Chicago events February 2018. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events February 2018

Documentary film festival

February 1, 2018

0.5 miles SW

See brand-new documentaries, some of which are followed by discussions with the directors, during Stranger Than Fiction at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Groundhog Day

February 1 - 4, 2018

61.2 miles NW

Much of the movie “Groundhog Day” was filmed in Woodstock, which is no surprise because their events on Groundhog Days are picture perfect, including the groundhog’s prognostication (weather forecast) on February 2 at 7 a.m.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 1 - 8, 2018

Chicago locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 370 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

Mardi Gras party

February 3, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Your ticket for the New Orleans style Mardi Gras Bash includes food and drinks at Chicago Cultural Center for age 21+. The theme this year is “heroes.”

Alternative bridal show

February 3, 2018

7.5 miles north

Chicago Indie Wed has 70 independent businesses offering handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Ravenswood Event Center.

Midwest film festival

February 6, 2018

4 miles north

Midwest Independent Film Festival shows films from eight Midwest states the first Tuesday of most months at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema.

Salsa festival

February 8 - 11, 2018

16 miles NW

Chicago International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live music, and vendors celebrating Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance at The Westin O’Hare.

Theater week

February 8 - 18, 2018

Chicago locations

Choose from more than 100 plays that have discount tickets available during Chicago Theatre Week.

Folk music festival

February 9 - 10, 2018

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.

Valentine’s Day haunted house

February 9 - 10, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)

38 miles west

Valentine’s Day in Wonderland features scary characters like the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts at Basement of the Dead in Aurora.

Chamber music

February 9 & 11, 2018

multiple locations

Trios from the Heart by Rembrandt Chamber Players features works by Barber, Dvorak, and Janacek.
  • Feb. 9 (7:30 p.m.) - Chicago
  • Feb. 11 (3 p.m.) - Evanston

Motorcycle show

February 9 - 11, 2018

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 for families

February 9 - 14, 2018

Chicago locations

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

Beer festival

February 10, 2018 (noon to 4 p.m.)

0.6 miles NW

Bundle up to sample strong winter ales on the rooftop of Rock Bottom Brewery with appetizers at Polar Beer Festival for age 21+. A warming area will be available.

Bar crawl

February 10, 2018 (10 a.m.)

1.3 miles north

Retro Ski Lodge Block Party promises “crazy costumes, liquor luges, shot skis, and yeti sightings” at eight Gold Coast bars for age 21+.

Free Mardi Gras show

February 10, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

1.3 miles east

Global Connections: Internationial Carnivale Celebration features six bands performing with dancers from Brazil, the Caribbean, Italy, and New Orleans, plus food and drink for sale in the Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. Free.

Run in your underwear

February 10, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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. The 15-minute run starts at 2 p.m. Must be age 21+.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 10, 2018

3.7 miles north

Adults tell stories about their lives and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine Show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Avenue, for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day pub crawl

February 10, 2018 (8 to 11 p.m.)

4 miles north

Your ticket to Screw Cupid Pub Crawl includes drinks and food buffets at four bars, plus a transportation trolley in Lincoln Park for age 21+.

Cocktail party

February 10, 2018 (9 to 11 p.m.)

4.8 miles north

Love Launch by Amass Events & Catering features a two-hour cocktail bar, beer, small plates, hors d’oeuvres, and burlesque and vocal performances in cozy Hummingbird Studios.

Valentine’s Day dance show

February 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)

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 10, 2018 (9 p.m.)

6.5 miles NW

Dance until 2:30 a.m. to Brazilian music and watch dancers in colorful costumes perform at Carnaval by Chicago Samba at Logan Square Auditorium.

Art exhibition reception

February 10, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)

7 miles north

Preview the Culture Bridge exhibition of works by 50 international artists, with opening remarks by the Consulate General of Germany, solo dances, a musician, and a cash bar at Dank Haus. Free entry.

Bar crawl in pajamas

February 10, 2018

7.2 miles north

Wear your favorite PJs to the The Pajama Bar Crawl, which includes a breakfast buffet and drink specials at five bars in Wrigleyville for age 21+.

Pizza party

February 10, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)

7.5 miles north

Chicago Pizza Party has a $25 cover charge, $2 pizza from 20 restaurants, beer, wine, fun games, and DJ music at Ravenswood Event Center. The evening session is for age 21+.

Adult art tour

February 10 - 11, 2018 (1 p.m.)

1 mile south

Take an unblushing look at nudity in art on the Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt at the Art Institute of Chicago. No knowledge of art is required.

Valentine’s Day at the zoo

February 10 - 11, 2018

14 miles SW

Valentine’s Dinner & Brunch are in Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo and include admission to the zoo.
  • Feb. 10 - Valentine’s Dinner is a four-course meal & cocktail reception with live music for $225/couple.
  • Feb. 11 - Valentine’s Brunch is a buffet with eggs Benedict, omelettes, a carving station, seafood, salad, and desserts for $47 each.

Travel show

February 10 - 11, 2018

17 miles NW

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show has travel experts and travel industry vendors at the Rosemont convention center. Your children to age 16 are free.

Valentine’s Day Cruise

February 10, 14, 17, 2018

1.3 miles east

Enjoy a Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan with plenty of views and a dance floor, departing from Navy Pier.

Auto show

February 10 - 19, 2018

3 miles south

Admire nearly 1,000 new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show, billed as the nation’s largest at McCormick Place convention center.

Valentine’s Day comedy

February 14, 2018 (7:30 & 9:45 p.m.)

5.2 miles north

My Funny Valentine promises a Valentine-themed night and an all-star lineup of comedians at Laugh Factory.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 14, 16, 17, 2018

7.5 miles north

Hot Miami Nights includes hors d’oeuvres, sparkling wine, a 90-minute rumba & salsa dance class, and dance time at Ballroom Dance Chicago on North Ravenswood Avenue. Beginners are welcome.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 15 - 16, 2018

6.4 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 for age 21+. Only one ticket is required per couple.

RV and camping show

February 15 - 18, 2018

17 mile NW

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

Science fiction convention

February 15 - 18, 2018

30 miles NW

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

Racy movies

February 16 - 17, 2018 (7 & 9:30 p.m.)

6 miles north

Hump! is a collection of 18 five-minute movies by amateurs of all persuasions at Music Box Theatre.

Chocolate gala

February 17, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Whimsy, A Dessert Dream Brought to Life offers you 80 food stations (savory food, chocolate, pastries, macarons, ice cream), 12 open bars, DJ music, and entertainment at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Chocolate party

February 17, 2018 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

For the Love of Chocolate Gala promises 80 stations of gourmet savory food, chocolate, pastries, macarons, a chocolate garden, an ice cream truck, 12 open bars, entertainers, and DJ dance music at The Palmer House Hilton for $150 to $175.

Cider tasting

February 17, 2018 (11 a.m. & 4 p.m.)

1 mile east

Try 150 artisanal ciders from throughout the world with food samples during Cider Summit Chicago in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for age 21+.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

February 17, 2018 (12 to 9 p.m.)

6 miles north

You get a T-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville.

Diving expo

February 17 - 18, 2018

14.5 miles NW

Our World Underwater offers workshops for divers, films, diving equipment, travel services, and a kids’ area at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

Volunteer expo

February 18, 2018

3 miles north

Connect with 85 organizations that need your help at Chicago Volunteer Expo in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free.

Beer tasting

February 18, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)

5.4 miles north

Try 100 strong ales, barrel-aged brews, sour and live beers from 50 breweries at the Vintage Beer Festival at Delilah’s. Pay $20 at the door for 20 samples.

Chinese New Year dinner

February 20, 2018 (6 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Wear red to the $75 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner featuring 12 courses of traditional new year’s dishes and a lion dance in Chinatown.

Yoga in the sky

February 22, 2018 (6 p.m.)

0.9 miles north

Flow in the Dark Yoga is a 45-minute class high above the city at 360 Chicago Observation Deck where you wear glow sticks, for age 18+. Bring a yoga mat.

Whiskey tasting

February 22, 2018 (6 p.m.)

4.1 miles NW

Taste 20 brands of whiskey and spirits, meet the distillers, taste gourmet bites, and hear DJ music during Barrel Night at The Chop Shop for age 21+.

Fringe theater festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

6.5 miles NW

Rhinoceros Theater Festival (Rhinofest) is billed as Chicago’s longest-running fringe festival at Prop Thtr. Choose from dozens of creative new shows for only $12 to $15. Closed Tuesdays.
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Free science museum

February 22 - 27, 2018 (Monday to Thursday)

8 miles south

Show Illinois ID to enter the Museum of Science and Industry free during Free Days. The museum is not free on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

“Phantom” sequel

February 22 - March 4, 2018

0.7 miles SW

Set at Coney Island, Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” continuing its rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession, and romance at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Discount tickets $39 to $75.

Dating drama

February 22 - March 4, 2018

31 miles north

Described as “smart and riveting” by the Chicago Tribune, Sex With Strangers is about a female author and a male blogger whose private lives become public domain at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.

Discount tickets $9 to $20.

Slapstick comedy

February 22 - March 17, 2018

26 miles NW

Boeing Boeing is a sexy, funny farce about a playboy dating three stewardesses at once, based on the 1965 movie with Tony Curtis & Jerry Lewis, at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

Discount tickets $20.

Orchid Show

February 22 - March 25, 2018

24 miles north

See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hour (Thursdays 8:15 a.m.), an orchid sale (March 10 & 11), and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting (March 7) at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Party for a cause

February 23, 2018 (8 p.m.)

1.7 miles west

Tickled Pink for Bright Pink feature chef stations from 50 restaurants, live music, dancing, and an open bar at Morgan MFG to help women with cancer.

Underground art show

February 23 - 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)

3 miles south

The Chicago Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at Reggie’s Chicago for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Harry Potter parody

February 23 - 25, 2018

0.8 miles north

Potted Potter is a live show with minimal props that crams all 7 Harry Pottery books into 70 goofy minutes at Broadway Playhouse.

Discount tickets $35 to $49.

Golf show

February 23 - 25, 2018

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.

Iranian films

February 23 - March 1, 2018

0.5 miles SW

The Festival of Films from Iran showcases new films by Iranians at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Funny murder mystery

February 23 - March 3, 2018

12.1 miles SW

Miss Maple invites detective writers to a party at eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island, where a murder happens (surprise!) and must be solved in The Butler Did It, a spoof of every English mystery play ever written, at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.

Discount tickets $7 to $10.

Chinese New Year show

February 24, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

1.3 miles east

Global Connections:Chinese New Year features performances of lion dancing, martial arts, kung fu, drumming, traditional dance, and music in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Free.

Northerly Island adventure

February 24, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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 on three dates: Dec. 16, 2017; Jan. 20, 2018; Feb. 24, 2018. Free except parking.

Tasting event

February 24, 2018 (12 and 3:30 p.m.)

3 miles NW

Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival is a whiskey and wine tasting event at Joe’s Bar for age 21+.

Barrel-aged beer

February 24, 2018

6 miles NW

A $60 ticket to Festibarrel gets you tastes of 15 beers aged in wood at The Butcher’s Tap.

Tasting at the zoo

February 24, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)

14 miles SW

Enjoy wine and whiskey samples, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and animal visits during Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest at Brookfield Zoo for age 21+.

Craft beer tasting

February 24, 2018

32 miles south

A ticket to Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest gets you beer, bourbon, and food samples, with 100 beers for sale and live music at Blarney Stone Pub, Oak Forest.

Beer festival

February 24 - 25, 2018

5.9 miles north

A ticket to Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival includes 10 samples of craft beer, spirits, and cider in a heated tent at 3514 N. Halsted Street for age 21+.

Shakespeare play

February 24 - 25, 2018

8 miles north

Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s fevered, fantastical meditation on love, jealousy, and redemption, performed with live music in Ravenswood.

Discount tickets $10.

Family theater

February 24 - May 12, 2018

34 miles north

A gullible king buys magical clothes “invisible to fools” and only a young boy can teach him an important lesson about outward appearance in The Emperor’s New Clothes at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

Discount tickets $9.

Chinese New Year parade

February 25, 2018 (1 to 3 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Lunar New Year Parade features lion and dragon dances, marching bands, and floats on S. Wentworth Avenue (from 24th Street to Cermak Road). Free.

Dark beer festival

February 25, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)

3.5 miles NW

Your ticket to Darkside includes 40 ounces of dark beer from a dozen breweries, with vintage arcade games at Emporium Arcade Bar.

Blue Man show

February 25, 2018 (4 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Blue Man Group puts on a colorful show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects for all ages at Briar Street Theatre.

Discount tickets $39.

Soccer lunch

February 26, 2018

0.2 miles SE

The $150 Season Kickoff Luncheon “connects supporters, first team players and coaches, and club partners to celebrate a new season and support the award-winning youth development initiatives of the Chicago Fire Foundation” at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Charming opera by Mozart

February 26, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Two teenage men bet they can disguise themselves and seduce each other's fiancées in the racy opera Così fan tutte at Lyric Opera House.

Discount tickets $71 to $116.

Free children’s music

February 27 - March 27, 2018 (noon Tuesdays)

1.3 miles east

Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Royal drama

February 27 - April 15, 2018

1.3 miles east

The fate of England hangs in the balance as Protestant Elizabeth and Catholic Mary conspire against one another for the throne in an updated version of Mary Stuart at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

Discount tickets $24 to $39.