Show Me Chicago's top things to do in Chicago this weekend

Show Me Chicago's top things to do in Chicago this weekend

Another three day weekend beckons. With February weather acting more like May, it’s a great time to enjoy all the city has to offer. You may want to start your day with a run along the lakefront path, ice skating in Millennium Park or the Maggie Daley ice ribbon. Or how about a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo to check out its newest resident–an orange baby monkey, born February 6.

There’s also a ton of indoor happenings. Here are some of Show Me Chicago’s favorite picks.

President’s Day Celebration

Monday, February 20, Chicago History Museum

Lincoln. Acrylic Painting by Paul Brewer

Lincoln. Acrylic painting by Paul Brewer

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and other presidents with performances, craft activities and more at the Chicago History Museum on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on this day. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Opera: a virtual reality experience

February 18, 24, 25, Studebaker Theater

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) brings a virtual reality experience to the world-premiere opera “The Invention of Morel,” composed by Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police. The opera, based on Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 novel “La invención de Morel, promises a narrated virtual reality tour showcasing the landscape of “Morel” and stunning 360˚ views of the lush island where the futuristic opera is set.

Performances take place at The Studebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan) February 18 at 7:30 p.m., February 24 at 7:30 p.m., and February 26 at 3 p.m. Click here for additional details and tickets.

Valentine’s Day celebration at the Nature Museum

February 17, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museumnaturemuseumbirds

No it’s not too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day–on Friday, February 17, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hosting a family friendly I Heart Birds Valentine’s Day Dance.

Exotic bird species will join guests at the Nature Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Valentine’s party. Birds in attendance will include a blue-headed macaw, a black palm cockatoo, a silvery-cheeked hornbill a golden conure and the return of Ivy, an Ivory-billed aracari, who starred in the recent Rainforest Adventure exhibit.

Cost: Adults: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

Children: $15 for ages 3-18, $5 for ages 2 & under

An additional $5 per ticket purchased at the door


February 15 – 26, Auditorium Theatre

Game Changers–an exploration of seeing beneath the surface–comes to the Auditorium Theatre February 15 through February 26.  The dances feature works by three game-changing choreographers performed by stars of the Joffrey Ballet. Click here for tickets and information.

RV and camping show

February 16 – 19, Rosemont Convention Center

The Chicago RV & Camping Show comes to the  Rosemont Convention Center February 16 through February 19 showcasing 400 recreational vehicles, camping equipment and more. Click here for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 19, urbanbelly on Randolph

Chef Bill Kim is gathering 20 chefs from around town to prepare their culinary interpretations of Ramen at the annual Ramenfest on  Sunday, February 19, at urbanbelly, (1400 W. Randolph St.). Sample dishes from restaurants including Antique Taco, Green Zebra, Sunda and Smoque BBQ. Tickets:  VIP tickets include entry into Ramenfest one hour early, an additional drink ticket (3), and swag bag. General Admission tickets include a sampling of each ramen and two drink tickets.


The Chicago Auto Show…now through February 20, McCormick Place

View over 1,000 vehicles at McCormick Place from electric and concept cars to driverless cars and more from February 11-20. Free-$13. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago Theater Week…now through February 19

It’s not too late to catch some of Chicago’s best theatre at bargain prices, Chicago Theatre Week offers discounts to more than 100 plays.

French Poster Exhibition at the Driehaus Museum…now through January 7, 2018frenchposteraffochomania_lautrec-moulin_rouge-la_goulue

Ooh la la, the exciting new exhibition, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, at the Driehaus Museum (40 E. Erie St.) features nearly 50 posters by five grand masters of the medium (including Toulouse-Lautrec). The posters date from 1875 to 1910–an era known in France as the Belle Epoque. Now through January 7, 2018. Free-$20.

Orchid Show…now through March 26

Escape to the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe) for their annual Orchid Show. Bask in a tropical world of warmth and color with more than 10,000 varies of orchids. The show also feature events, activities and orchids for sale on various days. February 11-March 26. $8-$12, plus parking fee for non-members.

Merce Cunningham…now through April 30

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E. Chicago Ave.) and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis together present the largest survey ever of Merce Cunningham and his dynamic artistic collaborations in the immersive exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time.

Fringe theater festival…through February 26, Prop Thtr
Rhinoceros Theater Festival, Chicago’s longest-running fringe festival running at the Prop Thtr, continues through February 26.  The fest offers dozens of creative new shows from only $12.

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