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Chicago events February 2020

1950s party

February 1, 2020
0.7 miles south
A ticket to the annual party supporting For the Love of Chocolate Foundation gets you an open premium bar, tiki cocktails, gourmet food from 18 chefs, a chocolate extravaganza, a retro fashion show, two dance floors, DJs, and a band at The Palmer House Hilton.

Bar crawl

February 1, 2020
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+.

Chinese New Year parade

February 2, 2020
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.

Midwest film festival

February 4, 2020
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.

Bar crawl in pajamas

February 8, 2020
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. Your children to age 16 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.

Orchid show

February 8 - March 22, 2020
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show, which has a photographer hours, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Pizza party

February 9, 2020
7.5 miles north
Chicago Pizza Party has a $20 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+.

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.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 14 - 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 show

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

Ale festival

February 22, 2020
41 miles SW
Don a heavy winter parka to enjoy 18 samples from among 150 craft beers, with live music and food vendors in tents on the frozen tundra of Frontier Park at Naperville Ale Fest – Winter Edition for age 21+.

Volunteer expo

February 23, 2020
3 miles north
Connect with 100 organizations that need your help at Chicago Volunteer Expo in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free.

Dark beer festival

February 23, 2020
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.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

February 27, 2020
6 miles north
You get a T-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville for age 21+.

Party for a cause

February 28, 2020
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.

Jewish film festival

February 28 - March 15, 2020
multiple locations
Watch 43 films, often followed by talkbacks, during Chicago Jewish Film Festival in seven venues.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 2020
(undated)
Chicago locations
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at nearly 400 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

Theater week

February 2020
(undated)
Chicago locations
Choose from more than 100 plays that have discount tickets available during Chicago Theatre Week.

Iranian films

February 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles SW
The Festival of Films from Iran showcases new films by Iranians at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Beer festival

February 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
1 mile south
Celebrate the end of Chinese Lunar New Year with Chinese storytelling and lantern making workshops, plus a visit of the new Chinese bronze exhibition. At sundown, lion dancers lead a procession of lanterns from the Art Institute of Chicago to Maggie Daley Park.

Cider tasting

February 2020
(undated)
1 mile east
Taste 150 artisanal ciders from throughout the world with food samples during Cider Summit Chicago in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for age 21+.

Chinese New Year show

February 2020
(undated)
1.3 miles east
Global Connections: Chinese New Year features performances of lion dancing, martial arts, drumming, traditional dance, and music in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Free.

Free children’s music

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

Women’s film festival

February 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles south
See films addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality at Chicago Feminist Film Festival at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue. Free.

Game playing party

February 2020
(undated)
1.9 miles west
Join 650 people facing off in game play at Eisenopoly, which includes an open bar with handcrafted cocktails, appetizers, and live music at Revel Fulton Market. The $120 tickets support cancer research.

Chinese New Year dinner

February 2020
(undated)
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.

Northerly Island adventure

February 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
3.6 miles SW
Sample 150 American craft beers at Chicago Ale Fest, with food trucks and DJ music at Lacuna Artist Lofts. Repeats in June.

Whiskey tasting

February 2020
(undated)
3.6 miles SW
Taste 20 brands of whiskey and spirits, meet the distillers, taste gourmet bites, and hear DJ music during Barrel Night [sound] at Lacuna Artist Lofts for age 21+.

Beer tasting

February 2020
(undated)
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.

Fringe theater festival

February 2020
(undated)
6.5 miles NW
Rhinoceros Theater Festival (Rhinofest) 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.

Alternative bridal show

February 2020
(undated)
7.5 miles north
Chicago Indie Wed has 70 independent businesses offering handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Ravenswood Event Center.

Free science museum

February 2020
(undated)
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, or Sundays.

Folk music festival

February 2020
(undated)
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.

Tasting at the zoo

February 2020
(undated)
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+.

Diving expo

February 2020
(undated)
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.

Salsa dance festival

February 2020
(undated)
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.

Golf show

February 2020
(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.

Motorcycle show

February 2020
(undated)
17 mile NW
Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show [website has sound] in the Rosemont convention center.

RV and camping show

February 2020
(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.

Bicycle swap

February 2020
(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. Children 12 and under are free.

Motorcycle racing

February 2020
(undated)
35 miles NW
Watch racers compete at Arenacross on a huge man-made dirt race course in Sears Centre Arena.

Motorcycle show

February 2020
(undated)
41 miles west
Chicago Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet features bikes, parts, demonstrations, food, beer, and live music at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Family science day

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

Groundhog Day

February 2020
(undated)
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 Saturday at 7 a.m.

Valentine’s Day at the parks

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

Valentine’s dining cruise

February 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Cruise on the lake or river, with views, brunch or dinner, and DJ dance music.

Champagne tasting

February 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles NW
Chicago Champagne 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.

Adult art tour

February 2020
(undated)
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 humor

February 2020
(undated)
3.7 miles north
Adults tell stories about their lives and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Valentine Shmalentine Show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Avenue, for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day comedy

February 2020
(undated)
5.2 miles north
My Funny Valentine promises a Valentine-themed night and an all-star lineup of comedians at Laugh Factory.

Run in your underwear

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

Valentine’s dinner at the zoo

February 2020
(undated)
14 miles SW
Valentine’s Dinner includes a cocktail reception at Habitat Africa and then a four-course meal in Bocaditos dining room for $230 per couple at Brookfield Zoo, with zoo admission included.

Haunted Valentine’s Day

February 2020
(undated)
15 miles west
Walk through gory Love Bites at 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park.

Irish film festival

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

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