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Spring is almost here! We can already feel it. Hopefully these warmer days have inspired you to get out and have fun. This weekend is going to be an exciting one so head out and enjoy the sun. Since it is Women’s History Month, we’ll also be including events that support women all month long!

Chicago European Union Film Festival

 March 6th – April 2nd

Gene Siskel Film Center – 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

This one is for the film lovers. The Gene Siskel Film Center is once again hosting another amazing film festival, the annual European Union Film Festival. Its showcasing 4 weeks of films, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to check them out. Also, be sure to support the women filmmakers featured!

International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl

March 8th 11am – 2pm 

*Various locations in Edgewater 

This event hits close to home. As a women-owned small business, we understand the importance of community support. So if you can, be sure to check it out and explore women-owned businesses in Edgewater. They’ll have food and drink tastings and inspiring conversations. Follow the link to get details and locations. 

Babes, Booze, and Bake Sale

March 8th 11am – 4pm

Superkhana International – 3059 W Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647

Head out this weekend to support some of Chicago’s best pastry chefs!  The lineup includes: Emily Spurlin (Lula Cafe), Erin Koroll (Cellar Door Provisions), and Mai Giffard (Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits) and so many more. Proceeds will go to Restaurant Culture Association, a nonprofit working to combat sexual harassment and build safe working environments in the food and drink industry.

If you’re looking for a warm and inviting place to escape the winter, Shokran is the place. While located in the Irving Park neighborhood, most would call this off-the-beaten-path. It’s not downtown and it’s not in a fancy restaurant area like Wicker Park. But that doesn’t mean it’s not special. Shokran (meaning ‘thank you’) is extremely special. And insanely good.

Despite it’s simple and nondescript location, the interior is anything but. The ceilings are adorned with fabric and booths are covered in jewel tone cushions. It’s orange, red, yellow, and blue decor transports you far away from the busy and bustling Irving Park Road. In addition, walls are covered in photographs of Morrocan markets, ornate lanterns light up the space, and candles add to a cozy atmosphere. 

And the food! You will not be disappointed. It’s affordable and the portions are generous. One of my favorite dishes is the lamb Fez, a tagine made with prunes, almonds, and hard-boiled eggs. Be sure to try the lamb kabob and don’t leave before you have had the Chicken Bastilla. It’s a traditional dish served at weddings made with crispy phyllo dough, layered with chicken, eggs, and almonds. It was so good, we forgot to take pictures. Staples like the hummus and the Morrocan mint tea were also incredibly good. 

The service was also friendly and prompt, really rounding out a wonderful experience. It is cash only but it really shouldn’t deter you. The atmosphere and food make Shokran a must. If you’re new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, make sure to go, support, and enjoy Shokran.

Shokran

 4027 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Spring is so close, can you feel it! While it’s still cold, you can still make the most of the sunshine. Go out and explore the city and hopefully spring will get here in the meantime. 

30th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Through to March 1st

Gene Siskel Film Center – 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

If you’re interested in expanding your horizons or if you just love films, make sure to support this annual Iranian film festival. Featuring documentaries, comedies, and dramas, you’ll be sure to find something that speaks to you. It’s a great opportunity to embrace and support this community. Check out the Gene Siskel website for showtimes. 

The Orchid Show

Through March 22nd

Chicago Botanic Garden – 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

The Chicago Botanic Garden is not only a summer destination. Beat the cold by surrounding yourself with orchids and art installations at The Orchid Show. Explore beyond the city limits and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful blooms. 

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show

Friday February 21st – Saturday February 22nd 

Reggies – 2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

Enjoy booze and pancakes at Reggies for this unique traveling art show this weekend. Relax and indulge while you browse. Be inspired by the more than 100 local artists with live music performances. 

It is cold, and snowy, and only February. We wouldn’t blame you if you stayed in and relaxed. But there are still exciting things happening all over the city. If you’re brave enough to go out this weekend, keep these events in mind. Go out and listen to music, eat, and learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sounds like the perfect weekend! 

ChillFest

 Saturday, February 8th 2020

*Various Locations (Wicker Park & Bucktown)

Now in its 7th year, Chillfest will bring 30 musicians to Wicker Park and Bucktown where local businesses will host them in unique acoustic concerts. You’ll get to shop and eat while listening to music. Head over to their website to get a full lineup for this year’s festival. 

“Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Sunday February 9th 2020 – Sunday August 16th 2020

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center – 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL   60077

If you’ve never been to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, make sure to go this year and check the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibition. It’ll put a spotlight on her life and amazing career. Learn, remember, and be inspired. 

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Sunday, February 9th 2020 – Sunday, February 16th 2020

*Various Locations

If you’ve participated in Chicago Restaurant Week, be sure to support African American owned businesses this upcoming week. Similar to Chicago Restaurant Week, diners can take advantage of discounts and special menus at more than 35 participating restaurants. Take a look at their website and find a spot near you. You never know, you might find your next favorite place. 

As our first ever neighborhood spotlight, I thought I’d devote it to something dear to my heart. Pie. If you’re moving to the Humboldt Park neighborhood then you have to check out this nostalgic bakery.

I’d had my eye on this place ever since it opened in 2015 but just never got around to going. It was only recently that a realized that it was owned by husband and wife team Parker Whiteway and Dinah Grossman. Women owned business are important and deserve support so I couldn’t wait to check it out.

I think it’s safe to say, I walked away in love.

Atmosphere is everything to me and Spinning J has it. There are vintage booths, olive green velvet curtains, and pink walls with gold stencils throughout. As their website states, Spinning J was built with reclaimed and recycled materials, and it was artfully done. The details, like the soda fountain light fixtures to the throwback tile floors, add charm and personality. I can tell they had fun making the space. It’s nostalgic, warm, and unique.

And the pie. It exceeded my expectations if that was even possible. I went with my mom and sister and together we had the Dirty Chai, the S’mores, and the lemon poppyseed cake all on charmingly mis-matched china. The Dirty Chai was creamy and light, the S’mores pie was dark and rich, and lemon cake was moist and citrusy. And the coffee! It was strong and complimented the sweet pastries perfectly. I was blown away, full, and happy. I regret not trying any of the shakes or sodas but I think I’ll wait, since they’ll be perfect for the summer months. I’ll be coming back to try everything on the menu!

So go, the minute you have a chance. It’s small and almost always busy but it’s really worth the wait.

Spinning J

1000 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Chinese New Year is here and you’ll be able to celebrate it this weekend. There will also be other festivals and events taking place as well so go out and explore the city!

2020 Argyle Lunar New Year

Saturday Feb 1st, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Argyle station, 1118 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640

The Lunar New Year is here. While it’s sure to be busy, head over to Chinatown this weekend for the annual parade. Support the local community and witness the colorful traditions. While it’s probably going to be busy, don’t leave without getting a bite to eat. 

Chicago Psychfest 11- “One and One is One”

Saturday  February 1st, 2020 @ 8 PM

Hideout – 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago IL 60642

Chicago has an amazing local music scene and the Hideout is an off-the-beaten-path jem that features both local and international acts. This weekend they’ll host the 11th annual Chicago Psychfest. Go, sway, and enjoy the music!

First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 1PM

Newberry Library – 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

The Newberry is a beautiful research library with a world famous collection but it also features a lot of amazing events. This weekend is the second annual First Nations Film and Video Festival where you will get to see and hear from prominent First Nation leaders. If you’re not a fan of large events, consider supporting this festival!

Andersonville Hygge Fest

 Saturday February 1st, 2020 – Sunday February 2nd 2020

*Various Locations 

If you’re curious about Andersonville and it’s Swedish roots, then make sure to go to this years Hygge Fest. The Danish term hygge means “cozy”, which is just what we need during these winter months. You’ll be able to roam local business where you’ll find sales, tastings, and special events. 

This weekend we’ll see warmer temperatures so enjoy them! Sure it’s only the mid-30s but we’ll take what can get. Whether you’re an outdoors person or a foodie, here are some exciting events happening in Chicago.

Chicago Restaurant Week

January 24th – February 9th

*Various locations 

This is the 13th annual Chicago Restaurant Week and it’s always a sweet surprise during the slow winter months. Here’s your chance to try some restaurants and cuisines you wouldn’t normally. They have fixed menus and prices, which is great for foodies and the curious alike. Go to their website and see who’s participating! 

The Beer Temple – Pop-Up Record Store Round 2 

January 25th @ 3:00pm – 8:00pm 

3173 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 

Maybe beer and records are more your speed. The Beer Temple in Avondale will be coordinating with local record stores for a fun night of music. You’ll be to try some beer and maybe leave with new music too in their pop-up record shop. 

Polar Adventure Day at Northerly Island 

January 26th @ 12:00pm – 4:00pm 

Northerly Island Park – 1521 S Linn White Dr. Chicago, IL 60605 

If you love winter and the outdoors then I think you’ll enjoy this unique event hosted by the Chicago Park District. It’s great for families and kids and absolutely free. You’ll get to Siberian huskies and wolves and explore the island in snow shoes. Hot cocoa included as well. They’ll have another event in February so you’ll have another chance if you can’t make it this weekend. 

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Roscoe Village is a small community that’s easy to miss if you aren’t looking too closely. What it lacks in mileage, it makes up for in charm. Nestled within the larger North Center neighborhood, Roscoe Village really is a village within a city. The community itself began as the Riverview Amusement Park in the early 20th century at the Belmont and Western intersection. After it was demolished, it became a residential area and has continuously evolved into the neighborhood we know today. It remains a family oriented community and you can feel it, and see it. Yes, there are strollers at just about every corner in the summer but it is so much more than that. It is a unique neighborhood punctuated by amazing breakfast spots, independent shops, and beautiful outdoor spaces. It’s a neighborhood I know well so be sure to explore it when the weather permits and support the local community. 

Chicago Rowing Foundation – 3400 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618

If you’re a rower, then this is the place for you. They offer classes for all ages in their impressive facility. If you’re not, it’s still a beautiful building and area to admire. It was designed by resident Chicago architect Jeanne Gang along the Chicago River. 

Roscoe Village Discount Outlet – 2043 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Roscoe Village is also the home of one of the best thrift stores in Chicago. I’ve been countless of times and I’ve always walked a way with more than I could handle. If you enjoy thrifting then make sure to check this spot out. 

Lazy Dog Antiques – 1903 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

In addition to thrift stores, Roscoe Village is also a destination for antiques. Lazy Dog Antiques has been a staple in the community for years. Explore this great shop, you just never know what you’ll find. 

Roscoe Books – 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Independent books stores are a favorite of mine so you know I have to include Roscoe Books. This small and endearing space is the perfect place to find your next read. They always have events and be sure to watch out for those strollers during story time. 

Kitsch’n – 2005 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

I love this place! It’s fun, vibrant, and yes, kitschy. It’s the perfect place for breakfast and lunch. I’ve had some of the best french toast here so make sure to stop by. 

January is usually a slow month, reserved for recovering from the holidays. That doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Thankfully there are amazing events happening that will get you out of your winter slump. Let’s use Martin Luther King weekend to reflect, learn, continue to create community. Here are some events and businesses you should support.


Roe

January 18th – February 23rd 

Goodman Theater

170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601 

If you are passionate about politics, history, and reproductive health rights than check out Roe at the Goodman Theater. It provides insight into the origins of the famous case and the women who made it possible. Go out and support this production before it closes on February 23rd. 

Queer Soup Night 


January 19th

Women & Children First

5233 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60640

Taking place in one of Chicago’s most feminist bookstores, Queer chefs will be cooking soup  and will feature a live DJ. There will also be an opportunity to donate to a queer wellness organization. Get a book or connect with others in your community. It’s also a perfect way to stay warm this winter weekend. 

Free Museum Days


January 16th – January 20th

*Shedd Aquarium

*Adler Planetarium

*Field Museum

If you’re an Illinois resident, take advantage of the free museum days this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King day. Follow the link to see the details. 

The holidays are here, you can hear the Christmas music and see the decorations popping up everywhere. There are some amazing and fun holiday events happening around the city as well as other non-holiday-related ones if you want a change of pace. Here are some events in Chicago that are worth checking out.


Randolph Street Holiday Market

November 23rd – 24th

1341 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607

If you’re looking for a unique place to get holiday gifts or just love vintage clothing and home decor, then make sure to head over to the Randolph Street Holiday Market. The two-day event will also feature food and drinks.


Romeo and Juliet

October 31st – December 22nd, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

800 E Grand AveChicago, IL 60611

Romeo and Juliet is a classic, one that is continuously retold and reshaped to fit the times and this production follows that tradition. This incredibly modern performance is also getting a lot of buzz. If you’re looking for something new and noteworthy to support this season, be sure to check out this retelling of Romeo and Juliet.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

November 29th – December 1st

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

220 S Michigan AveChicago, IL 60604

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you’ll love this annual concert series event by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You’ll be able to enjoy the film with orchestra performing the score live. If you haven’t been before, make this the year to do so.