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13 Jan - Guide to Chicago: January 13 – 19

Chicago Local Guides

Tacoteqa + Second Fridays Gallery Night

FRIDAY, 1/13, 6pm: Some of the world’s best artists reside in Chicago, and every second Friday of the month their work is on display at on South Halsted Street in The Chicago Arts District. Visit the city’s most vibrant art community and discover “where people meet art.” (Free)

FRIDAY, 1/13, 10pm: After getting those creative juices flowing, indulge in our late-night taco shop, Tacoteqa! See what gourmet goodies are on the menu this week and get a tasty start to your weekend. (Free)

Handmade Market Chicago at The Empty Bottle + Move Your Mule + The So So Glos

SATURDAY, 1/14, 12pmKick off your Saturday exploring work from over 30 vendors at the Handmade Market Chicago! Have a bite to eat and sip drinks while you get your hands on everything from jewelry to clothing, skin care and paper goods — all handmade & 100% unique. (Free Entry)

SATURDAY, 1/14, 10pm: Once you’ve done some shopping, make your way back to Freehand for our rocksteady jam session, Move Your Mule. Kevin & Ethan of Mannequin Men and Reckless Records will be bringing island flavors to the den. Come chill! (Free entry)

SATURDAY, 1/14, 12am: Our musical homies, The So So Glos, are in town opening up for The Replacements, and throwing the ultimate after-party at Freehand with DJ Kevin Hsia! Don’t miss your chance to see these Brooklyn-natives go hard! (Free entry)

Walking Tour + Grilled Cheese Meltdown

SUNDAY, 1/15, 10:30amKick off your Sunday Funday exploring the City! Meet us in the lobby for a free, escorted walking tour throughout some of our most lovely neighborhoods & fascinating landmarks. We’ll start in River North, venture through the loop and then back to Freehand. (Free)

SUNDAY, 1/15, 11:30am, 2pm or 4:30pm: Wintertime calls for comfort food. Taste some of Chicago’s “cheesiest, meltiest sandwiches” at Time Out Chicago’s Grilled Cheese Meltdown! After getting your fill of (arguably the best) comfort food, vote to crown the Grilled Cheese Champions. ($27.50)

The MLK Project at Chicago History Museum

MONDAY, 1/16, 10amHonor the life & legacy of Martin Luther King Jr at The MLK Project in the Chicago History Museum. Enjoy the one-woman show entitled “The Fight for Civil Rights,” a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir along with storytelling commemorating the incredible human being that was Martin Luther King Jr. ($16)

Happy Hour + The Smiths & Morrissey Night at Punch House

TUESDAY, 1/17, 4pmThe happiest hours on Tuesdays are from 4-6! Head over to the Broken Shaker for happy hour and enjoy $7 dailies, bunch and dealer’s choices, $5 wine & draft beer! (No cover)

TUESDAY, 1/17, 9pm: Hop in this charming car, with this charming man and head over to Punch House for an evening dedicated to The Smiths & Morrissey! Enjoy classic Smiths tunes while you sip on drinks with your crew. RSVP on Facebook to win a free carafe of punch! (No cover)

Jack Daniel’s Winter Warmer Whiskey Nights 

WEDNESDAY, 1/18, 8pmWe all know winter’s in Chicago can be brutal — warm up this Wednesday at Innjoy’s special Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Night! Sample all of the Jack Daniel’s brands and even meet the Brand Ambassador. ($15)

Adler After Dark: Retrorocket
THURSDAY, 1/19, 6:30Adler Planetarium is the perfect place for stargazing. This Thursday, they’re hosting a special event, Retrorocket, where you can not only stargaze, but also learn more about early rocketry, hear dramatic true stories about NASA’s history and dance to rockabilly hits with a retro-style drink in hand! ($20 General Admission)