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This Week in CHI: March 19-25

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Happy Monday, Bitches! St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone and that means this week Chicagoans are in major recovery mode. But don’t let the weekend comedown slow you down. The city is still bustling with things to do as we make our final push through the winter months towards that warm spring weather.

We’re guessing you didn’t build grocery shopping into last weekend’s busy St. Patricks Day schedule. No worries, we’ve got you covered for your Monday night dinner plans. Head over to River North to checkout the newest creation out of Chicago’s Hogsalt Restaurant group. Radio Anago, located at 226 W. Kinzie Street, is the city’s hottest new sushi spot. The menu is small but Brendan Sodikoff, head of the Hogsalt group, noted that they intended to keep the menu to a minimum to allow for a greater focus on execution.

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Radio Anago has only been open for three weeks and already has people talking all across the city. Reservations are not accepted, but Swanda Matcha, Hogsalt’s new coffee and tea concept, is open as a bar and allows for dinners to relax and sip cocktails while waiting for a table. To see the full menu, click here. 226 W. Kinzie St.

The Chicago run of Hamilton is quickly coming to a close in September. Before it leaves, you must make sure to grab a ticket and see this record-breaking musical. The actors take the stage every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the CIBC Theatre on Monroe in the Loop. And if you happen to live under a rock and haven’t heard by now, the musical tells the story—through a score composed of hip-hop, jazz and blues—of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, as he pushed down barriers to build the country. You might have to pay a pretty penny for tickets, but we promise it’s worth it and you will not regret it. To purchase tickets visit the Broadway in Chicago website. CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

Your hump day just got a whole lot hotter at the Robey Chicago. Wicker Park’s trendy hotel and hangout recently announced its March lineup for the Live From the Lounge concert series. The lounge is located on the second floor of the Robey and aims to find the hottest, up-and-coming talent in the city. This Wednesday the Lounge will host jazz musician and Chicago native, Darrick Tate. And the fun doesn’t stop with the music; the Lounge will be featuring unique cocktail creations to sip on while enjoying the tunes. Concerts begin every Wednesday at 6 p.m.. For more about the Robey, check out their site, here. 2018 W. North Ave.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make fresh, homemade pasta just like they do in Italy? Well now is your chance! Chef Massimo Salatino of Francesca’s Restaurants will be teaching a hands-on pasta making class at the Francesca’s Bryn Mawr location in Andersonville. You’ll learn traditional techniques like cutting, shaping, and filling homemade pasta. Spots are still available at the Andersonville location and are $75 per person. To revere your spot, click here. 1039 W Bryn Mawr Ave.

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Let the good food continue into Friday at the Good Food EXPO, hosted at the UIC Pavillion, kicking off Friday and continuing through Saturday. The expo aims to bring together families, producers, chefs and experts to celebrate the quickly growing “good food” movement. The event features demonstrations by famed Chicago favorites, including Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, along with Ina Pinkney of Giant and Jason Vincent of City Mouse. Tickets are required to attend the Friday events and registration is encouraged for Saturday. To purchase tickets and view a full schedule visit the Good Food EXPO website. 525 S. Racine.

Kick off the arrival of spring at the Randolph Street Market as it continues its indoor market season with “Spring Fling” on Saturday. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at its West Loop location. The market will feature spring-themed festivities, food and drinks, and fashion from a variety of 125 vendors, plus a live DJ for visitors to enjoy. General admission is $10 and can be purchased there or in advance, here. 1341 Randolph Street.

Sunday is our favorite day of the week because it usually means that it’s time for brunch! This Sunday, Commonwealth Tavern in Roscoe Village is hosting a family-friendly brunch just in time for Easter. Brunch will be served from 10 .m. to 2 p.m. and offer kid-friendly activities to keep the little ones entertained. And while the kiddos play, adults can enjoy a $3 mimosa bar, or a $6 Bloody Mary bar. The brunch menu will be featuring items such as the Pig Muffin, maple pig head, farm egg, American cheese, English muffin, and Belgian waffles with choice of fresh strawberries or bananas topped with whipped cream. There will also be a kids menu available with all of the fixings. Reservations are recommended. To make yours, visit Commonwealth Taverns website. 2000 W. Roscoe St.

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