Show Me Chicagos top 12 things to do January 19 to 24

Show Me Chicagos top 12 things to do January 19 to 24

The third weekend in January looks to be an interesting one. Bookended by Inauguration Day of our 45th President–love him or not so much– on Friday, January 20 there’s a mix of Trump protests and celebrations from marches to Moscow Mules (get it–Moscow, Russia)–but so far no white elephants.

Events at the other end of the spectrum are a little lighter with a look ahead to the 89th Annual Academy Awards through the eyes of Chicago’s top film critics in a special free panel discussion at Gene Siskel Theatre.

Here’s a look ahead.

1. National Popcorn Day

Thursday, January 19popcorn

Pop into any Regal Cinema for a movie and 1/2 price popcorn to celebrate National Popcorn Day, January 19.

2. Oscar Fever in Chicago

Tuesday, Jan 24th 4:30pmoscarstatuette

Chicago’s top film critics will debate the just-announced Oscar Nominations.  Free event, but it is too late to RSVP. Seating may still be available by coming to Gene Siskel Theatre in person before the event, but it is not guaranteed.

3. Chinese New Year at the Art Institute of Chicago

January 17-February 11

Chicago celebrates Chinese New Year with many events and parades throughout town

Chicago celebrates Chinese New Year with many events and parades throughout town

The Art Institute of Chicago is celebrating the Year of the Rooster with special installations, events and Chinese culinary specialties showcasing the Chinese New Year from now through February 11, 2017.

4. The Ghostlight Project

Thursday, January 19, 5:30 pm.ghostlightproject

Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, The Ghostlight Project, will be taking place at many theaters nationwide to shed “light” on compassion.

Guest will gather outside of theaters to create a “light” for dark times ahead, and to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Chicago theaters participating include Victory Gardens, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf and others.

5. Savor Lincoln Park 2017

Tuesday, January 24savorlincolnpark

Calling all foodies to Savor Lincoln Park 2017 at iO Chicago for a food and wine lovers event featuring newly opened The Budlong Hot Chicken and Tobacco Road Tap Room along with Lincoln Park favorites Earls Lincoln Park, Geja’s Cafe, Kings Chicago – Lincoln Park, Knife & Tine, Limelight Catering, Nando’s PERi-PERi, Snarf’s Sandwiches, and White Oak Tavern & Inn and sweets provided by Insomnia Cookies, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Stan’s Donuts and Coffee Chicago, Vanille Patisserie with specialty teas provided by TeaGschwendner US.

Tickets include all food, wine and beer featuring Revolution Brewing. Tickets and information here.

6. Women’s March On Chicago

Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nancy McDaniel (right) made this Pussyhat for Adrienne Horrigan to wear at the Women's March in D.C.

Nancy McDaniel (right) made this Pussyhat for Adrienne Horrigan to wear at the Women’s March in D.C. Photo: Julie

Grab your Pussyhat and let your voice be heard, in a peaceful way, at the Women’s March on Chicago. The intent of the march is to send the new administration a message that women and supporters will connect, protect and activate for women’s rights, civil liberties, and diverse issues. The march will kick off with a rally at 9:30 a.m. featuring live music and speakers at Jackson and Columbus.

7. Inauguration Day Specials

Friday, January 20little-fort-commonwealth_moscow-mule-1

You can drown your sorrows or celebrate with drink and food specials around town including these:

      • $6 Moscow Mules all day at Commonwealth (2000 W Roscoe Street) featuring Tito’s Vodka, fresh lime juice, muddled ginger and ginger beer.
      • The “Donald” for $9 features braised pork stir fried with cabbage, peppers, hoisin sauce served with a spicy slaw at Wicker Park’s MAK (1924 W. Division).
      • Watch the Inauguration Day events at Northcenter’s Tavern on Little Fort  (4128 North Lincoln Avenue) on Friday, January 20 beginning at 4 p.m. In honor of Trump’s special “friendship” with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Little Fort will offer Moscow Mules on special for $6 all night. Guests who are missing Obama can toast to him with $4 Chicago crafts beers including Goose Island’s Green Line and 312 bottles.

8. What A Joke Chicago

January, 20, 9 p.m.

Comedians and producers in over 25 cities throughout the nation are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU  in response to the President-elect’s “repeated threats on our human rights.”

In Chicago, expect a night full of the city’s top comedians performing, with a silent auction to benefit the ACLU.

What A Joke: Chicago is produced by Liz Maupin and Meredith Kachel. Lineup: Kristen Toomey, Matty Ryan, Sammy Arechar, Calvin Evans, Brandi Denise and Ghouldini. The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.).

9. Children’s China exhibition

Opens January 20CC-logo-square

Kohl Children’s Museum hosts its latest temporary exhibit, “Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius,” just in time for Chinese New Year.

The west meets the east in this immersive exhibit that transports families to a country where a quickly changing modern lifestyle intersects with ancient values integrating the time-honored teachings of Confucius with a focus on the importance of education and family values. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.

10. Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

January 19-29

2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: January 19-29 from Wickstrom Design on Vimeo.

Puppets from around the world invade Chicago from theaters to the Cultural Center to public spaces, visitors can mingle and enjoy these magnificent creations.

The 2017 Chicago International Puppet Festival features 24 presenting partners, 22 venues, more than 25 artists from seven countries presenting 20 different shows and more than 90 total performances. Check the video preview above. 312 554-9800

11. Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show has travel experts and travel industry vendors showcasing hundreds of worldwide destinations from the Middle East, to Africa, to Australia, to regional road-trip vacations at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. Click here for tickets and information.

12. Northerly Island adventure

January 21, noon to 4 p.m.

Enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer from birds of prey and wolves while hiking and listening to folk music and a storyteller at Northerly Island’s Polar Adventure Days. Guest can also make a craft, and have cocoa (while it lasts) at the free, except parking.

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