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This Week in CHI: Feb. 12-18


Head over to the Bang Bang Bakery for a hands-on kitchen experience! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to craft your very own Apple Pie. Executive Chef, Emily Stewart, will lead guests in learning how to roll dough, create pie filling and make that perfect ruffled crust. The best part? You’ll take home your very own Bang Bang Apple Pie baked by you! The class is BYOB and light bites will be provided during the evening. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased here.


It is Mardi Gras and we can’t imagine a better place to celebrate the festivities than at Carnivale! Chef Rodolfo is bringing a taste of Brazil to Fulton Street with a specialty menu that will be served for one day only. Carnivale is host to one of the biggest Mardi Gras events in the city. The event will include live entertainment featuring an LED Dragon, flag dancers, Samba dancers, and aerialists performing from silks in the main dining room. For more information and to make reservations, click here.


It’s Valentine’s Day, lovers! Whether you are spending Valentine’s with your bae, or Galentine’s with your babes, there is lots to do to celebrate love. We especially love the idea of saucing things up over a cooking class. Grab your date for a romantic evening and learn how to make Dolce Italian‘s signature Bolognese sauce. Sauce will be jarred in house and be accompanied by a package of their fresh house-made pasta. You and your date can enjoy wine and light bites throughout the class. To secure your spot, click here.


Thursday means free admission for Illinois residents, with valid identification at the Art Institute of Chicago, and it also means it is their “Night at the Museum” event! This wildly popular event encourages fun for everyone. You will be guided on a personal tour of the Top Ten Treasures of the Art Institute including favorites such as VanGogh’s Self Portrait, Seurat’s Sunday in the Park, Mary Cassatt’s Child’s Bath, Renoir’s On The Terrace, Hopper’s Nighthawks and other gems! For more information, click here.


Come check out the first of three themed dinners in the Chef’s Dinner Series at Journeyman Distillery, with guest Ice Chef, Joel Rund, from Lettuce Entertain You. Enjoy a four-course dinner and cocktail pairing located in the gorgeous new event space at Journeyman Distillery – The Grainery. This dinner is inspired by the Founding Fathers and Journeyman Distellery’s “Not A King Whiskey”, a tribute to George Washington, who was not only our first president, but also one of America’s first distillers. After his victory over the British, he was celebrated by the masses as the First King of America, although Washington famously stated that he was “Not a King”. This is a limited release whiskey made available on President’s Day each year. Tickets are$75 per person and can be purchased by clicking here.


Attention Chocolate Lover’s; we have the event for you!  Attend For the Love of Chocolate’s Gala, “Whimsy, A Chocolate Party” at The Palmer House Hilton. Enjoy incredible edible attractions and over 100 different presentation stations featuring gourmet savory food, chocolate, pastries, macarons. Plus, visit the Chocolate Garden and Ice Cream Truck with flavors that will get you buzzing. Float through three rooms of awe and amazement to find an adult playland, from a cloud dance floor, an illusion cafe and a silent dance club, all creating a multi-sensory experience like you’ve never experienced before! Tickets to the event are $150 and can be purchased by clicking here.


Cardio before carbs! We will be checking out the latest class offered at Equinox locations in Chicago, The Muse.  The 30-minute class features barre-inspired movements using light round-weights with a steady state of cardio. This express class delivers a first of its kind…a cardio workout that also incorporates barre and dance into the class. Come get you’r groove on and do an intense workout session that will make brunch so worth it! Check out the schedule at the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Highland Park locations by clicking here.


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