Category: Seasonal FUN

Valentine’s Day Option: La Creperie in Lakeview

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9th February

If you are near the intersection of Clark & Diversey, which is quickly becoming a foodie destination, make sure that trying La Creperie is on the agenda!

This cozy French cabin is located across the street from Landmark Theaters and even has a fireplace to boot! It is incredibly convenient that if you bring in your ticket stubs from seeing a movie you will even get a free chocolate crepe- what could be better?

Serving the neighborhood since 1972, their website claims they are the oldest creperie restaurant in the U.S. It was closed for a brief stint in 2013 after the owner’s son passed away and then reopened quietly again in 2014.

It has the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner date or just meeting with friends. If you can get the coveted table in front of the fireplace warmth you will … Read More »

Restaurant Week 2014

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21st January

January 24th – February 6th

Over 280 Chicago restaurants

Restaurant Week gives local foodies and visitors an opportunity to enjoy prix fixe menus from more than 280 participating restaurants ($22 lunch, $33 and/or $44 dinner). Last year’s restaurant week served over 500,000 diners in ten days, but for the first time has been extended to a 14 stretch!

To kick off the week, a First Bite’s Bash fundraiser dinner at Union Station will be hosted by Chef Paul Kahan for $125.00. Funds will benefit Gilda’s Club and Pilot Light.

This event is organized by Choose Chicago. Making reservations in advance is recommended and can be booked through


Museum of Science and Industry:72nd Annual Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light- Until 1/5/2014

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12th December

Stroll through beautifully decorated trees while various traditional folk music performances are happening from a wide range of cultures!

“As always, the Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda with more than 30,000 red, green and white twinkling lights and hundreds of ornaments and trimmings. More than 50 smaller trees are beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. This custom began for local families in 1942 as a United Nations Day salute to the Allies during World War II. From a first year featuring only a dozen trees, the annual exhibit has grown into a forest of dazzling trees and homemade displays, created by dedicated volunteers.

Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances on the Holiday Stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and … Read More »

30th Annual Music Box Christmas Show- 12/13-24

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12th December

This event has become a Chicago tradition and is great for families and small groups. Santa greets audience members and the night begins with a Christmas Carol Sing-Along before watching timeless classics White Christmas AND/or It’s a Wonderful Life. Tickets have been on sale since November 1st so order yours ahead of time by calling the “Box Office.”

Advance tickets are:
Single Feature: $12
Double Feature: $17
Children under 13: $10 or $15 double feature

Here is the link to see show times:

French International SchoolFall French Market: 11/8-10

4th November

The Chicago French International School is throwing their 9th Annual Fall French Market Friday through Sunday on November 8-10th. With more than 60 venders, including activities for children, this is an event that has much variety to offer. The General Admission to the market is only $5.00 while students of the school and children are free. We’ve looked ahead at the schedule and these are a few things we are excited about:


Friday Night Fete on Nov. 8th:

7:00-10:00 p.m.

$35 when purchased online by Wednesday, $45 at the door

This is a definitely a French-Mexican fusion fiesta with Mexican cuisine and mariachi bands performing while shoppers are first to see what’s available in the market. Vender categories available include jewelry, fashion, art, bath and body, gourmet, and home decor. There will be a drawing available with more than seven prizes valued at … Read More »

9/19- Diner En Blanc: Chicago’s Secret Alfresco Dining Party

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6th September

This elegant dinner soiree celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary this year as hundreds and even thousands gather at secret locations in Chicago, Paris, Rome, and all over the world. The concept is different as it is pretty much BYO-everything, but it promises to be a unique experience to share with friends!

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. when participants walk downtown from official meeting points that they select when they register. The cost is $35 per person and there are tables of two (bring your own table, white cloth, and dinner) and travel together to a secret premiere location and meet hundreds of other Chicagoans elegantly dressed in white. If you pay an extra $5 you will be a member and get the first notice about the 2014 Diner En Blanc. Check their Facebook and Pinterest pages for amazing “white” recipe ideas.

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Beat the Heat, Before it’s Gone!

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15th August

It’s unanimous that summer in Chicago is nothing to miss! So since we are already in August- gasp! We are?!- Yes, since it’s already August we want to send out a reminder to get your summer on while you still can! If you’ve been so busy with graduations, weddings, family parties, work, etc., do NOT panic! There is still time to enjoy this fantastic season before the wardrobe change begins!

Let’s stick to the basics…

Summer Concerts in the Park: There are eight (8) performances left in the Millennium Park Music Festival between now and August 17th. Times vary and if you can’t make it to an evening concert you can still catch a rehearsal performance usually happening midday on the day prior to the actual concert.

Here is the schedule link for these shows:

Summer Dance at Michigan Ave./Balbo– These events run a … Read More »

Chicago Korean Festival This Weekend! 8/10-11

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9th August

This festival began in 1996 and is the largest Korean event in the Midwest! Happening in the ALbany Park neighborhood, this event is a celebration of Korean culture, food, music, and customs. There will be workshops to make kimchi, an eating contest, and a variety of music and performing acts. The event does not list any entry fee and lasts from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to view website…

Dates: Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11, 10 AM-10 PM

Location: 3600-3850 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

NOSH Weekly Food Fest in Wicker Park on Saturdays

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7th August

From late June to autumn’s arrival, The NOSH will showcase small-batch, artisan foods prepared and served onsite or prepackaged in the region by Chicago-area food entrepreneurs. An all star and rising star roster of the region’s top food minds, from chefs to artisans, butchers to bakers, makes The NOSH a bona fide culinary wonderland. An equally selective catalog of merchandise for cooking and serving will also be available for market-goers. We give sustainable and socially positive production practices a prized place at our table. Bring your appetites to The NOSH at Wicker Park for new food and a new outdoor market experience. (from the NOSH website)


Nosh in Wicker Park: More than 30 vendors


11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and every Saturday through October.

A.N. Pritzker School, 2009 W. Schiller St.

8/10- Bud Billiken Parade in Bronzeville

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7th August

Location: King Drive from Oakwood Boulevard to Washington Park

Objective: Give underprivileged children an opportunity to be in the limelight

Parade History: Bud Billiken Day was originated in 1929, as the fulfillment of Chicago Defender founder Robert S. Abbott’s wish to organize a day of fun for the youth who sold his newspaper and Bud Billiken Club members. Today, Mr. Abbott’s wish has grown into the largest parade and picnic of its kind in the United States, with more than 50 million children and their families having viewed the Bud Billiken Day Parade since its inception. The parade is produced by the Chicago Defender Charities and has over 300 sponsors and participants. Festivities begin at 10am and end at approximately 4pm.

For more information about Chicago Defender Charities and the Bud Billiken Parade: visit the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic website.

(from website, click here to view)

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