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Get a Taste of Iceland in Chicago

Iceland set to heat up Chicago in April

One of the world’s hottest destinations over the last few years is a tiny Nordic island in the North Atlantic Ocean. People have flocked there to see the Northern Lights, to take selfies at the Blue Lagoon and to catch a rare glimpse of Bjork. This is Iceland, the land of fire and ice, and while you can generally get great flight deals — Icelandair even has a stellar “layover” program where you can book a flight to almost anywhere in Europe and spend up to a week hanging out in Iceland — you can actually stay home in Chicago because Iceland is coming here.

For the second annual Taste of Iceland, running April 20 through 23, you’ll get to experience Icelandic cuisine, cocktails, music, film and art at venues across the city.

Book reservations for dinner April 20 through 23 at Baptiste & Bottle for a four-course meal prepared by Icelandic chef of the year Viktor Örn Andrésson, who is coming in just for the event, and chef James Lintelman. You’ll also enjoy cocktails crafted by Kári Sigurðsson, who was named the 2015 Brennivin cocktail champion, along with Michael Fawthrop from Baptiste. Sigurðsson will also team with Reyka Vodka brand ambassador Trevor Schneider for a free cocktail class for those 21 and older Upstairs at the Gwen. RSVP via Eventbrite.

On April 22, in partnership with CIMM Fest, Chop Shop/1st Ward will host the free (RSVP via Eventbrite) Reykjavik Calling concert featuring Icelandic bands Fufanu, Mammut and OHMME. If you’re a film buff, you’ll want to get first-come tickets (free via Eventbrite) for Shortfish, a 75-minute overview of the popular Stockfish Festival that happens in Iceland. That’s happening April 23 at the Logan Theatre.

And last, but absolutely not least, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel will host a live conversation with Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center. Stefánsdóttir will land at the hotel on April 22 at 2 p.m. to talk about Icelandic visual arts and the tiny country’s thriving arts scene and how its art community has made a global impact. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite.

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