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This Week in CHI: Feb 6-12

We are recovering from last night’s historic Super Bowl game, and are still obsessing over Lady Gaga’s amazing halftime performance. While football season is officially over, we still have lots to keep us busy and plenty to be excited about. This week, we have a lot of activities for pizza-lovers, foodies, and for those counting down the days until the Academy Awards on February 26th.

It’s the 3rd annual Winter Mix-off event, Saints & Sours at the Roof on the Wit. On Monday, February 6, top mixologists in the Midwest will be mixing their best Angel’s Envy Sour in an effort to be crowned the 2017 Winter Mix-Off Champion! Tickets are $40 and include samples from all ten participating mixologists, beer & wine, brick-oven pizza and live entertainment. For more information click here.

On the first Monday of every month, it is also PBR Bingo at the Boiler Room in Logan Square. This Logan Square spot turns into a hip, nursing home for young people. Guests can grab a few slices, sip a beer and wait for their numbers to be called while competing for various Pabst Blue Ribbon-themed prizes. For more information, click here.

Restaurant Week is still in full force; have you checked any new spots out yet? With over 300 restaurant participating in the two week food filled extravaganza, make sure to get a reservation before it ends on February 9th. The 10th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch (NEW for 2017!) and lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner. For more information, click here.

From crust to core, learn the secrets of preparing your favorite pizza specialties at the Chopping Block in Lincoln Square this Wednesday at their Deep Dish Pizzas and Calzones cooking class. Guests will make Caesar salad with homemade croutons, mushroom and sausage deep dish pizzas, and individual spinach, goat cheese and sun-dried tomato calzones. It doesn’t get more Chicago than this! Tickets are $75. For more information, click here.

ArcLight is doing its darndest to win Chicago over this month, it’s playing all nine films nominated for Best Picture. You can even do it all in one sitting, if you’re feeling ambitious or completely insane. For showtimes, tickets, and more information, click here.

Inspired by the vibrant farm flavors found in Portugal, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and other culturally rich places, we are currently obsessing over Eden, the new restaurant in the the West Loop that offers a fresh take on Mediterranean and American food. With a seasonally inspired menu, offering housemade pastas and unique and delicious entrees, not to mention a wide assortment of wines to chose from, Eden is adorable and inviting. We highly recommend it! For more information and reservations, click here.

Warning: this is not your average food festival! This Saturday, come to Ravenswood for Chicago’s premier pizza festival, showcasing the city’s delicious culinary talent with 20 of the top pizza restaurants competing for “Best Pie in Chi” while local breweries serve up beer tastings in the VIP beer garden. If endless food and beverage isn’t enough, fun games, photo booth and the hottest DJs this cold city has to offer are sure to keep you entertained! Tickets are $20 a person; for more information, click here.

We are heading up to Evanston to check out the brunch offerings at Hearth, located in the historic Homestead hotel. Hearth is known for it’s warmly rustic decor, and favoritism towards sustainability, classic pairings, and simple ingredients from around the world. With dishes like cinnamon roll pancakes, avocado toast with salmon and creme fraiche, biscuits and gravy, and other delectable items, we cannot wait to check it out. For more information and to view the brunch menu, click here.


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