5 Things to Do: January 9-11

Happy 2015!

As our lives slowly return to normal after a busy holiday season, it’s looking (and feeling) a lot more like winter outside. Instead of staying cooped up inside all weekend, grab a coat (and a scarf and hat and gloves) and venture out to these events that are sure to warm you up.

Begin by sticking to your resolutions while meeting a famous chef before enjoying story time around Chicago and in Glenview. You also have two chances to enjoy the best of winter at two festivals in the suburbs.

Martha Stewart at The Union League Club

Jan. 9

A new year probably means you have new resolutions to be healthier. Start on the right foot with Martha Stewart’s “Clean Slate,” a guide to feeling your best through clean eating. RSVP for the talk and book signing today through The Book Stall.

Fillet of Solo Festival

Photo courtesy of SHOUT Marketing & Media Relations.

Begins Jan. 9

In its 18th year, this celebration of the city’s storytelling and live lit scene kicks off Friday and runs through Jan. 25. Sixteen storytelling collectives and solo acts will share their powerful tales at multiple venues.

Winter Fest

Photo by Benson Kua.

Jan. 10
Highland Park

Go outside to meet winter animals and learn how they survive the season, or enjoy crafts, carriage rides and snow shoeing. You can then make your way inside for figure skating and hockey. The gymnastic studio will also be open.

Winter Carnival (Due to cold weather, this event has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Jan. 10

This free family event includes a bonfire with s’mores, ice sculptures, a snowshoe course, human spheres, a sled dog demo and more.

Megan Wells Tells Stories for a Winter Afternoon

Jan. 11

Warm up with an afternoon of storytelling by award-winning performance artist Megan Wells. Space is limited, so register today!

Make a Difference Bonus

  • Do some good as you watch the Golden Globes this year. At the St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope, guests will receive the red carpet treatment while enjoying live and silent auctions, cocktails, dinner and a presentation of the award show.