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50+ things to do in Chicago this February

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Chicagoans never let a little cold keep them inside. While February in Chicago can get a little frosty, there’s plenty of thins to do all month long. Catch a pop-up music festival, cultural celebrations for the Chinese New Year, film festivals, free concerts in a greenhouse, and more. And it’s also a great month to be a foodie — Chicago Restaurant Week runs through Feb. 9 (so book your tables ASAP!).

Here’s a few of the top things to do in Chicago this February:

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival (Feb. 3 – 23)

Music Box Drink-a-long (Feb. 5)

DJ Nights at Millennium Park ice rink (Feb. 6 and 20)

Chinese New Year (Jan. 24 – Feb. 9)

Full Moon Troll Hike at Morton Arboretum (Feb. 7)

Photo by Niels Bragger

First Look for Charity at Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 7)

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Art Institute (Feb. 8)

Wicker Park Chillfest (Feb. 8)

Cupid’s Undie Run (Feb. 8)

Lunar New Year Lantern Procession (Feb. 8)

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Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration (Feb. 8)

Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 8 – 17)

Randolph Street Market (Feb. 8 – 9)

Chicago Restaurant Week (through Feb. 9)

The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden (opens Feb. 8)

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Lunar New Year performance by Yin Hee Dance (Feb. 9)

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (opens Feb. 9)

Chicago Black Restaurant Week (Feb. 9 – 16)

Music Box Bingo (Feb. 11)

Chicago Theatre Week (Feb. 13 – 23)

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Black History Month Celebration of Jazz (Feb. 13)

NBA Crossover (Feb. 14 – 16)

NBA All-Star Rising Stars (Feb. 14)

Friday Night Flights at the Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 14)

In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration (opens Feb. 15)

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State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 15)

69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center (Feb. 16)

All-Star Tip-Off Party at TAO (Feb. 12)

The Hip-Hop Kickback Concert at Chicago Theater  (Feb. 13)

Rhinoceros Theater Festival (through Feb. 21)

Time Out Market Chicago
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Photo by Jack Li

Unveiling Black Figures Film Series (Feb. 9,  16, and 23)

Young People’s Concert at Chicago Cultural Center (Feb. 20)

Murder Mystery Dinner at Lincoln Park Zoo (Feb. 20)

3rd Fridays at Bridgeport Art Center (Feb. 21)

Cider Summit Chicago (Feb. 22) 

Newberry Library Classical Candlelight concert
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Paczki Class at Bittersweet Pastry (Feb. 22)

Music Frozen Dancing at Empty Bottle (Feb. 22)

IN/MOTION Dance Film Festival (Feb. 22)

Mardi Gras at Time Out Market (Feb. 23)

International Carnivale at Navy Pier (Feb. 23)

Garfield Park Conservatory fern room
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Uppers & Downers Beer Festival (Feb. 23)

Mardi Gras Beer Pairing Dinner at Goose Island (Feb. 25)

Music Under Glass at Garfield Park Conservatory (Feb. 26)

Bach recital at Rockefeller Chapel (Feb. 27)

Chicago Irish Film Festival (Feb. 27 – March 1)

Art inside Nevermore Park by Hebru Brantley
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Photo by Bianca Garcia

Candlelight Special: 250 Years of Beethoven (Feb. 27)

Conjuring: Black Histories in Jewelry (through Feb. 28)

The March exhibit at DuSable Museum (opens Feb. 28)

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (Feb. 28 – March 1)

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Black History Month by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (Feb. 29)

Trinity Irish Dance Company at Auditorium Theatre (Feb. 29)

Hebru Brantley’s Nevermore Park (through March 1)

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