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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February 2015

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.

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.

Midwest film festival

February 4, 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 6 - 8, 2015

18 mile NW

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

RV and camping show

February 11 - 15, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2015

Chicago area

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

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 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.

Folk music festival

February 14 -15, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

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.

Diving expo

February 20 - 22, 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.

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 (uncertain)

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.

Ale festival

February 21, 2015 (uncertain)

41 miles SW

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

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.

Jazz festival

February 26 - March 1, 2015

19 miles west

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

Maritime festival

February 28, 2015

2 miles north

Attend 40 seminars and workshops, see ship models and displays, and hear music and song at Chicago Maritime Festival at Chicago History Museum. Cost.
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Alternative bridal show

February 2015 (undated)

6 miles north

Indie Wed has 100 independent businesses offering handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Ravenswood Event Center. Cost.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

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

Rhinofest fringe theater

February 2015 (undated)

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.

Science fiction convention

February 2015 (undated)

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.

Motorcycle show

February 2015 (undated)

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.

Cider tasting

February 2015 (undated)

1 mile east

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

Snow Days at Navy Pier

February 2015 (undated)

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.

Theater week

February 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

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

Theater week

February 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

Chicago Theater Week offers more than 120 plays on Valentine’s Day weekend. See the list of plays on Friday or list of plays on Saturday.

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.

Volunteer expo

February 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

42 miles NW

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

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.

Dog show

February 2015 (undated)

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.

Golf show

February 2015 (undated)

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.

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.

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.

Party at the nature museum

February 2015 (undated)

3 miles north

See all the exhibits, join a trivia contest, and visit the bar during Nature on Tap for teens and adults at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Cost.

Custom car show

February 2015 (undated)

17 miles NW

World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, and concept vehicles at the Rosemont convention center.

Valentine’s zombies

February 2015 (undated)

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 Party at Fear City in Morton Grove.

Romantic flower show

February 2015 (undated)

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.

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.

Valentine’s Day show

February 2015 (undated)

3.5 miles NW

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

Valentine’s Day painting party

February 2015 (undated)

5 miles NE

Paris is the theme at the BYOB Painting Class on Valentine’s Day at Chicago Art and Design Center.

Art, wine, entertainment

February 2015 (undated)

9 miles south

The Art of Sensuality features demonstrations of live art and massage, body painting, Tango Negro, spoken word, aromatherapy, music, and wine on Valentine’s Day at the DuSable Museum.

Valentine’s Day dinner party

February 2015 (undated)

22 miles SW

A Night in Paris includes dinner and live music at Chateau Del Mar in Hickory Hills. Cost.

Run in your underwear

February 2015 (undated)

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.
 
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