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This Week in CHI: March 5-11

We are only 3 weeks away from the official start of spring in Chicago and we could not be more excited. Mostly because that means we’re that much closer to patio season! While we anxiously wait for spring to arrive, we have a great list of things to do in the city this week that will keep you nice and busy and very full, because fortunately we don’t have to worry about bathing suit season just yet.

Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper will be stopping by the Museum of Contemporary Art for an evening of conversation with journalist Adrienne Samuel Gibbs, starting at 6pm. The event is sponsored in part by In Sight Out, a conversation series that explores new perspectives in music, art and culture. No surprise, based upon Chance the Rapper’s popularity, especially in his hometown, the event is sold out at the moment. However, there is a waiting list available and we encourage you to add your name to the list. For more detail about the conversation and to join the waiting list, click here.

Photograph: Courtesy Iliana Regan

Elizabeth, the Lincoln Square restaurant known for its visually pleasing dishes, is launching a new menu this Tuesday, inspired by famed “aesthetic, themes and voyages” of Wes Anderson’s films. Anderson serves as the perfect inspiration for unique, vibrant and colorful dishes. Diners can enjoy dishes with odes to such memorable films as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and more. This whimsical menu will be available from March 6 through April 21st priced at $100 per person. Tickets are going quickly but are still available for purchase on Tock. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Alvin and Ailey American Dance Theatre company returns to its Chicago home at the Auditorium Theatre, with six performances starting this Wednesday. The Alvin and Ailey American Dance Theatre company began in New York City in the early 1960’s with a group of seven young Black modern dancers. Throughout the years the company has transformed  into a multi-racial group composed of 32 performers. The Chicago leg of the tour will be in town from March 5th through 11th. For performance details and to buy tickets, click here.

This Thursday, treat yourself to a special little thirsty Thursday night with great cocktails combined with great food at Chicago’s Bar Biscay in the West Town neighborhood. Brought to you by the folks who brought us MFK, Bar Biscay brings together the flavors of northern Spain with the tastes of western France, in lively bright space that will help you shake those chilly winter blues. This is a new hot spot and reservations are going fast, but still available. To make yours head on over to their website by clicking here.  

It’s always sunny in…Chicago? Starting this Friday at Replay Lincoln Park, a new It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia pop-up bar will open to fans across the city. The bar will strive to imitate Paddy’s Pub, the dive bar that fans will recognize from the show along with a drink menu full of clever references from favorite episodes. The pop-up will run through March 19th and open/close times will follow Replay’s usual schedule. For additional information and updates visit the Facebook page, here.   

The city of Chicago does not waste one second when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s day. And although the holiday is still more than a week away, River Roast restaurant is getting a head start with their special pop-up restaurant, J. Hogan’s Pub opening Saturday, March 10th. The pop-up is collaborating with Tullamore D.E.W., the ultimate Irish Whiskey, and will also offer a well-rounded drink menu including Guinness Stout. J.Hogan’s Pub will be open from 4-10pm, March 10 through 17th and is located at 315 N. Lasalle. Reservations are not required. To view the full menu click, here.

Photograph: Courtesy of the City of Chicago

The notorious South Side Irish parade is this Sunday in Chicago. Although it’s scheduled a week before the official holiday, some may argue that this parade is a better bet than the parade that runs through downtown the following week. The South Side Irish parade will kick off at noon on Saturday, starting at Western Avenue between 103rd and 115th street. For more details and history about the event visit the official website, here.

Julie Strand

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