Eat this, drink that: First Look, lion dance, and high tea

February 8, 2013

Friday, February 8

As a proud Girl Scout alumna, Troop Number 232 in Chicago, I’m pleased to announce the Girls Scouts’ inaugural National Girl Scout Cookie Day! Where can you buy Thin Mints, the best of all girl scout cookies, in Chicago? There’s a Cookie Finder app for that — iPhone and Android. Or kick it old school and enter your zip code the Find Cookies! search box.

I went last year and my advice to you is get the fuzzy, pink Cadillac slippers first — dudes too — at the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity, benefitting 18 local charities, at McCormick Place. Then grab food and drink from David Burke's Primehouse, Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, Real Urban Barbecue, Moët Hennessy, and much more. The event is widely considered Chicagoland's largest single-day charitable event. Attire is black-tie required. Admission $250; please note, the event does not sell out.

Saturday, February 9

Bang a gong and get your lion dance on at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago's Deconstruction of A Lion Dance at the museum in Chinatown. Learn the story behind a Lion Dance and other Chinese New Year traditions, with celebratory snacks and dumplings. Please reserve by calling 312-949-1000 or email office@ccamuseum.org. Admission $12; $8 for members, students, and seniors.

Sunday, February 10

Live your lovely ever so ladylike Downton Abbey daydreams at a tea party. Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents Below Stairs: A Servants Life in Early 20th Century England with guest speaker Leslie Goddard in character as Margaret Powell. Admission $55 in advance, $65 at the door; please note reservations are required by calling 312-380-1665.