You’ve almost made it through another Chicago winter . . . you deserve a reward! Trade your diaper bag in for a clutch and hit the town with your favorite plus one. Listening to live tunes, gorging on chicken wings and sampling beers round out our list of the best ways to spend some time with the 21 and over crowd. Read on and get planning!
photo: Chicago Beer Festival
The Chicago Beer Festival
Sue, the most famous T-Rex in the world, is having her home taken over by the Chicago Beer Festival! This event will feature over 70 breweries sampling their spring seasonal brews, plus music, food and a select number of exhibits will be open to attendees. Admission includes beer samplings with food sold separately. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so be sure to buy ahead.
Sat. Mar. 4; VIP admission 7 p.m.-11 p.m., General admission 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
$55 VIP admission; $45 General admission
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
photo: Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus
Men are From Mars – Women are From Venus
This Off-Broadway hit is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, moving swiftly through a series of vignettes that cover everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Since being published in 1992, John Gray’s book, exploring the differences between the sexes, has sold in excess of 50 million copies.
Thru Mar. 5; Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut,
The 18th Annual Chicago’s Best Wingfest
The 18th annual WingFest is back and bigger than ever in a new, larger venue. This event includes a nearly endless supply of Chicago’s best chicken wings from area restaurants, competitive wing eating, four categories of wing competition and lots of fun!
Sun., Mar. 5; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
$50 general admission; $100 VIP admission
Near West Side
525 S. Racine Ave.
photo: Adler Planetarium
REEL Science at Adler: Contact
Have you ever wondered what warp drive might be like? Or why spacecraft in movies are always right-side up? The REEL Science Film Series combines cinematic favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to discuss the facts vs. the creative liberties taken in Hollywood. On the screen tonight: Contact.
Thurs., Mar. 9; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Corey Smith Live at Joe’s Bar
The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project marks the first time the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the investment made by the fans who have supported him since his first album in 2003.
Fri., Mar. 10; 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Joe’s Bar on Weed St
940 W. Weed St
photo: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
Weekly Trivia and Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe
Test your knowledge and belt out your favorite tunes! Hard Rock Cafe Chicago announces the new series, “Rock Your Brain and Vocal Cords” featuring Wednesday night Trivia and Thursday night Live Band Karaoke. Trivia Night will put guests to the test to see just how much they know about general trivia, plus music history, the priceless memorabilia that lines the cafe walls, their favorite artists and more, while karaoke allows wannabe rock stars to take the stage and belt out their favorite hits backed by a full band.
Trivia: Wed., Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
Karaoke: Thurs., Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe
63 W. Ontario
Adler After Dark, Geek Chic: Episode V
Let your nerd flag fly proud at this month’s Adler After Dark series, Geek Chic: Episode V. Put your shuttlecraft in hyperdrive and head to Adler where members of 501st Stormtrooper Legion and Rebel Legion will square off for the fate of the galaxy. Display your smarts in a battle of wits at the Fifth Annual Geek Chic Trivia Extravaganza, listen in on an assuredly geeky talk on the science found in your favorite pop culture franchises and bring out your inner brainiac with hands-on experiments.
Thurs., Mar. 16; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
$20 advance purchase; $25 at the door
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Enoversity: Wine 101
Lovers of the grape will enjoy ENO’s Wine 101, where you’ll taste wines that are stylistically difference — high acid vs low acid, light body vs heavy body, fruity vs sweet, etc. By the end, you’ll be able to pinpoint the types of wine you like and have the vocabulary to talk about them. In addition to wine, students will be served an assortment of cheese, chocolates and charcuterie.
Sun., Mar. 26; 3 p.m.
ENO Wine Room
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Do you have any fun date nights planned? Share in the Comments below!
— Maria Chambers