CHICAGO, Monday, January 28, 2013. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there is no shortage of exciting happenings in the Windy City. Here is a preview of places to go and things to do this February in Chicago.
Chicago Restaurant Week, February 1 through February 10, 2013.
This years 6th annual Chicago Restaurant Week will feature more than 250 restaurants throughout the Chicago area, including more than 25 new participating restaurants.
Black History Month.
Black History Month events and celebrations bookmark the month of February and even extend into March. Check out the Chicago Park District and the DuSable Museum for starters. Then, mark your calender for February 28 for the Black History Month Celebration at noon on Daley Plaza. The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County/African American Employee Council’s (AAEC) Annual Awards presentation will be honoring key African Americans in Chicago at a special ceremony.
Groundhog Day, February 2, 2013.
Will he or won't he? Find out in person at one of Chicago's groundhog day specials. Celebrations include happenings at Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo and Woodstock's Annual day of Groundhog related festivities that kick off at 7 a.m. with Woodstock Willie's prognostication followed by breakfast and more.
Valentine Market, Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chicago's popular Randolph Street Market celebrates "Passions & Vanties" at their February market. The Valentine market will highlight gems, couture, art, antiques and more. Warm up with chili or a selection of drinks and other foods. Admission fee, $8 advance, $10 door. Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, free parking lot steps away from entrance.
Disney on Ice, February 1 through February 10, 2013.
Move over Blackhawks and Bulls, Disney on Ice takes over the United Center turning it into a fairyland for family fun for the first 10 days of February.
Superbowl, Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Even though the game takes place in the Big Easy, Chicago will be holding game parties from bars and restaurants to private gatherings. Just don't run out of wings.
The Chicago Auto Show, February 9 through 18.
Collector cars, concept cars, the newest models and more are just the tip of the iceberg at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. First Night for Charity, a little pricey but an awesome black-tie preview, kicks off the show on February 8.
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Paczki Day, February 12, 2013.
Call it what you like, according to tradition this is the last day of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual six-week fasting period of the Lenten season. It is also a day for parades, parties and celebrations. If you are a fan of Paczkis, check out some of Chicago's favorites on Show Me Chicago's Paczki Primer from last February. If you are looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago, here are a couple of local events:
Toast to Fat Tuesday at HUB 51
In honor of Fat Tuesday and all things delicious, HUB 51 is encouraging all to get their eat – and their drink on. To experience a bit of the Big Easy in Chicago, head to the River North mainstay and order up a round of HUB Hurricanes with Don Q tequila for just $10 a pop—refills $6. HUB 51 312 828 0051.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Paris Club
Experience a taste of the French Quarter in Chicago at Paris Club. To commemorate Mardi Gras, traditional French bistro Paris Club is offering a selection of inspired specials including Chicken Etouffée and hearty, flavorful Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Gumbo. Reservations: 312 595 0800.
Chicago Theatre Week, Tuesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 17.
You can celebrate Fat Tuesday and Chicago Theatre Week together on February 12. Chicago Theatres will offer over 100 shows from Chicago's biggest and best. The exceptional line-up of theaters and cultural institutions participating goes from Broadway in Chicago to the CSO to everything in-between.
Valentine's Day and Valentine's Weekend, February 14, 15, 16, and 17.
Valentine's week falling during Chicago Theatre Week provides the perfect opportunity to treat your Valentine to Chicago's exciting theatre scene at bargain prices or check out some of Chicago's romantic restaurants. Reservations are recommended as things can get very busy at this time of year.
Chinese New Year...The Year of the Snake, February 10 through February 24.
Chicago offers a number of celebrations for Chinese New Year from a kick off celebration at noon on Daley Plaza on February 11 to the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood. The parade steps off at 24th Street and travels down Wentworth Avenue before ending at Cermak Road. You may want to arrive early to preview the colorful floats, marching bands, lion dancers, and the massive dragon. Another idea, check out Koi Restaurant in Evanston for their Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Picasso and Chicago, Opens February 20 through May 12, 2013.
The first major Picasso exhibition in almost 30 years, Picasso and Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago will showcase over 250 of Picasso’s paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings in Regenstein Hall. The exhibition opens February 20 with member preview days, February 16 through February 19.
The Oscars, 85th Academy Awards® February 24, 2013.
Chicago will host many Oscar celebrations but the one that has become the "official Red Carpet Chicago Oscar party" will be held at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street, Ticket prices: $100 General Admission, $200 VIP.