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    February 2016

    Something To See This February

    Check out our recommendations below for the Top 5 things to do in Chicago on The Magnificent Mile this month!

    1) Van Gogh’s Bedrooms

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    The Art Institute of Chicago brings together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America on February 14.

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    2) Chinese New Year Celebrations

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    Welcome the Year of the Monkey and enjoy the rich Chinese cultural traditions with these 8 lucky ways to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 in Chicago.

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    3) Dressing Downton

    Downton Abbey Christmas Episode..The family and servants travel up to London for the summer season. The Crawley's impressive London residence, Grantham House, is seen for the first time. Martha Levinson and Cora's brother Harold make an appearance along with several guest characters including Lord Aysgarth and his daughter Madeleine...Photographer: Nick Briggs..ELIZABETH MCGOVERN as Cora, Countess of Grantham and LILY JAMES as Lady Rose
    Opening February 9 at the Driehaus Museum, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey®.

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    4) Chicago Theatre Week

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    Chicago Theatre Week (February 11 – 21) is a celebration of Chicago’s world-class theatre scene. Visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago.

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    5) Free Kids February

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    Through February 29, kids ages 3-11 can get in for free at the Museum of Science and Industry. This is a perfect time to escape the house, beat the winter blues and experiment in fun.

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    Valentine's Day

    Plan a Date on The Magnificent Mile

    With these 25+ ideas, you’re sure to have plenty of things to do come Valentine’s Day weekend. Treat yourself to a special hotel stay, book a cruise, try a new menu or explore a museum. Check out our Chicago Valentine’s Day Guide below. The options are endless to plan a date on The Magnificent Mile – Cheers!

    DINE

    Bar Toma
    110 E. Pearson Street
    (312) 266-3110
    February 13-14

    Bar Toma

    This Valentine’s Day make hot delicious pizza with Bar Toma’s pizza tossing class for two! Ease into the night with a split of Prosecco and raspberries before learning the finer points of pizza making with our expert chef. Afterwards, indulge in a gourmet Chef’s Table Dinner. This type of love can last a lifetime. Tickets are $50 per person and includes two drink tickets for beer or wine.

    Buy your tickets here.

    Connie’s Pizza
    1030 N State Street
    (312) 326-3443
    February 2016

    Heart Shaped Pizzas promo

    Heart shaped pizzas will be available starting at $17.99 throughout February. Connie’s will offer a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu from February 8-14 for $37.99 per person including complimentary prosecco. The full menu can be found here.

    Del Frisco’s
    58 E. Oak Street
    (312) 888-2499
    February 12-14

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    This Valentine’s Day, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse invites the perfect pair to dine on the perfect pair – steak and lobster. The restaurant will offer a special 8oz Filet and 8oz Lobster Tail special for just $79.

    Devon Seafood Grill
    39 E. Chicago Avenue
    (312) 440-8660

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    Valentine’s Day Weekend Entrée Specials
    February 12-13 from 4-11 p.m.
    February 14 from 4-10 p.m.
    Enjoy a selection of Devon Seafood Grill’s special Valentine’s Day entrées. Choices include your choice of a succulent 1 lb. Lobster Tail, 8 oz. Filet Oscar or a 6 oz. Filet with an 8 oz. Lobster Tail with two seasonal sides for $55 per person.

    Valentine’s Day Brunch Buffet
    February 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Begin your meal with breakfast options, then head over to the Carving Station and chilled seafood display and complete your meal at the sweets table. Kick back and sip on Devon Seafood Grill’s brunch cocktails! The Valentine’s Day brunch buffet costs $35 for adults, $14 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children 4 and under eat for free!

    Eataly Chicago
    43 E. Ohio Street
    (312) 521-8700
    February 13-14

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    Osteria Valentino is a two-day pop-up restaurant on the second floor of Eataly Chicago from 11 AM – 10 PM.  The restaurant, a combination of Il Pesce & Le Verdure and La Osteria di Eataly, offers an exclusive menu for the most romantic weekend of the year only, with a full section of antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci. Tables will be outfitted with white tablecloths and candlelit ambiance.

    View the menu here.

    GreenRiver
    259 E. Erie Street, 18th floor
    (312) 337-0101
    February 12-14

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    Love Flows at GreenRiver offers romance with a view for Valentine’s Day weekend with a special five-course seasonal American tasting menu from Executive Chef Aaron Lirette. Menu items include: Trout Tartare with soy dashi and kumquat; Cauliflower with black garlic, farro and leek; Skate Wing with mussels, curry, lentil, and squash; Duck with sunchoke, apple and Swiss chard; and Matcha Eclairs with lychee and rose. The elegant Valentine’s prix fixe menu is priced at $105 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $55. A limited à la carte menu is available in the bar area. Discounted valet parking in the building is available for $11 for 4 hours (5-11 p.m.) with validation.

    Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
    33 W. Kinzie Street
    (312) 828-0966
    February 12-14

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    Set the Valentine’s Day mood by indulging in a candlelit dinner for two. Harry Caray’s will offer a classic three-course menu for $130 per couple, which includes a complimentary split of prosecco per guest (see menu here). Harry Caray’s indulgent dark chocolate martini will also be served.

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    February 8-14

    Kids will love decorating Heart Shaped Cookies with colored frosting and candy for $3 each. Throughout the week Harry’s is also featuring Build-Your-Own Heart Shaped Pizza for $13—select up to three toppings and your pizza will be oven-fired to heart shaped perfection. Adults can indulge with Harry Caray’s popular dark chocolate martini. As always, guests who dine at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch receive free admission to the Chicago Sports Museum.

    Howells & Hood
    435 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 262-5310
    February 13-14

    Howells and Hood

    Howells & Hood is setting the mood for the perfect date night with specialty menu items. Offerings include: Porcini Mushroom Soup, fried chicken, oyster mushrooms, thyme; Scallops, caramelized cauliflower, watercress, crispy sweet potato, toasted pine nuts; Crab Salad, avocado mousse, frisée, arugula, cara cara orange, beet chips, hazelnuts; Shrimp Agnolotti, scampi sauce, black tobiko, toasted bread crumbs; Ribeye, braised cap, root veg gratin, red pearl onions, sautéed spinach, bone marrow butter.

    Lou Malnati’s
    1120 N State Street
    (312) 725-7777
    February 12-14

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    Lou Malnati’s will be offering heart shaped pizzas in all of their locations over Valentine’s Day weekend.

    Michael Jordan’s Steak House
    505 N Michigan Ave
    (312) 321-8823
    February 14

    Michael Jordans Culinary Clash

    Take your Valentine’s Day evening to the big leagues at Michael Jordan’s Steak House with a choice of three delicious dishes prepared by Chef Craig Couper. The dishes include:
    • Stuffed Maine Lobster with filet mignon and sweet ginger butter ($51)
    • Roasted Beets with mizuna, bruleed goat cheese, grapefruit and ice wine vinaigrette ($12)
    • Stone Oven Roasted Fat Baby Oysters with cayenne and lime ($19)

    Mike Ditka’s Chicago
    100 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 587-8989
    February 12-14

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    RSVP for a three-course meal at Da Coach’s for $69.95 per person. View the menu here.

    Nacional 27
    325 W. Huron Street
    (312) 664-2727
    February 14, 5-9 PM

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    Spice up your Valentine’s Day with Latin eats and beats at Nacional 27! In addition to the regular dinner menu, Chef Chico Vilchez will offer an array of sumptuous specials, including a Crab Cake appetizer, Shrimp and Beef Tenderloin entree and Chocolate Sponge Cake (outlined below). Valentine’s Day dining guests will receive a complimentary champagne toast, as well as live Latin jazz entertainment from 6-8 p.m.

    Osteria Via Stato
    620 N. State Street
    (312) 642-8450
    February 13, 5-11 PM
    February 14, 5-9 PM

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    Romance is in the air at Osteria Via Stato! Celebrate Valentine’s Day in their warm, candle-lit dining room with a delicious four-course menu prepared by Chef David DiGregorio. Includes a complimentary toast of sparkling rosé. Cost is $85 per person. A la carte will be available until 7 p.m.

    STK
    9 W Kinzie Street
    (312) 340.5636
    February 12-14

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    Share with your sweetie a classic Surf ‘n Turf 14oz filet and 1.25 pound Whole Lobster for $98. STK is also offering their “Make Me Melt Speciality Cocktail” a subtle & sweet valentines treat!

    Texas de Brazil
    210 E. Illinois Street
    (312) 595-0913
    February 13-14

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    Texas de Brazil will open at 11 AM on Valentine’s Day and offer the regular dinner menu/price all day. Select locations will open early on Saturday, February 13, 2016 as well.

    The Drake Hotel
    140 E. Walton Place
    (312) 787-2200
    February 12-14

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    This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love with those closest to you with afternoon tea in Palm Court. Share a cup of tea and laughs as you enjoy delicious pastries, a dainty selection of savories and a make a toast. Continue the weekend with an intimate dinner on Valentine’s Day in Cape Cod, with a delectable menu, designed to share with your loved one. Celebrate all weekend long from February 12-14. RSVP at (312) 932-4625.

    Tru
    676 N. St. Clair Street
    (312) 202-0001
    February 13, 5-10 PM
    February 14, 5-9 PM

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    Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Tru and set your heart aflutter with a seasonally-inspired six-course menu designed to surprise and delight. Available at $195 per person plus tax and gratuity, wine pairings will be available to complement the meal for $150. Chef Anthony Martin’s elegant Coral Caviar presentation will also be available throughout the evening.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8034

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    Rebar
    February 12
    Rebar at Trump Chicago will offer alluring mystery with the ‘Meet Your Valentine’ Singles Masquerade Event kicking off at 8 p.m. The evening boasts matchmaking opportunities, a luscious chocolate bar and a two and a half-hour premium open bar offering specialty cocktails from Macallan Whisky such as the Thorn’s Rose and Lover’s Old Fashioned. The passion continues through the weekend with a range of intimate table packages for lovers and friends alike. Couples can enjoy premium spirits, cheese and/or chocolate spreads, fresh roses and the awe-inspiring view offered by the hotel’s mezzanine lounge. Live entertainment will be available for guests’ entertainment until 11:30 p.m.

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    Sixteen
    February 12-14
    Offering an unparalleled view of city lights, Sixteen presents three evenings of romance with a special eight-course tasting menu available from 5-10 p.m. for $245. An optional wine paring is offered for $125. In addition, Sixteen will offer Valentine’s Day brunch on Sunday, February 14 beginning at 11 am. Valentine’s Day brunch is priced at $95 per adult guest and $35 per child aged 5-12 years. Pricing excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity. RSVP at (312) 588- 8030.

    ACME Hotel Company
    15 E. Ohio Street
    (312) 894-0800
    February 12, 6:30-8:30 PM

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    Finding yourself without the perfect partner this Valentine’s Day? Build ONE! This year ACME is empowering the single crowd and inviting you to join forces with friends to BUILD your own “perfect partner” in what is the first ever DIY Mixer of the Future!, they may be a bit robotic perhaps, but hey, at least it’s your own vision! You’ll have your choice of 4 funky robotic character kits plus a cash bar with awesome libations crafted by the Berkshire Room.

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    STAY

    Loews Chicago Hotel
    455 N Park Drive
    (312) 840-6600
    February 12-15

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    Snowed Inn “Lovebird” Package at Loews Chicago Hotel. Forget the night out, get Snowed Inn with your better half on Valentine’s Day weekend.

    Package includes:
    • Complimentary Valet Parking
    • Hot Chocolate and Heart-Shaped Cookies with Recipe Card from Executive Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw’s Kitchen
    • 20 percent off at Spa at Loews Chicago, ETA bar, Rural Society, Starbucks, In-Room Dining and Mini-Bar
    • Free In-Room Romantic Movie Rental
    • Custom “Cupid’s Hideaway” Pillow Fort decked out with rosé champagne and chocolate truffles

    Omni Hotel
    676 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 944-6664
    February 12-15

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    Give her the engagement of her dreams this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy this special day with a stay in our Governor Suite, a private ring consultation with local boutique, Persin & Robbin, including a two-carat solitaire diamond. Your evening will take you to the sky with a helicopter ride over Chicago followed by a five-course dinner at 676 Restaurant and Bar.

    The Gwen
    521 N. Rush Street
    (312) 645-1500
    February 2015

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    Book your Sweet Luxury packed through the entire month of February. Spoil your loved one this month and let The Gwen help make it memorable.
    • Concierge assistance for exclusive dinner reservations
    • Delivery of long-stemmed roses within Chicago
    • Car service from any location in Chicago to The Gwen
    • Champagne and dessert turndown amenity
    • Breakfast in bed for two guests

    The Talbott Hotel
    20 E. Delaware Place
    (312) 944-4970
    February 13

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    Who says you need to have a date on Valentine’s Day to experience luxury? Both solo guests and those with a plus one can spoil themselves this Valentine’s Day at The Talbott Hotel.

    “Loves Me”:
    • Overnight stay in a one bedroom suite
    • Molton Brown amenity
    • Champagne toast for two
    • Rose petal turn-down service
    • 30-minute carriage ride for two
    • Late checkout of 3:00 pm

    “Loves Me Not”:
    • Overnight stay in a one bedroom suite
    • Molton Brown amenity
    • In-room foot massage
    • In-room DIY ice cream sundae bar
    • Companion pillow
    • Late checkout of 3:00 pm

    Rates for the “Loves Me” package start at $300, and rates for the “Loves Me Not” package start at $270. Tax and gratuity are not included. Both packages are only available for stays on February 13, 2016. To book, guests can call (312) 944-4970 or visit The Talbott Hotel’s website.

    The Tremont Chicago Hotel
    100 E. Chestnut Street
    (866) 716-8139
    February 12-14

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    Love is in the air. Stay with us for a downtown evening or weekend and celebrate with your loved one with dinner on us and take the elevator up to your room, which will be stocked with goodies. Package includes a $50 gift card to Ditka’s Restaurant, connected to the hotel lobby and complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolates in room.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8034

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    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is celebrating romance throughout Valentine’s Day weekend with luxurious overnight packages, a masquerade-themed mixer and spectacular packages available at Rebar, decadent dining at Sixteen and incredibly indulgent spa services offered by The Spa at Trump.

    Trump Hotel Chicago
    February 12-15
    Treat your loved one to a romantic and relaxing evening with deluxe hotel packages. With enchanting services including a 60-minute couple’s massage, rose petal turn down service, Champagne, in-room breakfast, and a complimentary late check-out Trump Hotel Chicago is the perfect scene for a night to remember. To make a reservation or inquire about package details, please call (312) 588-8000, (877) 479-TRUMP or visit the website.

    The Spa at Trump
    This year, choose Valentine’s Day to not only spoil your partner but treat yourself to some love as well! The Spa at Trump is celebrating romance with indulgent services including a moisturizing manicure, a relaxing couples retreat package and a never-before-done evening of complete luxury featuring Diamond Oil from Dubai and a premium bottle of fine champagne! Schedule an appointment at (312) 588- 8020.

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    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
    225 E. Chicago Avenue
    (312)227-4000
    Now through February 14

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    Help make Valentine’s Day special for the patients of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! Send a free valentine and personalized message to help brighten the day for a child in the hospital here.

    Entertainment Cruises
    600 E Grand Avenue
    888) 957-2634

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    Odyssey Chicago
    Aboard Odyssey’s special Valentine’s Cruises, you’ll enjoy fine dining in an intimate setting, and dancing with Chicago’s stunning skyline as your backdrop. It’s the perfect place to pause, connect and share an unforgettable experience.

    • Valentine’s Dinner Cruise | Saturday | 2/13/16
    • Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise | Sunday | 2/14/16
    • Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise | Sunday | 2/14/16

    Book your cruise here.

    Spirit of Chicago
    For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved!

    • Valentine’s Dinner Cruise | Saturday | 2/13/16
    • Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise | Sunday | 2/14/16

    Book your cruise here.

    Mary Mary Gifts
    706 N. Dearborn Street
    (312) 654-8100

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Mary Mary has the gifts for you! Valentine’s Day is almost here – make sure you have the perfect gift for your special someone and stop in soon to Mary Mary Gifts!

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    220 E. Chicago Avenue
    (312) 280-2660
    February 9-14

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    Week-long Valentine’s deals at the MCA: Take advantage of 2-for-1 admission! Use promo code LOVEART when you purchase admission tickets online in advance or when you visit in person. And don’t miss a special Valentine’s discount at the MCA Store. Treat yourself or shop for a loved one. 10% off purchases for everyone and a special 20% off for members!

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    The Shops at North Bridge
    520 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 585-3654

    Water Tower Place
    835 N. Michigan Avenue #302
    (312) 943-4880

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    Valentine’s Day Gorgeous Gifting & Soma Gift Cards
    February 1-14
    Soma will help you find the perfect gift, then wrap it in our signature box with a satin ribbon and your love note. Or give an always-fitting Soma gift card.

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
    40 E. Erie Street
    (312) 482 8933
    February 13, 7:30 PM

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    Make this Valentine’s Day weekend one that the special person in your life will never forget. Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael bring their own unique show to the Museum showcasing the silver screen. Featuring many movie standards such as “I Only Have Eyes for You”, “Moon River”, “An American in Paris”, and many others, Menzie & Michael will have you falling in love all over again.

    Verizon Wireless
    840 N. Michigan Ave.
    (312) 645-0190

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    More deals to love!

    Ellipsis 8 – Now $49.99 – $79.99 2-yr price – $30 instant savings.

    Ellipsis 10 – Now $99.99 – $199.99 2-yr price – $100 instant savings.

    Ellipsis Kids – Now $49.99 – $79.99 2-yr price – $30 instant savings.

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    Winter 2016

    Entertainment Cruises – Special Offers & Promotions

    Entertainment Cruises offers many affordable ways for you to get out on the water year-round. With amazing deals and special promotions, they make it easy to join them and experience the extraordinary on Lake Michigan.

    Winter Cruise Savings:
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    • Save 20% on standard dining cruises in January and February. Use promo code WINTER20. Some restrictions apply.
    • Use Promo Code VIP343 to Save 15% on select cruise dates
    • Save 20% when you book your 2016 wedding by 2/29/16* Mention promotion code Wedding20
    • Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises at Navy Pier Book Online
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    Spirit of Chicago:
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    • Save 20% on standard dining cruises in January and February. Use promo code WINTER20. Some restrictions apply.*
    • Use Promo Code VIP343 to Save 15% on select cruise dates
    • Save 20% when you book your 2016 wedding by 2/29/16* Mention promotion code Wedding20
    • Save 15% on these Valentine’s Day Weekend dinner cruises.*  Purchase by 2/7/2016. Use promo code VDAY15.
    Book your cruise today >>

    Mystic Blue:
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    Save 20% on standard dining cruises in Chicago in January and February. Use promo code WINTER20. Some restrictions apply.*
    • Use Promo Code VIP343 to Save 15% on select cruise dates
    • Save 20% when you book your 2016 wedding by 2/29/16* Mention promotion code Wedding20
    • Cider Tasting Cruises | Saturday | 2/27/16 Book Online
    Book your cruise today >>

    Chicago Elite:
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    • Save 20% when you book your 2016 wedding by 2/29/16*
    Mention promotion code Wedding20
    Book your cruise today >>

    Odyssey Chicago
    600 E. Grand Avenue
    (866) 305-2469
    Book your cruise today >>

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    February 5 - 21

    8 Lucky Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Welcome the Year of the Monkey and enjoy the rich Chinese cultural traditions with these 8 lucky ways to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 in Chicago. 

    900 North Michigan Shops
    900 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 915-3916
    February 6

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    900 North Michigan Shops welcomes the Year of the Monkey with its first annual Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese shoppers and tourists, along with loyal shoppers, will enjoy traditional décor, live entertainment and authentic Sichuan cuisine.

    Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 443-3600
    February 13-14 and February 20-21

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    Experience a free museum tour (with museum admission) in Mandarin February 13-14 and February 20-21 at 12 p.m. Take a spin through the collections and discover works that have delighted visitors from around the world for over a century.

    Bloomingdale’s
    900 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 440-4460
    February 11-14

    Bloomingdales

    Along with artists and craftsmen from the Chinese Fine Arts Society, Bloomingdales will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey with activities, giveaways, and much more.

    Full Line Up of Events:

    Friday, February 12th – 1st Floor
    12-6 P Models handing out red envelopes on the first floor*
    2-5 PM Chinese Calligraphy
    2-5 PM DJ

    Saturday, February 13  – 1st Floor
    12- 2 P Monkey Balloons for Kids
    12 – 2 P Chinese Dancers
    12 – 2 P Chinese Yo Yo Demonstration
    12 – 2 P Live Music Trio
    12 –3 P Lantern Making and Kids Paper Crafts
    12 – 3 P Chinese Calligraphy
    12- 3 P Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
    12 – 4 P Red Manicures with Zodiac Nail Art
    1:00 P Chinese Lion Dancers
    1 – 4 P Photobooth
    1 – 4 P Chinese Cuisine Tasting

    Sunday, February 14 – 1st Floor
    12-2:30 P Chinese Dancing
    12 – 2:30 P Chinese Yo Yo Demonstration
    12- 3 P Live Music Duo
    12-3 P Chinese Lantern Making
    12-3 P Red Manicures with Zodiac Nail Art
    12 – 3 P Chinese Calligraphy

    Find out more information here.

    Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E. Washington Street
    (312) 744-6630
    February 8

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    Be dazzled by lion dancers as they beat their drums to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck for the New Year from 12 – 1 pm. Take in the beauty and elegance of traditional Chinese dance and music presented by some of Chicago’s finest artists. Celebrating its 32nd year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society welcomes the Year of the Monkey with this colorful kickoff celebration, which also features a short preview performance by Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe.

    Navy Pier
    600 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 595-7437
    February 21

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    Join the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival at Navy Pier from 12 – 3 p.m. See the Crystal Gardens transformed into a festive Chinese marketplace filled with local vendors, craftsman, and entertainers. This free event brings together the best of Chicagoland’s students and professionals keeping Chinese arts alive with an impressive display of dance, music, and martial arts.

    The Peninsula Chicago
    108 E. Superior Street
    (312) 337-2888
    February 5-13

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    CHINESE NEW YEAR DINING
    Dine at The Peninsula Chicago’s esteemed restaurants during Chinese New Year offering specialty menus, tea and cocktails. Join us February 5-13 to toast to the Year of the Monkey!

    TRADITIONAL LION DANCE
    On February 6 a traditional lion dance will commence at 3:15 pm at the front entrance amid a joyful atmosphere, while loud drumbeats and strong cymbal crashes scare away evil spirits. Children are invited to “feed” lettuce to the lion, representing good luck for the coming year!

    BAMBOO HARMONIZER MASSAGE
    The Peninsula Spa recommends the Bamboo Harmonizer, a specialised Chinese-inspired massage, in celebration of Chinese New Year at a special price of US$ 235. Bamboo is a symbol of long life, good luck, strength and has a unique energy.

    Find out more information here.

    The Shops at North Bridge
    500 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 327-2300
    February 13

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    From noon – 4 p.m. join the celebration with traditional Chinese performances, calligraphy and special offers from tenants that will presented in custom red envelopes. At 2 p.m. there will be a cooking demonstration from Master Chef Tony Hu from Lao Sze Chuan.

    Waldorf Astoria
    11 E. Walton Street
    (312) 646-1300
    February 5-15

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    Chinese Afternoon Tea designed by Chef Hsing Chen will be offered daily from 1-5 p.m. as well as a food menu by Executive Sous Chef Nicholas Marino’s adaptation of traditional Chinese Dim Sum. See the full menu here.

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    12 Must-Try Bloody Marys

    The search is over! We have found the 12 Must-Try Bloody Marys on The Magnificent Mile. Whether you need the ultimate hangover cure or just want to spice up your brunch, you should definitely try one (or all) of these specialty cocktails soon.

    Bar Toma
    110 E. Pearson St.

    To complement Bar Toma’s award-winning wood-fired pizza, try the Blood Mary Tower that features a slice of pepperoni pizza soaking inside the drink for added flavor and a kick of spiciness.

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    Beatrix
    519 N Clark St.
    671 N. St. Clair

    Considered one of the best brunch places in Chicago, you can’t pass up the Spicy Bloody Mary at this casual River North restaurant.

    Bub City
    435 N. Clark St.

    Directions for this Bloody Mary Bar are as follow:
    1. Choose your liquor
    2. Rim your glass
    3. Pick your fixins’
    $10 each trip

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    Carnivale
    702 W. Fulton St.

    Wake up your soul on Sunday’s from 10:30 – 3:00 with live music and try Carnivale’s brand new Bloody Mary bar.

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    Fig & Olive
    104 E. Oak St.

    FIG & OLIVE’s signature dishes embody the passion for the best olive oils and cuisine from the Mediterranean region.Try their signature Fig & Olive Bloody Mary that features a medley of spices & vodka.

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    Highline Bar + Lounge
    169 W. Kinzie St.

    The #1 reason to leave your house on a weekend morning is house made mignonette Bloody Mary mix, Blue Point Oyster and Hendricks Gin at the Highline Bloody Mary Bar.

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    Howells & Hood
    435 N. Michigan Ave.

    Known for one of the best brunches on Michigan Avenue, start with a Ghost Bloody or Bloody Maria then explore their many food stations all for only $29.00 per person.

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    Hub 51
    51 W. Hubbard St.

    Brunch – the only occasion on which it’s socially acceptable to drink before noon, so go ahead and order that Bloody Mary. Hub 51 offers 10% off if you’re in your pajamas and $20 if your “pajamas” are last night’s outfit.

    IO Godfrey
    127 W. Huron St.

    The House Made Bloody Mary Mix goes well with friends in communal booths under the retractable roof or warm up in winter months with I|O’s comfort classic dishes next to the two-level fire pit.

    Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
    41 E. Superior St.

    Cure your weekend hangover at Jake’s Bloody Mary bar loaded with house smoked bacon, cocktail shrimp, XXX pickles and more!

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    Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
    622 N. Fairbanks Ct.

    You certainly won’t be bored at Timothy O’Tooles famous build your own Bloody Mary bar with over 30 items to choose from.

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    The Windsor
    160 E. Huron St.

    This comfortable and inviting American bar & grill and 4 Star Restaurant Group is sure to create you a delicious Bloody Sunday.

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    Bloomingdale’s Pre Spring Look Book

    A first glimpse of the season’s top five trends, as showcased in a series of inspired editorials.

    A Bohemian Adventure

    To capture the true wanderlust spirit of spring’s boho trend, we traveled to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Plan your own mid-winter escape and know exactly what to pack.

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    The New Wallflowers

    The wallflowers we’re obsessed with right now – prints inspired by vintage wallpaper – are definitely not afraid to stand out in a crowd. These very verdant patterns are about to find their way into the pre-spring spotlight.

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    Stripes: A Love Story

    Like so many good love stories, ours begins in France musings on the very fashionable history of the world’s most iconic graphic pattern.

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    Endless Sunset

    From fuchsia to vermillion to oh-so-now orange, spring ablaze with shades of beautiful as the setting sun.

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    White Done Right

    Beloved fashion blogger, photographer and stylist Hanneli Mustaparta dishes on how exactly to wear the season’s freshest hue.

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    Shop these looks at www.Bloomingdales.com or at 900 North Michigan Shops.

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  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

    February 11 – 21

    Chicago Theatre Week

    Chicago Theatre Week is a celebration of Chicago’s world-class theatre scene. Visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago.

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    Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week is returning for its fourth year!

    $15 or $30 Tickets (or less!)

    At these special prices, tickets will go fast! For inventory updates and new show announcements, follow @ChicagoPlays on Twitter.

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    You will find the list of participating shows and offer details at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.

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  • CFGS - Tulips and Hyacinths

    March 12 - 20

    Chicago Flower & Garden Show

    To celebrate this amazing town, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, has a full slate of top garden builders creating plans to develop gorgeous gardens interpreting CHICAGO IS, the show’s 2016 theme. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show blooms from March 12-20, 2016, at Navy Pier, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.

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    “CHICAGO IS a world-class gardening city and the 2016 show will celebrate its beauty and diversity,” says Tony Abruscato, show owner and director. “Our uniquely-landscaped gardens and horticultural presentations will inspire, educate and motivate visitors – even if they don’t have a green thumb.”

    CHICAGO IS a city that gives back and the show’s Evening in Bloom garden preview and charity event on Friday, March 11 is a great example. The party benefits The Trotter Project, a national initiative driven by alumni of the late Charlie Trotter’s restaurants to unite those interested in the culinary arts. Several top chefs from around the country active in The Trotter Project will inspire and entertain during Evening in Bloom, as they spotlight the perfect marriage of locally-sourced produce and great cooking.

    Among the show’s newest offerings this year:
    • Mariano’s Garden, an extension of the horticultural beauty and diversity featured daily in Chicago-area Mariano’s stores, and an expansion of previous displays seen at the show. CHICAGO IS a city of great taste!
    • Brookfield Zoo’s garden featuring fun and fantastic topiary displays. CHICAGO IS great public zoos and gardens!

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    Other highlights include:

    • Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, a non-profit created by ex-Alderman Vi Daley that places art in public areas, will bring a half-dozen surprising large-scale artwork from local artists that beautify and enhance the special qualities of Chicago’s neighborhoods. CHICAGO IS art!
    • Tulip and Hyacinth gardens, with amazing fragrances and bursts of color from every portion of the palette.
    • Expanded Kids Activity Garden, with more programs about plants, soil and bugs than ever before.
    • Christy Webber produces the NPL garden, which promotes safety and care while digging near underground utility lines.
    • Aquascape delivers innovative water features that balance creativity and functionality.
    • Garden Clubs of Illinois produce the Window Box Garden, providing stunning examples of small spaces that are big on beauty.
    • Dreamy, creative Tablescapes from top designers and florists for imaginative décor.
    • Women’s Journeys in Fiber provides a thought-provoking garden of “Umbrellas: Open to Ideas.”
    • The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences garden, where public high school students offer their unique interpretation of what makes Chicago urban green spaces exciting and engaging.
    • 2016 Photo Competition Garden designed and curated by Chicago’s very own Lurie Garden. The competition is free, open to amateur photographers, and includes a kids’ category.
    • The Entrance Garden by City Escape provides the gateway to all the garden beauty that CHICAGO IS.

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    Hours:
    Sunday – Thursday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Thursday – Saturday – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

    Ticket Pricing:
    Adult Anytine One-Day Pass (Thursday-Sunday Access) – $17
    Adult Weekday One-Day Pass (Monday-Friday Access) – $15
    Spring Fling Adult Evening Pass (March 17-19, 5-8 pm) – $10
    Child Anytime One-Day Pass Valid for Ages 4-12  – $5

    Purchase tickets here.

    For information about CHICAGO IS, including year-round events and activities, advance tour group registration and travel details, visit www.chicagoflower.com.  Find the show on social media for ticket giveaways, garden and presenter profiles and special incentives at  www.facebook.com/chicagoflower, and on Twitter @ChicagoFlower. #ChicagoFlower.

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