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Things to do in January

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What I learned in Paris

This month you can honor the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., bundle up in a heated jacket for a walking tour, enjoy top-notch local theater, or break your dietary New Year’s resolutions with a trip (or two) to the Doughnut Vault.

Martin Luther King Day: Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with the Chicago Sinfoinetta’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute concert (Jan. 18). Chicago Parent magazine has a list of meaningful ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King day that includes events at the Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier.

Activities: The Chicago Comedy Sketch Festival might just be the thing to shake the winter doldrums (though Jan. 17).  Chicago Elevated offers winter walking tours for tourists and locals alike–which might sound a little crazy right now, but each participant gets to wear a heated jacket during the tour (Jan. 21 & Jan. 28). The Chicago History Museum’s first crowd-sourced exhibition is a celebration of Chicago authors. Time Out Magazine has an extensive list of free days at area museums.

Food: Latinicity is frequently compared to Eataly, but with Latin American food–you can taste for yourself at Block 37 on State Street. The third annual Donut Fest is sold out, but the Doughnut Vault, one of this year’s participant’s, is a quick stroll from campus (at 111 N. Canal).

Theater: Pearl Cleage’s What I learned in Paris is a romantic comedy set around the 1973 election of Atlanta’s first African-American female mayor (through Feb. 7).  Good for Otto explores psychotherapy and issues of mental illness through a cast of characters both heartbreaking and humorous (through Feb. 7).

Music: Time Out Chicago has a list of the best bands to see at the Tomorrow Never Knows fest. Planning ahead for Valentine’s Day? Head to the Chicago Theatre to see Babyface, Ledisi, and Eric Benet for the Valentine’s Love Affair concert (Feb. 13).

Becky Ammerman

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