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Weekend Haute List: Actually Cool Things To Do In Chicago

Ready for a long weekend in Chicago? You will be with this lineup of cool things to do. From test driving new cars at the Chicago Auto Show to discovering new artists at Pancakes and Booze, these annual events have a lot to offer for new and familiar vistors alike!

Read on and discover what’s events are taking place this weekend in Chicago.

Test Drive a New Car at the Chicago Auto Show

Now – Monday, February 20th // Time Varies

Cost: $0 – $15

The 2023 Chicago Auto Show is officially open to the public now through Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents Day, at McCormick Place. The 2023 show is the most experiential Chicago Auto Show yet, with seven total indoor test tracks and four outdoor test drives. Attendees can take a ride on the all-new redesigned Chicago Drives Electric EV Track, featuring the latest EVs from major car companies. In addition to the indoor test tracks, manufacturers will offer plenty of opportunities for fans to jump behind the wheel and take a test drive on city streets. Tickets to the 2023 Chicago Auto Show are currently on sale at 

Celebrate 15 Years at the Winter Block Party with Vocalo Radio

Saturday, February 18th // 12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free with RSVP, Tickets available at the door

Vocalo, Chicago’s Urban Alternative celebrates 15 years of being the nation’s first 24/7 non-profit radio station focusing on R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Dance music, and more. Their Winter Block Party is returning to Metro and Smartbar this weekend and everyone is invited. This year’s Block Party will feature programming from community organizations, including frequent partner Young Chicago Authors, an indoor market with local vendors, performances from local artists and DJ sets to keep everyone grooving all day long.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Reggies

Friday, February 17th – Saturday, February 18th // 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 – $15

Chicago’s Pop-Up Underground Art Show is back on February 17 and 18 at Reggies Chicago. Discover work from 100+ local artists exhibiting over 750+ pieces of work. Taste All-U-Can Eat Pancakes for free, as you view live performances from local DJs, producers, and live painting.

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Experience Black History Month Events Across the City

Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th // Time Varies

Cost: Price Varies by Event

Black History Month is here in Chicago! And, the events this year are bigger and bolder than ever. Check out these cool events this weekend in Chicago:

UIC Choral Festival Concert featuring Adrian Dunn

Connecting the Dots, The Bridge to the African Diaspora

Queens of the Policy(Multiple Days) at Harold Washington Cultural Center

Black Magic Showcase

BLK. Celebration of Everything Black


Dark Testament: Blackout Poems with Crystal Simone Smith

Black Creatives Makers Market

Weekend Mardi Gras Celebrations in Chicago

Friday, February 17th – Saturday, February 18th // 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Price Varies by Event

Just because you aren’t in New Orleans, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago. A selection of cool restaurants and bars in Chicago are hosting Mardi Gras events across the city that you have to check out. Find one near you below:

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl – Chicago

Carnivale 3 Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras – A Night in Nola

Ina Mae’s Tavern 5 Days of Mardi Gras

Chicago Samba – Carnival 2023

Soulphonestics at West Town

Saturday, February 18th // 6:30 p.m. – midnight

Cost: Free Admission

Dance the night away with the #InternationalRudeBoys Soulphonetics at Beatrix in West Town. The Chicago-based DJs and producers will provide uniquely curated vibes for a night out in Chicago. Enjoy music, food, cocktails, and more during this cool night out in Chicago

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