Find the very best things to do in Chicago this week including cultural events, concerts, festivals and more

Ever since legendary DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles (better known at the “Godfather of House Music”) left for the big dancefloor in the sky in 2014, Metro and Smartbar have thrown an annual party in his honor. This year’s shindig, which benefits the Frankie Knuckles Foundations brings production duo Rosabel (Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguillera) and Chosen Few DJ Alan King to the Metro stage, while Queen! residents Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Garrett David hold down the decks at Smartbar. For fans of house music, it’s a fitting tribute to one of the genre’s titans, in addition to being a great excuse to stay out late on a Sunday night.

The woman who managed to get comedians banned (for the moment, at least) from Bring your appetite for the 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week and get an introduction into Chicago’s extraordinary culinary scene. Enjoy top fare at value pricing at restaurants throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. There are multiple cuisines to choose from and many neighborhoods to explore. Visit for the full list of participating restaurants and their special menu offerings.

  • Michelle Wolf
  • Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL, Lower West Side
  • Jan 19 2019

The woman who managed to get comedians banned (for the moment, at least) from hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and provoked some angry tweets from President Trump returns to Chicago for a pair of headlining sets at Thalia Hall. The former correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is hitting the road in the wake of the cancelation of her Netflix late-night show The Break with Michelle Wolf, which combined her biting political humor with surreal taped sketches.

  • Cubs Convention
  • Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Streeterville
  • Jan 18 2019-Jan 20 2019

Will 2019 be the year that the Cubs return to the World Series? While it’s a bit too early for big predictions, you’ll be able to learn more about the team’s upcoming season at this annual convention. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with players, coaches and alumni, while attending Q&A sessions and checking out interactive exhibits. If you’re a die-hard Cubbies fan, this is just as important as a pilgrimage to the Friendly Confines.

  • Buddy Guy
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends, Loop
  • Jan 17 2019-Jan 27 2019

January in Chicago is Buddy Guy season, when the legendary bluesman picks up his polka-dot guitar and takes the stage for a series of shows at the South Loop blues club that bears his name. The month-long residency takes place on Thursday through Sunday during January, pairing Guy with a different supporting act each night, including young Mississippi guitarist Kingfish and CTA bus driver Toronzo Cannon. Tickets to Guy’s January residency aren’t cheap, but seeing a blues icon perform in his hometown is the kind of experience that’s worth splurging for.

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