.It just snowed more in the last few days than in most months in Chicago, but it is good that it is out of the way because there is a lot to do in February in Chicago (in addition to Valentine’s Day). We have a starter list of indoor and outdoor events this month and hope you have been able to dig out of snowmageddon 2011.
1. Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) - In Chicago there is a great Chinese New Year parade through Chinatown that is free to attend. This year the parade is scheduled for February 6th at 1pm at On Wentworth from 24th Street to Cermak Road. Check out chicagochinatown.org for all the details and directions. Happy Year 4709, the year of the Golden Rabbit. A calm year before 2012 which will be the year of the Dragon.
2. Chicago Auto Show – February 11-20 The Chicago Auto Show is one of my favorite events in Chicago. It is the nation’s largest auto show and it has something for everyone. Most people go to the Auto Show because they are looking to buy a car and want to see what is available without the pressure of salespeople around. It is also great if you just like cars and enjoy seeing the new innovative designs. This year electric cars and concepts are some of the big attractions. Tickets are $11 each ($7 for kids and seniors) and the event is still at McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616. The show is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Go early to avoid the large crowds and get the best look at the cars. Why this is happening the same weekend as the Super Bowl is beyond me, if the organizers are reading this, move it a week later next year please, so people don’t have to choose between too many things happening on the same weekend.
2. Chicago Restaurant Week- February 18- 27th. Try some of the best food in Chicago from over 200 restaurants with special lower prix fixe menus just for the fest. This is a great way to discover a new favorite restaurant in your neighborhood or check out a place that everyone has been talking about lately. To find prices and the full list of participating restaurants check out choosechicago.com/chicago_restaurant_week_2011. The real deal is lunch for just $22 at some of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago.
3. Downers Grove Ice Festival- Theme: Love is in the Air, February 12-13, 2011. Don’t miss a family fun weekend filled with ice carving demonstrations (11am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday), as well as activities for all ages including a Magic Show by Ronald McDonald, appearance by Radio Disney Road Crew, $1 movie of “Happy Feet,” face painting and a Pancake Breakfast. Take in the decorative sculptures that will line the streets as you shop, dine and enjoy the Ice Festival. For more information on times and locations please visit downtowndg.org.