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This Week in Chicago: Jan. 15-21

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Introducing Julie Strand, our new Chicago editor! Julie is born and raised in the Windy City and knows the in’s and out’s of the restaurant scene by heart. Watch for her brunch reviews coming soon. In the meantime, here are Julie’s picks for the top things to do in Chicago this week. 

It seems that the cold weather has found us here in Chicago, and it surely seems like it is here to stay; at least for a little while longer. Even though bundling up on the couch with your Apple TV remote in hand seems like the best approach to cold January days, there are only so many Netflix shows to tackle.

So when you come to realize that you and the couch need a little space and you feel like putting on pants that don’t have an elastic waist again, we’ve got you covered for a full list of things happening around the city. Take a look below to discover all of the neat events happening this week!

Monday

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While many businesses may be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Chicago museums want you to make the most of the day and pay them a visit. But the good news for you is that you won’t actually have to pay anything at all as many of Chicago’s museums are offering “free” days in honor of the holiday. From the famed Art Institute on Michigan Ave., to the Adler Planetarium, right on Lake Michigan and many more, make sure to check out the full list at Curbed Chicago to see what’s open on Monday and all of the other free days throughout the year. Just make sure to bring your state ID with you!

Tuesday

The Tomorrow Never Knows Festival, hosted by Lincoln Hall and Schubas Tavern, kicks off on Tuesday at Schubas’ new Tied House Loft on Southport. We’re big fans of this festival as it aims to unite independent music venues across the city over five days to create a true Chicago experience. But, if we’re being honest, the kickoff party sounds like the part we want to go to the most as it’s being co-hosted by Cards Against Humanity. What fun-loving adult doesn’t love a good game of CAH? We surely can’t think of any. The party is free and open to all 18+. For more info visit Schubas site for a look at all of their upcoming shows.

Wednesday 

One of my favorite things to do during the week and especially during the winter months is to gather some pals and head to one of the many trivia nights hosted weekly across the city. So many bars all over the city host trivia at least one night a week, but my very favorite trivia is at State Restaurant on Webster in Lincoln Park. It’s been called the “Super-Bowl” of trivia and can get definitely get pretty tricky, but it’s still fun to test your smarts and there’s no cost to play so you truly have nothing to lose. Gather a group of up to eight friends and make sure to get there at least an hour early as tables fill up. For all of the details head over to State Restaurants website.

Thursday

This Thursday, January 18th, officially kicks off the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Hosted by Stage 773, the festival is in its 17th year and promises a full line-up for four straight days of comedic relief and perhaps more importantly, relief from the cold temps outside. SketchFest is your prime opportunity to check out all of the best talent the Second City has to offer, conveniently packed into a few days. To find more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the Stage 773 website for the full festival calendar.

Friday 

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Awards season is here and we want to make sure that you’re all caught up on all of the best films of the year and there’s no better place in Chicago than the Music Box Theatre to settle in and chow down on some popcorn. The Music Box originally opened in 1929 and has maintained its original architecture. The theatre is famous for showing no bias towards any kind of film and consistently has films from all genres including, independent, foreign, cult and classic. Oh, and while you’re there, make sure to glance up at the ceiling from your seat. We think you’ll be pretty pleased with what you see. For all showtimes visit, the Music Box Theatre’s website.

Saturday 

We are all hoping that you make sure to mark your calendars for this Saturday to attend the Chicago 2018 Women’s March. Last year, over 250,000 people attended the march and organizers are aiming to do it again this year. The focus of the march is to get individuals engaged in their local elections. It doesn’t matter to us which team you support, but we do hope everyone is doing their part to get involved. The march with begin at 12:30pm on Saturday at Columbus and Congress and the route will conclude at Federal Plaza. For more information about the march and volunteering opportunities, visit the Women’s March Chicago website.

Sunday

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Brunch, of course! Recently we noticed that Chicago Waffles has opened a new location in the ever so popular West Loop neighborhood. The West Loop has been on everyone’s radar the past few years as one of the best neighborhood’s for good eats, but it’s been lacking a bit in the breakfast and brunch department, so this opening is exciting! While the Bitches have yet to visit, we sure do plan on it and we have our eyes extra focused on the Waffle Benedict, two leige waffles with roasted pulled pork, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; need we say more?

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