Chicago in January, while a little cold, can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of winter events and activities to keep you entertained all month. Check out the full guide to the best events in Chicago this January 2020.
Alex Carter Watch Party
Thursday | January 2nd | 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Stolen Headquarters | 4343 N Ravenswood Ave.| Free
Experience the influence of Chicago and fashion at the Project Runway watch party hosted by Alex Carter. Chelsey Carter, a contestant on the popular fashion design-focused show will host a viewing of the 4th Episode of her appearance on the show. Items, cocktails, and good vibes will also be available for this event. For more details, visit the event page here.
DayGleam Chicago: The Ultimate Self Care Social
Sunday| January 19th | 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Collection Lofts | 1135 South Delano Court | $22 – $75
If you read any of my posts from 2019, you know that I am a fan and practicer of self-care. DayGleam is a self-care social that fully embraces the idea of a fresh start for the mind, body, and soul. The wellness event, hosted by MADE Maven is an immersive experience of beauty and wellness. Enjoy healthy food, beverages, and exercise, inspired power panels, relaxing mobile spa services & treatments, and natural beauty product vendors. Start your 2020 with this celebration of self-care. For more details, visit the event page here.
January Saturday Sew-cial
Saturday | January 18th | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Apparel Industry Board, Inc.| 2150 South Canalport Ave.|$0 – $10
Check off “learning something new” from your New Years resolution list with a class at the January Saturday Sew-cial. The Apparel Industry Board Inc (AIBI) is hosting a sewing event this month that brings together industry professionals, students, and enthusiasts alike. Finish projects or start a new one as you explore the AIBI manufacturing space. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar
Sunday | January 19th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Promontory | 5311 S Lake Park West Ave. | Free
Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar in Chicago is a monthly marketplace that takes place in Hyde Park. Start the new year off by supporting local artists, makers, and creators as you pursue a selection of hand-crafted goods. This event is held at the Promontory and includes free admission, brunch and drinks are available on the 1st-floor restaurant. For more details on the Chicago shopping event, visit the Facebook page.
Food + Drink Events:
Chicago Restaurant Week 2020
Friday – Sunday | January 24th – February 9th | Time Varies
Location Varies | $24 – $48
Enjoy delicious meals from some of the cities best restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week this month. Chicago Restaurant Week begins January 24th through February 9th. It is an annual event food event that allows visitors and local foodies to enjoy specialty prix fixe menus from more than 400 participating throughout Chicago and nearby suburbs. Treat your taste buds to multi-course meals that range from $24 to $48 (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). Enjoy a record-breaking number of restaurants, including more than 50 in the suburbs and over 80 participating for the first time in 2020. For more information about Chicago Restaurant Week or to book a table at one of the participating restaurants, visit the website here.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish Pop-up
Monday – Saturday | January 7th – February 1st | 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Athletic Association | 12 S Michigan Ave.| Free
The patio at Parson’s Chicken and Fish may be closed, but that does not mean have to keep you away from one from a hot meal from one of Chicago’s most famous eateries. This January prepares to experience one of Chicago’s most famed patios in the comfort of the great indoors. Chicago Athletic Association will host a three-week pop of Parson’s Chicken and Fish. The hotel will transform into one of the summer’s coolest restaurant hangouts complete with chicken sandwiches, Negroni slushies, and so much more. For full pop-up restaurant details, visit the Chicago Athletic Association.
2020 Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner
Saturday | January 18th | 3:30 p.m.
Hing Kee | 2140 South Archer Avenue| $40
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chicago with a traditional dumpling-making dinner in Chinatown. The Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute’s Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner is one of the year’s most anticipated annual events for celebrating the Chinese New Year here in Chicago. There will be storytelling, dumpling making, authentic Chinese cuisine, and much more. Seating is limited for dumpling making experience—be sure to grab a seat at this annual dinner by purchasing your tickets here.
Chicago Ale Fest
Saturday | January 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom | 600 E Grand Ave. | $50 – $60
The Winter edition of the Chicago Ale Fest takes place this January 2020 at Navy Pier in Chicago. This craft beer festival welcomes novice and experts alike and features more than 100 American Craft Beers, Chicago’s favorite food trucks, and a DJ spinning an all-vinyl playlist. For details and tickets to this event, visit the website here.
No Pants Subway Ride
Sunday | January 12th | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chicago Redline | TBD
Kick-off your January 2020 with this fun and quirky event in Chicago. The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002. The Chicago edition of this no-pants event celebrates fun, silliness, and community. Hold your pants for this highly anticipated event in Chicago. For more details about this annual event, visit the Facebook Page here.
Free Fitness Week at the Chicago Park District
Monday – Friday | December 30th – January 4th | Time Varies
Chicago Park District | Free
Start your new year off with a Chicago fitness class during Free Fitness Week. Courtesy of the Chicago Park District, register to use any of the city’s 70 fitness centers with “state-of-the-art equipment” or visit 25 locations that have lap swimming. Take advantage of this opportunity to work out for free in all Chicago Park District fitness centers throughout the city. To attend Free Fitness Week at a Chicago Park District facility, register to attend here.
Arts + Culture Events:
Polar Adventure Days
Saturday | January 25 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Northerly Island | 1521 S. Linn White Drive, on the Museum Campus | Free
Polar Adventure Days is a fun and family-friendly event to experience nature during the winter in Chicago. The outdoor event allows guests to explore Northerly Island through face-to-face contact with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Embrace the cooler temps with fun winter activities at Northerly Island. See the full list of activities by visiting the Chicago Park District.
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2020
Thursday – Sunday | January 9th – 19th| 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont Ave.| $15
Enjoy some of the best sketch comedy in Chicago during The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, also known as Sketch Fest, takes place in January and gathers writers, performers, and comedy lovers together to create and celebrate in Chicago— the comedy capital of the world. The comedy festival is not the largest in the world and hosts over 180 groups from around the globe, performing nearly 200 shows over eight days. Every hour, on the hour, performances take place in each of Stage 773’s four performance spaces. Enjoy this fun winter activity this January in Chicago. To purchase tickets to the event, visit Stage 773.
Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Sunday – Saturday | January 1st – March 8th | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink | Michigan Ave. btwn. Washington & Madison Sts | Free
Grab your skates and a few friends for a spin around the ice at Millennium Park. The annual Chicago winter tradition of ice skating at the downtown park is free and open to the public. While the rink is open, guests can also enjoy free ice skating lessons and a live DJ on select nights. For more details on free skating at Millennium Park, visit the website.
Exhibition Opening: Gordon Parks at Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Friday | January 10th | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery | 1711 W Chicago Ave. | Free
Witness the photographic works from one of the most celebrated documentarians of the 20th-century. This January Rhona Hoffman Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Gordon Park. This exhibition focuses mainly on Parks’ images of African American youth and includes works from the 1940s to the 1960s, many of which are being shown for the first time. Some of Park’s most iconic images will be on display. This Land is Your Land will be on display from January 10th – February 15, 2020. For more details about this exhibition, visit Rhona Hoffman Gallery