Get your year started with what’s haute in fashion, food, community and cultural events with this month’s event guide.
Randolph Street Market Passions and Vanities
Saturday – Sunday | January 27th – 28th | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plumbers Market |1340 W Washington Blvd.| Price Varies
Randolph Street Market brings you “Passions & Vanities” this winter for their end of the month event. Find great finds from 125 vendors selling everything from art to vintage fashion, artisanal foods and much more. By your tickets online and save a couple of bucks. More details and ticket sales available here.
Second Annual Allure Fashion Show
Friday | January 19th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Loft on Lake |1366 West Lake St.| $35
See some of Chicago’s best designers, boutiques, and models hit the runway for the Second Annual Allure Fashion Show. The fundraising event supports the Traffick Free, a non-profit organization fighting human trafficking in Chicago. Enjoy an evening of eating, drinking and shopping all to support victims and survivors of this ongoing crisis. Tickets include shopping with designers plus two drink tickets. For more details about the event visit Traffick Free.org.
Committed: An Avant-Garde Wedding Event
Sunday | January 21st | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Green House Loft |2045 W Diversey Ave.| Free
Tis the season for engagements and pre-wedding planning. If you are looking for wedding inspiration, now is a perfect time. The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is hosting the only-eco conscious wedding event and requests your presence to check out vendors who are all about environmentally and socially conscious business practices. If you are an event planner or party planner, this may be an excellent event to find some unique vendors for your special occasion as well. Get more details on the event here.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Sunday – Saturday | January 26th – February 8th | Time Varies
Location Varies | $35 – $55
Make plans to adjust your diet towards the end of the month; restaurant week is back again for its 11th year. The 14-day event features over 370 participating restaurants offering multi-course prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch or lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner. Make reservations early to grab a seat at some of the city’s most notorious and notable restaurants. Get a sneak peek at participating restaurants and their menu previews available here.
Hyde Park Wine Society One Year Anniversary
Tuesday | January 16th | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Promontory | 5311 South Lake Park Ave. | $75
Join the Hyde Park Wine Society for their one year anniversary at the Promontory, the South Side’s most notable restaurants, and venue space. The four-course dinner by Executive Chef Bernard Bennett will feature wine pairings by 57th Street Wines Sommelier Derrick Westbrook. Can’t make this event? No worries. The Hyde Park Wine Society meets every third Tuesday of each month to provide an interactive dining experience built around a monthly theme. To register for this months event make your way to the event page here.
Soup & Bread 2018
Wednesday | January 3rd | 5:30 p.m.
Hideout Inn | 135 W Wabanisa Ave. | Pay-What-You-Can
Soup and Bread will kick off its tenth year of community suppers in Chicago this month. The family-friendly community meal held on winter Wednesday features six or more soups from a range of local cooks, plus fresh bread donated by Publican Quality Bread. Donations raised from the grassroots meal project has given over $80,000 so far for various hunger-relief organizations across Chicago. Soup and Bread run every Wednesday until March. Have a soup recipe that you would like to share? Contact the event organizer here.
Chicago Winter Whiskey Festival
Saturday | January 27th | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Flat Iron & Nick’s & High Noon Saloon | 1565 N Milwaukee Ave. | $45 – $50
Warm up with a little whiskey tasting this January. Sample whiskey from over a dozen different vendors for two-hours during The Chicago Winter Whiskey Festival. Enjoy an intimate setting plus food and drink specials at this highly anticipated event. Tickets are selling fast, be sure to grab your tickets before they are gone. Purchase tickets and see more vendor details on the event page.
MLK Day 2018
Saturday – Monday | January 13th – 15th | Time Varies
Various Locations | Free
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with various events across the city from neighborhood exploration challenges from My Block My Hood My City to the annual MLK Day Celebration at the University of Chicago. For more event ideas check out these MLK Day activities happening in Chicago.
Free Fitness Week
Monday – Sunday | January 8th – 14th | Time Varies
Various Locations | Free
Most of us commit to two resolutions every year: spend less money and exercise more. Do both this month with the help of the Chicago Park District. The Chicago Park District is offering free admission to fitness centers, including fitness classes and lap swims for one whole week. Find your neighborhood fitness center and register early for the first-come, first serve fitness classes and other health initiatives to start off your new year.
Charity Scenes Social
Monday – Sunday | January 8th – 14th | Time Varies
Joe’s on Weed Street | 940 West Weed St.| $10 – $15
No better time than the new year to get involved in your community. Join CharityScenes Social this month for a mix and mingle featuring 15 young professional boards supporting various non-profits in Chicago. Tickets to the event include a drink ticket and light appetizers. Talk to boards interested in recruiting new members and find an organization that you can support all year long. Learn more about the committees participating in the event here.
Arts + Culture:
Sunday – Saturday | January 18th – 26th | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location Varies | Free
For nine days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating institutions. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off entrees at all museums. From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way! See more details for each museum here.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Wednesday | January 31st | 7:00 p.m.
Thalia Hall | 1807 South Allport St. | $38 – $160
The funk legends will be back in Chicago this January for their second straight Mardi Gras Madness Tour, bringing their signature “New Orleans funk parties” to the windy city. Grab tickets to the legendary musician’s first show of the U.S. city tour here.
Lemonade, with Julie Dash, Jamila Woods and Jacqueline Stewart
Thursday | January 4th | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Harper Theater | 5238 S Harper Ave.| Free
If you missed Beyoncé’s LEMONADE visual album the first time around, refresh your memory this month with a film screening hosted by Cinema 53. Following the selection is a conversation with filmmaker Julie Dash as well as multi-talented artists Jamila Woods and UChicago films scholar Jacqueline Stewart. For more details and registration, check out the event page.
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
Sunday – Saturday | January 11th – 21st | Time Varies
Stage 733 | 1225 W Belmont Ave. | $15
The comedy oasis known as the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is back for its 17th year. The largest event of its kind gathers writers, performers, and comedy lovers together for an event that hosts over 180 groups, with nearly 200 shows commencing over the course of 8 days in Chicago. Brave the cold and warm up with a little laughter this winter with this signature Chicago event. For ticket sales and performances head over to Stage 733.com.