Lincoln Park – Before the Super Bowl this Sunday head over to Mon Ami Gabi for the Big Game Brunch. From 10 am to 3 pm on February 2nd, this Lincoln Park eatery will be serving favorites like their Crème Brûlée French Toast and Banana Foster Waffles alongside a refreshing assortment of brunch cocktails. The kicker? Show up in your favorite team’ s apparel and receive a gift card equaling the price of your meal. Find more info here.
River North – You don’t need to be a spirits aficionado to join in on the fun at this year’s Chicago Whiskey Festival. Taking place Saturday, February 1st at the Old Crow Smokehouse River North from 1pm until 4 pm, the fest will feature over 30 varieties of whiskeys, bourbons and scotches to sample. Tickets start at $35. Find more info here.
Evanston – Love horror movies and need to get away for 24 hours? We got you covered with this year’s B-Fest taking place at Norris University Center on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston on February 7th. Starting a 6pm, low budget classics including Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Midnight Madness, and Blood of Dracula’s Castle and many more will run nonstop for 24 hours. Be sure to pack a pillow, toothpaste, and perhaps some garlic. Find more info here.
Lakeview – Sure, it’s February in Chicago, and we are all bundled up. But why not shed those clothes for a run supporting a great cause? The Cupid Undie Run takes place on February 8th at Sluggers on Clark Street between 12pm and 4pm. A quick de-briefing: The party kicks off with drinks and mingling before participants get down to their skivvies for a brisk 15-minute sprint that raises money for neurofibromatosis research. Find more info here.
Logan Square – Just because it’s freezing out doesn’t mean you have to put your farmer’s market visits on hold till spring. The Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market taking place every Sunday now thru March 29th at the Emporium Arcade Bar on Milwaukee provides nutritious and locally grown food from farmers and Chicago small-scale food producers. Find more info here.
Bucktown and Wicker Park – Returning for its seventh year, ChillFest Chicago takes place on February 8th from 2 pm to 6 pm in various locations throughout Bucktown and Wicker Park. This free winter music fest features over 30 musicians performing acoustic sets in numerous neighborhood storefronts. Support local merchants while checking out live music from acts like Ryan Burns, Quinn Guillermo, and the Corridor Brass Quintet. Find more info here.
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