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Chicago events February 2020

Western party

February 1, 2020 (7 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
Come as a cowboy or cowgirl to Wild, Wild West for restaurant food, Can Can dancers, gambling, and an open bar at Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.

Whiskey tasting

February 1, 2020
0.7 miles west
Chicago Whiskey Festival offers 30 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch from around the world at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Alternative bridal show

February 1, 2020 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
7.5 miles north
Chicago Indie Wed has 70 independent businesses offering handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Ravenswood Event Center.

Motorcycle show

February 1, 2020
30.3 miles SW
Chicago Motorcycle Show & Parts Swap features bikes, parts, demonstrations, food, beer, and live music at Tinley Park Convention Center.

Blues in Arlington Heights

February 1 - 2, 2020
25.9 miles NW
Hear two dozen performances during Winter Blues Summit at Hey Nonny. Saturday also includes a panel discussion and a movie. Brunch on Sat. & Sun.

Groundhog Day

February 1 - 2, 2020
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 Sunday at 7 a.m.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 1 - 9, 2020
Chicago locations
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 400 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

Chinese New Year parade

February 2, 2020 (1 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.

Chinese New Year dinner

February 5, 2020 (6 p.m.)
2.7 miles south
Wear red to the $85 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner featuring multiple courses of traditional new year’s dishes and a lion dance in Chinatown.

Irish Riverdance

February 6 - 9, 2020
0.7 miles SW
Riverdance is an exhilarating celebration of Irish music, song, and dance at Cadillac Palace Theatre.

B-movie festival

February 7 - 8, 2020
14 miles north
Billed as “the BEST of the WORST movies ever,” B-Fest screens 24 hours of low-budget movies with audience participation at Norris University Center in Evanston.

Motorcycle show

February 7 - 9, 2020
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 at the parks

February 7 - 15, 2020
Chicago locations
Enjoy a Valentine’s dance, party, movie, or craft-making project thanks to the Chicago Park District.

Beer festival

February 8, 2020 (12 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.

Chinese New Year

February 8, 2020 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)
1 mile south
Lunar New Year Celebration features art-making activities, games, performances, an artist demonstration, and gallery talks at Art Institute of Chicago. The lantern procession is at 5 p.m.

Beer games

February 8, 2020 (2 to 5 p.m.)
6.1 miles north
Beernival features carnival games with prizes, competitive flip cup, a beer pong tournament, and unlimited domestic beer and cider at Rizzo’s Bar for age 21+.

Run in your underwear

February 8, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
6.1 miles north
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, with a party before and after at Sluggers for age 21+.

Bar crawl in pajamas

February 8, 2020 (12 to 6 p.m.)
7.2 miles north
Wear your favorite PJs to the The Pajama Crawl, which includes a breakfast buffet and drink specials at five bars in Wrigleyville for age 21+.

Travel show

February 8 - 9, 2020
17 miles NW
Chicago Travel & Adventure Show has travel experts and travel industry vendors at the Rosemont convention center. Children age 16 and younger are free.

Children’s expo

February 8 - 9, 2020
27.4 miles NW
The Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Auto show

February 8 - 17, 2020 (preview Feb. 7)
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. The First Look for Charity party is the night before opening.

Family science day

February 9, 2020 (1 to 5 p.m.)
42 miles west
Children in grades 3 and higher learn about physics at Family Open House, with hands-on activities, live physics demonstrations, tours, and scientists who answer questions at Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) in Batavia. Free.

Cajun Valentine’s dinner

February 12, 2020 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
The $75 Valentine’s Day Cajun Cooking Class includes a five-course dinner and cooking demonstration, a glass of champagne, beer, wine, and hurricanes at Heaven on Seven Wabash.

RV and camping show

February 13 - 16, 2020
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 13 - 16, 2020
30 miles NW
Capricon celebrates fantasy and science fiction in art, music, games, theater, and film at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling.

Free flower show

February 14, 2020
multiple locations
The Spring Flower Show, open from Valentine’s Day to May 10, is a great place to take photos. Free.

Champagne tasting

February 14, 2020 (7 to 11 p.m.)
0.8 miles NW
The Chicago Champagne & Sparkling Wine Fest offers champagne and sparkling wine tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres, a dessert table, fire pits, and a panoramic view at IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge.

Valentine’s Day R & B

February 14, 2020 (8 p.m.)
1.7 miles NW
Love and R&B Tour stars Tank, Eric Benét, Kelly Price, After 7 and Troop at The Chicago Theatre.

Valentine’s Day comedy

February 14, 2020 (8 & 10 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 dining cruise

February 14 - 15, 2020
multiple locations
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Cruise on the lake or river, with views, a meal, and DJ dance music.

Folk music festival

February 14 - 15, 2020
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 dance show

February 15, 2020 (8 p.m.)
5 miles north
Dances from the Heart has a dozen acts (aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, Irish, Mexican folkloric, and hip-hop) at Athenaeum Theatre.

Beer tasting

February 15, 2020 (12 to 5 p.m.)
5.4 miles north
Try 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.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 15, 2020
6.4 miles NW
Take your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day Dance 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.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 15, 2020
7.5 miles north
Salsa Romantica Dance Class “is beginner friendly and open to dancers of all levels looking to have a fun night out with their favorite Valentine” at Ballroom Dance Chicago on Ravenswood Ave. You can bring wine or beer. The $80 price is for two.

Haunted Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2020 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)
15 miles west
Walk through gory Love Bites at 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park.

Adult art tour

February 16, 2020 (1 to 3:30 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.

Theater week

February 18 - 23, 2020
Chicago locations
Choose from more than 100 plays that have discount tickets available during Chicago Theatre Week.

Free science museum

February 18 - 27, 2020
8 miles south
Show Illinois ID to enter the Museum of Science and Industry free during Free Days in February and September, including Feb. 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27.

Orchid show

February 18 - March 22, 2020
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden. Enjoy live music on Tuesdays & Thursdays (10 a.m.), photographer hours on Tuesdays (8:15 a.m.), and a plant sale on March 26.

Free children’s music

February 18 - March 31, 2020 (Tuesday noon)
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids at noon in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Whiskey tasting

February 19, 2020 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)
1.4 miles west
Taste 20 brands of whiskey and spirits, meet the distillers, taste gourmet bites, and hear DJ music during Barrel Night at City Hall for age 21+.

Emma by Jane Austen

February 19 - 20, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles east
Emma is a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker in this play based on the novel by Jane Austen at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

Discount tickets $30

Fringe theater festival

February 19 - 23, 2020
6.5 miles NW
Rhinoceros Theater Festival (Rhino Fest) is billed as Chicago’s longest-running fringe theater festival. Choose from dozens of creative new shows for only $15 at Prop Thtr. Closed Tuesdays.

Gory musical

February 19 - 27, 2020
3.4 miles north
Evil Dead: The Musical tells the story of five college students who find an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash evil forces that turn them into demons, live at Greenhouse Theater Center.

Discount tickets $15+

Black comedy

February 19 - March 11, 2020 (Tues./Wed. 8 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
The Second City promises “the most iconic sketches created by our African American alumni along with classic archive scenes with a new comedic spin” in its Black History Month Show.

Discount tickets $6+


February 19 - March 25, 2020 (Wed. 7:30 p.m.)
8.4 miles north
Magician Trent James promises “mind-boggling magic with gut busting humor” at Chicago Magic Lounge. This venue is age 21+ (or 16+ with legal guardian).

Discount tickets $17.50

Dinner cirque show

February 19 - March 29, 2020
0.5 miles SW
Love, Chaos, and Dinner is an aerial and acrobatic show performed around you by Teatro ZinZanni as you eat dinner in a giant tent on the 14th floor of Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop. Recommended for age 13+.

Discount tickets $89+

Adult planetarium party

February 20, 2020 (6 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Adler After Dark offers open access, science talks, planetarium shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. The theme this month is Afrofuturism, “a cultural and artistic movement celebrating the black experience.”

Relationship comedy

February 20 & 22, 2020
20.1 miles north
Jake daydreams about the women in his life during “wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks” in Jake’s Women, a witty play by Neil Simon at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.

Discount tickets $20

Salsa dance festival

February 20 - 23, 2020
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.

Improvised comedy

February 20 - 29, 2020 (6 or 8 p.m.)
5.4 miles north
Two teams of comedians compete for your laughs at ComedySportz, a fast-paced comedy show for all ages, with audience interaction at CSz Theater Chicago.

Discount tickets $12.50

Popular musical

February 20 - March 8, 2020
31 miles north
Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families in The Fantasticks, a funny and romantic musical at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.

Discount tickets $10

Comedy of errors

February 20 - March 14, 2020
26 miles NW
An amateur theater group rehearses for a play in Noises Off, with hilarious results that include mistaken props, forgotten lines, and awful acting at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

Discount tickets $20

Orchid evenings

February 20 - March 19, 2020
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooming orchids, and buy cocktails and light bites during Orchids After Hours at Chicago Botanic Garden on Feb. 13, 14, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19. Evening with Orchids is a special cocktail tasting on March 11.

Underground art show

February 21 - 22, 2020 (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.

Dating comedy

February 21 - 29, 2020
27.6 miles NW
Improvised comedy show Love Me Tinder pokes fun at the modern world of dating and romance at Laugh Out Loud in Schaumburg. The first show at 7:30 p.m. is for all ages, and the 9:30 p.m. show is for adults.

Discount tickets $10

Opera by Puccini

February 21 - March 8, 2020
1 mile SW
Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, sung in Italian with projected English translations at Lyric Opera House.

Discount tickets $33+ (weekdays)

Midwest film festival

February 22, 2020
0.5 miles south
Midwest Independent Film Festival shows films from eight Midwest states during events throughout the year at Chicago Cultural Center. Comedy Shorts Night is February 22, 2020.

Cider tasting

February 22, 2020
1 mile east
Taste 200 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 party

February 22, 2020 (8 p.m.)
1.9 miles west
Your ticket to Mardi Gras Bash includes “a buffet of New Orleans cuisine,” a brass band, dancing, and a no-host bar at City Winery Chicago.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

February 22, 2020 (noon to 7:30 p.m.)
6 miles north
A ticket to Wrigleyville Mardi Gras Extravaganza [formerly BeadQuest] gets you drink specials, samples of jambalaya, a brass band, jesters, lots of beads to wear, and a finale party with the crowing of a king and queen of Mardi Gras in Wrigleyville for age 21+.

Brazilian Mardi Gras

February 22, 2020 (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.

German Mardi Gras

February 22, 2020 (7 to 11 p.m.)
7 miles north
“Come dressed to impress, and enjoy a night of dancing, food, entertainment, and all around fun” at Karneval in the fifth floor ballroom at Dank Haus. Your ticket includes food and an open bar.

Tasting at the zoo

February 22, 2020
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+.

Iranian films

February 22 - March 1, 2020 (weekends)
0.5 miles SW
Festival of Films from Iran showcases new films by Iranians at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Family musical

February 22 - April 19, 2020
34 miles north
The Princess and the Pea is a classic story by Hans Christian Anderson about a kingdom in search of a princess at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. This one-hour show is followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast.

Discount tickets $7+

Volunteer expo

February 23, 2020
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 23, 2020 (12 to 5 p.m.)
3.5 miles NW
Your ticket to Darkside includes 40 ounces of dark beer from a number of breweries, with vintage arcade games at Emporium Arcade Bar.

Bicycle swap

February 23, 2020
28 miles NW
Buy or sell a bike, and find parts and gear, at the Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College in Palatine. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Music + magic

February 24 - April 27, 2020 (Mondays 7:30 p.m.)
8.3 miles north
The Music & Magic show “features close-up magic at your table and a live jazz band on stage” plus a magician performing on stage during band breaks at Chicago Magic Lounge for age 16+.

Discount tickets $10

Irish film festival

February 27 - March 1, 2020
multiple locations
Chicago Irish Film Festival screens “indie, edgy, creative, enlightening, and award-winning” films by Irish filmmakers at various theaters.

Flamenco festival

February 27 - March 21, 2020
Chicago locations
See 10 performances of colorful traditional and modern Spanish dancing at Chicago Flamenco Festival, with Spanish wine tasting on March 4.

All-star dramedy

February 27 - March 22, 2020
3.8 miles north
Former TV stars (including Sandy Duncan) take you on “the ride of your life” as they tell a story full of joys and sorrows that make up the human experience in Middletown at the Apollo Theater.

Discount tickets $9.50+

Party for a cause

February 28, 2020 (8 p.m.)
5.8 miles NW
Tickled Pink for Bright Pink features chef stations from top restaurants, live music, dancing, and an open bar at Rockwell on The River to help women with cancer.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

February 28 - March 1, 2020
3 miles south
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture at McCormick Place.

Golf show

February 28 - March 1, 2020
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.

Jewish film festival

February 28 - March 15, 2020 (party Feb. 27)
multiple locations
Watch 52 films, often followed by discussions, during JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival in seven venues.

Country music brunch

February 29, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
0.7 miles west
Your ticket to Country Day Party includes a two-hour brunch buffet plus three hours of beer, bloody marys, and mimosas, with live country music at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Discount tickets $25

Modern Irish dance show

February 29, 2020
1 mile south
Trinity Irish Dance Company “dazzles the audience with hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, aerial grace, and the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers” at Auditorium Theatre.

Discount tickets $33+

Northerly Island adventure

February 29, 2020
3 miles south
See birds of prey and wolves, make “nature-inspired winter crafts,” walk on snowshoes (if there’s snow), and drink cocoa (while it lasts) at Polar Adventure Days on three dates in December, January, and February. Free except parking.

Ale festival

February 29, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
41 miles SW
Don a heavy winter parka to enjoy 18 samples from among 150 craft beers, with live music, fire pits, and food trucks on the frozen tundra of Frontier Park at Naperville Ale Fest – Winter Edition for age 21+.

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