The 312 Dining Diva got a look inside Lincoln Park's newest lounge, Faith & Whiskey, 1365 W. Fullerton, scheduled to open on Friday (grand-opening party is set for Feb. 12).
Says the Diva: "The laid-back and budget-conscious bar — with an imposing tattooed wall logo, antler light fixtures, encased guitars behind the bar and dark, narrow edges similar to Angels & Kings — is a far cry from owner Hunter Cannon's glamorous West Loop spot Bon V, which is known for hosting celebrity events, including the wrap party for 'Public Enemies' last summer."
1. A Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts Noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater; free until 6 p.m. (7 p.m. discussion costs $15)
This day-long event showcases all aspects of Chicago's hip-hop culture, from music (performances from DJs Itch13 and Issues, and an open-mic showcase featuring Idris Goodwin and Poetry Slam champ Roger Bonair-Agrad) to art (Revise CMW will create a live mural, and there will be a gallery exhibition with works for sale from local artists) to politics (the day closes with a 7 p.m. ticketed discussion featuring William "Upski" Wimsatt, former graffiti artists and author of Bomb the Suburbs).
2. 23rd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at Pegasus Players; $12
When it comes to new work and new playwrights, Pegasus has the newest. Now in its 23rd year, the Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide, school-based program that takes hundreds of high-school kids and causes them to create hundreds of scripts. Four are selected by judges, and are performed by Pegasus actors. Sure, the work tends to smell of adolescence, but unlike a lot of playwrights out there, these kids have an iron-clad excuse. Show up to see bright young minds, slightly older theater artists helping them along and audience members supporting an amazing educational program.
For those who don’t plan on watching the Super Bowl next Sunday (you know who you are, both of you) Geja’s Café is the place to be. The upscale-ish Lincoln Park fondue spot is offering a special TV-less buy-one-get-one-free Premiere Dinner on Feb. 1 (Super Bowl Sunday) and Feb. 2. That’s quite a deal when you consider Geja’s 20 or so fondue dinner combinations, which range in price from around $30-$50.
And really, if you’re a Bears fan, football season ended weeks ago anyway.
According to our friends at Thrillist, come Friday, you won't have to trek it out to Roscoe Village to get your fix of freshly made pasta. That's when Terragusto, known for its delicious carbs and extended pre-meal spiels, opens a second location in Lincoln Park at 340 W. Armitage. Expect many of the same offerings, with added benefits like a short list of beer, wine and signature cocktails (it's also BYOB, don't worry) and seasonal outdoor seating. "Pope's hats" alfresco? We're so there.
When the cabin fever gets to you — remember the Jimmy Buffett song about shooting holes in his freezer? — there are few places to go more invigorating than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It's warm, humid and stuffed full of blooming flowers.
For another month, it's also blooming with intriguing sounds. According to this article in Time Out Chicago, the conservatory's fern room now features (through Feb. 28) a project called Florasonic, "an unusual series of art installations coordinated by the Edgewater-based Experimental Sound Studio (ESS). The latest Florasonic project, Baltimore-based artist Jenny Gräf Sheppard’s 'Osmosymbiotic Echo,' fills the Fern Room with recorded birdsongs, electronic sounds and ultrasonic noises that only birds and insects can hear."
Take off the coat, stay a while. Wander, smell — and listen!