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Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Mar 11, 2014 at 6:04pm
Restaurant Week is over, but the dining deals continue this winter: Chef Week, which runs March 16–21, offers three-course lunches for $22 and four-course dinners for $44. Restaurants started it as an alternative to Restaurant Week, since it's expensive to participate in that event. Chef Week has a lower entry cost and, in some cases, better restaurants participate.
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Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 11, 2014 at 1:40pm
Court Theatre will produce a new take on the Bible by An Iliad authors Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, a revival of Beckett's Waiting for Godot with an African-American cast and a new staging of the musical The Secret Garden in 2015, as part of the theatre's 60th anniversary season. The new slate will begin in the fall…Read full post
Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:40pm
Jackalope Theatre Company has announced it's becoming a resident of Broadway Armory Park, fleshing out a previously unused military garage on the Edgewater building's second floor into a wheelchair-accessible 60-seat theater space, along with a large lobby and dressing room.
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Posted by Erin Delahanty on Mar 8, 2014 at 12:57pm
There are concerts and then there are spectacles. From the moment Miley Cyrus slid down the giant twisted tongue slide protruding from an oversize portrait of herself and onto the stage at Allstate Arena until the last of the confetti hit the floor, it was a nonstop spectacle.
And that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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Posted by Jake Malooley on Mar 7, 2014 at 4:52pm
I love the high-top fade.
Cut it myself. Took a while. I was watching Fresh Prince one day and was inspired by Will's haircut.
Speaking of Fresh Prince—did you mourn the passing of Uncle Phil?
Yeah, I did feel sad…
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Posted by Laura Baginski on Mar 7, 2014 at 12:45pm
The weather this winter has had one highlight: lots of sunshine. The Photo of the Week showcases the sun's rays at the Art Institute, and the cool shadows the skylight creates. Israel Reza (@israel_r) is the photographer behind this dramatic shot.
Posted by Jake Malooley on Mar 7, 2014 at 9:47am
The United Center concourse performers aren't famous, but there is one regular act that's perhaps better known than certain Bulls bench-warmers: Manny the Frenchie, an Instagram-famous bulldog touted as "the world's most popular and followed French bulldog." When Manny poses for photos with Bulls fans on the concourse, he wears a double-zero jersey or dons a bowtie.
Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Mar 6, 2014 at 4:50pm
The end of winter is in sight! Not only is it supposed to near 40 degrees tomorrow, but this weekend marks two annual harbingers of spring: the reopening of Scooter's Frozen Custard and Original Rainbow Cone.
Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 6, 2014 at 3:41pm
Victory Gardens Theater has revealed a slate of five plays for its 2014-15 season, back up from the current season's truncated three titles. The company will stage world premieres by Lauren Yee and Marcus Gardley, along with Chicago premieres of works by Samuel D. Hunter, Colm Tóibín and Ayad Akhtar.
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Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 6, 2014 at 3:10pm
Strawdog Theatre Company plans to move its current production of Philip Dawkins's Miss Marx: or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living offsite to Victory Gardens for one night, Thursday, March 13, so it can offer a fully accessible experience for audience members. Unlike Strawdog's longtime Lakeview home, at the top of a steep set of stairs above an Italian restaurant and a liquor store, Victory Gardens' Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room is accessible to wheelchair users by ramp and elevator.Read full post
Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Mar 5, 2014 at 3:15pm
The menu, from Jared Van Camp and Sieger Bayer, is pretty simple: There are two $6 chicken sandwich styles (Nashville hot or pickle brined), which are available in breast or leg pieces on a buttermilk biscuit or house bun.
Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:53am
Steppenwolf Theatre Company has revealed four of the five plays in its next subscription season, all of them new to Chicago. The season opens with the Chicago premiere of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive, with director Henry Wishcamper making his Steppenwolf debut (September 18–November 16). It's followed by Airline Highway, a world premiere from Lisa D'Amour (pictured) about a New Orleans burlesque performer who holds her own funeral…Read full post
Posted by Laura Baginski on Mar 4, 2014 at 2:17pm
You're not human if, after the third polar vortex, the hundreth snowfall, the bazillionth delayed El train, you haven't considered leaving this city. It's been a winter that's tested our will to live, much less our willingness to live in Chicago.
So on this, the 177th anniversary of Chicago's incorporation as a city, we've compiled the reasons why we at Time Out Chicago are committed to this city.
Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Mar 3, 2014 at 4:05pm
You'll need to line up at some local bakeries starting at 5am tomorrow if you want paczki, but if you'd rather sleep in, just open your Uber app. For $20, they'll deliver six paczki from Do-Rite Donuts, some Mardi Gras swag, and passes to Go Cycle so you can burn off all the fat and sugar.
Posted by Jake Malooley on Mar 3, 2014 at 4:02pm
The months of speculation are over, the speeches have been uncorked and the parties have ended (though we'll never know with that Jared Leto guy). What went down at last night's Academy Awards? In short, a whole lotta sincerity.
Posted by Jake Malooley on Mar 3, 2014 at 3:01pm
The new Wicker Park address suits the long-running comedy show "This is a new era for the Lincoln Lodge," stand-up comedian Ricky Gonzalez announced Friday evening from the small stage in the ground-floor bar of Subterranean. The host's excitement was palpable, but his words were hard to hear, owing to the fact that his microphone wasn't on. The brief technical difficulty was the only apparent hiccup as Lincoln Lodge made a strong debut at its boozy new home.
Posted by Laura Baginski on Mar 3, 2014 at 1:51pm
The 2014 Oscars happened. Gravity grabbed the most statues, Pharrell's hat came back, and host Ellen DeGeneres posted a selfie that became the most retweeted tweet off all time in just over 30 minutes. Also, pizza. From the moment Jennifer Lawrence tripped before even making it inside the building to Steve McQueen's victory dance when 12 Years a Slave took the award for Best Picture, comedians, critics and commenters were keeping track of every high and low of the evening.
Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 3, 2014 at 12:20pm
Fall starts in the spring this year for Broadway in Chicago. The presenters said today that the Fall 2014 subscription season will kick off in May with Buyer & Cellar. Most of the lineup, including Buyer & Cellar, has been announced separately already, including the October premiere of Amazing Grace, Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale, Newsies and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Posted by Kris Vire on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:10am
A cast of more than 80 performers, including dancers, acrobats, jugglers, burlesque artists and more, packed the house at the new West Town event venue Moonlight Studios on Saturday night for The Tease, a seductive new performance benefit for Chicago House and its social service programs for LGBTQ individuals and families.