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This Week In CHI: March 14-20

This week we are taking you around the world, but you won’t be needing a boarding pass or passport. Even though you don’t have to leave Chicago to get a taste of foreign lands, this week’s picks may leave you with a severe case of wanderlust. Consider yourselves warned.

If you’re feeling uninspired by Hollywood’s current offerings, head to the Gene Siskel Film Center for the Chicago European Union Film Festival. Here you will be able to catch a variety of movies created in the E. U. every night until the end of the month. Tonight’s selections include films from Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, and Croatia. Click here to see all of this month’s showings.


Looking to meet new people, change careers or find new business opportunities? Bring your business cards, grab a drink, and connect with hundreds of professionals from various industries at this month’s Network After Work event at Bassment in River North. Click here to reserve your spot and learn more about the event.

Last week we suggested wine and painting events around the city. This week, apply your artistic skills on a jewelery box at Crafts & Drafts night at Diag Bar and Grill in Lakeview. Decorate a multipurpose wooden box with paint and stencils while enjoying food and drink specials. Click here to sign up.

Although most of Chicago celebrated St. Patrick’s Day last Saturday, the fun continues on the day of the holiday. Head to Earls Kitchen + Bar at New City for $4 Jameson shots and $5 pints of Goose Island’s Green Line Pale Ale. If you want to celebrate St. Patty’s Day while keeping up with March Madness, go to Fat Cat in Uptown, where you can watch all of the games while enjoying corned beef and cabbage.


Icelandair launches its year-round service from O’Hare this week. If jet-setting across the Atlantic without notice isn’t your style, you can enjoy experience the flavors and sounds of Iceland without leaving Chicago at Taste of Iceland. Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon is flying in from Iceland to prepare an authentic Icelandic menu for Chicago’s Cité restaurant. You can experience the menu March 17-20. After dinner, catch Reykjavik Calling music festival — tonight only — at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Ave. Click here to learn more.

If Indian food appeals to you more, tonight only, an elevator ride up the Willis Tower will transport you to India. Join Anupy Singla — cookbook author, journalist, and mind behind the site Indian As Apple Pie — and Greg Carso, the Metropolitan Club’s executive chef, for Passport to India: Toast & Coast. The evening features a five course meal that shows off India’s diverse regional cooking traditions. Click here to RSVP.

Chances are, if you were a Bitch of the 90s, you had a crush on either Backstreet Boy Nick Carter or his younger brother Aaron. If you were on team Nick, you will want to head to the House of Blues tonight to catch the older Carter in concert. Click here to get your tickets.


Celebrate National Macaron Day with Vanille Patisserie’s colorful and delicious assortment of this petite dessert. Anyone who says “Macaron Day Hero” at any one of Vanille’s three Chicago locations today will receive a complimentary macaron. Plus, 10 percent of today’s profits will be given to Holiday Heroes, a local organization organizes fun events for children hospitalized by chronic illnesses. Click here for more information.


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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