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

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January 2015

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in January 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.

New Year’s run

January 1, 2015

1.2 miles SE

Get off to a healthy new year at the New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk, which begins and ends at the south end of Lincoln Park.

Commitment Day

January 1, 2015

2 miles south

Kick off the new year by running or walking 5K at Commitment Day, beginning in Grant Park. This national event promotes health and charity.

Maxwell Street Market

January 4, 2015

2 miles SW

Bundle up and go to Maxwell Street Market in search of bargains and outstanding Mexican street food. It’s open every Sunday at 800 S. Desplaines St. Free.

Free science museum

January 5 - 30, 2015 (weekdays)

8 miles south

Show Illinois ID to enter the Museum of Science and Industry free during Free Days. Repeats in Sept.

Lifestyle fair

January 7, 2015 (uncertain)

0.5 mile SW

Get advice from health, fitness and financial experts to make those resolutions reality at the New Year LifeStyle Fair at James R. Thompson Center. Free.

Sketch Comedy Festival

January 8 - 18, 2015

5 miles north

Choose from more than 170 shows to watch during Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773. Cost.

Boat, sports, and RV show

January 15 - 19, 2015

3 miles south

The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place includes plenty of boats and RVs, seminars, scuba demos, and even a trout pond for kids. Cost.

Cubs Convention

January 16 - 18, 2015

0.5 mile east

Cubs fans will enjoy getting up close with their favorite players and broadcasters at Cubs Convention at the Sheraton. Cost.

Motorcycle show

January 16 - 18, 2015

41 miles west

Chicago Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet features bikes, parts, demonstrations, food, beer, and live music at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Travel show

January 17 - 18, 2015

17 miles NW

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show brings together travelers, travel experts, and travel service providers at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.
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January 2015

Tribute to MLK

January 18 - 19, 2015

Greater Chicago area

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a symphony, gospel choir, and multimedia show in Naperville Sunday and in Chicago Monday. Cost.

Sportsman’s show

January 21 - 25, 2015

17 miles NW

Chicago Outdoor Sports Show has fishing and hunting seminars, kids’ activities, and hundreds of vendors at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Sailboat show

January 22 - 25, 2015

1 mile east

Strictly Sail is a boat show that offers seminars for sailors and has 250 exhibitors of boats and gear in Festival Halls A & B at Navy Pier. Cost.

Polar Bear Plunge

January 24, 2015 (uncertain)

1 mile north

Register to join the Lakeview Polar Bear Club, and then take the Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan for charity at Oak Street Beach. Free to watch.

Eagle weekend

January 24 - 25, 2015

96 miles SW

Learn about raptors and birds of prey, meet a live eagle and falcons, hear about Illinois Valley history, watch native dancing, and try kids’ activities at Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. See brochure. Free.

Live story telling

January 2015 (undated)

9 miles north

Fillet of Solo Festival makes literature come alive with solo performances and storytelling at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre. Cost.

Custom car show

January 2015 (undated)

28 miles SW

See classic & custom hot rods, muscle cars, race cars, trucks, and entertainment at the Indoor Custom Car Show & Expo at Tinley Park Convention Center. Cost.

Circus arts festival

January 2015 (undated)

5 miles north

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival has full-length circus shows in the evening, and cabaret-style shows at night, at Athenaeum Theatre and Links Hall. Cost.

Singles night

January 2015 (undated)

0.7 miles NW

Burn Your Resolutions Singles Networking Mixer is a networking event for singles 21 to 45, with music and ice-breaking activities at Castle Chicago. Cost.

Rhinofest fringe theater

January 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.

Formal party

January 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles north

Windy City Winter Soiree is an evening of live jazz, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar to celebrate the new year and support charity at Allerton Hotel.

Barrel-aged beer

January 2015 (undated)

6 miles NW

More than a dozen wood-and-barrel-aged beers are on tap at Riverview Tavern during Festibarrel.

Bike swap

January 2015 (undated)

28 miles NW

Buy or sell a bike, and find parts and gear, at the Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College in Palatine. Entry cost, except children under 12.

B-movie festival

January 2015 (undated)

14 miles north

B-Fest is 24 hours of low-budget movies with audience participation at McCormick Auditorium, Northwestern University. Cost.

Chicago Restaurant Week

January 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

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

Northerly Island adventure

January 2015 (undated)

3 miles south

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

Winter beer festival

January 2015 (undated)

7 miles north

Winter Brew is a Lincoln Square beer fest that features local brew and food at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Sells out. Cost.
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January 2015 calendar of events in Chicago. What to do in Chicagoland today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Chicago, IL.