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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Is it still too cold to participate in any outdoor family-friendly activities? Fear not! The International Kennel Club of Chicago (IKC) will be hosting the 2012 Chicago Dog Show this weekend, February 24-26, at Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside Center.

One of the largest benched dog shows in the country, top dogs from across the United States and Canada come to compete for various prizes and the coveted “Best in Show” title. Come observe more than 150 breeds of dogs demonstrate their agility and obedience skills in a variety of judged competitions and demonstrations. And using IKC’s unique “Chicago-style” format, guests are encouraged to meet and greet with the dogs and their handlers when they are not competing!

The 2012 Chicago Dog Show will also feature over 125 canine-related vendors, where guests can shop, learn more about recue information from non-profit groups and watch performances by the Purina Pro Plan Canine Team.

So don’t just sit at home this weekend. Come to the 2012 Chicago Dog Show! To learn more about this event, check out IKC’s official press release.

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It’s that time of year again—the 5th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week is here! Come discover why the city of Chicago is a top destination for foodies.

From February 17-26, more than 200 restaurants will come together to give you ten days of pure dining pleasure. Whether it’s exploring new territory or revisiting your favorite table in the city, these participating restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe menus for the same price—$22 for lunch and$33/$44 for dinner (beverages, tax and tip not included). This event is a once-a-year chance to sample cuisine from the city’s, and world’s, most renowned chefs at a great price! Many of these restaurants fill up fast, so it’s recommended to make reservations as early as possible.

Choose Chicago is right—not only is this is one amazing week of dishes, it’s one amazing week of not having to do the dishes. To learn about all participating restaurants, check out more on Chicago Restaurant Week 2012!

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, you want to do something special for your loved one. Yes, flowers, candy and a candle-lit dinner are nice, but you want to do something different. There are a ton of events going on in Chicago that can make Valentine’s Day 2012 an exciting one. Single? No worries! There are plenty activities that include you, too!

Make Your Own Heart February 10-12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bring out your inner artist and make something for your Valentine, or yourself, this year! Artisan Peter Patterson teaches glass-blowing essentials to craft heart-shaped paperweights.

Puppy Love 2012 February 11, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Spend your Valentine’s weekend with your true love—your dog! Make your pooch your date and bring them to The Copa’s Valentine’s Day party. While your four-legged friend munches on complimentary treats, you can enjoy specialty cocktails.

Truffle Making Party February 12, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Become the next great candy maker! Take lessons from Katherine Duncan, founder of Katherine Anne Confections, as you learn to hand-roll your own truffles. The party starts with appetizers and wine, followed by creating, designing, melting, chilling, scooping and rolling your own truffles. Each guest will leave with a sample of four of their creations.

I Love the Bloomingdale February 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fall in love with the Bloomingdale Trail this year. The Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and the Trust for Public Land invite you to their fundraiser, where you can enjoy appetizers and an open tap and even pose in the photo booth! All proceeds will support the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail’s Docent Program.

Kurt Elling: Passion World February 14, 8 p.m.

One of the most recognizable voices in contemporary jazz, Kurt Elling, comes to Symphony Center to take you on a journey through love songs from around the world. Joined by jazz violinist, Regina Carter, and clarinetist and saxophonist, Anat Cohen, the trio will perform a romantic evening of famous love songs from various countries and eras.

Looking for a new car can be exciting…and tedious. Driving to and from numerous dealerships, the salesmen asking you a multitude of questions or going after hours and not being able to sit in the model. Don’t put yourself through that much trouble! Running February 10-19, the Chicago Auto Show draws almost every possible automaker to McCormick Place to show off their line of cars and concept vehicles.

Known to being the largest auto show in the United States, there are about 1,000 different vehicles—cars, trucks and SUV’s—covering 1.3 million square feet of the exhibit space. Visitors can climb in and out of a number of different models and get the true feeling of being behind the wheel (unfortunately, no test driving allowed). In addition, attendees have the opportunity to view numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars. But the main attractions are the concept cars and the unveiling of new production models, which make their debuts at the show.

Need more information? Check out more about the 2012 Chicago Auto Show today!