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Chicago Zine Fest
What: Indie publishing extravaganza welcomes 150-plus lowbrow reads (comics, magazines) for purchase or trade.
Why: The fun starts Friday with forums and readings.
When: Forums, Fri., 1 p.m.-midnight; zine exhibition, Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Conaway Center, Ludington Building at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., at 11th St., flrs. 1 & 8.
GET TO KNOW
Hsing Chen, The Peninsula’s New Pastry Chef
What: The Emmy Award-winning journalist brings a host of new sweets to the menu.
Why: Coeur de guanaja chocolate cake with popcorn ice cream in The Lobby, s’mores cookies in Pierrot Gourmet.
When: Sugar cravings hit.
Where: 108 E. Superior St., at Rush St. (312-573-6749).
What: Giuliana and Bill Rancic plus the Melman brothers (Paris Club) plus chef Doug Psaltis (L2O) equals a promising dining experience.
Why: Truffled garlic bread. (And it’s your chance to try Mama DePandi’s recipes.)
When: Mon.-Wed., 4 p.m.-midnight; Thurs. & Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., 4-10 p.m.
Where: 52 W. Illinois St., at Dearborn St. (312-222-1888).
What: The Old Town brick-and-mortar just opened its virtual doors. Click from Theory to Gryphon to Botkier to Sass & Bide until your heart’s content.
Why: It also generates an insidery fashion blog called The Magazine.
When: You’re feeling the blues.
Where: Online at shopcityblue.com.
What: The new antiaging line pulls out gorgeous big guns (powerful antioxidants) to reinvigorate, moisturize, exfoliate, firm, and cleanse your skin.
Why: Eye Revive cream goes up against dark circles. And that’s just the start.
When: You need face time.
Where: Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., at Rush St. (312-587-1700).
Photo: Moirabot / Flickr