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This Week in CHI: Jan. 8-14

January is moving along, and there is no stopping us Bitches… not even the below-freezing temps! Here are a few ways to get out of the house and occupy your time, from cocktails, cider and beer tastings, to winter activities like curling, we have got you covered.


Embrace winter and get your curling on! Upstairs at the Gwen Terrace features seasonal Curling! Reservations are available in 30 minute intervals; the cost is $25 per person and includes one of the Gwen’s signature winter cocktails, like the Lux Chocolate made with hot chocolate, Grand Marnier, and topped with whipped cream. Located on the fifth floor of the landmark McGraw-Hill building, the Gwen also features a communal table with fireplace, a fire pit, heat lamps, lounge seating, TVs and music. Chef Matt Jergens’ Contemporary American menu is also available while you Curl. To make a reservation, click here.

Head over to the world-famous Laugh Factory and see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet. Located in the heart of the new Belmont Theater District just minutes from downtown, the Laugh Factory is renowned for attracting high-caliber stand-up talent, including up-and-coming comics and big-name stars from TV and film. For its recurring “Chicago’s Best Stand-Up” show, the club pulls together an ever-changing and original lineup of comedy titans, representing the best the Windy City has to offer. For tickets and more information, click here.


Beermiscious is hosting their first Tasting Tuesday of 2018, and it’s all about the cider, baby. The spot has a selection of ciders in the coolers. In particular, they will have a few Virtue ciders on hand.. Their catalog, replete with sweet, dry, and fruited options, is full of crowd pleasers. Must be something about those Michigan apples. Find out for yourself; this is a great opportunity to learn about cider. A Virtue rep will be on hand ready for your questions. Cheers! For more information, click here.


Head on over to RM Champagne Room, one of our favorite place for bubbly and raw bar bites. Celebrate National Oysters Rockefeller Day with $1 Oysters Rockefeller this Wednesday. The restaurant will have them available all night to pair with one of their incredible selections of Champagne. To make a reservation, click here.


In its 17th year, the Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival returns to the city. Fusing SketchFest veterans with fresh new faces, and local favorites with award-winning international ensembles, Chicago SketchFest is the true essence of a comedic melting pot. Since its debut in 2002, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has grown to a sketch comedy oasis and the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting over 1,000 artists and 10,000 patrons annually. For the lineup, tickets and more information, click here.


Happy Beerthday!!! Join Haymarket Pub and Brewery and they celebrate 7 years of amazing beer! The restaurant and brewery officially tapped their house beers until January 12, 2011. So starting at 5 p.m. on January 12, 2018, they will be tapping some ridiculously special beers every half hour. For more information, click here.

For those looking to enjoy some culture and the arts this weekend, we strongly suggest you check out the 2nd Fridays Gallery Night hosted by the Chicago Arts District. Brave the cold and enjoy the self-guided walking tours of the galleries, studios and maker spaces in the Chicago Arts District/Pilsen East neighborhood of Chicago. Stop by the Information Center at 1945 S. Halsted Street to pick up a map. For more information, click here.


Pile on the layers, and zip up your favorite onesie for the inaugural Onsie Bar Crawl in Chicago!  The weather is cold & you want to be comfortable… what is a better way to be than boozin’ in your onesie at some of the best bars in River North?! Get ready to drink comfortably with friends, and take some pretty ridiculous photos, of course. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Hoosier Highway is certainly proof of what happens when the right musicians and artists get together. Bub City is always a good time, but this a truly unique event. With a wealth of talent and experience Hoosier Highway has quickly become one of the Midwest’s most dynamic live performance bands. Hoosier Highway is definitely an act you have to see in person to truly appreciate…just be careful — you may end up being part of the show! For more information, click here.



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