5 Things to Do: Jan. 5-7

Old Town School of Folk Music’s New Year Kickoff (2018)

Hello, 2018! Kick off the new year (and get out of the cold!) by learning new skills, exploring a local museum, and seeing Steppenwolf’s latest play before it closes.

Old Town School of Folk Music’s New Year Kickoff

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Old Town School of Folk Music's New Year Kickoff
Photo courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music.

Jan. 3-6

Did you resolve to try something new this year? Then head out to Old Town School of Folk Music for four days of drop-in classes, music jams, and workshops (most of which are free!) to sample a variety of music, dance, and art courses.

Demonstration Cooking: Slow Cooker

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden (winter)
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Jan. 6

Professional Culinary Instructor Mary Kay Gill will show you how to make the most of your slow cooker all winter long during this demonstration at Chicago Botanic Garden. Featured recipes include braised steak with spicy parsley tomato sauce and crème brûlée.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Indoor Winter Farmers Market (Evanston)
Jan. 6

Stock up on farmers market favorites all season long at Evanston Ecology Center’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market. This weekend’s vendors include Alden Hills, Wright Way Farm, and Chicago Marshmallow.

Winter Break at Illinois Holocaust Museum

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Illinois Holocaust Museum's Bill Graham exhibit
Photo courtesy of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Through Jan. 7

Make the most of winter break by visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum, where kids and students can visit for free through Jan. 7. It’s the perfect time to see the popular “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibit before it leaves Jan. 7, or the groundbreaking Take a Stand Center.

The Minutes

Closes Jan. 7

This is your last chance to see Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes,” a comedy about “small-town politics and real-world power,” at Steppenwolf.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital






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