Lakeview: Brave the elements and head to the Laugh Factory in Lakeview, where the best comedians are ready up to take your mind off the cold and tickle your funny bone. Saturday, January 25th, features the hilarious standup of Rob Gleeson, Jeanie Doogan, and Maurice Shaw performing 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm sets. This triple threat of sidesplitting talent shows why Chicago is second to none when it comes to comedy. Find more information here.
River North: For lovers of history and period art, all eyes will be on River North with the Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition. Taking place at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, the display is highlighted by eleven religiously-themed windows created between 1880 and 1925, as well as works that have been unavailable to the public since 2016. The exhibit runs now through March 8th. Find out more info here.
Lincoln Park: Grab the kiddos and head to the Lincoln Park Zoo for a train ride like none other. The Lionel Train Adventure features an electric-powered locomotive that seats 28 kids and navigates through a fun-filled trip featuring an evergreen forest, country bridge, and canyon settings. All aboard! Find more information here.
Gold Coast: Calling all tough guys and gals who think that the arctic air in Chicago is nothing more than a brisk lakefront wind. The Chicago Polar Bear Plunge taking place at Oak Street Beach on Saturday, January 25th, will prove (or disprove) your “chill” status for a great cause- helping families in need. Are you ready to take the plunge? Find out more information here.
Chicago Loop: January got you feeling down? Get the winter blues out of your system the Chicago way with living legend Buddy Guy. The famous bluesman will be performing blistering sets at Buddy Guy’s Legends January 23rd-26th. One of the nation’s greatest national treasures, Guy’s performances are always second to none and will take all the chill out of your bones and warm up your soul with his one of a kind blues jams. Find out more information here.
Wicker Park: Give your New Year’s diet resolution a little break and come out and enjoy the delicious offerings at Wicker Park’s Donut Fest on January 26th. Back for its seventh year, this feast of fried dough features offerings from Chicago favorites like FireCakes, Doughnut Vault, and Roeser’s Bakery, among many others. Tickets start at $30, and the event kicks off at 10 am. Find more information here.
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