Chicago Restaurant Week: Cindy's

Cindy's will participate in Chicago Restaurant Week (Photo courtesy of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.)

This is a big weekend for foodies as Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off and Chicago Winter Brew returns. Plus, don’t miss Steppenwolf’s latest play and a philanthropic event supporting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

You Got Older

5 Things to Do in Chicago: "You Got Older" at Steppenwolf

L to R: Glenn Davis, Caroline Neff, and Audrey Francis (Photo by Brian McConkey.)

Opens Jan. 25

Steppenwolf’s newest play is a “quirky dark comedy … about falling apart as you’re failing to launch” by Clare Barron that centers around a young woman who gets dumped, loses her job, and moves back home to care for her dad. This is the Chicago premiere of the Obie Award-winning play.

Chicago Restaurant Week

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Chicago Restaurant Week (Smoke Daddy)

Smoke Daddy’s Wings (Photo courtesy of Smoke Daddy.)

Jan. 26 to Feb. 8

If you’ve been hoping to try that hot new restaurant (or return to an old favorite), now is the time. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for brunch or lunch ($22) and dinner ($33 and/or $44). Find our Dining Editor’s picks for Chicago Restaurant Week here and explore the full participant list on Choose Chicago’s website.

Chicago Winter Brew 2018

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Chicago Winter Brew

Photo courtesy of Chicago Winter Brew.

Jan. 27

Sample the best craft beers from local breweries like Dovetail Brewing, Half Acre Beer Company, Sketchbook Brewing Co., and Temperance Beer Co., plus speciality cocktails from KOVAL. Fountainhead will serve food.

21st Annual Aon Step Up for Kids

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Aon Step Up for Kids 2018

Photo by Charles Cherney.

Jan. 28

Climb to the top of the 80-story Aon Center to help K.I.D.S.S for Kids and their support of the Lurie Children’s Department of Family Services. Steppers, who can also do a half climb, will receive a T-shirt and enjoy food, drinks, and live music at The Mid-America Club Finish Line Celebration. Learn more about fundraising and register here.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market

5 Things to Do: Indoor Farmers Market
Jan. 28

North Shore Congregation Israel and Faith in Place will partner to host a one-time indoor winter farmers market that will bring together small, local farm producers selling seasonal, sustainably produced goods like produce, honey, meat, baked goods, tea, and even yarn and beauty products.


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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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