Chicago events calendar for February 2016. 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 2016 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.

Midwest film festival

February 2, 2016

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.

Brazilian mardi gras

February 6, 2016

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+.

Science fiction convention

February 11 - 14, 2016

30 miles NW

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

Valentine’s Day for families

February 12 - 14, 2016

Chicago locations

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

Folk music festival

February 12 - 14, 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.

Monster trucks

February 12 - 14, 2016

18 mile NW

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

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 13 - 14, 2016

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 13 - 14, 2016

5 miles north

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

Auto show

February 13 - 21, 2016

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

February 13 - March 13, 2016

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.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2016

Chicago area

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

Chinese New Year parade

February 14, 2016

3 miles south

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

Mardi gras pub crawl

February 20, 2016

6 miles north

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

Cider tasting

February 20 or 27, 2016 (uncertain)

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.

Jazz festival

February 25 - 28, 2016

19 miles west

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

Bicycle art & party

February 26, 2016

5 miles NW

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

Diving expo

February 26 - 28, 2016

17 mile NW

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

February 27, 2016 (uncertain)

5 miles north

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

Ale festival

February 27, 2016 (uncertain)

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. (The organizers promise a shorter entrance line in 2016.)

Kids carnival

February 27 - 28, 2016

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 28, 2016 (uncertain)

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.

Dark beer festival

February 28, 2016

3.5 miles NW

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

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

February 2016 (undated)

17 miles NW

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

Flamenco festival

February 2016 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Candy crawl

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (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 2016 (undated)

Chicago locations

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

Mobster convention

February 2016 (undated)

1.2 miles south

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

Motorcycle show

February 2016 (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.

Beer festival

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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.

Culture of Italy

February 2016 (undated)

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.

French fry festival

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

17 mile NW

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

Taste of Oak Park

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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.

Volunteer expo

February 2016 (undated)

3 miles north

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

Youth poetry festival

February 2016 (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.

Vintage sale

February 2016 (undated)

42 miles NW

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

Golf show

February 2016 (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.

Irish film festival

February 2016 (undated)

Chicago locations

Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on the spirit of Irish culture at Music Box Theatre & Gallery Theatre.

Culture of Africa

February 2016 (undated)

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.

Culture of India

February 2016 (undated)

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.

Run in your underwear

February 2016 (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.

Haunted Valentine’s Day

February 2016 (undated)

15 miles west

Walk through gory Valentine X [sound] at 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park.
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February 2016 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.