Photo courtesy of Kings.

This weekend is all about the Super Bowl, and thankfully you’ll find plenty of dining deals around Chicago and the North Shore to make the most of the day. Plus, meet a favorite local author, be inspired by a new museum exhibit, or see a popular opera.

North Shore Restaurant Month

5 Things to Do: North Shore Restaurant Month (Superdawg)

Superdawg (Photo by Maura Flaherty.)

Begins Feb. 1

Dine at your favorite restaurants (or find a new go-to spot!) and enjoy delicious deals all month long. Participating restaurants include Glenview Grind (15 percent off lunch purchase), Hecky’s in Evanston (15 percent off guest check), Stacked & Folded in Winnetka (15 percent off guest check), Superdawg in Wheeling (15 percent off guest check), and Taco Diablo in Evanston (free dessert with the purchase of two entrees). Find a complete list of restaurants and deals here.

Melanie Benjamin at The Book Stall

5 Things to Do: Melanie Benjamin, "The Girls in the Picture"
Feb. 3

Chicago author Melanie Benjamin (“The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” “The Aviator’s Wife”) will discuss her newest novel, “The Girls in the Picture,” about actress Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. To learn more or reserve a signed copy of the book, call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 or email [email protected]

Super Bowl Specials at Kings

5 Things to Do: Kings wings

Photo courtesy of Kings.

Feb. 4
Chicago and Rosemont

Still planning your Super Bowl Sunday? Watch the game at Kings Rosemont or Kings Lincoln Park and enjoy free bowling after 6 p.m. Or, let Kings take care of the food for your Super Bowl party and get 20 percent off your take-out order.

Speak Truth to Power

5 Things to Do: Illinois Holocaust Museum's "Speak Truth to Power"

Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani (Photo courtesy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.)

Opens Feb. 4

Be inspired by more than 50 “Upstanders” from around the world who are working to defend human rights at this new Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit. The photographic exhibit is based on the book “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World” by Kerry Kennedy and features images by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams. Kennedy will deliver keynote remarks at the grand opening event on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.

I Puritani

5 Things to Do: Lyric Opera, "I Puritani"

Photo by Ken Howard/Met Opera.

Opens Feb. 4

This popular Vincenzo Bellini opera about star-crossed lovers will open at Lyric Opera of Chicago with Grammy nominee Lawrence Brownlee and Albina Shagimuratova.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital