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This Week in CHI: March 20-26

March Madness is in full swing and we love the competition. However, if you take a time-out from watching the games and giving your co-workers a hard time about their favorite team, or if basketball just isn’t your game, then check out what else our beloved city has to offer!

Clear igloo-shaped structures popped up along the Chicago Riverwalk last week thanks to City Winery and their River Domes. These heated domes help you get outside without having to brave Chicago’s merciless weather. Get your girls, create a fun playlist and treat yourself to City Winery’s house-made wine and a loaded cheese and charcuterie board. Tickets start at $100 depending on the size of your party. For more information and to reserve your City Winery River Dome, click here.

The grey days of winter have been true stage five clingers, so add a punch of color to brighten your day at Navy Pier as it hosts the Chicago Flower and Garden Show through March 26. This years floral exposition is blooming! For tickets and more information, click here. Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

The Joinery is the latest addition to the Logan Square venue scene and it’s debuting the new digs by hosting Big Delicious Planet’s Urban Farm Dinner Series for its Spring Blossom Pop-Up Dinner. Check out this new space while sipping on seasonal cocktails and appetizers to kick off the evening, followed by a three-course meal. All ingredients served are seasonal and grown locally. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. The Joinery – 2533 W. Homer Street, Chicago, IL

Victory Brewing Company is finally of legal drinking age as it celebrates 21 years of creating top-quality beers for the craft beer community. Fountainhead Chicago is hosting the birthday bash with cupcakes, games and Victory beers on tap. Did I mention cupcakes? For more information, click here. Fountainhead Chicago – 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL

The Big Dance continues at Zella as it hosts the 2nd Annual March Madness Happy Hour with all proceeds benefiting Distinctively College Bound, an organization that funds scholarships to create opportunities for students looking to participate in various after school extracurriculars. Unwind from the week, watch basketball and help make a kid’s dreams come true. For more information, click here. Zella – 1983 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL

The Museum of Science and Industry is staying open after hours and serving up cocktails and light bites for an adult-only evening showcasing its newest temporary exhibit, Extreme Ice. Touch a massive ice formation and see the chilling effect climate change has had on the Earth’s rapidly disappearing glaciers through photography and time-lapse videography by glacier chaser, James Balog. Admission is $30 or $25 for MSI members. For tickets and more information, click here.

No reason is needed to explain why Eataly Chicago is raising a glass of Toscana wine this Friday and Saturday in a Toast to Tuscany. Wine native to the region, such as the Super Tuscan, Sangiovese, and Vermentino, will be served as you stroll the store. You will not leave hungry, this is Eataly after all, as Eataly chefs have perfectly paired all 15 wine tastings with a yummy Toscana treat. For tickets and more information, click here. Eataly Chicago – 43 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL

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Join the Chiccago Bitches this Saturday at Rhyme or Reason’s first day of brunch! We will be taking over Rhyme or Reason’s Instagram so all of you can follow along. If you come by, make sure to say “hi”! Click here to read grand opening recap, and click here for more information.

Quite literally connect with friends this Saturday at Replay Lincoln Park as it hosts a Human Foosball tournament. Laugh at your friends and a lot at yourself as you try to outplay your opponents tethered together for a whopping $500 grand-prize ($300 cash, $200 bar tab) or a not too shabby $250 bar tab for second place. If first and second place seem out of reach, a $250 bar tab will be awarded for team spirit. For more information and to register your team, click here.

We will have to wait until 2020 to experience Chicago’s first Presidential Library, The Obama Presidential Center, but that didn’t stop John Ross, curator of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and the Hyde Park Art Center, from curating The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary. The exhibition will utilize archival and imagined visual content to address the historic cultural representation of a black president before and after the election of President Obama. It will also showcase the overwhelmingly positive reactions of 31 countries in the wake of President Obama’s election. The exhibit opens at 12 p.m. with curator, John Ross, giving a special tour from 3 – 4 p.m. Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated. For Hyde Park Art Center hours and more information, click here. Hyde Park Art Center – 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615



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