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This Week in CHI: March 12- 18

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The weather might still be a little chilly, but still Spring is in full swing! Even though we lost an hour over the weekend, that is not slowing us down thanks to lots of fun things going on around the city this week. Plus, it’s St. Patrick’s Day in the city that takes the holiday to heart. Naturally, there is loads to do to celebrate St. Paddy’s day for a memorable weekend, so get ready to chug green beer and hug a leprechaun. Here is your social calendar for the week!
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Monday

Did you happen to see our Instagram story this weekend as we attended the Grand Opening of Punch Bowl Social? Take our word when we say it didn’t do our experience justice! Punch Bowl Social is the new it spot to have fun in Chicago. Located in the West Loop, the 30,000-square-foot space is massive. It is a full on adult playpen with food, booze, arcade games, karaoke, a bowling alley, board games, cornhole, darts, and best of all, virtual reality experiences. This place is perfect for celebrating a birthday with your group of friends, or for an evening of friendly competition over boozy cocktails. Brunch debuted this weekend as well, so stay tuned for a review! For more information, click here.

Tuesday

We will be checking out Cupitol Coffee + Eatery, the new all-day lounge located in Streeterville offering breakfast everyday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items range from a variety of Omlettes and the Sweet Potato Bowl with brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry and a poached egg to sweeter items including the Nutella Banana Belgian Waffle and Sticky Bun French Toast. Brunch Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are offered from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., while there’s an all-day cocktail menu that begins at 11 a.m. Additionally, there are expansive coffee and cold-pressed juice options. We love good weekday brunch finds, so add this to your brunch radar and stay tuned for a review! For more information on Cupitol, click here.

Wednesday

Welcome spring after a long and cold Chicago winter at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. The tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back to 1847 when it was created as an exhibition of prized fruits and flowers. Today the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardener. This is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun. Check out life-sized gardens, how-to workshops and instructional seminars that will give you a reason to enjoy the greener side of Chicago. Tickets are $17 on weekdays , $14 for advance weekdays and $16 for advance weekends. For more information, click here.

Thursday

Estelle’s in Wicker Park has begun a new Spring Tastings and Tappings series to be held every Thursday. This Thursday is the Founders Solid Gold Tapping Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. where Founders Brewing Co.’s will celebrate the release of their newest beer, Solid Gold, with a tapping party at Estelle’s on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. A Founders rep will chat about the new golden lager and hand out swag. Guests can also purchase Solid Gold drafts for $6, Founders Red Rye IPA drafts for $6.50 and Founders All Day IPA cans for $6. For more information on this and upcoming Tasting and Tap features, click here.

Friday

Beer lovers unite! Check out the Chicago Beer Experience “Sins and Suds” Beer Tour in the Loop this Wednesday. Explore Chicago’s Loop and South Loop neighborhoods and visit a variety of neighborhood establishments, sample delicious beer, and learn how well beer pairs with Chicago’s sinful history – including gambling, saloons, Prohibition, crime bosses like Al Capone, and other nefarious activities in the 1800s and 1900s. Two tour times are available, 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $62 per person; for more information, click here.

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Saturday

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Chicago! Whether you are starting St. Patrick’s Day early and witnessing the annual dying of the Chicago River, or waiting to start boozing until the afternoon, you are sure to have a memorable St. Patrick’s Day. Among many of the things to partake in, Raised, a favorite rooftop bar and restaurant of ours downtown, will be offering an authentic Irish food and drink package, with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River as the backdrop to the morning festivities.

Enjoy an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. where guest can be immersed in all things Irish with a live bagpipe performance and a food and drink package that includes: green beer on tap; endless green mimosas and Bloody Marys, baked eggs with spinach and kale pesto, corned beef and kraut on rye, Kerrygold white cheddar scone sliders, rashers, and eggs, and bourbon caramel cinnamon rolls. Tickets for the package are $60 per person and can be purchased here. Looking for other places to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day activities? Check out our full guide on the site on Tuesday.

Sunday

Harry Potter fanatics we have just the event for you! Enjoy a night of magical fun in the fully decorated themed Bennett-Curtis Mansion- with fun scenes & decorations throughout! Get sorted into your house and order specialty drinks from The Cauldron, followed by a themed dinner featuring a family style feast, and a special assortment of honeydukes & wizard favorites at our dessert station! You will cross onto Platform 9 3/4 and dine in the great hall. Be sure to study up on your Wizard Trivia, during dinner you will go head to head with the other houses in a race for the house cup! Unique menu items include Roasted Phoenix (Chicken), Hogsmeade Italian Sausage with screaming peppers and crying onions, Magical Mostaccioli Marinara, Veggies Veritas and Homemade Smashed Potatoes & Gravy. Includes Iced Tea, Coffee, and Punch served during dinner. Tickets are $60 a person. For more information, click here.

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