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Guide to Chicago: February 17 – 23

Chicago Local Guides

Tacoteqa + Run the Jewels 

FRIDAY, 2/17, 8pm: Run The Jewels are in town! Catch this dope hip-hop duo perform at Aragon Ballroom and feel the power of these iconic MCs. Let’s get it! ($65+)

FRIDAY, 2/17, 10pm: After the show, head back to Freehand and enter taco heaven at Tacoteqa! Get your fill of seasonal tacos, elote and of course, margaritas — all served up by Broken Shaker. (No cover)

Walking Tour + DJ King Otto

SATURDAY, 2/18, 10:30am: New to the city? Join us for our free walking tour and get to know Chicago’s most iconic landmarks and personality-filled neighborhoods. Sign up at the front desk! (Free)

SATURDAY, 2/18, 10pm: It’s Saturday. Let’s jam. Meet us in the Shaker for a bumpin’ set by DJ King Otto! Can you say all vinyl everything? (No cover)

Bartender’s Brunch featuring Presidio

SUNDAY, 2/19, 6pm: Calling all bartenders in Chi-town! Join us with the Bay Area’s own, Presidio for a pre-President’s Day booze n’ schmooze. Sam Lyden will be serving up specialty Presidio cocktails while Chef Nicole Bayani serves up eats inspired by the Bay. Join us! (Free entry)

Happy Hour + Free Admission to The Adler Planetarium

MONDAY, 2/20, 4pm: Day off or not, the happiest hours are never only 60 minutes. Come by Happy Hour at the Broken Shaker for $7 dailies and $5 wine and drafts from 4-6! Monday margaritas anyone? (No cover)

MONDAY, 2/20, 5pm: The Adler Planetarium is opening its doors to the public on President’s Day with free admission for all! Take a walk through The Universe exhibit, starting from the Big Bang going forward all the way to today’s sunrise. (Free Admission)

Chicago Botanic Garden – Orchid Show

TUESDAY, 2/21, 10am: Sometimes you just crave nature, especially when you spend lots of time in the city. If you’re in need of some Mother Nature, head over to The Chicago Botanic Garden and immerse yourself in orchids! (PS, massive greenhouse = prime Insta-opps). ($12)

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park + The Brother Brothers

WEDNESDAY, 2/22, 6pm: Ice skating is one of the ultimate Chicago winter traditions. Join us with our city-guide Nicole and head over to Maggie Daley Park to hit the rink. We’ll have room for fifteen skaters, so sign up at the front desk or email jchasin@thefreehand.com to RSVP! (BYO skates or rent for $12 at the rink)

WEDNESDAY, 2/22, 8pm: Guitars, cellos, violins, banjos & rich harmonies are what define Brooklyn-based twins, The Brother Brothers. Grab your fellow music lovers and catch them live at the Tonic Room this Wednesday! ($7)

Brewers N’ Bites Vol I + artsmart At The MCA

THURSDAY, 2/23, 6pm: The best kind of beer comes from locals. Taste three of local Chicago brewers’ best beers at Brewers N’ Bites Vol I, munch mega-yum hors d’oeuvres and maybe even win a prize at the raffle! ($50) 

THURSDAY, 2/23, 6:30pm: Take part in an intimate gathering of young professionals within the contemporary art industry! Event includes a private tour of Merce Cunningham: Common Time, as well as cocktails and light bites. ($40)