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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Venturing Out for a Peek at the Sun!

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Grab your friends and/or family members to soak up some fun in the sun this weekend as February arrives with milder temps and the possibility of getting a peek at the sun as we venture out on another winter weekend!

I don’t know about you, but I often have no room for dessert after having a big meal, even though the desserts are the first thing I look at on the menu.  It just so happens that this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be hosting its annual Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at their neighborhood scoop shops.  This topsy-turviest day of the year encourages wearing pajamas while eating a big bowl or cone of ice cream first thing in the morning!  In addition, this year offers a new flavor, L’affogato special, a morning-only special ice cream cone, LTO merch, and more.  Finally, dessert comes first!

The 10th annual Cider Summit Chicago takes up residence this Saturday (2 p.m.-6 p.m.) at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood for the region’s largest cider tasting.  This event will feature more than 150 ciders, cider cocktails, and fruit spirits from over 40 producers locally, regionally, and internationally.  In addition, new this year, is an optional Cider-Cheese-Charcuterie Tasting from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. or you can just grab a bite to eat from the on-site food trucks.  And don’t forget to stop by the event store for some festival merch!

It’s back for another season!  The Ravenswood Makers Market returns this Saturday (1 p.m.-6 p.m.) to KOVAL Distillery (4241 N. Ravenswood Ave.) in the Ravenswood neighborhood.  Shop a wide variety of handmade goods from 25 local artisan makers offering items for purchase such as home décor, prints, paintings, jewelry, knit goods, and more, all while sipping on delicious cocktails.  Plus, this event is free!

Don’t miss out on this year’s four-legged fun and festivities at Mardi Paws! this Saturday (12 p.m.-3 p.m.) at Canine Crews (1616 N. Washtenaw Ave.) in the West Town neighborhood.  Activities include Mardi-Gras games for your fur babies to strut their stuff, a fun photo booth to capture memories with your fur babies, New Orleans themed food and drink, raffle and auction items up for grabs, and more.  Best part, all monies raised will go to the Wicker Park Dog Park rebuild!

For those starting to plan their upcoming wedding, the 5th annual West Loop Wedding Walk takes place this Sunday at 12 p.m.  Spend the afternoon visiting all the neighborhood’s unique and amazing venues that have been staged for this event while enjoying food, drinks, and goodies.  Plus, transportation between the venues is provided along with a swag bag for the first 150 attendees.  Afterwards, head on over to the afterparty hosted by Blue Water Kings at Fairlie (339 N. Bell Ave.) also in the West Loop!

Well Chicagoans, this is your last chance to open wide until next year as the 17th annual Chicago Restaurant Week wraps up this Sunday.  Don’t miss out on specially curated prix fixe menus from the various participating Chicagoland eateries at discounted prices!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago