Things to do in Chicago in February

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.

  1. Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year). In Chicago there is a great Chinese New Year parade through Chinatown that is free to attend. The route starts in Wentworth and goes from 24th Street to Cermak Road. Check out https://www.chicagochinatown.org/ for all the details and directions.
  2. Chicago Auto Show. 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. The event is still at McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616. Go early to avoid the large crowds and get the best look at the cars.
  3. Chicago Restaurant Week. 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 https://www.choosechicago.com/restaurants/chicago-restaurant-week/. The real deal is lunch for just $24 at some of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago.
  4. Downers Grove Ice Fest. Don’t miss a family fun weekend filled with ice carving demonstrations as well as activities for all ages including a magic show, appearance by Radio Disney Road Crew, winter crafts, 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 see this online brochure.

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