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Guide To Chicago: March 17 – March 23

Chicago Local Guides

Forever Now Presents: Upside + Tacoteqa

FRIDAY, 3/17, 10pm: Join us at the Shaker for Forever Now Presents: Upside, a Friday night jam sesh’ with Jackie Trezzo & Will Galvan! Tunes, good vibes, and Broken Shaker cocktails will be flowing hard. (Free Entry)

FRIDAY, 3/17, 10pm: Make your way back to Freehand and experience Cafe Integral transform into Tacoteqa — our late night taco shop! Indulge in everything from tacos, elote, pozole and of course, Shaker cocktails! (Free Entry)

Walking Tour + Cold War Kids + Tacoteqa

SATURDAY, 3/18, 10:30am: Kick off your weekend exploring the Windy City! Meet us in the lobby at 10:30am for a free escorted walking tour throughout some of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods & iconic landmarks. (Free)

SATURDAY, 3/18, 8pm: The Cold War Kids are coming to the Riviera! Featuring their hit-single, Miracle Mile, Cold War Kids brings a much needed new-age sound to the alternative scene. ($30)

SATURDAY, 3/18, 10pmTacoteqa continues Saturday night! Come back for a second round of our delicious eats, served up proper Mexican style – with beer and cocktails. (Free Entry)

Vince Staples at Metro Chicago + Tattoo Arts Festival

SUNDAY, 3/19, 8pm: West Coast golden child Vince Staples has made his way to Chicago to perform at Metro Chicago. Also featuring Kilo Kush, we’re pretty sure this show is going to be lit. ($25)

SUNDAY, 3/19, 11am: Celebrate your tattoos or plan out a few new ones at the annual ChicagoTattoo Arts Festival in Rosemont. The three-day convention is a paradise for hundreds of ink-stained artists from across the nation, who come to town to show off their skills. ($20)

Tacoteqa Tournament + Bebe Rexha

MONDAY, 3/20, 8pm: Oh man, it’s the third round of our Industry Night Tacoteqa Tournament. The #TeqaMadness continues, this time with Fox Bar, MONEYGUN, Drumbar, and Pub Royale. Even if you’re not competing, come by for the food and drinks. 25% off for Industry Folk. (Free Entry)

MONDAY, 3/20, 6:30pm: Up and coming pop icon Bebe Rexha will be playing the Metro on Monday with unnamed special guests. Check out her song with G-Eazy, F.F.F. track. ($21)

Botanic Garden Orchid Show + Feminist Exhibit at Glass Curtain

TUESDAY, 3/21, All Day: Shake off that winter cold at the Botanic Garden Orchid Show, inside the Chicago Botanic Garden. Greenhouses and galleries will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an exotic array of imported plants. ($10)

TUESDAY, 3/21, 9-5pm: Celebrate female-empowerment at the Feminist Exhibit at Glass Curtain. Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter, the exhibition will also feature live performances by Fem Appeal. (Free Entry)

Crafts & Drafts + Spring Fling

WEDNESDAY, 3/22, 7pm: Don’t settle for just painting a canvas – create something pretty and useful at Crafts & Drafts. Sip on brews and build your own L-shaped end table, which you can use in your living room to hold — well, more brews. ($45)

WEDNESDAY, 3/22, 5:30pm: Celebrate the Spring Equinox at the fanciful Harvest Moon’s Spring Fling. Guests will enjoy two sponsored Tito’s cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and live music. ($15)

Art Institute of Chicago + Beer and Fondue

THURSDAY, 3/23, All Day: Every Thursday, the Art Institute of Chicago opens its door free-of-entry to all Illinois residents. Exhibits include ancient Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. (Free Entry for Illinois Residents)

THURSDAY, 3/23, 6:30pm: Have your beer and eat it too! Reserve your spot at Beer and Fondue at Mariano’s for an interactive class all about Beer and Fondue. Perfect food pairings will be offered. Beer and cheese — who would’ve thought? ($15)