Wine, Music, and Books a Part of January, 2020 Events

It's new. It's exciting. It's 2020, the beginning of a new year and its coming at you bringing a variety of events the whole month of January. The holiday season may be over but the city is still rocking; the neighborhood still bopping with something going on for you.

Winemaker's Dinner
Come out to the Park Grill and join Tom Leonardini, representing Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards of Napa Valley for an evening of food, friends, and fine wines on Thursday, January 20, 2020.

Sure to be a hit with wine connoisseurs, host Tom Leonardini will introduce you to his family's specials, plus award-winning wines of the vineyard. Sample top wine selections: Whitehall Lane 2007, 2008, 2009 with friends and new acquaintances.

Wine Spectator Magazine has selected Whitehall Lane as one of the top 100 wineries that produces wines that are rated among the top 5 in the world! They made the list an impressive 3 times. Wine lovers have to say–that's awesome!

The evening starts with a Wine and Butlered Hors d'oeuvres Reception at 6pm. The reception is followed by a 5-course dinner at 6:45pm as you learn from Leonardini more about the Whitehall Lane Vineyards and get a few lessons in Wine Pairings. For those of you already familiar with the Whitehall Lane brand, one of thire top wines will be featured at dinner: '07 Reserve Napa Cabernet, 92 points.

The seating for this event is limited, so make your reservations soon by calling The Park Grill, 11 N Michigan Ave at 312-521-PARK

Too Hot To Handel
"It's hotter than hot!" Get ready to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day filled with music and neighbors gathering together to commemorate the holiday. Join everyone at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m..

Exelon and The Auditorium Theatre present The Auditorium's annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their production of Too Hot To Handel, the Jazz, Gospel Messiah.

The evening features the Too Hot Choir; the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton; arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson. Artists making an appearance include Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson.

Lakeshore East residents — Magellan allows you to save $10 on the price of level 2 and 3 tickets for this show. Just mention the promo code when you purchase your tickets.

The Magellan promo offer is only valid for the Saturday, January 15 performance. This offer may not be combined with any other discount offer. Also, discounts are not available on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability; restrictions apply.

There are four ways to purchase tickets: call 800-982-2787; Online at or go here; stop by the Box Office located at 50 E. Congress Parkway; Groups of 10 or more call 312-431-2357. For more info, check out the website here.

Book Club Reminder
New Eastside residents listen up! Just a reminder that the neighborhood Book Club begins again for the new year on January 12, 6 p.m. at the Aqua. Just check in with the doorman and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, then ask for the book club and someone will direct you. The book for January: "South of Broad" by Pat Conroy.

See you there!