Mitt Romney comes to the Windy City. Last night, Larry King, tonight Chicago. Mitt Romney is out promoting his book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” It’s probably safe to guess that he will also give his opinions on Health Care in his appearance as part of the McCormick Freedom Project at Chase Auditorium. Tickets, $25, includes the book. 6p.m., 10 S. Dearborn. (312) 445 5111.
If you’re looking for a bite after the program, you’re in the right spot with nearby restaurants including the Italian Village, Trattoria No. 10, Vivere, Lockwood and others.
Enjoy a bite of culture for lunch. Hedwig Dances’ is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a FREE preview of dances from its upcoming concert celebration that will be held at the Dance Center of Columbia College (April 1-3). Just stop by the Harold Washington Library Center today for this complimentary contemporary dance presentation. 12:15p.m., Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street, parking at CPS Parking 645 S. Wabash and 651 S. State.
CHICAGO CHEF WEEK.
Chicago Chef Week kicks off today with 21 of Chicago’s finest dining establishments offering three-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $30. Choose from Avec, The Bristol, Duchamp, Eve, Publican, Spring, Vie and more. See the entire list and make reservations at www.chicagochefweek.com. Through March 28.
Line-up for the Blockbuster Henri Matisse Exhibition OPENING tomorrow at the Art Institute of Chicago.
There are two ways to enjoy this thoughtful collection of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists Henri Matisse (1869-1954). One, visitors can go to the exhibition, walk through the galleries and enjoy the beautiful art. Or, two, visitors can explore the exhibit more deeply through the wall text and audio tour. If you decide on the latter, set aside a minimum of an hour and a half.
Two important paintings in the collection, Bathers by a River (1909-10, 1913, 1916-17) and The Moroccans (1915-16) are explored in their entirety in relationship to change in this period of the artist’s life. An examination of these works reveal how Matisse began to turn down color for form. Working in a restrained range of colors allowed Matisse to focus more fully on the construction or deconstruction of the pictorial form.
Perhaps most important to this exhibition is Gallery 7 dedicated to Matisse’s work during 1916, a very difficult year for France and the artist during World War I. The art in this room features some of the most pivotal works of the artists’ career. Look closely at the surfaces of the art to get a feel for the change Matisse was creating. You’ll be able to observe surfaces thick with the trails of repeated reworking, products of the artist’s attempt to reconsider and adjust his approaches to familiar motifs. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan, (312) 443 3600. Through June 20, 2010.
Special dated, timed tickets to Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 are NOT required.
Admission to the Art Institute includes all special exhibitions and coat check.
An audio tour of the exhibition is available. Audio tours may be pre-purchased with any ticket or purchased at the exhibition entrance, Michigan Avenue lobby, or Griffin Court. The audio tour is free to visually impaired visitors, and a typescript of the audio tour is available for the hearing- impaired.
Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 will be on view:
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:30 am–5:00 pm
• Friday: 11:30 am–8:00 pm
• Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am–5:00 pm
“TOTO, WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE THIS IS CHICAGO AND WE’RE AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AND THAT’S A GIANT TORNADO!”
Top o the morning to you. Finally it’s St. Patrick’s Day—and once again Chicago is pulling out all the stops. The original St. Patrick’s celebration began in Ireland in the 1600s as a relatively quiet one-day break from Lent to honor their patron saint, Patrick, with feasting and alcohol.
It seems the holiday gets bigger each year, with the Windy City taking a back seat to no one when it comes to partying. Among the many celebrations taking place today is one of the most authentic at the IRISH HERITAGE CENTER. Two good things about this daylong party are that you don’t have to be Irish to attend and it is a real bargain at $10 a head.
If you are Irish and Catholic or just Catholic and not Irish you may want to start the day with 11:30a.m. Mass. Otherwise, you may want to wait until 1p.m. and then come for the rest of the activities that extend into the evening. There will be Irish dancing, song, food, children’s activities, and drinks.
The Center boasts a 658-seat theatre, library, museum, art gallery, authentic Irish pub, dance practice studios, meeting rooms and banquet rooms for parties. Today’s party will be held in the pub, known as The Fifth Province, where you can grab a pint and enjoy the festivities. The menu offers typical pub food including fish and chips, corned beef sandwiches and Irish sausage.
1p.m. to 11p.m. 4626 N. Knox Ave. (773) 282 7035. Free parking is available.
OTHER TRADITIONAL CHOICES.
Over 50 years of tradition make this legendary Irish Pub on Chicago’s Gold Coast a great spot to ring in the holiday. Butch McGuire’s St. Patrick’s celebration started out with a few shamrocks and green beer in 1961 but quickly grew to a full out over-the-top spectacular with every inch of the pub covered with Irish decor. Enjoy the casual pub menu and grab a beer or a green river. 20 W. Division, (312) 337 9080. Metered parking on Division and Dearborn, if you’re lucky.
FADO’S…A TASTE OF IRELAND ON GRAND.
Both the inside and outside of Fado Irish Pub will make you feel like you are in Ireland. Today’s celebration starts at 9:30a.m. and goes into the wee hours. There’s all the Irish Pub food favorites along with what many say is the best Guinness in Chicago. The drink menu also offers a selection of other Irish beers like Harp, Smithwicks and Kilkenny, proper Irish coffees, Baileys Irish cream, and a wide selection of Irish whiskeys. The live-music line up begins at 2p.m. with the Shannon Rovers (pipers) taking the stage at 7p.m. followed by Midnight Nappertandy with Celtic Rock. Cover charge $10 after 4p.m. 100 W. Grand, (312) 836 0066.
Learn the inside story of what goes on behind-the-scenes in Hollywood at tonight’s lecture and screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Film professor and author Virginia Wright Wexman explores “the star system” in the 6p.m. screening of the 1937 making of A STAR IS BORN with Janet Gaynor, Fredric March and Adolphe Menjou. This version, the first of three that were made (1937, 1954 and 1976) features more comedy than the other two, as it recounts the ill-fated romance between the young ambitious Gaynor and the much older fading star March. 6p.m. 164 N. State Street. (312) 846 2600. Parking at InterPark Self-Park, 20 E. Randolph, $14 for nine hours.
The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square has something for everyone. Of course, there are books, lots of books along with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is ready with recommendations. There is great atmosphere including a window nook furnished with oversized plush chairs perfect for relaxing with a good book after a long day at the office. Even better, there is wine, gourmet sandwiches, soups and Julius Meinl specially brewed coffee—delicious! Top all that off with one of those award-winning cupcakes from Southport Grocery (try the chocolate chip) and you’re good to go or better yet stay for tonight’s ESSAY FIESTA.
Every third Monday the Book Cellar hosts this special event. This month local writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon relate humorous, true-life tales by Chicago-area comedians, novelists, poets, journalists, bloggers and playwrights. Come early, if you can, and walk the unique Lincoln Square neighborhood consisting of approximately 300 local businesses including The Old Town School of Folk Music. Then settle in at the Book Cellar, check out their rotating list of reds and whites, warm up with hot cocoa or a hot caramel apple cider and laugh the evening away at the ESSAY FIESTA. 7p.m., 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square. (773) 293 2665.
It’s Selection Sunday and many Chicago eyes along with the rest of the nation will be watching closely. Who will be chosen, who’s already in and who will be snubbed. Last year North Carolina was belle of the ball. This year she’ll be lucky to get a date to the NIT. No wonder they call it the Big Dance.
Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Wednesday, Chicago begins the celebration in earnest today.
A FEW OF MANY EVENTS
Dyeing of the Chicago River.
This time-honored Chicago tradition is visible from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the west side of Columbus Drive bridge and upper or lower Wacker Drive between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue. The river is dyed a very bright green that should remain that way throughout the day even if you sleep in for the actual dyeing event. However it is most spectacular right after its initial dye job and with today’s rain will be fading faster than usual.
The 55th annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at Columbus and Balbo Drives, then heads north of Columbus to Monroe St.
After the Parade.
Head over to Goose Island Brewpub for STOUT FEST featuring more than 30 stouts on draft from more than 12 local brewers. Through 5p.m. 1800 N. Clybourn Ave.
If you’re not into the St. Patrick’s Day celebration there are other options:
Lillstreet Art Center is inviting anyone who is interested to their Spring Open House featuring workshops for adults and art-making activities for kids.
TODAY”S SCHEDULE OF FREE EVENTS
Kids Activities 12-5pm (1st floor)
Open Studios 12-5pm (2nd & 3rd floor)
Drawing Workshop 12-1pm (3rd floor)
Digital Imaging Workshop 12-2pm (3rd floor)
Screenprint Workshop 1-2pm (3rd floor)
Glass Bead Workshop 1-3pm (3rd floor)
Band Rings Workshop 2-3pm (1st floor)
Wheelthrowing Demo 2-4pm (1st floor)
Embroidery Workshop 3-4pm (3rd floor)
Metal Bracelet Workshop 4-5pm (1st floor)
12p.m. to 5p.m. 4401 N. Ravenswood Avenue. (773) 769 4226.
OPENING TODAY AT THE GOODMAN THEATRE
Rebecca Gilman’s world premiere based on the 1889 Johnstown Flood and the devastation it caused is brought to life in A True History of the Johnstown Flood. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Through April 18.
NOTE: DISCOUNT TICKETS were available at press time for Sunday’s 7:30p.m. performance of A True History of the Johnstown Flood at all Hot Tix outlets.
Explore the East Pilsen neighborhood at tonight’s Chicago Arts District Second Friday Gallery Night. The area encompasses several contiguous blocks where artists work and live. Approximately 30 neighborhood spots including galleries and some retailers will be open for the walk from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Tonight’s featured event is Blind Date taking place at 1915 S. Halsted St. This exhibit features 15 visual artists and 15 writers exploring the relationship between created image and the written word highlighted by the interplay between opposites. Starting point for walk, 1800 S. Halsted. Street parking available.
Try Nightwood, a sophisticated contemporary American restaurant with a handwritten menu consisting of 10 appetizers and 10 entrees with new items popping up daily. Tribune critic Phil Vettel described the relatively new-to-the-scene restaurant as “Lula’s all grown up.” Lula’s is the popular 10-year-old Logan Square hangout that is run by the same duo of Amlalea Tshilds and Jason Hammel. If you don’t make it tonight put in on your list to try for Sunday Brunch. 2119 S. Halsted St.
If you’re looking for something more casual, Honky Tonk BBQ may be just the spot. It’s pork shoulder took 3rd place and their wings were 13th out of 101 entries at the 2008 Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. You can enjoy BBQ and more right in the heart of Pilsen. 1213 W 18th St, Chicago
From early indications the new West Town “Club Blujazz” looks like it’s positioned to be a winner. For starters the husband and wife team of jazz guitarist Greg Pasenko and his wife, jazz violinist Diane Delin, who are running it are not neophytes. They have worked with the best including legends Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra. Not only that, they have their own label, Blujazz, after which the club was named. And that’s not all. They are starting smart by opening with jazz pianist MIKE MELVION who has toiled as music director at venues including the Grammys and arranged for the best from Tom Waits to Lou Rawls.
Of course, there is work to be done. As an ambassador you will move around the stands and concourse looking for new fans and visitors and welcoming them to Wrigley Field, answering questions and helping in anyway you can. Maybe they can’t find their seat, maybe they have a question about the game, or where to go after the game. You are there to make their day at the ballpark a positive and exciting experience.
The job may take you outside the ballpark. Some days you might be stationed at the el or surrounding areas to help people navigate their way into the park.
ODDS OF BECOMING AN AMBASSADOR
When the Boston Red Sox started their ambassador program, 4000 people applied, 25 were hired.
For a more detailed job description, click on "Job Opportunities" at the bottom of cubs.com and then scroll to "Wrigley Field Ambassadors." The pay is yet to be determined. You must submit a resume to: Human Resources/Ambassador Program, and can either send it via fax at (773) 404-4742, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. GOOD LUCK!
Listed below are a few of today’s bargains:
In Wrigleyville stop by Murphy’s Bleachers for $1 BURGERS, drink specials and between 4p.m. and midnight 25-cent-WINGS. 3655 N. Sheffield, (773) 929 7061.
In Lincoln Park you can fill up at McGees Tavern and Grill with an all-you-can eat CHILI BAR for $6 and wash it down with a $2.50 Bud or go pull out all the stops with a $3 import. 950 W. Webster, (773) 549 8072.
Play Trivia, enjoy a $3 Bud and split a $7 pizza with a friend at The Black Beetle in Humboldt Park. The pub is a favorite of neighborhood regulars. It offers a simple and comfortable atmosphere with exposed brick and wood tables. 8p.m. to midnight. (773) 384 0701.
Meze Tapas Lounge in the Fulton Market part of town offers a $3 Tapas Menu all day. Thirsty? How about a $15 sangaria carafe or a $5 Tjitos Vodka cocktail. 205 N. Peoria, (312) 666 6625.
Kodak and The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue will give movie fans an opportunity to view and have their picture taken with the real thing at their "Meet the Oscars, Chicago," exhibition. Stop by between 11a.m. and 6p.m. today and see what it feels like to hold an Oscar. Admission free. 520 N. Michigan.
R.S. Owens and Company, a Chicago based manufacturing firm located at 5535 North Lynch Avenue, makes the Oscar statuettes for the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences along with other statuettes including the Emmy, Clios, MTV and many others.
These Iditarod wannabe races consist of teams of four people each often in outrageous costumes substituting for the dogs. They are attached by ropes to shopping carts led by a musher. The object is for spectators to help fill the shopping carts with food (last year over 7000lbs.)—that will be distributed to the needy.
Spectators are invited to come today to Chicago’s OWN Fifth Annual Chiditarod and asked to bring packaged or canned food to donate. The starting horn sounds at noon at Wollcot and Hubbard (1900 W. Hubbard). The race and the fun continues its way winding through the Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village and Bucktown neighborhoods. All and all it’s a good time for a good cause…thank you very mush. www.chiditarod.org
More on the CHIDITAROD:
Entries will be judged on:
Best art cart
Most pathetic display
Best in Food
Where should I watch the race?
The race will follow a course inside these boundaries:
• North Avenue on the North
• Madison on the South
• Halsted on the East
• California on the West
Calling all Losers…
The Biggest Loser is having a casting call for the new season. The weigh off starts at 10a.m. at the NBC Tower and continues to 6p.m. Be prepared for a long wait—so bring a snack. Don’t even bother to come if you don’t need to lose at the very least 100lbs. 455 N. Cityfront Plaza.
Sign of Spring...
The Chicago Garden and Flower Show returns to Navy Pier. Today through March 14. http://chicagoglower.com
Stop by the trendy shops along Damen and Milwaukee Aves.
Then stay for the great food/drinks and atmosphere:
Two of many choices…
The Violet Hour
Hot date, trying to reconnect or just looking for great atmosphere and a wide array of cocktail choices-- the Violet Hour may be just the spot. Lauded by publications including Esquire, Conde Nast and GQ, The Violet Hour serves up a heady mixture of classic cocktails and innovative appetizers that can substitute for dinner. Everything here is deliberate and impeccable. The serene space is full of floor-to-ceiling curtains, chandeliers, candles, and high-backed blue leather chairs; the eclectic music is loud enough to comment on but muted enough that you can hear your friends. Sexy, fun and affordable. 1520 N. Damen, (773) 252 1500. http://www.theviolethour.com
A couple of blocks north of The Violet Hour is Mindy Segal’s HOT CHOCOLATE. Segal, named best pastry chef of the year by Chicago magazine, offers an outstanding menu. While recognized for her sweets, her haute comfort food will get you through the worst of a Chicago winter day. Try the Reuben with house-brined corned beef followed by her legendary Banana Volume VI, a banana cream pie with caramelized bananas, banana sherbet, butterscotch and fudge—a meal in it self—that you may want to split with one of your tablemates. By the way the HOT CHOCOLATE is not bad either and you can order it to your liking—all the way up to 90 percent (bitter).
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10a.m. to 2p.m. or dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
1747 N. Damen, (773) 489 1747. www.hotchocolate.com
From the Left Bank in Paris to Key West to Chicago--drinking and writing seem to be linked in some mystical manner that brings out the best and worst in writers. Just for fun, you can decide if drinking makes writing appear better or worse at tonight’s RUI: Reading Under the Influences’ first Wednesday event at Sheffield’s in Wrigleyville.
The evening showcases author John McNally reading from his just published book, “After the Workshop: A Novel.” Joining John will be local writers/performers reading short selections of recognizable published work related to this month’s theme of envy and punctuated with strategically placed shots—plus trivia and prizes. If you’re a first timer, you might want to sit back, grab a seat and watch the many regulars who show up for this first Wednesday event. Stick around afterwards for conversation with the authors and audience at this unique Chicago literary happening. Readings start at 7:30p.m. or come at 7p.m. for food and drinks. $3 cover, back room, Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield. www.sheffieldschicago.com 773 281 4989
Not the Literary Type…
Chill out at the EMPTY BOTTLE in Ukrainian Village, where the Nothingheads, Yours Truly and The Heroes perform—indies to oldies. First time at the bottle—don’t be put off by the façade—it’s what’s inside that counts. No cover. 9:30p.m. 1035 N. Western Ave. 773 276 3600. Parking on Western free unless two inches of snow or more. www.emptybottle.com
Artists and artist wannabes are invited to a free and quirky FIRST TUESDAY Drawing Extravaganza, DOODEGANZA, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Bring your sketch pad and be inspired by Chicago artists Scott and Tyson Reeder as they lead an informal art class. The "class" is not exactly an art class, not quite a party; more of a gathering for those who want to have a hands-on encounter with art. The event starts at 6p.m. but participants are welcome to come early and enjoy the galleries then stick around for art lessons, entertainment and grab a snack or a glass of wine or cup of Joe from Puck’s Café. If you get a chance, check out the Alexander Calder in Focus exhibit that will be closing March 21. 6p.m. Free admission and class. 220 E. Chicago Ave. (312) 280 2660.
It’s ALSO the 12th Annual Worldwide toast to Harry Caray at the Grand Opening of HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN at Navy Pier. The festivities kick off at the pier at 5a.m. with food, prizes, games and celebrities throughout the day cumulating with THE TOAST at 7:40p.m. followed by FIREWORKS. The big party is at the Navy Pier location but smaller toasts and discounts will be offered at the Kinzie St. location, Rosemont and the recently opened Lombard local. For more info go to www.harrycarays.com/upcomingevents
A Silver Anniversary Celebration. Explore what is means to be an American at the American Theater Company’s 25th anniversary celebration, The Silver Project, Part II. This ambitious year-long festival features 30 world premiere short plays showcasing the years between 1985 and 2010—the 25 years the company has been in existence. Tonight’s part II will begin at 7:30p.m. 1909 W. Byron, (773) 409 4125. Dine nearby the AMC at Lakeview’s popular Sola Restaurant with its Hawaiian inspired menu featuring locally raised ingredients. 3836 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 929 5171.
A Foodie Event. Common Threads fifth annual World Festival fundraiser featuring food by Rick Bayless, David Burke, Tyler Florence, Gale Gand, Stephanie Izard, Graham Elliot Boelrd, Ming Tsai, Art Smith and Hubert Keller takes place this evening at Soldier Field. Tickets are sold out.
If you want to make a day of it, stop by C’est Si Bon in the Hyde Park area for Sunday Brunch. The fusion of French, Creole, Cajun, Southern and Soul flavors is amazing. Try the collard green eggroll and if you’re still hungry most definitely have a slice of sweet potato cheesecake. 5225 S. Harper Ave., (773) 363 4123.
If that’s still not enough, head to the Museum of Science and Industry and catch the just opened Omnimax feature the ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI showcasing world surfing champion Kelly Slater filmed in Tahiti among the islands of French Polynesia—a nice escape from Chicago’s winter. Sunday’s shows are at 11:40 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 3 p.m. You can by tickets online at http://www.msichicago.org
CHICAGO WING FEST 2010. Twenty of Chicago’s best wing making restaurants will be competing for the title of Best Wings in Chicago and you get to try them all. Journey Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. Beware tickets are scarce and you may have to go online to find them or wait until next year. 1p.m. to 6p.m.
At the Notebaert…
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Free parking is still available along Cannon Drive or you can park at the Lincoln Park zoo lot or take public transportation. The 151 Sheridan bus stops on the Southeast corner of Fullerton Parkway and Stockton Drive. From there it is just a short walk north across Fullerton, then east to the entrance.
Yum. Check out today’s Green City Market indoors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for artisanal cheeses, meats, micogreens, root veggies, baked goods fresh pasta and more. 8a.m. to 1p.m.
While at the Museum it is always fun to stop by the live butterfly exhibit where you will be able to interact with those exotic creatures. Also on tap is the newly opened exhibit “The Birth of Coffee” which traces the origins of this popular brew. Through May 19.
North Pond is a hop, skip and a jump away at 2610 N. Cannon Drive (dinner only). www.northponerestaurant.com (773) 477 5845.
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT…
To celebrate CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK 2010. 170 restaurants (many 5-star) are offering 3-course prix fixe menus at $22 lunch or $32 dinner. Check them out at www.choosechicago.com.
New York City’s sexy Mex MERCADITO restaurant looks like a game changer for the Windy City. Recently opened in the River North area this restaurant is among the 170 offering Chicago Restaurant Week’s prix fixe menu. If you go, plan on wearing something tight and shinny or finding a dark corner where you can people watch. 108 W. Kinzie St., (312) 329 9555
World Renown Maestro Riccardo Muti brings a new era…a new vision to the CSO with yesterday’s kick off event to his Inaugural Season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
It's been almost two years since May 2008 when "the great Riccardo Muti" said yes to Chicago. Yesterday, Muti, the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, stood before a packed house of CSO patrons, invited guests and the media to announce the 2010-2011 season.
Renown as one of the top maestros in the world, Muti impressed the crowd with his vision, outstanding resume having conducted most of the important orchestras in the world, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic to the Orchestre National de France, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic; and his wonderful unassuming manor along with a sharp sense of humor. If Muti ever wanted to give up conducting there's no doubt he could have a successful career as a stand up comic.
His vision is to use music to improve people's lives. "In a world full of violence, anger and crime, Muti believes that “music can educate people’s souls and make society better.” He has shown this commitment with visits and performances before earthquake victims, prisoners and troubled young people throughout the world through his "Paths of Friendship Project.”
Muti will be reaching out across Chicago with a free concert at Millennium Park on September 19th along with open rehearsals in Chicago and the Pilsen neighborhood throughout the upcoming season. Look for some exciting new programs aimed at bringing younger audiences to the CSO. Stayed tuned--it looks like the CSO may become an all ages venue. For a look at the upcoming season go to www.cso.org.
Whether you are a fish lover or have gone cold turkey by giving up meat on Fridays you don't have to starve. Here are a few places to dive in:
Try English a River North spot where you can eat fish and chips for only $8.
Wash it down with a cold pint and you're ready to go full speed ahead into the weekend.
444 N. LaSalle St. 312 222 6200.
For 95 cents more head to Patsy's Place in Lincoln Park for an all you can eat fish fry featuring fish and chips. If you're a fan of cheap eats but not fish you may want to wait until the weekend and try their brunch at 5.95 for an entree. 2825 N. Lincoln 773 248 2825.
Mac's American Pub--a popular Ukrainian Village hang out cooks up a mean plate of fish and chips for $8. The mac 'n cheese is also a big fav.
1801 W. Division St. 773 782 4400.
Celebrate Black History Month. If you’ve never been to the DuSable Museum of African American History why not stop by this evening to enjoy the museum, explore its offerings and stay for a 6p.m. screening of a new WTTW special documentary “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.” 740 E. 56th Place. (773) 947 0600. www.dusablemuseum.org.
A Novel Idea. Join the discussion of the graphic novel “Planet Hulk,” watch the film version while enjoying pizza and drinks at Chattingers in Bucktown. 1845 Western Ave. 2R. 7p.m.