There’s no denying a day spent with the family is pretty special. From indoor water parks and trampoline parks, to all the things we’re excited for in 2016, we’ve given endless ingredients for making great memories. But, every now and again it’s fun to dial up the sitter and schedule a bit of adult-only time with uninterrupted conversation (probably about the kids). Read on for our Editor’s picks for sitter-worthy, 21-and-over fun around town.
photo: Adler Planetarium
Adler After Dark: Stellar Speakeasy
Grab your favorite guy or gal and swing down to the The Adler After Dark series, which is exclusively for adults 21 & over and features a different theme every month. This month’s theme of Stellar Speakeasy will take you back to the Roaring 20’s and 30’s, where you’ll swing to the sounds of the Lakeside Pride Jazz and Swing Ensemble over a vintage cocktail. Explore the culture of the Jazz Age with special programs, including a space-inspired Art Glass workshop and learn about discoveries of the period with science demos.
Feb. 18, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Grab a Brew and Check Out Half Acre’s New Lincoln Kitchen
Half Acre’s Taproom is well-known, as it’s one of the original Chicago microbrews with a reputation for having a consistently quality product. As of January 14 not only can you throw back a cold one, but Half Acre is now serving food, making it a perfect date spot. Expect a hearty and eclectic menu that ranges from burritos to spare ribs from Chef Nick Lacasse, who has worked under the great Charlie Trotter.
4257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Spend a Breathtaking Evening with Cabaret
Trade in your favorite kindie rock soundtracks for a night of listening to some of the most recognizable songs in theater history. Nothing beats an evening in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where they demand your worries be left outside.
Dates: Feb. 9-Feb. 21
The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe St.
photo: Fogo de Chao
Grand Opening of Fogo de Chao Naperville
Fogo de Chao opened their 3rd Chicagoland location January 14 in Naperville’s Freedom Commons development, and their service is already on point. While there are many steakhouses to choose from, Fogo is unique in the way their gaucho servers prepare hand-selected cuts of meat on skewers and cut constantly rotating selections fresh, right at your table. If you make Valentines weekend reservations, you’ll receive a Valentine’s Card for a complimentary lunch or dinner on your next visit. Tip: Even if you’re not a meat lover, Fogo has something for you. Partake in their Market Table, which is their so-much-more-than-a-salad Salad Bar or try their Mango Chilean Sea Bass, made to order, with homemade mango relish and malagueta pepper sauce atop perfectly prepared asparugus spears. It’s melt-in your mouth delicious, especially when you request a special wine pairing that complements.
1824 Abriter Ct.
photo: Poutine Fest
Fry Away with the Chef’s at Poutine Fest
What is poutine, you ask? Why it’s a popular Canadian dish of crispy french fries and cheese curds covered in a rich gravy. And now, there’s a festival celebrating it’s deliciousness because, well, why not? Taste the delicious entries in this contest where local competing chefs are battling to walk away with the coveted title of “King of Poutine”.
Feb. 21, general admission noon-3 p.m. (VIP admission at 11 a.m.)
Chop Shop/1st Ward Events
2033 W. North Ave.
Oriental Theatre Presents: IF/THEN
IF/THEN is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. IF/THEN follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.
Dates: Feb. 23-Mar. 6
24 W. Randolph St.
Discover the Innovation and excitement of STOMP
When you think about stiff-bristle brooms, Zippo lighters and wooden poles, you’re probably thinking of the random collection of stuff in your garage. But, imagine all of those random items coming to life as percussive instruments with the help of the rhythmic specialists from STOMP. This world famous show brings together musical innovations, movement and comedy. They will use everything from tea chests, to radiator hoses, boots and hub caps to entertain your ears for the evening. The only things they don’t use are traditional percussion instruments.
Feb. 27 & 28
23 E. Galena Ave.
Warm Up at the Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival
Cure cabin fever at the 2nd annual Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival, featuring 41 local brewers sampling their most famous craft beers in a 5,000 square foot heated tent. Sample up to 15 beers at one of two tasting sessions and grab warm treats from various food trucks.
Feb. 27, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival
Halsted & Waveband
photo: Naperville Winter Ale Fest
Embrace the Chill at the Naperville Winter Ale Fest
Layer up and make your way to the frozen tundra known as Frontier Park for the 3rd annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest. The event features over 130 unique beers from craft breweries around the country, live music and food from some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks. A portion of the proceeds from the fest benefit Naperville Parks Foundation, an advocate for parks and shared open spaces.
Naperville Winter Ale Fest
3380 Cedar Glade Rd.
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