NBA All-Star weekend officially takes over the city of Chicago this weekend. After three decades, the 69th edition of the All-Star game makes its way back to Chicago for a weekend full of incredible events, games, and activities for fans of all ages. Check out this quick guide to NBA All-Star weekend and all of the adjacent events happening throughout the city during this highly anticipated weekend.
How to get tickets to the games
If you are baller(literally) than paying for tickets to the actual All-Star game at the United Center may not be out of your price range. If you have less than a grand to spend, try grabbing tickets to the Rising Stars game or the Practice/Media Day. You still get a taste of the action without spending next month’s rent.
Where to grab exclusive merchandise to from Chicago designers
Chicago has a fashion scene that is in a league of its own. It’s quiet in the mainstream market but has a massive, global following in the realm of streetwear. During All-Star weekend, expect exclusive merchandise that can only be found in Chicago this weekend.
From collaborative sneaker drops with Chicago based designers and pop-up shops from luxury labels—here is where you should head for haute fashion finds during All-Star weekend: Fashion Geek x Puma, Tony’s Sports Pop-up, MCM Worldwide Flagship store opening, PRSVR, All-Star Sneaker Summit, Adidas x Fat Tiger Works, Champagne & Sneakers, Joe Fresh Goods x New Balance, The Jordan Chicago Collaborators’ Collection.
Where to eat and drink with celebrities and influencers
This isn’t too hard to figure out. Most celebrities confine themselves to only a few neighborhoods in the city. Head to bars and restaurants in West Loop, Gold Coast, or River North for some possible celebrity sitings. Don’t forget that is is Valentine’s Day weekend and the Chicago Auto Show is in town, so be sure to book a reservation today to get a good seat in the chicest restaurants in the city.
What parties and events to attend
The all-star weekend kicks off as early with free events and nationally televised events. Stop by the House of Blues on Thursday for the free NBA Road Show with well-known sports commentators and a live performance from Anderson Paak. There are also free kick-off events hosted by Mr. Brown’s Lounge, DSTRKT Bar & Grill, Chicago Black Millennials, and the Ace Hotel. The parties will also be non-stop during All-Star weekend. From a stadium day-party at Soldier’s Field to a silent party takeover at the famous Congress Hotel, and evening performances at River North night clubs featuring acts like DJ Khaled, Da Baby, 2 Chainz—there is an All-Star celebration for everyone, no matter the budget.
What other activities are available during All-Star Weekend
NBA All-Star weekend is not just about basketball. The weekend also seeks to highlight the community of the hosting city. If you are interested in community-focused events, check out Welcome to Chicago led by Shaquille O’Neal and Rainbow PUSH Coalition, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr a Soldier Field. The Beauty & Beast Mode Symposium features women in leadership roles making a difference in Chicago and around the world. See how basketball changes live at the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game, 13th Annual NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, Jr., and St. Sabina All-Star Peace Tournament. Finally, participate in the ultimate fan experience at the NBA Crossover at Navy Pier.
In addition to philanthropic events, the arts and cultural scene will be in full force this weekend as well. From secret warehouse concerts to local art events, there is an endless amount of arts, entertainment, and cultural experiences to check out during All-Star weekend.
Looking for more things to do beyond All Star Weekend? Be sure to check out the guide to Black History Month events in Chicago and Valentine’s Day date ideas.