Chicago events February 2019. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events February 2019

Live storytelling

February 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Jan. 18)
10 miles north
Fillet of Solo Festival makes literature come alive with solo performances and storytelling at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre on Fri., Sat., and Sun.

Groundhog Day

February 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Jan. 31)
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).

Fringe theater festival

February 1 - 24, 2019
(begins Jan. 18)
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.

Ale festival

February 2, 2019
1 mile east
Sample 150 American craft beers at Chicago Ale Fest, with food trucks and DJ music in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Repeats in June.

Bar crawl

February 2, 2019
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+.

Alternative bridal show

February 2, 2019
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 5, 2019
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 7 - 10, 2019
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.

RV and camping show

February 7 - 10, 2019
17 mile NW
Check out 400 recreational vehicles and shop from 20 dealers at the Chicago RV & Camping Show at the Rosemont convention center.

Theater week

February 7 - 17, 2019
Chicago locations
Choose from more than 100 plays that have discount tickets available during Chicago Theatre Week.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 8 - 16, 2019
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.

Cider tasting

February 9, 2019
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+.

Bar crawl in pajamas

February 9, 2019
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 9, 2019
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+.

Auto show

February 9 - 18, 2019
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 9 - March 24, 2019
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hour, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Chinese New Year parade

February 10, 2019
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.

Family science day

February 10, 2019
(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 (pre-register), and scientists who answer questions at Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) in Batavia. Free.

Valentine’s Day Cruise

February 14 - 16, 2019
1.3 miles east
Enjoy a dinner or brunch Valentine’s Day Cruise on Lake Michigan with plenty of views and a dance floor, departing from Navy Pier.

Valentine’s Day dance class

February 14 - 16, 2019
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.

Science fiction convention

February 14 - 17, 2019
30 miles NW
Capricon celebrates fantasy and science fiction in art, music, games, theater, and film at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling.

Folk music festival

February 15 - 16, 2019
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.

Motorcycle show

February 15 - 17, 2019
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.

Valentine’s Day dance show

February 16, 2019
(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.

Adult art tour

February 16 - 17, 2019
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.

Diving expo

February 16 - 17, 2019
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.

Party for a cause

February 22, 2019
(8 p.m.)
5.8 miles NW
Tickled Pink for Bright Pink feature chef stations from 50 restaurants, live music, dancing, and an open bar at 3057 N. Rockwell Street to help women with cancer.

Golf show

February 22 - 24, 2019
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.

Chocolate party

February 23, 2019
(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 rock & roll music at The Palmer House Hilton for $150 to $175.

Ale festival

February 23, 2019
(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 and food vendors in tents on the frozen tundra of Frontier Park at Naperville Ale Fest – Winter Edition for age 21+.

Volunteer expo

February 24, 2019
3 miles north
Connect with 85 organizations that need your help at Chicago Volunteer Expo in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free.

Dark beer festival

February 24, 2019
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.

Female films

February 27 - March 1, 2019
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.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 2019
(undated)
Chicago locations
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 370 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

Soccer lunch

February 2019
(undated)
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.

Mardi Gras party

February 2019
(undated)
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 changes every year.

Iranian films

February 2019
(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 2019
(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 show

February 2019
(undated)
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.

Free children’s music

February 2019
(undated)
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Free Mardi Gras show

February 2019
(undated)
1.3 miles east
Global Connections: International 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 2019
(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. The 15-minute run starts at 2 p.m. Must be age 21+.

Chinese New Year dinner

February 2019
(undated)
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.

Northerly Island adventure

February 2019
(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 on three dates in December, January, and February. Free except parking.

Underground art show

February 2019
(undated)
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.

Whiskey tasting

February 2019
(undated)
4.1 miles NW
Taste 20 brands of whiskey and spirits, meet the distillers, taste gourmet bites, and hear DJ music during Barrel Night [sound] at The Chop Shop for age 21+.

Beer tasting

February 2019
(undated)
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.

Beer festival

February 2019
(undated)
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+.

Barrel-aged beer

February 2019
(undated)
6 miles NW
A $60 ticket to Festibarrel gets you tastes of 15 beers aged in wood at The Butcher’s Tap.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

February 2019
(undated)
6 miles north
You get a T-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville.

Brazilian Mardi Gras

February 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

Free science museum

February 2019
(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 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Tasting at the zoo

February 2019
(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+.

Valentine’s Day for families

February 2019
(undated)
Chicago locations
Enjoy a Valentine’s dance, party, or craft-making project thanks to the Chicago Park District.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 2019
(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 Doomed Valentine Show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Avenue, for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day pub crawl

February 2019
(undated)
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+.

Valentine’s Day comedy

February 2019
(undated)
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 at the zoo

February 2019
(undated)
14 miles SW
Valentine’s Dinner & Brunch are in Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo and include admission to the zoo.
  • Valentine’s Dinner is a four-course meal & cocktail reception with live music for $225/couple.
  • Valentine’s Brunch is a buffet with eggs Benedict, omelettes, a carving station, seafood, salad, and desserts for $47 each.