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Chicago events February 2019

Game playing party

February 1, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
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.

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) on Saturday at 7 a.m.

Chicago Restaurant Week

February 1 - 7, 2019
(begins Jan. 25)
Chicago locations
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at nearly 400 restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week.

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 theater festival. Choose from dozens of creative new shows for only $15 at Prop Thtr. Closed Tuesdays.

Dramatic thriller

February 1 - March 16, 2019
5 miles north
On Clover Road is a “smart, harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller” about a woman trying to save her daughter from a cult at Stage 773 for age 13+.

Ticket deal $10 to $29

Chinese New Year

February 2, 2019
(1 to 4:30 p.m.)
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.

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+.

Ale festival

February 2, 2019
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.

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.

Motorcycle show

February 2 - 3, 2019
41 miles west
Chicago Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet features bikes, parts, demonstrations, food, beer, and live music at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Iranian films

February 2 - March 3, 2019
0.5 miles SW
The Festival of Films from Iran showcases new films by Iranians at the Gene Siskel Film Center. [They plan to update their web page by Jan. 19.]

Free science museum

February 4 - 28, 2019
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, Sundays, or Feb. 18.

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.

Black comedy

February 5 - 27, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $10

Free children’s music

February 5 - March 26, 2019
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Mel Brooks comedy in Aurora

February 6 - March 17, 2019
43 miles west
Based on a classic film, The Producers is a Tony-winning musical comedy about two con artists who produce a show, at Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

Ticket deal $46 to $63

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.

Murder mystery

February 7 - March 16, 2019
26 miles NW
Based on a book by Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is a whodunit involving strangers trapped in a quaint boarding house during a snowstorm, at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

Ticket deal $20

Valentine’s Day for families

February 8 - 14, 2019
Chicago locations
Enjoy a Valentine’s dance, party, or craft-making project thanks to the Chicago Park District.

Bonnie & Clyde musical

February 8 - 24, 2019
14.3 miles north
Bonnie & Clyde are notorious gangsters in an electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime, with blues, gospel, and rockabilly music at Skokie Theatre.

Ticket deal $17 to $21

Family theater

February 8 - March 31, 2019
34 miles north
Watch a family-friendly one-hour version of the hit musical Seussical, featuring colorful characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Whos, and Gertrude McFuzz at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Afterwards, the cast answers questions.

Ticket deal $9

Indoor scavenger hunt

February 9, 2019
(11 a.m.)
0.5 miles SW
Search for answers to clues underground on the one-mile Pedway Scavenger Hunt, followed by prizes and a free drink for those age 21+. Minimum age 18.

Beer festival

February 9, 2019
(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.

Cider tasting

February 9, 2019
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+.

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+.

Ticket deal $10

Pizza party

February 9, 2019
(1 & 6 p.m.)
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+.

Anime festival

February 9, 2019
9 miles south
Uchi-Con features gaming, cinema, Asian culture, vendors, speakers, panels, and workshops in the Ida Noyes Hall at University of Chicago. Free.

Valentine’s dinner at the zoo

February 9, 2019
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.

Bollywood dance show

February 9 - 10, 2019
27 miles west
Bollywood Boulevard is a stage show with dancing, live music, and video clips from 100 years of Indian cinema at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

Ticket deal $20

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.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 10, 2019
(7 p.m.)
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+.

Bicycle swap

February 10, 2019
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.

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 comedy

February 14, 2019
(7 & 9 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 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
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.
  • Feb. 14 - ”Grease” Swing Dance Party
  • Feb. 14 to 16 - ”Dirty Dancing” Salsa Party

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.

Chinese New Year dinner

February 15, 2019
(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.

Underground art show

February 15 - 16, 2019
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.

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 racing

February 15 - 16, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
35 miles NW
Watch racers compete at Arenacross on a huge man-made dirt race course in Sears Centre Arena.

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.

Creative comedy

February 15 - March 10, 2019
3.4 miles north
Jean’s life changes forever when she picks up a ringing cellphone on a cafe table in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a poetic fantasy about life, love, morality, and redemption at Greenhouse Theater Center for age 13+.

Ticket deal $10

Valentine’s cruise

February 16, 2019
(8:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles east
Cupid’s Booze Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II offers three floors (lounge area, dance floor, and top deck), views, DJ music, and a cash bar, departing from 200 N Breakwater Access for age 21+.

Ticket deal $28

Chinese New Year show

February 16, 2019
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.

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.

Ticket deal $16

Beer tasting

February 16, 2019
(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.

Run in your underwear

February 16, 2019
6.1 miles north
Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Sluggers to support charity. The 15-minute run starts at 2 p.m. Must be age 21+.

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.

Adult night at the planetarium

February 21, 2019
(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+. This month the theme is Afrofuturism, with a special museum-wide game, a panel discussion, and a film.

Whiskey tasting

February 21, 2019
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+.

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.

1950s party

February 23, 2019
(7 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
For the Love of Chocolate Gala promises “gourmet food, dancing to rock & rockabilly, a pin-up fashion show, and tiki bar cocktails at The Palmer House Hilton for $195.

Northerly Island adventure

February 23, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Beer festival

February 23, 2019
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+.

Tasting at the zoo

February 23, 2019
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+.

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
(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.

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.

Irish film festival

February 28 - March 3, 2019
5 miles NW
Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on the spirit of Irish culture at AMC River East and Society for Arts.

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