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This Week in Chicago: March 23-29

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While some of us spent our weekend consumed with March Madness bracketology, others did nothing of this sort. In fact, for some, if not most of us, March Madness means nothing more than Springtime sales or warmer weather shopping frenzies … I prefer a little bit of both: basketball and retail therapy. Here’s this week’s starting lineup for all things fashion, food, and yes, even basketball.

Monday

Kick off the week at one of our West Loop favorites, Little Goat. The latest installment of Iron Goat (Stephanie Izard’s version of Iron Chef) requires your help.  While voting on your favorite entrees, reap the culinary benefits of two sous chefs, Will and Rahn, as they battle it out for Iron Goat. Which sous chef does it better? You be the judge.Tickets are $75 and include dinner, drinks and a front row seat. Little Goat is located at 820 W. Randolph St.

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Tuesday

Love bubbles as much as we do? Join us as we head to The Boarding House and learn from Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, as she hosts an interactive event where we’ll learn more than we could ever imagine about sparkling wines. Tickets are $39 a persons and can be purchased here. Boarding House is located 720 N Wells St.

Wednesday

Waffles & Bloomingdale’s are a match made in heaven…it’s time to fuel up and hit the racks. Pick up those spring must-haves at the Bloomingdale’s Friends and Family sale which officially starts today … 25 percent almost everything storewide!

But first, celebrate International Waffle Day this Wednesday, at Hendrickx. They serve up the “real” Belgian waffle, and are conveniently located down the street from Bloomie’s.  Hendrickx is located at 100 East Walton Street.

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale’s

Thursday

Want to spice up date night with something fresh? No, I’m not talking about 50 Shades of Grey … I’m talking about the ‘Flash in the Pan’ hands-on cooking class sale that’s taking place at most Sur La Table cooking locations. Learn how to make the perfect pan-seared salmon or enjoy mussels steamed in a red curry-coconut broth. Sur La Table is located in the 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops Building.

Friday

The Sweet Sixteen has never been sweeter. Glazed and Infused is letting fans customize their doughnuts to reflect their favorite team. They’ll have jumbo doughnuts for $18 that can be decorated to match your winning team. Enjoy one yourself, or, send one to that NCAA-loving friend. Glazed and Infused has multiple Chicago locations. For the one nearest you, visit Go Glazed.

Photo courtesy of Glazed & Infused

Saturday

One of our favorite dinner spots is now offering brunch! White Oak Tavern debuts its farm to table brunch menu this Saturday. White Oak Tavern is located at 1200 W Webster Ave.

Sunday

For buckets of bubbly, head to Bull & Bear to catch the games, or just catch up with the girls. Mimosa Buckets (bottle of champagne and 3 juices) are available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bull & Bear is located at 431 North Wells St.

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