Are you looking for things to do and where to make THE scene in Chicago this month? We’ve scoured the best of things to do around the Chicagoland area, worth your time so you just worry about how amazing you will look and you got the funds to cover said experience. From shopping, fundraisers, fashion/trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a fun list of things to do in Chicago each month. Check out SociaLifeChicago’s curated monthly social calendar for January 2020 events below, check out our picks for yourself below, then bookmark this page.
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EVENT: Parson’s Chicken & Fish Pop-Up @ CAA
ABOUT: Summer is coming early this year — for one month only, the Parson’s patio is popping up indoors at our hotel, taking over The Tank on the ground floor. Chicago Athletic Association is hosting a three-week pop-up that replicates Parson’s Chicken and Fish patio’s vibes of eating fried chicken under a red and red/white striped umbrella but no need to trek to Logan Square. Executive Chef and Managing Partner Hunter Moore brings all the hits downtown for the pop-up. Guests can expect all their favorite Parson’s grub — chicken sandwiches and nuggets (all available regular, hot, and demon style), fish sandwiches, hush puppies, and favorite drinks: Parson’s Beer, Negroni Slushies, Red Skeleton slushies, hot cider with Jim Beam, Jim Beam Highballs, picklebacks, and the brand new Parson’s Housemade Pickle Soda.
LOCATION: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 12 S. Michigan Avenue
WHEN: Jan 7 2020-Feb 1 2020
TIME: Monday – Saturday from 11AM – 8PM | Closed Sundays
ADMISSION/COST: Varies on what you order MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Screenings at Gene Siskel Film Center
ABOUT: The Gene Siskel Film Center selects and presents significant world cinema in a non-commercial context that sets aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards. This months features include the critically acclaimed “Harriet” starring Cynthia Erivo, The River, Citizen K, Bonnie & Clyde directed by Arthur Penn and starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.
LOCATION: Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 164 N. State Street
WHEN: Thursday January 2 – Wednesday January 30
ADMISSION/COST: $12 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS | $6 MEMBERS MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: 32nd Annual Junior Council Snowball Gala
ABOUT: Snowball is the Junior Council’s annual black tie gala. Tickets include event entry, live band, entertainment, premium open bar, food tastings from dozens of Chicago’s premier restaurants, and after party entry. All proceeds directly benefit Lurie Children’s.
LOCATION: Field Museum | 1400 S Lake Shore Dr
WHEN: Saturday, January 18
TIME: 8 p.m. – 11:59 p.m
ADMISSION/COST: General Admission $190 | VIP $250 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Fitbit Local New Year Reset
ABOUT: Kick off the new year on the right foot and join Fitbit Local ambassador Jenny Finkel for a bodyweight bootcamp and pilates/yoga blend. Plus, ZICO coconut water will be onsite to keep everyone hydrated and replenished. Stick around after the workout as one lucky attendee will win a Fitbit device. BYO yoga mat!
LOCATION: The Lakewood | 1758 W Lake Street
WHEN: Saturday January 18, 2020
TIME: 9:30 am-10:30 am
ADMISSION/COST: Free admission MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Young Professional’s Board Purple Affair for the Bear
ABOUT: The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Young Professional’s Board invites you to Purple Affair for the Bear, its annual fundraiser co-chaired by Andrew Touhy and Conner Madey this year. Guests will enjoy an open bar, bites from popular Chicago restaurants, live music and a silent auction. All funds raised benefit pediatric research grants for Bear Discoveries and customized experiences through Bear Hugs.
LOCATION: Lyric Opera of Chicago | 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2020
TIME: 8 p.m. to midnight.
ADMISSION/COST: General admission tickets are $100 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: 6th Annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast
ABOUT: 2020 Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast Celebrates the successes of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese. Keynote Address by Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit emergency tuition assistance and academic innovation. * For those professionals looking to kickstart their networking, this is a good place to see and be seen.
LOCATION: The Palmer House Hilton| 17 East Monroe
WHEN: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
TIME: 7:30 a.m. Registration and networking | 8 a.m. Breakfast and speaking program
ADMISSION/COST: Individual ticket $150 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: FIRST BITES BASH
ABOUT: Celebrate the city’s acclaimed culinary scene at First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, featuring bites from more than 70 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs. Guests can enjoy tastings from top Chicago restaurants, plus wine, beer, and spirits at the stunning Field Museum. This year’s event will feature Host Chef Thai Dang and Host Mixologist Danielle Dang of the James Beard Award-nominated HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen.
LOCATION: Field Museum | 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
WHEN: Thursday January 23, 2020
TIME: 6 – 9 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST:GA $125 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Mercy Home‘s annual Poker Night
ABOUT: This Texas Hold ’Em tournament continues to be an amazing evening for Mercy Home, and thanks to your continued support, has introduced many new friends to the Home. Last year, Poker Night was completely sold out!
LOCATION: Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse | 1024 N. Rush St.
WHEN: Thursday January 23, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: Casino Spectator Ticket | Poker Player Earlybird Ticket $225 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: MSI Black Creativity Gala 2020
ABOUT: The gala chaired by Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO and Chairwoman of NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. and Dr. Eric Whitaker, Chairman and CEO of TWG Partners, LLC, the celebration of 50 years of Black Creativity at MSI will not only honor the past, but usher in a strong future for Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry.
LOCATION: Museum of Science and Industry Chicago | 5700 S Lake Shore Drive
WHEN: Saturday January 25, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: $350 per person (sponsorship opportunity available MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: QS WORLD MBA TOUR
ABOUT: The World’s Largest MBA Tour is coming to Chicago and you can meet with business schools like SMU – Cox School of Business, University of Miami MBA, University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, PLUS get all your MBA-related questions answered and learn about different schools and their program offerings. By attending this event, you’ll also gain exclusive access to millions of dollars in scholarships, as well as a resume review, a LinkedIn headshot, test prep resources, and so much more – all for FREE!
LOCATION: The Palmer House Hilton | 17 E Monroe St
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 2020
TIME: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ADMISSION/COST: FREE with RSVPMORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Chicago Ale Fest–Winter Edition
ABOUT: The Chicago Ale Fest – Winter Edition returns to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The fest will feature more than 100 craft beers, Chicago’s favorite food trucks, Yoga, Games & activities and a DJ spinning all-your favorites.
LOCATION: Aon Grand Ballroom @ Navy Pier | | 600 E. Grand Avenue
WHEN: Saturday January 11, 2020
TIME: 2-7pm (Early Entry) | 3-7pm (General Admission)
ADMISSION/COST: Early Entry $60 | General Admission $50 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker
ABOUT: Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker shares the history of racial change in one of the most segregated cities in America and how an extraordinary man stood as a symbol of hope in a community isolated by racial animosity. Join Binga author Don Hayner and Professor Emeritus Dr. Christopher Reed as they discuss this unsung pioneer in American social and economic history.
LOCATION: Ames Auditorium @ DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 E 56th Pl.
WHEN: Saturday January 18, 2020
TIME: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
ADMISSION/COST: FREE MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Vital Proteins Stay Vital Tasting Event
ABOUT: Upgrade your wellness routine with collagen and Vital Proteins. Join us for a tasting featuring three Vital Proteins Collagen Powders; Collagen Peptides, Beauty Collagen Glow and Collagen Creamer.
LOCATION: Nordstrom Chicago | 55 East Grand Avenue
WHEN: Friday January 10, 2020
TIME: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST: Free to attend MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: An Intimate Evening With Jon B
ABOUT: This is MAJORRRR! Jon B, accomplished musician and noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt is making his way to Chicago for an intimate evening of two performances. .
LOCATION:City Winery Chicago | 2301 S King Dr.
WHEN: Sunday January 5, 2020
TIME: 5PM | 8PM
ADMISSION/COST: $35-$48.MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again
ABOUT: The Art Institute of Chicago presents this major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—featuring more than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist. This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
LOCATION: Art Institute of Chicago | 111 South Michigan Ave.
WHEN: Until January 26, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: $7 special exhibition ticket in addition to museum admission MORE INFO CLICK HERE
*Featured image: Barry Butler Photography
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