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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of January 18, 2019

Last updated: October 25, 2019

Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fanatic, a classical music lover or an Instagrammer looking for good photo ops, there’s something special happening this week to get excited about.

Our favorite picks? Two totally different social events that benefit a great cause!

Grab your calendar and read on to see what you need to know about in Chicago events for the week ahead.

Martins That Matter

January 20 at Marty’s Martini Bar

If you need an excuse to have a couple drinks at the lovely Andersonville watering hole, Marty’s Martini bar, now you’ve got it. This event truly puts the “fun” in fundraiser as proceeds will benefit Giordano Dance Chicago. In addition to their magnificent performances, the company gives back by providing free dance and health education to CPS students, and fostering the talents of young dancers through mentorship, scholarships and recognition.

The storied dance company has been a part of Chicago’s vibrant performing arts scene since 1963 and continues to innovate and impress with their amazing shows and their role in the community. Why not drink a delicious martini in their honor and do your part for art?

The Beach Chicago

January 19 to February 3 at Navy Pier

While it may be a tiny bit too chilly to go to an actual beach in Chicago, you can simulate the experience in a whimsical and wondrous way through a largescale art installation. Dip your toes into the “pool” of over one million tiny, plastic balls. Don’t worry though, they’re recyclable and anti-microbial. There will also be stuff like lifeguard chairs, floaties, umbrellas and a pier to really conjure the feeling of a warm day at the beach.

> Be close to all the action at Navy Pier when you live in Streeterville.

Chicago Polar Bear Plunge

January 26 at Oak Street Beach

If you scoffed at the idea of visiting an indoor “beach” made of plastic balls, then this event will be more your speed. Every year, a bunch of crazy Chicagoans gather at the Oak Street Beach on a frigid, January afternoon and plunge into the icy waters of Lake Michigan.

Not yet convinced? The money they raise from registrations goes to help families in need. Pro tip: Also register for the after-party with an open bar and appetizers to warm you up.

> Walk to the beach every day when you live in the Gold Coast.

Winter Chamber Music Festival

January 11 to 27 at Northwestern University

On a chilly January night, there’s something so lovely about sitting in a beautiful theatre and hearing magnificent classical music. Each winter, Northwestern University hosts world-famous guest artists for a very special concert season. This year, the festival pays homage to Beethoven and will feature the composer’s chamber works for string quartets and small ensembles.

Cubs Convention

January 18 to 20 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago

Die-hard Cubs fans have been anticipating this event all year long and will finally be rewarded with a whole weekend of Cubbie related activities, autograph signings, panels and baseball legends like Ryan Dempster and Joe Maddon. If you don’t want to miss a minute, you may want to go ahead and book a room at the hotel so that you’ll be ready for all the action without the commute. Or just move in to this stunning place and you can walk there in 7 minutes.

Giordano Dance Center Legacy Ball

March 9 at Ravenswood Event Center

Act now for this special opportunity! If you’re 35 and under, buy your tickets this weekend for this fabulous event. There’s a special 50% off discount for young professionals that expires on Monday – use the code LEGACYpros to redeem. If you love getting dressed up to enjoy the best food, drinks, people and performances, this ball should not be missed.