January 23rd – 26th: Chinese New Year at Navy Pier, Chicago Restaurant Week, and More Things to do This Weekend

This weekend, experience new fashion, new food, and new arts and cultural experiences in Chicago. From Chicago Restaurant Week to Chinese New Year celebrations at Navy Pier—here are the events and things to do in Chicago.

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Fashion Events:

Aether Apparel Pop-Up Shop @ Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar

Friday | January 24th | 5:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar | 1 West Wacker Dr. | Free

Image | AETHER

Explore AETHER, an outdoor inspired brand this weekend in Chicago. The lifestyle clothing brand partners with Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar for a fun pop-up shop event. Browse their urban-inspired clothing built for the Chicago winters and enjoy live music from local artist Rebecca Brunner music while you shop. For more information about this event, visit the website here.

Food + Drink Events: 

Chicago Restaurant Week 2020

Friday – Sunday | January 24th – February 9th | Time Varies

Location Varies | $24 – $48

Image of a plate of food by Choose Chicago from Chicago Restaurant Week as featured on The Haute Seeker
Image | Choose Chicago 2019

Enjoy delicious meals from some of the cities best restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week starting this weekend in Chicago. Chicago Restaurant Week begins January 24th through February 9th. It is an annual 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). For more information about Chicago Restaurant Week or to book a table at one of the participating restaurants, visit the website here.

Chef Oyster Series Wrap Party

Thursday | January 23rd | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Portsmith | 600 N State St. | $35

Image | Portsmith

This weekend, wrap up an exciting Chef Oyster series with Portsmith in River North. The $35 ticket to the party includes the top three oysters from the Chef Oyster Series, oyster shucking stations, sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres, and two Ketel One Botanical cocktail drink tickets. There will also be conservationist speakers from Shedd Aquarium, as well as speeches on sustainability from some chef partners and sponsor, Ketel One. For tickets, visit the website here.

Community Events:

Mental Health Meets Hip-Hop at UIC

Saturday | January 25th | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

750 S Halsted St. | $20

Image | Mental Health Meets Hip-Hop

Mental Health is a topic of discussion that is important and relevant to all communities. Learn more about mental health through speakers, artists, community workers, and more this weekend in Chicago. Be a part of the conversation and the fight against stigmas of mental health. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

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

A family pets a Siberian Husky, in the snow, at Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island
Image | Chicago Park District

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 this weekend. See the full list of activities by visiting the Chicago Park District.

Be Creative Activation Station

Saturday | January 25 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | 915 E 60th St. | Free

Join Chicago’s Black creative community on the South Side of Chicago this weekend. As part of his Memories Museum exhibition at the Logan Center, the local Chicago artist Edo will be creating an afternoon entitled the “Be Creative Activation Station”, featuring merchandise from “Infinite Inception,” “Tru Lies,” and “TRAP.” Join Edo and his colleagues with a printing press as they do custom merchandise on site in Cafe Logan. To learn more about this creative event, visit the website here.

Global Connections: Chinese New Year

Saturday | January 25 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave. | Free

Image | Navy Pier

Celebrate Chinese New Year with free programming at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier this weekend. The event features live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more! Usher in the “Year of the Rat” with a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration that’s More Than You Imagine. Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this vibrant display of cultural expression features festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more. Authentic Chinese cuisine from participating restaurants will be available for purchase. For more information, visit the website here.

Check out last weekend’s seekers guide here. vent hopping not your thing? Grab a beverage and snack or two at some of the ‘hautest’ happy hours in Chicago.

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