What to Do in Chicago Each Day of February 2019

This is where we'll be all month.

February 1: Wanda Sykes—The Emmy award winning comedian (known for her stint on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) returns to the Chicago Theatre for an evening of clever stand-up about current events that’ll make you think while filling you with uproarious laughter.

February 2: Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest—Located at Kendall College’s River West campus, this festival is a who's-who of Chicago’s thriving fried chicken scene. Have yourself something tasty from places like Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Dove’s Luncheonette and wash it all down with some top shelf champagne. Not into champagne? The nearby brewery, Goose Island, will provide a selection of local beers to quench your thirst.

February 3: Super Bowl Pig Roast—Today’s the big day. Will Tom Brady and the Patriots win their third NFL Championship in five years or will the L.A. Rams defeat them and claim their first Super Bowl victory since 1999? Get the crew together and go to Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park to find out. The Division Street BBQ hot spot is hosting a complimentary pig roast that starts shortly before kick off along with Lagunitas beer specials throughout the night.

February 4: Panic! at the Disco—Fueled by their smash hit, “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco are bringing their massive Pray For the Wicked tour to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Betty Who, probably best known as the signer of the theme song of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” opens.

February 5: “Game of Thrones” Pop-Up Bar—Winter is coming to Lincoln Park! In anticipation of the TV show’s upcoming final season, Replay! is transforming itself into the fantasy wonderland of Westeros where you can explore places like Winterfell, take photos with White Walkers, have a “Red Wedding” feast with majestic wizards and joust with mighty warriors. Admission is free, but a VIP ticket will cost you $20. VIP gets you a pint of mead in a keepsake goblet, a commemorative print and express entry to the bar. As of publication, no end date has been announced.

February 6: Olafur Arnalds—Arguably best known for creating the musical score for the BBC murder mystery, “Broadchurch,” the award winning Icelandic composer sold out his last few runs in Chicago. He returns to Thalia Hall for a night of adventurous elegance that explores the intersection of modern classical and minimal techno. Also February 7.

February 7: Chicago Theatre Week—Aiming to pick up where last month’s Restaurant Week left off, Theatre Week aims to celebrate Chicago’s flourishing theatre scene by placing a much deserved spotlight on theatrical productions throughout the city at venues such as the Goodman and Steppenwolf. Enjoy more than 100 shows with tickets as low as $15. Also February 8-17.

February 8: Cher—Do you believe in life after love? Let the beat go on as you enjoy seeing the Goddess of Pop sing six decades worth of majestic pop anthems at a rare show at the United Center.

February 9: Chicago Auto Show—The largest auto show in North America returns downtown to McCormick Place to showcase the most promising cars in the world. Spend the afternoon taking Instagram selfies next to exquisite international high-end cars from Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Maserati. Afterwards, marvel at the autonomous electric cars that will drive us around in the near future. Also February 10-18.

February 10: Chinese New Year Parade—Head on down to Chinatown and spend the afternoon celebrating the Lunar New Year with an incredible parade full of traditional lion dances and immaculately designed floats inspired by dragons. Afterwards, explore the bustling markets of Chinatown Square. Make sure to stop by Joy Yee for an authentic glass of bubble tea and satisfy that hunger at the trendy Korean fried chicken restaurant, Bonchon.

February 11: Be Your Best Self: Mindfulness & Empowerment For a Better 2019—For an increasing amount of people, taking a break from the internet is a form of self-care. But many don’t know where to start. Come to EvolveHER, a feminist coworking loft in River North, for a free workshop and discover how to integrate physical and mental fitness into your self-care regimen so that you can be your very best you.

February 12: Friends! The Musical Parody—Could this be any more cool? Get some friends together and check out “Friends! The Musical Parody,” which starts a three-week run tonight at the Broadway Playhouse. This delightful throwback pokes fun at the iconic TV show while celebrating being a 20-something in ‘90s Manhattan. Also February 13 - March 3.

February 13: Anna Karenina—The world famous Joffrey Ballet makes their 2019 debut tonight at the Auditorium Theatre with a stunning new production based on Leo Tolstoy’s legendary novel, “Anna Karenina.” Anchored by choreography created by the visionary Yuri Possokhov and an incredible musical score by composer Ilya Demutsky, this world premiere also enlists the Australian Ballet for an all-star collaborative effort that demands to be seen. Also February 14-24.

February 14: Oysters and Rose for Valentines Day—You don’t have to break the bank to show your partner that you care on Valentine’s Day. Frontier, in Noble Square, is running a special of $5 glasses of rosé and $1 oysters so that you and your beloved can celebrate each other in style without going to the poor house.

February 15: Pitchfork Midwinter—A continuation of their immensely popular after hours party series, After Dark, the Art Institute has teamed up Pitchfork to present Midwinter, a three-day indoor music festival inside Chicago’s cherished art museum. Lose yourself in provocative artwork while watching performances from some of the most daring names in contemporary music from the award winning jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington to the acclaimed German hip-hop producer DJ Koze. Also February 16-17.

February 16: Skate Night: Match Made in Heaven—The downtown ping-pong bar SPIN transforms into a roller rink for one night only while spinning funk, disco, soul and more classics. Admission is free, but it’ll cost you a few dollars if you need to borrow a pair of skates.

February 17: “The Price is Right” Live—Come on down to the Chicago Theatre for a fun filled afternoon watching this on-stage version of the hit daytime show. It’s possible you’ll get called on to play classic games like Plinko, spin The Big Wheel and win a BRAND NEW CAR. Hey. It could happen. If you don’t come, you can’t win.

February 18: Lyric Opera Backstage Tour—Go behind the drama with a guided backstage tour at the Lyric Opera House. Journey into the depths into one of downtown Chicago’s most memorable buildings where you can view glamorous costumes, explore the art-deco orchestra pit and learn about the level of craftsmanship that it takes to bring your favorite opera productions to life.

February 19: Cat Video Fest—Move over dogs. Cats are the internet’s favorite pet! To celebrate their lovably quirky ways, Music Box is hosting a curated film festival of the very best cat videos found online and showing them on the big screen. A portion of ticket sales goes to help kitties in need. Also February 17-19.

February 20: Savor Lincoln Park—Escape the cold and head on over to Theater on the Lake for Savor Lincoln Park, an indoor food festival featuring some of the most exciting culinary talents in the city.

February 21: Travis Scott—Fresh off performing at the Super Bowl with Maroon 5, rapper Travis Scott goes into sicko mode when he takes over the United Center, his first show in Chicago since headlining Lollapalooza last summer.

February 22: Kelly Clarkson—Fueled by the the strength of her latest Grammy nominated album, “Meaning of Life,” Kelly Clarkson returns to Rosemont for a thrilling night of charismatic pop gems at the Allstate Arena.

February 23: Chippendales—Have an epic girl’s night out at House of Blues with a mischievous performance by the Chippendales, America’s most scandalous striptease show. Spend the night getting up close and sexy with impossibly attractive men and admire their sweet butts dance moves.

February 24: Schitt’s Creek: Up Close and Personal—Join Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and the rest of the cast of the hit TV show as it comes to Chicago Theatre for a night of hilarious behind the scenes stories and thought-provoking Q&A.

February 25: Rock n Roll High School—Hey! Oh! Let’s go to the Music Box Theatre for a screening of The Ramones’ zany musical comedy, “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.” Shown on the big screen with a brand new 35mm print, sing along with the iconic punks as they work to save the day from an evil principal and his unjust moratorium on rock 'n' roll.

February 26: Black History Month Happy Hour—Head to the Chicago History Museum to celebrate Black History Month. Your ticket gets you two free drinks as well as access to fantastic exhibitions like “Remembering Dr. King” and “Amplified: Chicago Blues” that aim to showcase the immense cultural impact that people of color had, and continue to have, on the city.

February 27: Lovett or Leave It—Join the #Resistance with Jon Lovett, a former Obama speechwriter and host of the hit podcast “Pod Save America,” as he brings his solo show to the Chicago Theatre for a night of witty and satirical takes on the latest news stories.

February 28: Winter Wine School—Refine your palate with a crash course of Californian wines tonight at City Winery. Taste a wide variety of Californian wines while learning about the history of winemaking in the region. You’ll also pick up a few tips about pairing wine with food and how to choose a good varietal for any occasion.

Selena Fragassi
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