“I warn you, Jedediah, you’re not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in off the lake and gosh only knows if they ever heard of lobster Newburg.” Orson Welles as Citizen Kane
The wind continues to howl off the lake, but our tastes have certainly improved over the years. There’s even a new champagne and wine lounge opening this weekend called Connoisseur. And although there’s snow on the ground and ice on the sidewalks, foodies can still get their fresh food fix at the Green City Winter Market. It runs through next weekend in the lion house at Lincoln Park Zoo. Want to prove Chicago is tres magnifique? Enter the world of French film and wine while networking at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago.
If that’s all too high-falutin’ for your tastes, that’s just fine. Say Bye Bye Liver at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts. This fundraiser has drink specials, appetizers, and highlights from the sketch comedy show. Or, pull out your Santa coat and hat and drink your way through Rush & Division Streets. No, you’re not reliving last weekend’s SantaCon. This weekend it’s Running Of The Santas. Hopefully there will be a different Santa having breakfast with the kids at Hard Rock the next morning.
Another activity you get a second chance at is making a gingerbread house. Parents and kids can skate over to Park Grill and can make their own to take with them. Even if you have no interest in making one, you can stop in and see the 20pound Gingerbread Skyline on display.
On a separate note, I need your input! I’ve been searching for a way to add more neighborhoods while still having an easy to use events calendar. I think I’ve found it, but I need to know if YOU think it’s useful. Each neighborhood is color coded, and clicking on the address in the listing will bring up a map. Please, check out the sample calendar and let me know what you think. (I’ll make it prettier once I know you like it.)
In the meantime, the current events calendar works just fine for things to do downtown, so be sure to visit it to plan your weekend. Have fun!