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Short Shakespeare! Macbeth at Navy Pier

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by

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Now through Feb. 15, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier is performing “Short Shakespeare! Macbeth”, an abridged production of William Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue and personal ambition.

In a world brimming with the supernatural, three witches’ prophecies reveal a path to the throne for Scottish nobleman Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Blinded by their royal desires, the couple struggles to balance conscience with ambition, leading to dark consequences. A theatrical world of action, sound and the spiritual makes Shakespeare’s language come alive in one of the playwright’s most powerful dramas.

Perfect for young audiences, performances run every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session before joining the audience in the lobby for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities.

Tickets range from $16–$20 and all patrons receive a 40 percent discount on parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at 312-595-5600 or visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

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Escape Cabin Fever at Pinstripes

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by

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If cabin fever has started setting in then the opening of Pinstripes in Streeterville is the perfect remedy.

Pinstripes’ Italian American food alone will bring some much needed warmth with dishes like Italian jambalaya risotto and gnocchi and ahi tuna—all from the mind of chef Cesar Gutierrez. However, Pinstripes keeps you active with the addition of 11 bowling lanes and seven bocce courts, with five inside and two outside. A bistro, bowling, and bocce concept might throw you off at first but the elegant yet urban aesthetic throughout ties it all together beautifully. The establishment is perfect for a family outing as well as a first-date.

This will be Pinstripes first location in Chicago and with it will come live music on weekends, Sunday brunches, wine dinners, and beer tastings. In addition, they will be diving right into Chicago Restaurant Week with both lunch and dinner price fixe menus. Good luck picking between the boneless short rib and the maple glazed salmon or the filet mignion trio and the pinenut crusted Chilean sea bass.

Pinstripes opens Saturday, Jan. 31. at 435 E. Illinois St. Their regular hours will be Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information visit pinstripes.com/chicago/.

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Prepare your Appetite for Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by

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There’s the Willis Tower, Millennium Park, and Wrigley Field, but easily the best attraction in Chicago is the food. Chicago Restaurant Week is the best way to experience it all in 14 days.

With over 250 participating restaurants there is something for everyone including vegans, foodies, gluten-free, traditional, and even molecular gastronomy diners at Chicago Restaurant Week. The restaurants will offer price fixe menus at $22 for lunch and $33 or $44 for dinner not including beverages, tax, and gratuity. With a price fixe menu many of the city’s fine dining restaurants become more accessible to the general public.

Restaurant Week kicks off with the First Bites Bash Event where 50 of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants will give visitors a taste of what they can expect at their eateries during Restaurant Week. The event will be hosted by Restaurateur and master sommelier Alpana Singh, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Corporation.

We know it’s hard to pick which of the 250 restaurants to visit in only 14 days, but we have some favorites. Restaurants are getting creative with their Restaurant Week menus like Ada Street’s menu twist on famous last meals of infamous criminals. Some are less themed but equally delicious like meat-centric Frontier’s menu including duck and andouille sausage gumbo, smoked wild boar shank, and pineapple upside-down cake. James Beard Award-winning Blackbird will be offering a lunch menu offering wood-grilled sturgeon with salsify, black trumpet mushrooms, buckwheat, and grapefruit that will make any other lunch you’ve had look like a grilled cheese.

Chicago Restaurant Week runs from Jan. 30 — Feb. 12. First Bites Bash takes place Jan. 29 at Great Hall at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson St., and tickets are $125. Reservations are highly-recommended as many restaurants fill up for Restaurant Week. Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @CP_Chicago as every day we will be announcing which of our favorite restaurants still have reservations. For a full list of restaurants, menus, and more information on Chicago Restaurant Week visit eatitupchicago.com.

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Navy Pier’s New Food Experience

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by

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A more flavorful and elevated Chicago dining experience is waiting for you at Navy Pier as two popular Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) restaurant concepts have recently opened.

Big Bowl Chinese Express and Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice are part of the new food experience (formerly the South Arcade) that will include a newly-created and expansive communal area, unrestricted views of the waterfront, and Wi-Fi access. Big Bowl and Frankie’s are the first among a number of well-known restaurants and purveyors that will update the overall Navy Pier quick service dining experience.

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Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice is an extension of Frankie’s 5th Floor Pizzeria located at 900 N. Michigan Ave.  Chris “Big Frankie” Favero, created a pizza crust that takes an American spin on the traditional Neapolitan pizza. Frankie’s at Navy Pier features delicious pizzas offered both by the slice, as well as in individual pan pizzas, a variety of hot sandwiches, and Frankie’s frozen lemonade.
 

 

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Big Bowl, offering authentic Thai and Chinese food, has been a local favorite since its first Chicago location in 1996. Big Bowl only uses the highest quality ingredients – naturally-raised chicken and beef, heritage pork, sustainable seafood, and locally grown produce – whenever possible. Big Bowl at Navy Pier features some of the most popular dishes found at the restaurant and all items will be prepared from scratch for guests.

 

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Valentine’s Gifts Await at Randolph Street Market Festival

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by

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If you know anything about Chicago you know that we love our street markets and fairs no matter the weather and that is true for the Randolph Street Market Festival.

Don’t worry as Randolph Street Market Festival won’t keep you out in the cold as they will provide three floors of the Plumbers Hall filled with over 75 different vendors. There is something for all shoppers as they can find antiques, modern clothing, jewelry, artisanal food, furniture, and even a vinyl swap meet. The festival is a great place to find a unique gift for your significant other for Valentine’s Day that you can’t find at a national retail store. Trendy clutches from Warehouse Studio Chicago, suitcase stereos from The Hifi Case, and rustic work desks from Vault Furniture are just a few items that might bring a smile to your significant other’s face.

Randolph Street Market Festival knows shopping through three floors of vendors can lead to a lot of grumbling stomachs, so they have you covered. Whether it be the mouthwatering tamales from Dia De Los Tamales Chicago, comforting gumbo from Anita’s Gumbo, or tasty sandwiches from Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese, your stomach will be happy for taking it to the festival.

Randolph Street Market Festival runs Jan. 24 – 25 at 1340 W. Washington St. For a list of vendors and ticket information visit randolphstreetmarket.com.

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Catch Buddy Guy Live Through the End of January

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by

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Buddy Guy spends every January reminding Chicago and its visitors that there may be new guitar gods and blues masters, but none are Buddy Guy. You have two weekends left to let the icon give you the blues from your head down to your shoes.

Buddy Guy will be playing sets at his club Buddy Guy’s Legends, so don’t be that person who missed out on a chance to see one of the most gut-punching vocalists and emotional guitar players that has ever lived.

Muddy Waters is without a doubt the father of Chicago blues, but Buddy Guy has done a great job of keeping it alive and strong since Muddy’s passing. Buddy Guy doesn’t play and sing the blues for your ears but for your heart.

Catch Buddy Guy until Jan. 31 at Buddy Guy’s Legends located at 700 S. Wabash Ave. For showtimes and ticket information visit buddyguy.com.

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The Cold Won’t Bother You at All at Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen”

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by

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Parents, if you thought your kids were ready now to let it go you’re going to have to wait a bit longer as Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” has adapted the Academy Award winning film.

The popular animated film seems to be the best fit for a Disney on Ice adaptation with its reindeer, snowmen, and winter-theme. Audiences will get to relive Anna’s journey to find her sister Elsa who has secluded her self to save her sister from the potential dangers of her ice powers. Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven all make appearances in the adaptation along with the special guests Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Your kids will also enjoy singing along to songs like “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Fixer Upper.”

Catch Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” Jan. 21 – 26 at the Allstate Arena located at 6920 Mannheim Rd. Rosemont, IL. For tickets and show times visit rosemont.com/allstate/events/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen.

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3 Chicago Sports Events to Get Your Blood Pumping this Weekend

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by

The Bears’ season may have ended in a fiery display of mediocrity, it’s only up from here, but there are plenty of great teams to watch and prepare for this weekend.

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With a new manager and renovated stadium, the Chicago Cubs are ready for a hopefully refreshing new season. Fans can kick off the new season at the 30th Annual Cubs Convention. Get a chance to meet Cubs superstars past and present along with executives, staff, and broadcasters. In addition, enjoy autograph and question-and-answer opportunities along with Cubs jeopardy, bingo, and activities for young Cubs fans.
30th Annual Cubs Convention
Jan. 16 – 18
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been a force in the NHL the past few seasons and this season is no different. Third place in the Western Conference and fifth in the league, the Blackhawks are holding on strong and ready for the playoffs. Catch them twice this weekend against the Winnipeg Jets and the Dallas Stars.
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Chicago Blackhawks v. Dallas Stars, Jan. 18
United Center, 1901 West Madison St.
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With Derrick Rose back, the signing of Pau Gasol, and the increasing heart of Joakim Noah, don’t be surprised if the Chicago Bulls are in the NBA finals this year. However, the Eastern Conference isn’t as easy as it used to be as seen in the rise of the Atlanta Hawks who have won 23 of their last 25 games and are in first place in the East. So expect an extremely competitive and exciting game this weekend when these two teams meet.
Chicago Bulls v. Atlanta Hawks
Jan. 17
United Center, 1901 West Madison St.
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Warm Up to Laughs at the 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by

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Warm up with some laughter this weekend for the last weekend of the 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.

The festival dwarfs all others with over 10,000 guests and 168 sketch groups performing. As a city with comedy institutions like Second City, iO, and ComedySportz groups jump at the opportunity to perform at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Nationally-renowned groups like Fuct, Cake Batter, and Siblings of Doctors—which features Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community”—will surely bring gut-busting laughs to audiences.

Don’t miss amazing local acts like the tim&micah project, The Cupid Players, and
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When Brian Posen’s musical failed to launch at the Theater Building Chicago he kept his commitment with the venue and put on the first Chicago Sketch Fest in it’s place in 2002. Initially running for seven weeks, the event now takes place over two weekends and the name changed to Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.

The 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival runs through Jan. 18 at Stage 773 located at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. For schedules and ticket information visit chicagosketchfest.com.

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Prepare for the Summer at the Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by

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Yes, if you look at Lake Michigan right now most of what you see is frozen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of warmer days. So head to the Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show and start planning for the summer months.

What used to be two separate winter events—the boat and RV show and the sail show— have joined forces to give you some of the best information, newest products, and activities to prepare you for some serious outdoor fun. With over 150 exhibitors covering 800,000 square feet of exhibit space, there is something for everyone from novice to expert.

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For those who want to increase their knowledge there are a lot of free options like hourly seminars, sailing lessons on a sailing simulator, scuba diving experiences, and even paddle board demos, which should be fun for the whole family. Kids can also enjoy the life-size pirate ship or the chance to walk on water with the Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles while the adults learn about modern tools and resources they can use for better navigation on a boat, finding the right floor plan for their RV, or sailing techniques for the modern cruising yacht.

The Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show takes place Jan. 14 – 18 at the McCormick Place South Building located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. For a list of exhibitors, seminar schedules, and ticket information visit chicagoboatshow.com.

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