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This Week in CHI: May 16-22

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A new exhibit comes to the Chicago History Museum tonight. Authors of fact and fiction, prose and poetry have shaped how we see the city. Their words help us hear what we didn’t, understand what we couldn’t, and feel what we have never touched. The Chicago Authored app experience, included with Museum admission, organizes the literature into four themes— window, door, keyhole and mirror. Come and see the museum unveil the first-ever crowd-sourced exhibition in our new café-style space. This multimedia-based gallery experience explores a collection of diverse and inspiring works by writers, past and present. These authors define the character of Chicago and help understand the complexity of our great city. For more information visit here.



Bedford is celebrating it’s Five Year Anniversary with a special edition of Vault Comedy. At 8pm Comedians Felonious Munk, Adam Burke, Matty Ryan, and Dave Sartoris will hit the stage. Come for a fun and hilarious night and try their current burger on special, the anniversary burger; a pretzel bun, short rib stuffed Slagel farms beef patty, frisee, caramelized onions, gruyere, pickled mushrooms, wild ramp umami mayo, and add a beer for only $10. For more information visit here.


The King and I is in the final week of performances at the Civic Opera House. See Rodger and Hammerstein’s classic tale of Anna and the King come to life in this historic opera house. We really enjoyed this show and definitely think it is worth checking out before it is gone. Read our full review of The King and I here. Tickets start at $42 and there are two showings this Wednesday, one at 1:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. For more information please visit here.



“Beer Under Glass” at the Garfield Park Conservatory kicks off the 7th annual Chicago Beer Week. Enjoy a fresh brew from some of Chicagoland’s hottest craft breweries in your souvenir glass as you explore  the Conservatory’s eight indoor display houses and outside gardens after-hours. Popular local restaurants will serve up tasty, comfort style, small plates. Beer Under Glass is a fundraising event benefiting the Conservatory’s programming and mission while celebrating Chicago craft beer. Tickets are $60. For more information and to purchase tickets visit here.

Thursday also marks the fourth annual FusionFest brought to you by Exhale! Exhale is proud to celebrate its signature Core Fusion program with the fourth annual FusionFest.  In partnership with Women’s Health magazine, FusionFest will include complimentary evening Core Fusion classes, lite bites, goodie bags, giveaways, DJ’s and more at 13 exhale locations nationwide. Be sure to check out the list of free classes her in Chicago at both the Evanston and the State Street locations.  For more information and to sign up for complimentary classes visit here.



Continue to explore our city via great beer and beer venues. Craft Beer Week continues with events all over the city. The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer lovers. It’s expected that more than 300 venues will participate this year, offering special pricing for rare beers and other special events throughout the week. Festivities will begin with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the closing party at Welles Park. For a full schedule of events, tickets and  beer specials city-wide, visit here. Craft Beer Week will be going on until Saturday May 28th.


Street Festival season is officially here! Mayfest in Lakeview typically kicks off the summer street festival season. Come enjoy a pretzel, grab a brew from the outdoor beer garden and get ready for a summer full of weekends spent drinking on the street. This event is known for showcasing some of the best music, entertainment, and cuisine in all of Chicago. Admission is only $10 and is conveniently located at 3100 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For more information, visit here. Craft Beer Week will be going on until Saturday May 28th.



It’s the inaugural Lincoln Park Wine Festival!  Spring will be in full swing this weekend when the glorious grape, as well as smooth tunes, artisans and tasty edibles, take center stage at this 2nd annual wine happening. Lincoln Park Wine Fest will again transform the tranquil northside pocket park into an open-air market featuring wine and food pavilions. The highlight will be ticketed wine tastings where scores of varietals will be showcased. Within the park’s two acres, wine connoisseurs will also appreciate hearing the expertise of brand ambassadors and sommeliers. And enhancing the fest will be a chilled live music lineup, food-wine pairings, fine artists, and the products/services of wine-related vendors. Tickets are $50 both Saturday and Sunday. For more information please visit here.



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