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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Making the Best of Another Winter Weekend!

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Now that football is behind us, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming baseball season along with the warmer temps of spring!  But in the meantime, we still have several weekends of winter to get through and this weekend is no exception.  So, get out there, make the best of it, and have a Happy Weekend!

Returning for its 8th year, Chicago Black Restaurant Week highlights and supports local Black-owned restaurants and culinary businesses for the next two weeks at various restaurants throughout Chicago.  This annual event offers great eats, great deals, and great events from dozens of participating eateries offering special menus and discounts to celebrate the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine.  This year’s lineup includes CheSa’s Bistro, Bronzeville Soul, Taste 222, and many others!  Plus, there will be lots of new things taking place this year as well!!

Experience the thrill of live theatre and awe-inspiring work at this year’s Chicago Theatre Week as it takes over stages throughout the city now through Sunday, February 26th.  From major regional hubs like the Goodman Theatre and Broadway in Chicago to intimate spaces such as Redtwist Theatre and Lifeline Theatre, these venues offer value-priced tickets ($15 or $30 or less) to over 100 performances from musicals to improv to dramas and beyond!  Plus, don’t miss out on Special Dining Offers for Chicago Theatre Week patrons!!

Why wait for spring?  Head on over to the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) in the Garfield Park neighborhood for their 2023 Spring Flower Show:  Bee’s Knees now through Sunday, May 14th.  Peek into the wondrous relationship between bees and blooms.  Featured this year are beautiful spring bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips along with azaleas, delphiniums, hydrangeas, and more!  Plus, set amongst these blooms and giving a glimpse into the world of a bee are empty observation and demo hives from GPC’s beekeeping program!!  Reservations are required.

The Chicago Beer Society is hosting their 24th annual Brewpub Shootout this Saturday (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) at Metropolitan Brewing (3057 N. Rockwell St.) in the Avondale neighborhood.  Come out and sample a wide variety of the best beers from many local brewpubs and microbreweries as well as sampling each brewpub’s food item before voting for your favorite beer, food, and pairing.  Winners will be announced at the end of the event and presented with their awards!  Come support your favorite brewery/brewpub or discover a new favorite!!

Delilah’s is hosting their 25th annual Vintage Beer Festival this Saturday (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) and is located at 2771 N. Lincoln Avenue in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Over 100 beers (primarily strong ales, barrel aged brews, sour and live beers) from more than 50 breweries (both regional and international) will be available with many in multiple vintages!  Admission is free but sample tickets ($20 for 20) are only available at the door.  This is a unique experience since it’s the only festival of its kind held anywhere in the world!

No need to travel to NOLA for your Mardi Gras experience!  Just head over to the Old Crow Smokehouse (3506 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood this Saturday (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) for their Mardi Gras DAY Party.  A ticket gets you admission, a free brunch buffet, two drink tickets valid for Hurricanes, Mimosas, and select beers, complimentary beads for all guests, giveaways, and more!  It’s Mardi Gras the Chicago way!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago