It’s that time of year again; time to set the same resolutions you make every year, and may or may not stick to. You know, like going to the gym more, meal-prepping for the week, reading every night before bed, etc.
And, hey, those are great. But this year, here’s some less than conventional resolutions that every Chicagoan should consider.
1. Rock out regularly
Chicago has some of the best music venues in the country, and a regularly packed calendar of everything from fresh new indie acts to big crowd-pleasers. And, with classic theaters dating back to the early 1900s, and new clubs on the scene, you’ve got options. Make 2018 a year that you take in more shows, at classics like Metro Chicago and Chicago Theatre and new gems like Lincoln and Thalia Hall.
2. Become a cocktail connoisseur
The bartenders of Chicago have elevated happy hour to an art form, with everything from uber-cool gastronomy lounges to tiki bars where you can get your island fix without leaving the city. Noteable spots to check out include Lost Lake, The Violet Hour (yes that’s a nod to T.S. Eliot), Moneygun, and Punchhouse.
While you’re at it, become everyone’s favorite dinner party host by learning to make your own at home. There’s a ton of cocktail classes in the city, or we’re really digging this book by the late legendary bartender Sasha Petraske.
3. Learn a new language
Whether you want to brush up on your Spanish for that upcoming Mexico trip, or just want to try ordering that margarita en Espanol (ahem, resolution #2), language learning is a resolution with longevity. With 6 languages to choose from and 39 classes in Chicago starting in January we’ve got you covered.