Delicious DIRT. February: This Little Month Packs a BIG Punch.

Country Rib by The Publican

DIRT Weekly Events Inside: David Singer, Intonation Music Workshop, Uncommon Ground, Chicago Children’s Museum, In Flames, House of Blues, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng, Tempo, Soup and Bread, Hideout, The Butcher’s Karma,, Uncommon Ground, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chico & Rita, Xoco, Chicago Restaurant Week, Chicago WingFest, Ben Lee, Martyrs, Sola, The Bourgeois Pig, The TallGrass Writing Guild

Tempo by MBK

2/21 The Swedish know a lot about the important things in life: pancakes, meatballs, and…heavy metal? Swedish heavy-metal darlings In Flames is performing at the House of Blues in addition to the like-minded acts Trivium, Veil of Maya, and Kyng. Doors open at 4:30 pm with the show beginning at 5:30. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of the show. After you’ve whipped your hair back and forth (literally), eat a late dinner at the ever popular Tempo, the tiny diner that never misses a beat (get it?!?) and is open 24/7. 329 N Dearborn St.

Soup & Bread by Dining Chicago

2/22 A dee-lish event that also doubles as a philanthropy cause, we think that Chicago’s Soup and Bread is pretty cool. This weekly soup dinner takes place at the Hideout every Wednesday – every week, the S & B peeps round up a handful of chefs, caterers, musicians, writers, artists and home cooks to donate pots of homemade soup – along with fresh bread donated by local bakeries. The pay-what-you-can (through the weekly event at the Hideout and other venues, S & B has raised OVER $15,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository)event runs from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. So come on down and chow down – because let’s face it – sometimes everyone just needs a HOT bowl of soup. 1354 W Wabansia.

Publican Quality Meats by Blake Royer

2/23 Farm-to-Table Dinner and a Movie  Dinner and a [Sky Full of Bacon] Movie
Thursday 6:30 PM It’s obvious that we are obsessed with the Food Film Fest. At #ChiFFF last year, you might remember the Sky Full of Bacon film called “Farm To Barstool” – a film about Pleasant House Bakery and way they’ve created the complete farm-to-table ecosystem in the urban setting of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Well get ready for some early Food Film Fest lovin’, cause we’ve got another flick for you! FamilyFarmed.Org presents ‘Dinner and a [Sky Full of Bacon] Movie’ February 23rd at Uncommon Ground. James Beard award-winning (and all around awesome guy) Michael Gebert was so inspired by the sustainable meats talk given by Rob Leavitt (Butcher & Larder), Paul Kahan (Publican Quality Meats, Blackbird, and a slew of other things!) and Bartlett Durand at last year’s Good Food Festival that he wanted to explore their stories further. His new film, “The Butcher’s Karma” gets inside the thoughtful minds of these three local meat purveyors and is hosted by at Uncommon Ground.  Get a three-course farm-to-table dinner (locally sourced meat, people!) and wine from Candid Wines for $50. Deals and steals, ladies and gents. Check out the trailer, and get tickets. 1401 W. Devon.

Churros at Xoco by Tasty Memoirs

2/24 It’s about that time where we rush around the city like crazy people, trying to watch as many Oscar-nominated movies as we can before the big night (Hey, getting those Oscar Party Ballots right is serious business). Lucky for you, The Gene Siskel Film Center is playing Chico & Rita which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature for the week. It plays tonight at 6 & 8 pm, and tickets are $13. Go to Xoco for some Hispanic-influenced food (we’re especially crushing on the hot-from-the-flyer churros and those AMAZING mugs of Mexican hot chocolate) after the film. 164 N State.

Uncommon Ground

2/24 Friday is the day of a special event very close to the DD Team’s heart – an “Uncommon Causes” event featuring a rare solo show by hottie we love, our friend and insanely talented man, David Singer, performs at Uncommon Ground from 9 – 11 pm. $10 cover, dinner reservations guarantee seating in the music room. Singer is also a favorite on the Chi-Town music scene, and his solo show benefits Intonation Music Workshop, a super-cool program that empowers children to become rock starts on all of life’s stages through innovative music education. 1401 W. Devon.

Chicago Restaurant Week by GDine

2/25 Unless you’ve been living under your blankets for the past month, you know that Chicago Restaurant Week is in FULL SWING. Today marks the second-to-last day of the ten-day event, which basically means that you’re gonna need to eat three meals out for the next two days…so make sure you hit the gym for a few extra sessions this week or stop wearing thing that require buttons. Plenty of $22 lunches and $33 or $44 dinners abound…so get to it and see if you can score some last-minute reservations tonight!

2/25 If you feel like doing something a little more fancy than fighting the Resto Week crowds (and support a  cause all at the same time), another our faves, Chicago Children’s Museum, has its second- annual Hide n’ Seek event 2/25 at Navy Pier. The festivities begin at 9 pm and rock into the morning until 1 am. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, with several live performances scheduled throughout the evening! $85/ticket, with limited reservations. Nay Pier

Courtesy of Chicago Wing Fest

2/26 Sadly, the craziness that is Chicago Wing Fest takes place today and is completely sold out – but if you;re smooth like butter, you can prob swing some tickets. Hint: to snag some last-minute tickets: check out their Facebook page and Twitter . The event is from 1 – 6 pm at the Journeymen Plumbers Hall. 1340 W Washington Blvd.

Courtesy of Sola Restaurant

2/27 Aussie rocker Ben Lee hasn’t gotten any less cute since he broke onto the music scene in the early 90s (what can we say – we’re suckers for accents and curly, CURLY hair!), and you can see for yourself when Lee performs at Martyrs tonight at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $16. Before the show, eat at the always fun, always chilled-out Sola. Chef Carol Wallack’s spot is one part Midwestern hospitality, one part Surfer Girl sensibility. We’re digging on both parts. 3855 N Lincoln.

The Bourgeois Pig Cafe by Roger Kamholz

2/28 The Bourgeois Pig hosts The Tall Grass Writing Guild open mic night at 7:30 pm tonight. Easily the most supportive open mic night in the city, the Guild charges literature lovers $5 ($4 for students) to perform up to 10 minutes of poetry, fiction, comedy and more. While you’re there, stuff your pretty face with one of the Pig’s dee-licious sammies. 738 W. Fullerton.


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