So Chicago is no Hollywood. It's a fact. Our weather this time of year leaves a lot to be desired and you trade in attractive blonde people for walking michelin men in sleeping bag coats. BUT occasionally we do get our turn in the spotlight. Chicago Fire - a CBS show in which "America's everyday heroes face life and death" has made Bucktown a regular spot on their shooting schedule.
Contrary to popular belief, not all Chicagoans hibernate from November - May (though many do) and there are actually quite a few things to do in Chicago in the winter. Keep checking back as we relay 20 things to do during winter in Chicago - highlighting a new activity every day or so. Even if it takes us till April to figure out 20 things to do, it'll still be cold.
Right now we've got something great going on: Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week is in full swing, but there are still 5 days to enjoy all that the city's warm, heated, restaurants have to offer. With over 250 participants spread out through several neighborhoods, you're bound to find something that tickles your fancy. It works like this - you get to try out a bunch of great restaurants that run affordable prix fix menus for lunch and dinner. ( $22 for lunch, $33-44 for dinner). Just down the street, a guest favorite, the Bristol, is taking part; check out their menu here.
Francesca's Forno, right on your way here if you get off of the Damen Blue Line stop, is also a part of Restaurant week. While the Bristol is known as higher-end american fare, Francesca's will hit the italian shaped spot in your belly. Restaurant Week menu here.
Some other nearby spots to hit this week:
...Fair warning, if you leave restaurant week leftovers in the B&B fridge, the mysterious foodie monster may eat them.