February in Chicago is full of incredible events to shake you out of your January hibernation. Check out this month’s guide of things do fashion, food, community, and cultural events in Chicago this month.
A Babely Bazaar
Wednesday | February 20th | 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Slippery Slope | 2357 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free
Slippery Slope, the eclectic bar location in Logan Square will host an evening themed market showcasing unique, handmade goods, from local artists. Late night shop by supporting women-owned businesses. Check out the full list of vendors here.
MADE Handmade Art Market
Sunday | February 10th | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Morgan MFG | 401 N Morgan St. | Free
MADE is a carefully curated one-day experience showcasing everything handmade. Come see, taste, drink, try on, buy, and enjoy! Find gifts for yourself and your love just in time for Valentine’s Day. For more details, visit the event page.
Fashion Show Chicago
Wednesday | February 6th | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Godfrey Hotel | 172 W Huron St. | $40 – $1,000
Celebrate elegance and romance at the Fashion Show at The Godfrey on this February. Enjoy collections of Chicago top designers Model Atelier, Sylwia Designs, Alicia Perillo, and more. Mingle, win a raffle, get high-quality photos from published photographers and meet celebrities from Cinespace while listening to special guest DJ. Get your tickets and support La Rabida Children’s
Fashion Show 2: F R E E D O M
Saturday | February 9th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hairpin Arts Center | 2810 North Milwaukee Ave. | $30 – $35
Join the ArtShow, a community-driven organization that raises money for charity through art, for their first fundraising event of 2019. Designers from across the Chicagoland area will come together to highlight designs that empower a basic yet very important human right: Freedom. Grab your tickets for general admission or upgrade to VIP to enjoy more
Food + Drink:
Sausage Fest 2019
Saturday | February 16th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery | 737 W Randolph St. | $60
Pick your favorite sausage, any sausage plus more at SausageFest this month. SausageFest celebrates sausages, beer, cheese, and cider all under one roof. The fest will feature 12+ housemade sausages, 12+ excellent guest sausages, ten kinds of cheese and 30+ beers & ciders vendors. All Haymarket House beers will be available, as well as 30+ awesome guest drafts. Check out the event page for more details including participating vendors and to purchase tickets.
Saturday | February 9th | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave. | Free
Discover tropical treats and taste your way through the fruits and vines of the Garfield Park Conservatory. This family-friendly event allows you to try some sweet treats while learning about plants in our collection such as chocolate, vanilla, banana, papaya and more. This event is FREE with a $5 suggested donation and open to all ages. For more details, check out the event page.
Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest
Saturday | February 2nd | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kendall College Trust |300 N North Branch St. | $90 – $195
Kendall College Trust is hosting its fourth annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest on Saturday, February 2. Chicago’s finest chefs from top restaurants will be creating their take on this classic dish. The fried dishes will be paired with different types of Champagne and sparkling wines provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits along with Goose Island beer. All event proceeds benefit Kendall College Trust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for students in need obtaining their culinary and hospitality degrees as well as high school students from underserved communities in Chicago. Grab your tickets to the event here.
2019 Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner
Saturday | February 9th & 16th | 3:30 p.m.
Hing Kee | 2140 South Archer Ave. | $35 – $40
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute presents the 15th Annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner, as it has always been one of the most recognized traditions of the Chicago Chinese New Year celebration. Experience all-time-favorites like storytelling, LION DANCE, dumpling making, traditional Chinese meal are still available as usual. Tickets to this event are limited, so make sure to get yours here.
Chicago Volunteer Expo
Sunday | February 24th | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | 2430 N Cannon Dr.| Free
An event featured in last year’s guide, the Chicago Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for guests to explorer over 85 nonprofit organizations and how they can give back and get involved this year. Whether your passion is social justice or the arts, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. Register to the attend the event and learn more about participating organizations by visiting the event page.
Our Existence is Resistance: Dialogue on Gender-Based Violence
Friday | February 1st | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
375 E Chicago Ave. | Free
The International Indigenous Youth Council and Good Kids Mad City invite you to join in on active dialogue towards changing the narrative on gender-based violence. This event will be held at Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Negotiation & Mediation at Northwestern Pritzker’s School of Law. This forum will be home to a host of educators, speakers, and activists in which topics of inherited trauma, lived experiences, preventative education, and resources to combat gender-based violence will be discussed at length. RSVP does not guarantee entry, so be sure to arrive early for this important conversation.
Valentines Against Violence and Incarceration
Sunday | February 3rd | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Read/ Write Library Chicago | 914 N California Ave. | Free
Send love and solidarity to women in prison this month. Join Chicago Book to Women in Prison, Mom United Against Violence and Incarceration, and Read/Write Library for letter writing in solidarity with incarcerated women. Learn about current freedom campaigns and express your support. The hosts of the event will provide names and addresses of women in Illinois prisons, along with Valentine’s Day cards, card-making. For more details event, visit the event page.
Arts + Culture:
Friday – Sunday | February 15th – 17th | 5:00 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago | 914 N California Ave. | Free
Pitchfork and the Art Institute of Chicago are proud to announce Midwinter, a three-night event taking place at the Art Institute on February 15-17, 2019. Midwinter will feature performances from over 30 artists, with performances taking place each night throughout the museum. Various gallery spaces will also feature ambient installations by various artists inspired by and responding to the iconic works at the Art Institute. In addition to the shows and installations, Pitchfork Radio will broadcast live from the Art Institute. Ticketholders can sit in on artist interviews, DJ sets, conversations, and more. To purchase your tickets to this event that is the first of its kind, visit the website here.
2019 Argyle Lunar New Year
Saturday | February 9th | 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Uptown United | 4753 N Broadway Ste. 822 | Free
The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. Kick off the YEAR OF THE PIG with music, colorful lion dances, entertainment, and more with Alderman Harry Osterman, Uptown United, and the Argyle business community. Join the processional of local groups, floats, starting near the Argyle “L” stop. Bring the whole family for this neighborhood event. Check out the event page for more details.
Chicago Theatre Week 2019
Thursday – Sunday | February 7th – 17th | Time Varies
Location Varies | $0 – $30
Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week returns for its seventh year. Visitors and residents have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago. From musicals to plays to comedy, theatre is for everyone in Chicago. Find the full list of participating theaters by visiting Choose Chicago.com.
The Chicago Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Friday – Saturday | February 15th – 16th | 8:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Reggies | 2109 S State St. | $10 – $15
The nation’s premier pop-up art show, The Pancakes & Booze Art Show celebrates 10 years this February. The pop-up show provides art lovers and collectors an opportunity to explore more than 300 pieces of artwork created by some 100+ local Chicagoland artist. Artwork immensely varies from pop art to fine art, photography and more. Show-goers can sip on some of the dankest craft beer or signature cocktails while consuming free pancakes over and over again. Grab your tickets, by visiting the event page here.
Need more things to do this month? Be sure to check out the guide to Black History Month events and Valentine’s Day celebrations.