The Calendar: Coming up in Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week, Cubs Convention and more.

 January 10-11: Naoki Sushi’s Omakase Dinner
“Omakase” is a Japanese phrase meaning “chef’s selection,” and at this dinner, the menu is up to Chef Naoki himself. Diners will enjoy nine courses of hot and cold dishes, including bluefin tuna trio nigiri, seared ora king salmon and much more.
Cost: $190 or $245 with sake and Champagne pairings, 6 p.m., seats are extremely limited, call (773) 868-0002;

January 12: MIX at SIX
The latest installment of the Harris Theater’s cultural happy hour series showcases resident choreographer Brian Brooks and his company of eight dancers. The show includes three pieces, including one world premiere.
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $15
Place: 205 E. Randolph;

Through January 21: ‘Wicked’
Grab your bestie for a theater date as the Broadway favorite returns to Chicago. The seven-week run began yesterday and stars Mary Kate Morrissey as Elphaba and Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda. Stop by Block 37 (108 N. State) and enter to win last-minute tickets: Names will be drawn two hours before each performance, and the winners receive tix at the discounted rate of $25.
Place: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: For tickets (starting at $62), visit

January 12-14: Cubs Convention
Still riding the “W” wave? Get up close and personal with your favorite North Side players at the 33rd annual convention. Enjoy panel discussions with current and former Cubs, interactive exhibits, autograph signings and more.
Place: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water
Cost: $120. For tickets, visit

January 15: Chicago Sinfonietta’s MLK Tribute Concert
This annual concert honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with Langston Hughes’ words set to jazz music and performances by artists like opera singer Janai Brugger and Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon (pictured). Young Chicago Authors’ Patricia Frazier and Kee Stein will read the late poet’s work in this year’s rendition, dubbed “Ask Your Mama.”
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10-$62
Place: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan;

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Through January 21: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
SketchFest returns for its 17th year with more than 130 hilarious shows. Starting today, groups like The Cupid Players, Clown Car to Sicily and more perform sketch routines worth braving the cold for.
Cost: $15 individual show passes, $125 week pass, $250 all-festival pass
Place: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont;

January 22: Women in the Arts Luncheon
Steppenwolf honors Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sarah Paulson at the 2018 event, benefiting the theater’s education and training programs. Artistic director Anna D. Shapiro will lead an onstage discussion with the actress, who joins the ranks of past honorees including Claire Danes and Phylicia Rashad.
Time: Noon, 11:30 a.m. VIP
Cost: $250, $500 VIP. For tickets, visit
Place: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus

January 26-February 8: Chicago Restaurant Week
Step outside your culinary comfort zone in the new year. This foodie event is a great way to try new restaurants: For two weeks, more than two hundred eateries across the city offer discounted prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Cost: $22, $33 or $44, depending on meal and venue. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit

“She The People”

Through April 11: ‘She The People’
Bring your entire #GirlGang to this female-dominated show — subtitled “Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves” — created and performed by the laugh-out-loud hilarious ladies at Second City’s UP Comedy Club. Back by popular demand, the sketch show premieres today and runs through April 11.
Cost:$26 and up
Place: Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North;