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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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.

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.

British play

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 16)

21 miles NW

Four English women rent a castle on a sunny Italian island and work on their lives and relationships in Enchanted April in Des Plaines. Discount tickets.

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 the website to see the list of restaurants.

Terrifying play

February 1 - 14, 2015 (begins Jan. 22)

7.6 miles north

A Map of Virtue, a horrifying tale of obsessed friends stranded in a forest, is about the limits of our virtue and what we leave behind. The NY Times calls it “a haunting, romantic story with a mystery at its center.” Live at Rivendell Theatre. Discount tickets.

Fast-talking comedy

February 1 - 15, 2015 (begins Jan. 18)

26 miles NW

Scandalous in the 1930s, Noël Coward’s Private Lives is a witty play about two divorcees who reignite old passions in Paris, at Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. Discount tickets.

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.

Comic play

February 1 - 22, 2015 (begins Jan. 17)

0.5 miles SW

Rapture, Blister, Burn is a witty play about women’s life choices at Goodman Theatre the NY Times called “intensely smart, immensely funny.” Discount tickets.

Musical about Tupperware

February 1 - 22, 2015 (begins Jan. 16)

3.4 miles NW

The Plastic Revolution is a funny show about 1950s Tupperware parties that also examines “social norms, small-town politics and the empowerment of women” [Sun-Times] at the Den Theatre. Discount tickets.

Zombie escape

February 1 - 27, 2015 (begins Jan. 29)

1 mile south

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain with only 1 hour to solve clues and escape, at the Fine Arts Building. Discount tickets.

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.

A play about dating

February 1 - March 15, 2015 (begins Jan. 30)

3 miles north

Two lonely souls meet online in Softly Blue, a play at Greenhouse Theater Center about guarding our secrets and learning to trust others. Discount tickets.

Addams Family

February 1 - March 22, 2015 (begins Jan. 28)

7.5 miles north

The Addams Family: The Musical (based on the TV show) is about the daughter falling in love with a “normal” boy and inviting him and parents to dinner, onstage at the Mercury Theater. Discount tickets.

Dark comedy

February 1 - March 28, 2015 (begins Jan. 27)

8.6 miles north

Greedy siblings squabble over Mama’s Texas estate while she’s alive in Dividing the Estate, by playwright Horton Foote, at Raven Theatre. Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

February 1 - April 5, 2015 (also Jan.)

4.5 miles north

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, and science with visual effects and music at Briar Street Theatre. Discount tickets.

Rock legends concert

February 1 - June 28, 2015 (also Jan.)

3.8 miles north

Million Dollar Quartet recreates the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins played together at Sun Records and includes 21 rock hits performed live at Apollo Theater. Discount tickets.

Italian opera

February 2 - March 14, 2015 (begins Jan. 24)

1 mile SW

Lyric Opera performs Tosca, a passionate story about a fiery diva, a rebel artist, and corrupt police, which has a rousing score, beautiful arias, and English subtitles at the Civic Opera House. Discount tickets.

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.

Magic show

February 4 - May 27, 2015 (Wednesdays)

3.3 miles north

The Magic Cabaret entertains with mind-boggling sleight of hand and audience participation in small Greenhouse Theater Center. Discount tickets.

Drum concert

February 5, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Drumming is all about the beat by two pianists and four percussionists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Harris Theater. Discount tickets are available from Goldstar and Groupon.

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.

Comedy about dating

February 5 - March 29, 2015

3 miles north

First Date is a funny romantic musical celebrating the search for love with humor and optimism, live at the intimate Royal George Theatre. Discount tickets.

Chinese acrobats

February 6, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

The gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists, and tumblers of Peking Acrobats perform amazing feats accompanied by live musicians at Harris Theater. Discount tickets are available from Goldstar and Groupon.

Women’s Mardi gras

February 6, 2015 (7 p.m.)

7 miles north

Dance to pop & techno hits under the disco ball, see gender-bending skits, and eat German food at crazy Weiberfastnacht at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Costumes welcome.

Adult play night

February 6, 2015 (6 p.m.)

19 miles north

Adults 21+ can play in the museum, meet exotic animals, listen to DJ Magic Man, eat appetizers, and get optional drinks at Grown Up Play Date at Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day for families

February 6 - 14, 2015

Chicago locations

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

Bicycle art & fashion

February 6 - 27, 2015

5 miles NW

View art with a bicycle theme at Chicago Bike Winter Art Show, which has a party the first day and fashion show for bicyclists the last day at 2525 N. Elston.

1980s party

February 7, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles west

Sixteen Candles plays hits from the ‘80s at 9 p.m. during Ultimate 80s Prom, which is a standing event with costume contest for age 17+ at House of Blues.
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Cider tasting

February 7, 2015 (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

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. Discount tickets.

The Mikado

February 7, 2015 (begins Jan. 25)

3.4 miles NW

The Mikado is Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera set in Japan. Choose to sit or stand and mix with the actors at Den Theatre. Discount tickets (standing).

Candy crawl

February 7, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

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.

Funny classic play

February 7 - March 2, 2015

1.3 miles north

The Importance of Being Earnest, which author Oscar Wilde called “a trivial comedy for serious people,” is a hilarious satire of Victorian society’s strict moral code at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Discount tickets.

Culture of Italy

February 8, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

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.

Sensual German opera

February 9 - March 6, 2015

1 mile SW

Tannhäuser is a story of love and lust that promises to transfix you with “its sensuality and its majestic power” at the Civic Opera House. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 12 - 14, 2015

1.3 miles north

Naughty Little Valentine’s Day Show is a classic burlesque cabaret and variety show with sultry co-ed entertainment at Original Mother’s. Discount tickets.

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.

Chicago schools play

February 12 - March 8, 2015

3.6 miles NW

Follow the lives of three students in Chicago schools at Forgotten Future: The Education Project. It’s a play that promises to entertain, inform, and inspire you, at the Flat Iron Arts Building. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s naked reading

February 13, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1.6 miles west

Love Hurts features naked women reading about crimes of passion, heartbreaks, and breakups at Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St. BYOB.

Sensual Valentine’s show

February 13, 2015

10 miles

The Agony & the Ecstasy is an erotic poetry skit with DJ music at The Grand Ballroom. Optional VIP buffet.

European music

February 13, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

12 miles north

European Journey is like taking an overseas trip to hear Dutch, French, and German music with soprano vocals at Nichols Concert Hall. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 13 - 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. One ticket is good for two people ages 21+.

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.

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.

Family drama

February 13 - March 15, 2015

31 miles north

Other Desert Cities is about a family the NY Times called “balanced on a razor’s edge of affection and aggression” at Citadel Theatre. Discount tickets.

Thriller theater

February 13 - March 28, 2015

5 miles north

The Sweeter Option is a fast-paced psychological thriller involving a Chicago investigator, an embezzlement scheme, and a mysterious woman onstage at Strawdog Theatre. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day plays

February 14, 2015

Chicago area

Choose from 60 Valentine’s Day plays with affordable ticket prices during Chicago Theater Week.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2015

Chicago area

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

Mardi gras party

February 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

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 (12 p.m.)

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.

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, where exhibits are spectacular due to the large size of McCormick Place convention center. Discount tickets.

Romantic flower show

Feb. 14 - March 15, '15 (party Feb. 13)

24 miles north

See 10,000 blooming orchids on display at the Orchid Show, which includes 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 (12 to 3 p.m.)

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.

Classical music

February 15, 2015 (3 p.m.)

12 miles north

The Chicago Philharmonic plays musical selections that have food in their names at Taste the Music at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Discount tickets.

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.

Classical duet

February 20, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

9 miles south

Avi Avital and David Greilsammer perform a beautiful duet of mandolin and piano, preceded at 6:30 by a University of Chicago professor’s talk at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Discount tickets.

Emotional opera

February 20 - 28, 2015

0.5 miles south

Thérèse Raquin is an opera sung in English, adapted from the French novel about love, lust, and murder by Émile Zola, at Harris Theater. Discount tickets.

Hollywood political play

February 20 - March 29, 2015

4.8 miles north

The Glass Protege is a powerful drama about the repression of a closeted actor in 1949 and the fallout 40 years later at Theater Wit. Discount tickets.

Mardi gras bar crawl

February 21, 2015 (2 to 8 p.m.)

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+. Discount tickets.

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 (12 to 9 p.m.)

6 miles north

Wear colorful clothes and collect Mardi gras beads from bars at high-energy BeadQuest in Wrigleyville.

Beatles show

February 21, 2015 (2 or 8 p.m.)

16 miles NW

Relive Beatlemania and hear 40 hits live at the show Let it Be in Rosemont Theatre. Discount tickets.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

February 21 - 22, 2015

17 miles NW

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

Culture of Africa

February 22, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

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. Tickets Jan. 20.

Chinese New Year parade

February 22, 2015 (1 to 2 p.m.)

3 miles south

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade has lion & dragon dances, marching bands, and floats that go north on Wentworth Avenue from 24th to 22nd. 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 (12 to 4 p.m.)

3.5 miles NW

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

Elvis Presley tribute

February 22, 2015 (3:30 p.m.)

16 miles NW

See top Elvis impersonators, each from a different era in his career, perform when the national multimedia tour of Elvis Lives stops in Rosemont. Discount tickets.

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.

Classical concert

February 27, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles south

The Jerusalem Quartet plays Mozart, Bartok, and Schumann, preceded by a music talk at 6:30 p.m. in Mandel Hall at University of Chicago. Discount tickets.

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.

Ale festival

February 28, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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 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 & Society for Arts.
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February 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.     steve.davis@events12.com