It’s official. Tuesday’s mild weather means Chicago will get out of February without a single noteworthy snowstorm, setting yet another weather-related record in 2017. For the first time in recorded history, Chicago has had no measurable snowfall in the months of January and February. The National Weather Service tweeted out that this striking lack of snow is something never before witnessed in the 146 years since record keeping began in Chicago. Chicago's about to do something its never done in 146 years of record keeping: go the entire months of Jan & Feb with no snow on the ground. — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 26, 2017 Although the chances of measurable snowfall decreases once we get into the months of March and April, there is still some potential for a late-season snowstorm. Chicago has witnessed significant snow events in both months, according to the NWS. The largest March snowstorm in the city’s history occurred on March 25–26, 1930, and dropped 19.2 inches across Chicagoland. April’s biggest snowstorm (10.7 inches) occurred on April 1–2, 1954. Chicago & Rockford 1" snowfall record droughts continue. Chances of 1" snows decrease in Mar/Apr, but they aren't immune to big snowstorms! pic.twitter.com/LjeBD08Cmn — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 26, 2017 No snow does not mean ideal weather, however. The NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday evening throughout the Chicago area, which includes a significant thunderstorm ris
The Adams Street Bridge opened to traffic on Friday, marking the end of an extensive rehabilitation of one of Chicago’s 37 iconic bascule bridges. The 13-month, $33 million project included the installation of a new electrical control system, improvements to the intersection of Adams Street and Canal Street, restoration of the bridge tender’s houses, the addition of new street lighting and traffic signals, and roadway drainage upgrades. Vehicles heading west on Adams will once again be able to cross the bridge, which had remained open to pedestrians for all but two months of the project. The opening also means that seven CTA bus routes which were rerouted because of the Adams Street Bridge closure have resumed their regular routes. Those routes are: No. 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, No. 7 Harrison, No. 28 Stony Island, No. 121 Union/Streeterville Express, No. 126 Jackson, No. 151 Sheridan and No. 156 LaSalle. “The Adams Street Bascule Bridge, and other bridges like it, represent Chicago’s great legacy of investing in infrastructure to build a better future for our residents,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release. “We know these types of investments are critical to maintaining our historic infrastructure and keeping Chicago moving forward in the 21st century.” Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
One Earth Film Festival returns for its sixth year this weekend with a schedule so jam packed that organizers have expanded the event to multiple weekends for the first time ever. This year, more than 30 films will be screened March 3–12 at 39 different venues throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The annual festival features documentaries and programs that focus on current environmental issues. A Green Carpet Gala featuring live performances, a ﬁlmmakers panel and a festival preview will kick of One Earth 2017 on March 3 at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center in Chicago. In all, more than 45 screenings will be held during this year’s event. And with so many options, we chose six of the best films at the festival. Most screenings are free with a $6 suggested donation. The Age of Consequences THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES - THEATRICAL TRAILER from PF Pictures on Vimeo. The Chicago premiere of writer-director Jared P. Scott's The Age of Consequences will give local audiences an eye-opening look at the effects of climate change on U.S. national security and global stability. Through recent examples such as the the conflict in Syria and the Arab Spring uprisings, this documentary explores how existing social tensions interact with climate-based stressors to spark conflict. (Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N Sheridan Rd, March 4 at 3pm; Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W Adams St, March 5 at 6pm) Before the Flood Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCapr
If you're anything like me, you're digging around your desk at 3pm looking for something sweet to munch on for an afternoon pick-me-up. Now Time Out Chicago is bringing a sugar rush to your weekend. On Sunday, March 5 at Artifact Events, we're hosting our second annual Treat Yo' Self tasting event, filled with two whole hours of desserts and pampering. You'll get to try sweets like warm cookie sundaes and hummingbird cake. There will be beer from DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery & Provisions and cocktails from KOVAL Distillery. Plus, massages from Lisa App, one-on-one psychic readings from Chicago Spiritual Boutique and mini-twist braids from Mixed Co. Salon. Need more convincing? Check out what went down at last year's Treat Yo' Self. Get your tickets here. Need some visual dessert? Feast your eyes on photos of the sweet treats you can enjoy this weekend. Photograph: Courtesy Cookie Spin Cookie Spin: What's better than cookies and ice cream? You'll get to pick from a chocolate chip or salted caramel Oreo brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and hot caramel. Photograph: Courtesy Osteria Langhe Osteria Langhe: Panna Cotta? Yes please. Get a sample of the house panna cotta (vanilla) with chocolate, hazelnuts and raspberries. Photograph: Courtesy Julius Meinl Coffee Bar & Patisserie Julius Meinl Coffee Bar & Patisserie: Samples of the opera torte, an almond cake soaked with espresso syrup, dark chocolate ganache and espresso buttercream wi
Outfitted with log cabin-inspired décor, broken-in dive bar trappings and peanut shells on the floor, the Lodge is one of those classic Chicago hold-outs in an area that has been largely taken over by trendy restaurants, nightclubs and retail chains. The bar has been in business for 60 years and it's getting ready to celebrate the milestone with a party and a new cocktail that Traditionally, the 60th anniversary is the diamond anniversary, which explains why the Lodge has come up with a pricey new cocktail dubbed, "On the Rock." The $6,000 drink features Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey poured over a diamond-shaped piece of ice, as well as a certificate that entitles the bearer to an actual diamond from the Chicago Diamond Center. Proceeds from sales of the cocktail will benefit Misericordia Heart Of Mercy, an organization that assists individuals with developmental disabilities. The cocktail will be available all year long (so you have plenty of time to save up for one) and will be served at the Lodge's 60th anniversary party on February 27, beginning at 9pm. If you can't afford a cocktail with some bling on the side, you'll be able to enjoy 60-cent beers from local brewer Burnt City and you just might win one of four $60 gift cards that are being given away throughout the night. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
From fast pitch softball to beginners' ballet, the Chicago Park District’s spring programming lineup promises something for everyone. Online registration for CPD spring programs opened on Monday, and this year there are literally thousands of athletic, artistic and educational options to choose from. “The Chicago Park District is in the business of offering thousands of sport, fitness, cultural and environmental programming opportunities to help keep patrons active and engaged,” CPD General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly said in a statement. “Patrons of all ages enjoy the experience of signing up and coming to their local park for inexpensive programs that enrich their lives.” Online registration for programs at parks located west of California Avenue opened at 9am on Monday, while registration for parks east of California will open at 9am on Tuesday. In-person registration opens March 4 at most parks. Some sites, including the McFetridge Sports Center and Morgan Park Sports Center, will begin in-person registration March 6 and 7. You can see a full list of spring programs here. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
There's an app for everything these days. Form ordering food to photographing food to creating shareable albums of deliciously framed food art, there seems to be no shortage of mobile applications for you to sink your teeth into. With so many options (and so little storage space), we know it can be hard picking and choosing which apps to own and which to avoid. That's why we sorted through the crap and came up with 10 must-own apps for every Chicagoan. TransitFrom tracking CTA trains and busses to providing step-by-step navigation, this self proclaimed “urban travel companion” does everything. A straightforward interface and location-based arrival times makes this app extremely user friendly, and added features such as service-disruption notifications and departure reminders mean you’ll always be a step ahead of your fellow commuters.Android and iPhone, free OverDrive With OverDrive, you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks and stream video from the Chicago Public Library (provided you have a library card) from the comfort of your own couch. And, you’ll never have to worry about late fees since titles are automatically returned when they’re due.Android and iPhone, free 312Go Ever wish you could have a tour guide with you everywhere you go? Me neither. But, 312Go gives users all the fun and interesting facts about the things they walk past and none of the uncomfortable tour guide banter. This app combines the knowledge of hundreds of local experts in history, architecture and city
Fans of the Chicago Cubs will never forget the 2016 World Series (or the subsequent championship parade), and MLB-sanctioned artist Opie Otterstad is doing his part to capture the memory of that historic series on canvas. Otterstad, who has created World Series celebration art for 15 consecutive years, will unveil a large collection of paintings and other works depicting the Cubs World Series victory in Chicago later this spring. Cubs’ Moments of Victory: The Exhibition will be on public display from April 8–30 at Narrative Gallery, located on the second floor of Water Tower Place. Otterstad will make special in-gallery appearances on April 8 (6–9pm) and April 9 (1–4pm). The appearance events are complimentary, but organizers recommend attendees RSVP at email@example.com or by calling 312-475-9620. Although Cubs’ Moments of Victory is more than a month away from opening, we pulled together some of the amazing paintings that will be displayed during the April exhibition. Take a look and remember one of the most exciting nights that Chicago has ever witnessed. "It Happened" by Opie Otterstad "Let the Celebration Begin" by Opie Otterstad "Bill & Harry" by Opie Otterstad "The Curse is Over" by Opie Otterstad "World Series Victory" by Opie Otterstad All images courtesy Relevant Communications Want more? Sign up here to sta
After an excruciatingly slow reveal this morning via a mural that was painted on a wall in front of Soho House in the West Loop (and a premature email from TicketFly), we finally know which acts will be headlining Pitchfork Music Festival this summer. Reunited dance rockers LCD Soundsystem, R&B singer-songwriter (and Beyoncé's sister) Solange and alternative hip-hop outfit A Tribe Called Quest will take the top slots at the Union Park festival, which runs from July 14–16. RECOMMENDED: Check out photos and reviews of the Pitchfork Music Festival Organizers also revealed a partnership with Solange Knowles' Saint Heron label and arts platform, which will co-host a series of events at venues like Stony Island Arts Bank, Soho House and the Promontory throughout the festival weekend. Single day tickets and three-day passes for the festival are still available via the Pitchfork Music Festival website for $75 and $175 respectively. This year, the fest is also offering Pitchfork +PLUS passes, which cost $365 and give attendees access to exclusive food, drinks, viewing areas, air-conditioned bathrooms and more. Stay tuned for addition lineup announcements in the coming weeks—if the headliners are this good, the undercard should be just as great. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. Cap off Black History MonthStoryteller Oba William King explores the depth and richness of African-American culture at A Celebration of Cultural Heritage. King uses stories, poems, drums and folktales in this dynamic approach to Black History Month. (Chicago Public Library, McKinley Park Branch, 1915 W 35th St, Mon 6pm. Free.) 2. Take in a bit of Spanish nightlifeThe annual Chicago Flamenco Festival kicks off this week for a five week celebration of the Spanish dance. Explore Spanish heritage through performances, symposiums, guitar workshops and more. (Various venues, Mon–Fri. See site for full event details.) 3. Make it a night at the theaterSteppenwolf’s latest Straight White Men is a hyper self-aware exploration of, you guessed it, straight white male privilege. The story focuses on a father and his three sons. (Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St, Tue–Fri 7:30pm, Wed 2pm. $20–$89.) 4. Explore LGBT artArt AIDS America enters its last month of its Chicago run, so get in to the Alphawood Gallery now. As the name suggests, the exhibit explores the AIDS epidemic through the lens of queer artists like Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer and Kia Labeeija. (Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N Halsted St, Wed–Fri 11am–8pm. Free, but reserve tickets ahead of time.) 5. See a classic soul artist at workLee Fields has been around for a minute—he’s been singing soul and R&B since the late '60s, though his music always feels fresh and relevant. See Fields backed by his band, the Expressions, at