Chicago events calendar for February 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in February 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Dog show

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 31)

3 miles south

The International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows has prize competitions, dog fashion shows, meet the breeds, pet the dogs, and kids’ activities at McCormick Place convention center. Cost.

Women’s Mardi gras

February 1, 2015

7 miles north

Dance to pop & techno hits under the disco ball, see gender-bending skits, and eat German food at crazy Weiberfastnacht. Men in bow ties serve the women at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Cost.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 1 - 12, 2015 (begins Jan. 30)

Chicago locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 286 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

Rhinofest fringe theater

February 1 - March 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 10)

6.5 miles NW

Watch hundreds of artists perform at the Prop Thtr during Rhinoceros Theater Festival, billed as Chicago’s longest-running fringe festival. Cost.

Midwest film festival

February 3, 2015

4 miles north

The Midwest Independent Film Festival shows films from eight Midwest states the first Tuesday of most months at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema. Cost.

Monster trucks

February 5 - 8, 2015

18 mile NW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at Monster Jam in Rosemont’s Allstate Arena. Cost.

Cider tasting

February 7, 2015

1 mile east

Try 100 artisanal ciders from throughout the world during Cider Summit in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Run in your underwear

February 7, 2015

1.7 miles north

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at John Barleycorn on N. Clark Street to support charity.

Snow Days at Navy Pier

February 7 - 8, 2015

1 mile east

See teams sculpt masterpieces from snow during Snow Days in Gateway Park at Navy Pier. Live entertainment, snowboarding, and kids’ activities like snow painting. Free.

Science fiction convention

February 12 - 15, 2015

30 miles NW

Capricorn celebrates fantasy and science fiction in art, music, games, theater, and film at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. Cost.

Theater week

February 12 - 22, 2015

Chicago locations

Choose from more than 100 plays at affordable prices during Chicago Theater Week.

Folk music festival

February 13 - 15, 2015

9 miles south

Celebrate traditional music from around the world in concerts and workshops at University of Chicago Folk Festival at Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St. Cost.

Motorcycle show

February 13 - 15, 2015

17 mile NW

Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2015

Chicago area

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater Chicago that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.
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Mardi gras party

February 14, 2015

0.5 miles south

The theme at this year’s New Orleans style Mardi Gras Bash is All You Need is Love. Requires advance ticket and costume or mask. Cost.

Romantic dinner

February 14, 2015

1 mile south

Enjoy a romantic four-course dinner with optional wine and live jazz on Valentine’s Day at Terzo Piano in the Art Institute of Chicago. Sells out.

Valentine’s Day show

February 14, 2015

3.5 miles NW

Enjoy the country songs of Patsy Cline, blues, jazz, and even burlesque dancing at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Hideout. Cost.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 14, 2015

5 miles NW

Take your sweetie to a beginner’s class at Valentine’s salsa or swing dance party at Duet Dance Studio.

Valentine’s zombies

February 14, 2015

14 miles NW

Kill zombies with the one you love on a laser-tag hunt; dance to heart-pounding music; and warm your blood with cocktails at the bar at Valentine’s Zombie Massacre at Fear City in Morton Grove.

Auto show

February 14 - 22, 2015

3 miles south

Admire new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show, where exhibits are spectacular due to the large size of McCormick Place convention center. Cost.

Romantic flower show

February 14 - March 15, 2015

24 miles north

See 12,000 blooming orchids on display at the Orchid Show, which includes weekend classes and Tuesday morning music at Chicago Botanic Garden. Cost.

RV and camping show

February 18 - 22, 2015

17 mile NW

Check out 400 recreational vehicles and shop from 20 dealers at the Chicago RV & Camping Show at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Jazz festival

February 19 - 22, 2015

19 miles west

Hear the best college jazz bands and jazz greats at Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

Bicycle art & fashion

February 20 & 27, 2015 (uncertain)

1.8 miles NW

Admire art with a bicycle theme at Chicago Bike Winter Art Show, and see a fashion show for bicyclists a week later at Ancien Cycles, 688 N Milwaukee Ave.

Mardi gras pub crawl

February 21, 2015

6 miles north

Wear colorful clothes and collect Mardi gras beads from bars at high-energy BeadQuest in Wrigleyville. Use coupon code “Jess10” at checkout to save $10.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

February 21 - 22, 2015

17 miles NW

Zombie lovers unite at Walker Stalker Con, which features panels, celebrities, vendors, and a costume party at the Rosemont convention center.

Chinese New Year parade

February 22, 2015

3 miles south

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade has lion & dragon dances, marching bands, and floats that go north on Wentworth Ave. and then west on Cermak Rd. Free.

Volunteer expo

February 22, 2015

3 miles north

Connect with 80 organizations that need your help at Chicago Volunteer Expo in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free.

Vintage sale

February 27 - 28, 2015

42 miles NW

Chicagoland Vintage Clothing, Jewelry and Textile Show & Sale is at Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

Diving expo

February 27 - March 1, 2015

17 mile NW

Our World Underwater offers workshops for divers, films, diving-equipment, travel services, and a kids’ area at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Golf show

February 27 - March 1, 2015

17 mile NW

Hit balls with this year’s new clubs, take one-on-one full swing and putting lessons from pros, hear presentations, and shop for gear at the Chicago Golf Show at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Ale festival

February 28, 2015

41 miles SW

Don a heavy winter parka to enjoy 120 craft beers and food-truck fare outdoors on the frozen tundra of Frontier Park at Naperville Winter Ale Festival. Discount tickets.

Kids carnival

February 28 - March 1, 2015

40 miles west

Family Palooza has carnival rides, inflatables, games, stage shows, magicians, a petting zoo, climbing wall, and zip line at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Chicken wings festival

February 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles west

Restaurants compete to win the “Best of Fest” award, you get to eat and hear music, and charity benefits at Wingfest at 1340 W. Washington Blvd. Must be 21.

Youth poetry festival

February 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

Louder than a Bomb is an Olympic-style poetry competition that gives Chicago youth a platform to share their stories and learn about others. Cost.

Anime festival

February 2015 (undated)

9 miles south

Uchi-Con features gaming, cinema, Asian culture, vendors, speakers, panels, and workshops in the Ida Noyes buildings at University of Chicago. Free.

Northerly Island adventure

February 2015 (undated)

3 miles south

See birds of prey and coyotes, hear folk music, watch dog sledding, walk on snowshoes (if 3 inches of snow), make a craft, and have cocoa (while it lasts) at Polar Adventure Days. Free except parking.

Valentine’s Day for families

February 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

Enjoy a Valentine’s dance, party, or craft project thanks to the Chicago Park District.
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February 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.     steve.adams@events12.com