8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: January 5

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

Wine & Games in Lisle

Head to Scrims to enjoy their monthly Wine Tasting and Gaming Event. Wine expert David Sarrett from Heritage Wine Cellars will be there, pouring and engaging in discussions about all things wine related. As adults savor wine and gourmet treats, kids can immerse themselves in all the gaming fun at Scrims. This creates the perfect atmosphere for a memorable Friday night, bringing together fine wines, delicious bites, and gaming enjoyment.

Date: January 5  
Time: 7-9PM 
Cost: $16.50+ 
Location: Scrims Esport Gaming Center, 200 Ogden Ave, Lisle 
More info: scrimscenter.com

Bring the Whole Family for Fun & Food at Pinstripes

Experience a delicious and relaxed brunch at Pinstripes, where a diverse selection of dishes awaits every weekend. From made-to-order omelets to a carving station and fresh pastries, enjoy your meal in a laid-back setting with live jazz music, making it a perfect way to spend a leisurely Sunday morning. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or just looking for a delightful start to the day, Pinstripes’ brunch offers a simple yet satisfying culinary journey in a comfortable atmosphere.

Date: January 6-7 
Time: Varies by reservation 
Cost: Free for reservations 
Location: Pinstripes, 7 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook 
More info: pinstripes.com

Celebrate Orthodox Christmas with Brunch

Experience something special at the inaugural Orthodox Christmas Brunch, tailored for the Orthodox community celebrating Christmas on January 7th. Head to Lucille’s Restaurant for a Sunday brunch featuring a dedicated specialty station highlighting the delicious flavors of Eastern European cuisine. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy a celebration of classic tradition and delicious taste with loved ones.

Date: January 7 
Time: 10:30AM-3PM 
Cost: $75 adults, $30 children 
Location: Lucille’s, 100 Drury Ln, Oak Brook Terrace 
More info: lucillerestaurant.com

Celebrate Young Playwrights with Pegasus Theatre

The 37th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by Pegasus Theatre Chicago, is a celebration of emerging talent and creativity. This event showcases the works of promising teen playwrights, offering a platform for their voices to be heard and their stories to be brought to life on the stage. With a rich tapestry of genres and themes, the festival not only fosters artistic growth but also provides a captivating experience for audiences eager to witness the future of dramatic storytelling.

Date: Opens January 6 
Time: 7PM 
Cost: $15+ 
Location: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago Ave 
More info: choosechicago.com

Let’s Dance at the Bowie Ball

Get ready for a night of glam, glitter, and iconic tunes at the Bowie Ball at The Metro! Celebrating the legendary David Bowie, this event promises a dazzling fusion of music, fashion, and avant-garde performance. Attendees are encouraged to channel their inner Ziggy Stardust, as the venue transforms into a space where Bowie’s eclectic spirit comes to life. Don’t miss your chance to see electrifying live performances, a dance floor with Bowie’s greatest hits, and a costume contest that honors the iconic looks of the Starman himself!

Date: January 6 
Time: 9PM-2AM 
Cost: $15+ 
Location: Metro, 3730 N Clark St 
More info: bowieball.com

Celebrate Artists at Bring the Fiyah

Get ready for the dance event of the year! Check out the inaugural Bring the FIYAH Dance Convention and Competition this weekend. This event welcomes dancers of all ages and skill levels, fostering a vibrant community and celebrating dance as an expression of passion and artistry. This day is filled with incredible master classes, workshops, and a Youth Dance Showcase – a platform for personal growth and artistic exploration. This isn’t your ordinary dance convention, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy these future stars!

Date: January 7 
Time: 11AM-9PM 
Cost: $20+ 
Location: Reva and David Logan Center for Performing Arts, 915 E 60th St 
More info: flofiyah.com

Classical Music at the South Shore Cultural Center

Enjoy a free performance with the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Civic at South Shore Cultural Center: New World Perspectives. Listen to Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” that has mesmerized generations of audiences with its grand fanfare and poignant themes, then hear the work of William Dawson, a trombonist with the Civic Orchestra from 1927 to 1930, who imparted his personal heritage and perspective in the emotionally resonant and expertly crafted “Negro Folk Symphony.”

Date: January 7 
Time: 2PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: CSO, 220 S Michigan Ave 
More info: cso.org

Laugh at Loud at Zanies

Enter the comedic world of Vik Pandya, a Chicago-based stand-up sensation known for his sharp self-deprecation and witty take on dating. A regular performer at Chicago’s top venues, he’s graced 19 comedy festivals nationwide. With a hit comedy album, comedy specials, and opening for stars like Roy Wood Jr. and Michelle Wolf, don’t miss your chance to see Vik on a date night or night out with friends before he’s playing arenas!

Date: January 7 
Time: 7PM 
Cost: $30+ 
Location: Zanies Chicago, 1548 N Wells St 
More info: event.etix.com

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