- Starting this week, Body Worlds, an update of the smash 2005 exhibit, is back at the Museum of Science and Industry (57th St. and Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414) through Sept. 5. The US debut exhibition features more than 200 plastinates, real human specimens preserved through a scientific process invented by physician Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Tickets are $27 and advance purchase is highly recommended. This Friday and Saturday, the exhibit will be open until 9 p.m. Come after 5 p.m. and tickets are $17.
- Chicago Chef Week starts today! Make your reservations at more than 30 amazing local restaurants, including Blackbird and Sepia (where I scored ressies). Three-course dinners are $33, and some locations also offer a three-course lunch for $22.
- The Palomar Chicago (505 N. State St., RSVP to 312-985-0736) hosts art event Sleeping with the Artist to celebrate the hotel’s first birthday on Tuesday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Work by local artists Justus Roe and Darrell Roberts will be on exhibit, and each artist is also auctioning off a painting to raise funds for the Chicago Arts Partnership in Education. The event is free and includes complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres and raffle prizes including getaways to Palomar Chicago and dining at Sable Kitchen & Bar.
- Also on Tuesday, March 22, Lockwood (17 E. Monroe St., 312-917-3404), inside the Palmer House Hilton, hosts a beer-tasting dinner with Goose Island at 6 p.m. Lockwood executive chef Greg Elliott and Goose Island brewmaster Jim DeBolt join forces for a four-course Napa-inspired tasting menu paired with Belgian-style ales. Dishes include Maine Diver sea scallops paired with Sofie and slow-cooked rib-eye with Pere Jacques. Tickets are $50 per person; call Lockwood for reservations.
- Acclaimed former San Francisco pastry chef and author David Lebovitz stops by the Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph St., 312-236-0123) to autograph copies of his new book The Sweet Life in Paris on Thursday, March 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Copies of Lebovitz's books will be available for purchase at this event, with proceeds benefiting the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, and custom desserts by pastry chef Kim Schwenke of 312 Chicago will be served.
Source: Blackbird, Museum of Science and Industry, and David Lebovitz