Cast Paddle Battle
The stars of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise play table tennis to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. Cheer on your faves from “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago P.D.” — including Tracy Spiridakos and Jesse Spencer. New this year, cast members will also compete against the city’s real first responders (police, medics, and firefighters) in a traditional “brawl”-style tournament.
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Place: SPIN, 344 N. State
Cost: $35; tickets at wearespin.com
Through February 9
Chicago Restaurant Week
Taste your way through the city and burbs when 400-plus restaurants offer dining deals. Special prix fixe brunch, lunch, and dinner menus encourage you to explore favorite dishes, old and new. Our pick: a three-course dinner at Tao ($48/person), including an appetizer (chicken gyoza, spicy salmon avocado sushi roll), entrée (orange chicken, petite fillet mignon “Tokyo” style), and dessert (chocolate cake, banana pudding).
Place: Restaurants citywide
Cost: Prix fixe menus start at $24; reserve online at eatitupchicago.com
Twenty-five years since the inception of this fusion of Irish and international music and dance, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the groundbreaking show with innovative new lighting, projection, stage, and costume designs.
Time: Performance times vary.
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $32; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
“Hope Through Caring” Gala
Join the Les Turner ALS Foundation for a fundraiser honoring Matt Creen and Ed Rapp, who are bravely battling ALS. The evening features a raffle, dinner, and dancing to music by the Chicago Players. Dina Bair, anchor and medical reporter for WGN-TV, emcees.
Time: 6-11 p.m.
Place: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus
Cost: $450; tickets at hopethroughcaring.org
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Gala
The CYSO’s largest fundraising event of the year is named “An American in Paris” in celebration of the Gershwin classic. Festivities include CYSO performances, live auctions, and dinner. Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly will be honored as a longtime supporter of youth programming. The gala will allow CYSO to continue educating and inspiring more than 9,000 of Chicago’s future leaders.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware
Cost: $400; email email@example.com for tickets.