Weekend Planner: Your Hottest Happenings This Weekend, Artist Series at iNG, New Menu at Hash House A Go Go, and Championship Game at Lillie Q

Your hottest happenings this weekend for art: Savor iNG's New "Artist in Residence" Series


No better way to start the new year than by gawking at locally produced art. And even better, in a restaurant that produces edible art! iNG kicks off its new "Artist in Residence" series Friday, January 3, showcasing a rotating roster of Chicago artists. First up is Jonathan Plotkin, an artist categorized as a "spoontoonist." You know you're curious. Here's a video to give you a visual. The series stints are short, some only one day. Following Plotkin is Sarah Becan on January 7 and January 9, David Hilborn on January 14 and January 15, and Sid Frigo on January 28.

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(Art by Jonathan Plotkin)

Your hottest happenings this weekend for food: Eat Your Way Through Hash House A Go Go's New Menu Formats

Brunch all day and all night is on the docket at Hash House A Go Go, the perfect restaurant to visit if you're eager to swiftly thwart all your New Year's resolutions. Dishes that were previously categorized into brunch, lunch, and dinner menus are now one gigantic brunch menu, available morning, noon, and night every day. Because heaping piles of sage fried chicken and waffles can not simply be bound to the morning. The restaurant also has new nightly promos, such as 50% off all wines on Mondays, 50% off burgers on Wednesdays, and $28.95 prime rib dinner for two on Fridays.

Your hottest happenings this weekend for food: BCS National Championship Game at Lillie's Q

As we all know, Monday is not technically the weekend, but you'll definitely want to take note of the imminent BCS National Championship Game taking place Monday, January 6, at Lillie's Q. Chef Charlie McKenna gets into the sporty spirit by inviting guests to a special viewing party for the Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers melee. The game begins at 8:00 p.m., but arrive at 7:00 p.m. to pre-game with passed hors d'oeuvres such as mini BBQ sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, and fried pickles. Guests will also have their choice of two cocktails, wine, or beer. Tickets cost $40 per person and can be purchased here.

- Matt Kirouac