Kick Off The New Year: January in Chicago

Start off 2020 with wellness, laughter, and everything after.

JANUARY 2020 — Whether you’re a fan, a foodie, or just feel the need to find a new way to shake off those winter blues, January’s lineup plays to both discovering new delights and cheering on old Chicago staples.

Parson’s Chicken and Fish Pop-Up 
Tuesday, January 7 – Saturday, February 1
The Tank (Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.) 
Start off the winter off with… summer! The popular Chicago fried chicken joint packs up their patio and brings those iconic red and white umbrellas over to Chicago Athletic Association. Chicken sandwiches, nuggets, negroni slushies, and other favorites appear under twinkling lights at this unique takeover of The Tank on our ground floor

Wellbeing Workshop: Inner Workout 
Saturday, January 25 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Stagg Court, $15 (Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.)
Gather that yoga mat and journal and hone in on self-care at this powerful workshop engaged in gentle movement, breathwork, meditation, and journaling practice.

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2020  
Thursday, January 9 – Sunday, January 19
Stage773, Day Passes starting at $72.50, All Festival Pass at $275 (1225 W Belmont Ave.)
Celebrate comedy writers, performers, and just plain comedy lovers over a massive 10-day festival hosted in one of the renowned comedy capitals of the world – Chicago! With nearly 200 shows performed over 8 days, the chance to laugh off that restless Chicago winter starts here.

Tomorrow Never Knows Festival 2020
Wednesday, January 15 – Sunday, January 19
Various Times & Venues, 5-Day Passes available for $115
Discover your new favorite artist at this 5-day music and comedy festival geared to gathering the best of rising local indie artists and acclaimed national acts. Past acts among the likes of Bon Iver, Father John Misty, and Hannibal Buress paved the way, and now our bets are on a new favorite to emerge here.

In Real Life
Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, March 29| 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S Michigan Ave.), Free
Seven artists work to examine the real-world impact of computer vision, touching on data collection ethics, surveillance, and biases in facial recognition technology. Explore a powerful collection poised to challenge how we visualize the world – and our humanity.

 Cubs Convention 
Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19
Sheraton Grand Chicago, (301 E North Water St.) Various Pricing

Cubs fans assemble! Meet and greet the current Cubs roster while navigating interactive exhibits, new fan experiences, and special panels with the players, alumni, coaches, and more.

Chicago Restaurant Week
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 9
Cindy’s & Cherry Circle Room (Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.)

Chicago’s culinary scene culminates in this 17-Day celebration of our city’s top restaurants! Enjoy prix fixe menus, at each of the more than 400 participating restaurants, designed to highlight specialties and to introduce unfamiliar cuisines.