Chicago events calendar for February 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, Valentine's Day shows & events, weekend fairs, free kids' activities 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.

Free entertainment

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 16)

multiple locations

OnEdge is a series of experimental theater, modern dance, and performance art. Arrive early. Free.

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.

Fishing show

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 29)

28 miles NW

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo offers expert seminars, fishing boats, fishing supplies, and exhibitors at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Chicago Restaurant Week

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

Chicago locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 250 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week. (Scroll down their website to see links to menus.)

Bluegrass & Blues

February 1 - 21, 2015 (begins Jan. 9)

Chicagoland

The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival attracts a young crowd to 23 shows by top acts in six venues.

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.

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.

German party

February 6, 2015

7 miles north

Dance to pop & techno hits under a disco ball, watch a burlesque show, and eat German food, during Weiberfastnacht at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Costumes welcome.

Flamenco festival

February 6 - March 7, 2015

multiple locations

See colorful traditional and modern Spanish dancing, both live and on film, at Chicago Flamenco Festival.

Cider tasting

February 7, 2015

1 mile east

Try 150 artisanal ciders from throughout the world during Cider Summit in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Requires age 21 ID 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.

Candy crawl

February 7, 2015

5 miles north

Candy Crush Crawl is a bar crawl with eight candy-themed bar stops, drink specials, interactive games, and a costume contest for age 21+ in Wrigleyville.

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.

Culture of Italy

February 8, 2015

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Italy at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. 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.

Theater week

February 12 - 22, 2015

Chicago locations

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

Valentine’s Day for families

February 13 - 14, 2015

Chicago locations

Enjoy a Valentine’s dance, party, or craft-making project thanks to the Chicago Park District.

Haunted Valentine’s Day

Feb. 13 - 14, 2015

15 miles west

Walk through gory Valentine X [sound] at 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park.

Mobster convention

February 13 - 15, 2015

1.2 miles south

Mad Mobster is a horror and true-crime convention with celebrities and vendors at the Hilton Hotel.
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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.

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.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2015

Chicago area

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater Chicago that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Also see recommendations by the Chicago Tribune.

Mardi gras party

February 14, 2015

0.4 miles south

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

Beer festival

February 14, 2015

0.6 miles NW

Bundle up to sample strong winter ales on the roof of Rock Bottom Brewery at Polar Beer Festival, age 21+.

Bicycle swap

February 14, 2015

2 miles SW

Buy, trade, or sell a bike at the Winter Bike Swap, which also offers bike parts, clothing, gear, and representatives from bike groups at Jaks Tap.

Valentine’s Day dance class

Feb. 14, 2015

5 miles NW

Take your sweetie to Valentine’s Day Dirty Dancing Party for a beginner’s class followed by open dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and BYOB at Duet Dance Studio. Only one ticket is required per couple.

Valentine’s Day dance show

February 14, 2015

5 miles north

Dances from the Heart has 13 acts (aerial, tap, jazz, urban fusion, contemporary, Mexican folkloric, and hip-hop) at Athenaeum Theatre.

Brazilian mardi gras

February 14, 2015

6.5 miles NW

Dance all night to Brazilian music and watch dancers in colorful costumes perform at Carnaval by Chicago Samba at Logan Square Auditorium, for ages 18+.

Auto show

February 14 - 22, 2015

3 miles south

Admire new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show, billed as the largest and longest running U.S. auto show at McCormick Place convention center.

Orchid show

Feb. 14 - March 15, 2015

24 miles north

See 10,000 blooming orchids on display at the Orchid Show, which has weekend classes, Tuesday morning music, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting on March 12 at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Culture of India

February 15, 2015

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of India at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.

French fry festival

February 15, 2015

1.4 miles west

Eat French-Canadian french fries topped with brown gravy & cheese curds at the Poutine Fest competition at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for age 21+. Sells out.

Mardi Gras street

February 17, 2015

1.5 miles north

Division Street fills with street artists, stilt walkers, a brass band, and crowds celebrating Mardi Gras, and local bars offer free entertainment and drink specials.

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.

Jazz festival

February 19 - 22, 2015

19 miles west

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

Taste of Oak Park

February 20, 2015

11 miles west

A ticket to Bite Nite gets you tastes from 40 restaurants, with live music and drinks for sale.

Mardi gras bar crawl

February 21, 2015

1 mile east

Your ticket to the World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl includes two drink tickets, drink specials, games, a mask, and music at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier for age 21+.

Northerly Island adventure

February 21, 2015

3 miles south

See birds of prey and wolves, hear folk music and a storyteller, walk on snowshoes (if there’s snow), make a craft, and have cocoa (while it lasts) at Polar Adventure Days. Free except parking. Also Dec., Jan.

Mardi gras pub crawl

February 21, 2015

6 miles north

Wear colorful clothes and collect Mardi gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

February 21 - 22, 2015

17 miles NW

Zombie lovers unite at Walker Stalker Con for panels, celebrities, vendors, and costume party at Navy Pier.

Culture of Africa

February 22, 2015

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Africa at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.

Chicken wings festival

February 22, 2015

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, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. Sells out.

Chinese New Year parade

February 22, 2015

3 miles south

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade features lion and dragon dances, marching bands, and floats on South Wentworth Avenue. Free.

Volunteer expo

February 22, 2015

3 miles north

Connect with 75 organizations that need your help at Chicago Volunteer Expo in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free.

Dark beer festival

February 22, 2015

3.5 miles NW

Your ticket to Darkside includes 8 samples of dark beer from 17 breweries at Emporium Arcade Bar.

Youth poetry festival

February 25 - March 28, 2015

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.

Bicycle art & party

February 27, 2015

5 miles NW

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show has a party with DJ music and bicycle art on display at 2525 N. Elston.

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.

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.

Beer tasting

February 28, 2015

5 miles north

Brisk Brews features samples of 20 beers under a heated tent in the Boystown area.

Ale festival

February 28, 2015

41 miles SW

Don a heavy winter parka to enjoy 130 craft beers and food-truck fare outdoors on the frozen tundra of Frontier Park at Naperville Winter Ale Fest.

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.

Irish film festival

February 28 - March 7, 2015

Chicago locations

Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on the spirit of Irish culture at Music Box Theatre & Gallery Theatre.
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February 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.     steve.evans@events12.com