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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Celebrating Chicago’s Culinary Scene!

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This weekend offers Chicagoans the opportunity to visit citywide restaurants and experience some of the best food in Chicago!  Yummy!!

How would you like to have 17 days to celebrate Chicago’s award-winning culinary scene?  It just so happens that Chicago Restaurant Week returns for its 16th year from January 20th through February 5th to various restaurants throughout Chicago.  This event brings together more than 300 of the city’s top restaurants representing an array of cuisines that also features 35+ diverse neighborhoods, 50+ minority- and women-owned restaurants, and 45+ restaurants making their debut at Chicago Restaurant Week.  Diners will be able to enjoy special prix fixe menus for brunch ($25), lunch ($25), and dinner ($42/$59) at these top restaurants!  Time to chow down especially when our budgets don’t include eating at these fine establishments!!

Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit at these following Chinese New Year celebrations:

Since this year it’s being held in person again, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (238 W. 23rd St.) in Chinatown would like you to join them in celebrating their annual Chinese New Year Celebration this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m..  On hand will be many performances that include Chinese traditional music, singing, folk dance, QiPao fashion show, poetry, Chinese calligraphy, food and more!  Plus, admission to tour the museum’s newest exhibitions is also included!!

Kick off the Lunar New Year with a Chinese New Year Dumpling-Making Dinner hosted by the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute at the Hing Kee Restaurant (2140 S. Archer Ave., 2nd Floor) in the Armour Square neighborhood.  Tickets are $50 and include storytelling, lion dances, dumpling making and of course a sumptuous feast!  Since this is the first time they’re resuming in person as well, this Saturday has unfortunately been sold out; however, they just added next Saturday (January 28th) for the same event so make your reservations now!!

Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way) in Rosemont invites you to ring in the Year of Rabbit with them at their Lunar New Year Celebration now through February 5th.  Performances will include Kung Fu, two-string violin, Chinese yo-yo, and a children’s choir.  Plus, guests can also enjoy games and activities such as the Chopstick Challenge, Chinese calligraphy, lantern crafting, and more!

Bon Appetit!!

By the way, it’s time for the NFL’s Divisional Playoffs this weekend as the remaining teams march towards Super Bowl Sunday.  Saturday’s matchups are the Jaguars (9-8) at the Chiefs (14-3) at 3:30 p.m., and the Giants (9-7-1) at the Eagles (14-3) at 7:15 p.m.  Sunday’s matchups are the Bengals (12-4) at the Bills (13-3) at 2:00 p.m., and the Cowboys (12-5) at the 49ers (13-4) at 5:30 p.m.

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago