5 Things to Do: Andersonville Restaurant Week

During Andersonville Restaurant Week 2018, Lady Gregory's Andersonville will offer several options on their $20 prix-fixe menu including this Shepard's Pie. (Photo courtesy of Lady Gregory's Andersonville.)

This weekend is all about foodie fun thanks to a wine and beer tasting that supports community programs and Andersonville Restaurant Week. Then, don’t miss a Flamenco festival, a new play for kids, and the newest exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago.

2018 Wine & Beer Tasting

5 Things to Do: Winnetka Community House's Wine & Beer Tasting 2018

Image courtesy of Winnetka Community House.

Feb. 23

Support Winnetka Community House at this annual tasting featuring premium wine, craft beer, and food. Signature Tasting tickets will allow you to sample more than 80 wines, craft beers, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets, plus enjoy the new Whiskeys of the World tasting. Reserve Tasting tickets will get you all of that plus a blind wine tasting with prizes, a champagne saber demo, and a grab bag wine pull. Buy your tickets here.

Andersonville Restaurant Week

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Andersonville Restaurant Week

Hutch American Kitchen + Bar will allow guests to choose their own entree as part of a $20 prix-fixe brunch/lunch for Andersonville Restaurant Week 2018. (Photo courtesy of Hutch.)

Begins Feb. 23

This Andersonville Chamber of Commerce event returns with more than 20 restaurants offering at least one menu item or menu for either $10, $20, or $30 per person. Participating businesses include Andersonville Brewing, Big Jones, Cescas Margarita Bar & Grill, The Coffee Studio, First Slice Pie Cafe, Hopleaf, Hutch American Kitchen + Bar, and Lady Gregory’s Andersonville. Find a full list of participants and menus here.

Chicago Flamenco Festival

5 Things to Do: Chicago Flamenco Festival

Nelida Tirado (Photo by Antonio Gamboa.)

Begins Feb. 23

For the 16th year, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago will celebrate Flamenco with local and national artists, film screenings, workshops, and more. It all kicks off on Feb. 23 with a tribute to Estrella Morena and performance by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

5 Things to Do: "The Emperor's New Clothes" at Marriott Theatre

Image courtesy of Marriott Theatre.

Opens Feb. 24

Your kiddos will love this family-friendly production from the creators of “Seussical,” running at Marriott Theatre through May 12. Each show is only one hour long and will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes

5 Things to Do: Mirroring China's Past at the Art Institute of Chicago

Wine Bucket (Xiao Chen Xi you), late Shang dynasty (13th–11th century BC). China. The Shanghai Museum.

Opens Feb. 25

The Art Institute of Chicago’s latest exhibit will feature roughly 180 Chinese bronzes, “some of the most distinctive achievements in the history of art.” This is a rare opportunity to see so many of these pieces together.

Give Back Opportunity

  • Try a class at SPYRL in Highland Park while also making a difference. Through Feb. 28, the studio will collect diapers for the Diaper Bank Project of Catholic Charities. (Did you know that 1 in 3 moms in the U.S. report suffering from diaper need?) Sizes 1, 4, 5, and 6 are needed and diapers can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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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




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