravaganza is a $15 entry fee. For more information, click here.

Sunday

We are excited to check out Brunch at the new Park & Field, Logan Square own vintage sports club.  Featuring bottomless mimosas & bloodies & gourmet grub as far as the table stretches, this brunch was first introduced over New Years weekend, a mere few days after the restaurant initially opened, and they have decided to continue brunch service due to popular demand. featuring chef-prepared meals, full lineup of craft beers, & expertly-made cocktails, this spot is sure to be a spot for a fun brunch. For more information, click here.

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