1. Party like it’s New Orleans Mardi Gras is this Tuesday, so this weekend is jam-packed with beads, King Cake and a whole lot of booze. With parties all weekend long across the city, you’ll have no problem channeling your inner French Quarter reveler. (Various venues across Chicago, see list for details) 2. Catch great local rock Chicago’s very own Ne-Hi, an indie rock quartet with a knack for channeling nostalgia, plays the Empty Bottle tonight. Hit up the Ukrainian Village hot spot for cheap beer, a game of pool and great local rock. (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Fri 9pm. $12) 3. Score your new favorite vintage Randolph Street Market Festival returns for its monthly takeover of Plumbers Hall this weekend. Stop by to root though cute vintage dresses, jewelry, furniture, vinyl and more. (Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm. $10) 4. Get involved in your community Want to volunteer with a local organization, but aren’t sure where to start? Head to the Chicago Volunteer Expo to meet with passionate Chicagoans and find your new favorite non-profit. (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Sat 10am-4pm. Free) 5. Channel your inner Californian Don’t you wish Chicago were just a little closer to Napa? If so, the River North Wine Fest is for you. Taste over 35 different wines (and, more importantly, cheeses) at this afternoon-long event. (Moe’s Cantina River North, 155 W Kinzie St, Sat 12pm-4pm. $50) 6. Take in films from
We had our earbuds out this week and overheard some hilarious, out-of-context quips about Mark Wahlberg, buried treasure and thigh gap. Did you overhear something crazy this week? Email us or tweet us @TimeOutChicago with #wordonthestreet, and you may find it in the next Word On The Street. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Earlier this month indoor skate park and music venue House of Vans celebrated its grand opening in the West Loop with a concert and an open house. Now that the venue's ramps and rails have been broken in, House of Vans is launching a bi-weekly free skate night (called Sessions) that will welcome skaters and onlookers to the expansive warehouse space. You can grab your board and skate at House of Vans on March 1, 15, 29 and April 12. While you're there, you'll be able to enjoy pizza and Goose Island beer (served from behind the bar that formerly resided in Goose Island's defunct Wrigleyville taproom). On April 12, Vans will host a best trick contest, giving skaters the chance to win prizes provided by Fender. If you want to show off your skateboard skills or just eat pizza and watch from the sidelines, you'll need to RSVP for the free skate nights on the House of Vans website. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you use Metra to commute to and from the city, chances are you’re having a bad morning. That’s because Amtrack computer signaling problems caused one hell of a traffic jam for trains waiting to get into or out of Union Station during Friday's morning commute. At one point, as many as 42 trains were delayed from arriving or departing the downtown railroad station. There are 42 trains waiting to get into/out of Union Station. Delays are extensive and trains are slowly starting to enter/exit the station. — Metra (@Metra) February 24, 2017 According to Metra, an issue with Amtrak’s computer signaling just before 6:30am prompted officials to halt rail service near Union Station. Metra quickly tweeted that it received an update from Amtrak, which stated that the control system would be coming back online in about 15 minutes. But by then, the damage had already been done. Dozens of trains were either cancelled or delayed throughout the morning because of the signaling problem. Lengthy delays of 15 to 40 minutes were still being reported on Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe line at 9:57am. Other routes affected include the Milwaukee District North and West lines, SouthWest and North Central service, and the Heritage Corridor line. Metra Alert - Amtrak Computer Signaling Problem Has Been Restored - 15 to 40 Minute Delays Continue - REVISED @ 9:57 a.m. — Metra BNSF (@metraBNSF) February 24, 2017 As you might expect, Chicagoans were not happy. Altho
Get ready for another shot at Hamilton tickets. The Chicago company of the behemoth Broadway hit is releasing 16 more weeks of tickets, to go on sale Tuesday, February 28 at 10am. The new block of tickets covers September 19, 2017, to January 7, 2018 at The PrivateBank Theatre. It's a shorter span than the first two blocks, which each measured six months. The initial batch, which stretched from the first preview performance on September 27, 2016 to March 19, 2017, basically broke Ticketmaster when it went on sale last summer. The second block, released on the day of the first preview, extended availability to September 17 of this year. Those seats didn’t disappear as quickly; a Ticketmaster search shows good availability for performances in August and September. You can also enter the daily digital lottery for a pair of $10 tickets. Still need convincing? Read my five-star review from opening night in October. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Want to sample delicious food from around the world without stepping foot outside of Edgewater? On March 8, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is celebrating International Women’s Day with a one-night dining event that promises to introduce Chicagoans to some of the neighborhood’s best cuisine, all while benefiting a worthy cause. Samples from 13 women-owned restaurants and businesses in the area will be on the menu at Edgewater’s International Dinner Crawl. Along with highlighting the successes of each participating businesses, the crawl will also raise funds for Girl Forward—a nonprofit dedicated to supporting girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. The event, which takes place from 5–8pm, is $30 for members of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and $35 for the general public. After purchasing their tickets, crawlers will receive a map of participating restaurants that they can visit in any order they choose. Each business will offer visitors a sampling or tasting of a unique menu item. So, treat yourself to a world-class dinner and celebrate International Women's Day with these participating businesses. Edgewater International Women's Day Dinner Crawl Alice and Friends (5812 N Broadway St) Edge of Sweetness (6034 N Broadway St) Ethiopian Diamond Fireside The Growling Rabbit Herb Independent Spirits Maddiebird Bakery Mango Pickle Phoenix Bean Tofu (5438 N Broadway) Summer Noodles & Rice Tina's Italian Ice (1050 W Bryn Mawr) Uncommon Ground W
March in Chicago is the point of each year when we cautiously dip our toes into springtime. One moment we could be drinking on an outdoor patio, then next we’re back to playing “dibs” mid-snowstorm. The month is defined by the onslaught of St. Patrick’s Day parties, parades and dinner specials. But if you don't like celebrating Irish heritage with binge drinking—erm, I mean, with bagpipes and corned beef—there are plenty of other fantastic things to do as the city warms up this month. We’ve collected the 44 best openings happening in Chicago this month, so get ready to jump into spring. RECOMMENDED: Our complete March events calendar THINGS TO DO Mar 3-13: Take in a series of environmentally-conscious films at One Earth Film Festival. The fest offers a slate of films aimed at understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. Mar 4: Hit up the charity event with a cult following, Chiditarod, a shopping cart race through Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. Contestants sport some impressive costumes, so it’s worth watching even if you’re not a competitor. Mar 4: Expand your beer nerdom at Windy City Brewhaha, a full afternoon of tastings and talks at Revel Fulton Market. It’s the perfect opportunity to expand your beer knowledge and palette. Mar 5: Enjoy desserts from vendors like Katherine Anne Confections and Osteria Langhe while sipping complimentary beverages from DryHop Brewers and KOVAL Distillery at Time Out Chicago's Treat Yo' Self tas
New renderings of a proposed 11-story apartment building in Uptown were released this week by 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman. Developer CRG Real Estate Solutions initially sought to construct an 8-story, 147-unit apartment building at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Wilson Avenue, but altered their proposal after receiving feedback from the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and the Uptown United community organization. In addition to three additional floors, other changes include reducing the amount of retail space from 7,273 square feet in the initial design to 5,500 square feet in the updated plan and increasing the total number of parking spaces to 38. The renderings also show a new open design that features green roofs on the second and 12th floors. Cappleman announced updates to the project on Wednesday in the 46th Ward newsletter. CRG Real Estate Solutions is requesting a zoning change for the site of the proposed mixed-use development (975 W Wilson Ave). Cappleman’s office said it will hold a meeting with the Clarendon Park Neighbor’s Association to review the proposal. The next zoning and development committee meeting is scheduled for 7pm on February 27 at Weiss Memorial Hospital, 4646 N Marine Dr. Courtesy CRG Real Estate Solutions Courtesy CRG Real Estate Solutions Courtesy CRG Real Estate Solutions Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday reaffirmed Chicago’s commitment to protect the rights of transgender residents, following a decision by the Trump administration to rescind federal protections for transgender students. In a statement released by the mayor’s office, Emanuel said various policies put in place last year by the city and Chicago Public Schools would not be affected by the administration’s reversal of Obama-era guidance on the issue. "While tonight federal protections for transgender students have been rolled back, I want to be clear that the city of Chicago's and Chicago Public Schools policies providing equal rights to transgender residents and students will remain unchanged,” the mayor said. “Chicago will stay steadfast in our commitment to fight for equality and against discrimination in all its forms.” Specifically, CPS announced guidelines in May 2016 allowing students access to the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, as well as promoting “safe, welcoming environments” for transgender students, CPS employees and other adults. A month later, the city passed an ordinance prohibiting hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and other public accommodations from requesting that patrons show a government-issued ID before using facilities such as restrooms. The goal of the ordinance was to prevent forms of discrimination based on a person’s biological category or gender identity. Emanuel’s statement was in direct response to a joint
There's a little more than a month until the Chicago Cubs play their first game of the season, but fans (the kind that filled the streets during the World Series Championship parade) have been waiting for months to lock down tickets to a few games in Wrigley Field. No, your tickets to see the John Mayer–fronted Dead & Company during Wrigley Field's summer concert series don't count. If you didn't get the opportunity to purchase season tickets this year (join the club), you might be able to score a few free tickets to a game this afternoon in Millennium Park. The Chicago Cubs have set up a miniature ball park on the South Promenade of Millennium Park (just to the east of the Crown Fountain) where you can test your Wiffle ball skills from noon to 1pm this afternoon. Anyone who is able to hit one out of the park will have the chance to win tickets to an upcoming Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Can't make it to the Loop or not confident enough in your Wiffle ball prowess? Single-game tickets for the Cubs' 2017 season go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10am via the team's website or by calling 1-800-843-2827. On deck: #HitForMobileTix at the South Promenade (in Millennium Park)! Who's coming? pic.twitter.com/SoBg3cj8GI — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 23, 2017 Hit one out of our mobile ballpark at Millennium Park (South Promenade) for a chance to score tickets from 12-1 p.m. today! #HitForMobileTix pic.twitter.com/MEW2Db89bU — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 23, 20