Enjoy winter with new experiences to make your season bright! From cultural opportunities through food and festivals, to adventures in the arts, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!
Meet Me at Midnight (At the Taylor Swift Pop-Up Bar)
Now we’ve got Bad Blood: A Taylor Swift-Themed Heartbreak Bar, and you should hop in your ‘Getaway Car’ to check it out. This limited-time bar features specialty cocktails, tarot readings, and photo ops galore for all the Chicago Swifties. ‘You Need to Calm Down’ and book your reservation now!
Date: Opens February 3
Time: Various Daily Slots
Location: Electric Garden, 324 S Racine Ave
More info: bucketlisters.com
Sip, Sip, Hooray at the Cider Summit
Join cider houses from all over the world at the region’s largest hard cider tasting event, The Cider Summit. Your ticket includes a specialty event tasting glass and 12 tasting tickets, so you can try sips from over 150+ cider vendors who will be there. From local stars like ERIS Brewery and Ciderhouse, to ones from as far away as France, there’s bound to be a new favorite drink for every Cider lover.
Date: February 4
Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM or 4:00 – 8:00PM
Location: Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
More info: cidersummitnw.com
Watch the Architecture & Design Film Festival on the Big Screen
The Architecture & Design Film Festival is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Center to bring 15 stories of innovation and sustainability within the fields of architecture, design, and fashion to the big screen. One ticket gets you access to a screening, as well as access to all the festival’s short films! Check out Robin Hood Gardens to learn about the complex history of this East-London building, or Fashion Reimagined to see how a designer is fighting for a more equitable way to create clothing.
Date: Closes February 5
Time: Various Movie Times
Location: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr
More info: filmfest.architecture.org
Wedded Bliss at the West Loop Wedding Walk
Calling all soon-to-be-wed Chicagoans… the West Loop Wedding Walk is back to show off some of the West Loop’s most desirable wedding venues. Buy a ticket to be shuttled to your venues of choice while meeting with dozens of vendors and enjoying food, drinks, and goodies. Don’t miss some of the event exclusive booking incentives and get to planning your big day!
Date: February 5
Time: 12:00 – 5:00PM
Location: Various West Loop Wedding Venues
More info: westloopweddingwalk.com
Check Out a New Opera at the Lyric
The Lyric Opera of Chicago is opening a world-premiere opera this weekend… The Factotum. This modern riff on The Barber of Seville blends together gospel, funk, rap and many more genres to create this thoroughly modern opera. Connecting those music styles with the classical singing the Lyric is known for, this opera redefines the genre and is not to be missed.
Date: Opens February 3
Time: 2:00 and 7:00PM
Location: Harris Theatre, 205 E Randolph St
More info: lyricopera.org