THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – No Doubt Winter Is Here!

Winter is, without a doubt, here and even though Chicagoans are frozen to the core, this weekend brings temps above freezing and the opportunity to get out and enjoy it before the next arctic blast comes in!

Disney’s latest Broadway adaptation brings the smash-hit animated movie Frozen to life right before our eyes every Saturday (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.) through January 22nd at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) in the Loop. An unforgettable theatrical experience awaits audiences with spectacular special effects, stunning sets and costumes, powerhouse performances, and human-manipulated versions of Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer.  And not only does this production include all the songs you’re familiar with, like “Let It Go,” it also features an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. It’s simply moving and spectacular!

Chicago’s museums are a great place to visit especially during the winter season. In fact, the Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the South Loop offers two tours through June:

Beluga Encounter occurs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.) How would you like to meet the belugas where they live and stand side by side with a trainer on an underwater ledge? In this 75-minute experience you’ll step into chest-deep water and come face to face with a beluga whale! You’ll also enjoy the chance to touch one of these extraordinary animals, try out a few training techniques, and even enjoy a few surprises!

Shark Feeding occurs Saturdays and Sundays (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Join the sharks and rays for brunch on this 60-minute behind-the-scenes feeding tour.  It begins with an in-depth look at Wild Reef located in the Philippines.  Then you’ll enter the animal-care area to witness mealtime with the ocean’s most dynamic predators.  Plus, you’ll get to see first-hand how the sharks have been trained to respond to each one’s version of a dinner bell! You’ll even have a hand in feeding some of the other fishes as well!

Need some color in your life during the dreary winter season? Then head on down to the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the South Loop for their latest exhibition Wild Color. Explore the colors of the natural world as you learn how plants and animals use color to ward-off predators or attract mates, and how the color of gems and minerals can offer clues about their formation.  And I bet you didn’t even know that there are shades of color that the human eye can’t detect!  This extensive collection of some of the brightest hues in the world will awaken your senses at this exhibit!

Celebrate the life, the music, and the legend of David Bowie at the Bowie Ball this Saturday from 10 p.m. to Sunday 5 a.m. at Smartbar (3730 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood on what would have been Bowie’s 75th birthday. This event features drag and burlesque performances, glittery specialty cocktails, a special club Bowie DJ set by DJ Heaven Malone, and a Bowie costume contest! Time to glam it up and wish David Bowie a heavenly birthday!

The Chicago Bears travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this Sunday at 12 p.m. as their season comes to another screeching halt. Here’s to next year!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago