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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Making the Most of Our Time Off!

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Are you ready to make the most of your time off this last weekend in February?  Here are some suggestions to get you on your way.  Enjoy!

Are you ready to go half naked for charity?  If so, you’re in luck since Cupid’s Undie Run takes place this Saturday (12 p.m.-4 p.m.) at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar (3540 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  This annual tradition kicks off with drinking and dancing, then it’s time to run a mile-ish, at your own pace, and end the day with an epic dance party.  Every February, thousands of undie runners in cities across the U.S. come together to support those affected by NF (neurofibromatosis) which is a genetic disorder causing tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.  If running scantily clad outdoors in the winter isn’t your cup of tea, you can always donate to the cause and be a part of something great!

Are you a fan of mac and cheese?  If so, you’ll be able to get your fill of these tasty, cheesy noodles at the Mac & Cheese Crawl this Saturday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) beginning at the Old Crow Smokehouse (3506 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  A ticket includes admission to all the participating bars that are within walking distance on the crawl, seven free mac & cheese servings, drink specials, giveaways, and more.  You definitely won’t go hungry on this eating, drinking, and partying crawl!

It’s carnival season again which brings parties, parades, and all-out revelry in many countries around the world and this year Chicago will host Global Connections: International Carnivale this Saturday (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood.  Once again, this afternoon celebration will feature art making activities, food and beverages for purchase, music, and dance from across the globe which include Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, and many other countries.  Best of all, it’s free and open to all ages!

A celebration of Czech culture and the finest beer takes place this Saturday (12 p.m.-11 p.m.) with the Czech Beer Fest! at Black Barrel Lounge (455 W. North Ave.) in the Old Town neighborhood.  Not only will you be able to indulge your taste buds with authentic Czech flavors such as Goulash and Czech sausage, but you’ll also wet those taste buds with the star of the show – an outstanding selection of Czech beers served in a 25 oz. souvenir glass beer mug.  In addition, live tunes will be provided by Ez Tones, the Wagner Band, and Keith Stras & the Polka Confetti for an unforgettable event, especially for beer enthusiasts!

It’s an incredible weekend full of magic at MagicCon: Chicago taking place at McCormick Place Lakeside Center (2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the South Loop.  Come join your hosts Wizards of the Coast and Reedpop as they kick off the 2024 festival event series dedicated to celebrating all things Magic: The Gathering.  This fan convention will feature on-demand and ticketed play events, panels, meet and greets with some of your favorite celebrities, plenty of cosplayers, exclusive merch vendors, and much more!

The 9th annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week will be wrapping up this weekend at various venues throughout Chicago and the Chicagoland area spotlighting Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and more offering special menus and prices.  It’s an ultimate experience your tummy will thank you for!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago