Weekend Seekers Guide: Things to Do February 14th – 17th

The weekend is full of love Chicago! This weekend, enjoy an array of things to do—from Black History celebrations to unique Valentine’s Day events. Check out the full guide below for more details of this weekend seekers guide to Chicago.


Black History Month Ujamaa Market at CSU

Thursday – Friday | February 14th – 15th | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chicago State University | 9501 S King Dr. | Free

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Image| Ujamaa Market

Keep the dollar in the Black community this weekend at the Ujamaa Market at Chicago State. Shop from local vendors for clothes, jewelry, skin care products, necessities, food & more at the two day event. For more information, visit the event page here.

Finding Love on the Bloomingdale Trail

Monday – Sunday | February 11th – 17th

Bloomingdale Trail |W Bloomingdale Ave. | Free

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Image | Bloomingdale Trail

This February, love is local. Explore the Bloomingdale Trail with your loved ones and look for the limited-edition magnets (courtesy of Busy Beaver Buttons) hidden along the trail. Find one, and use it to warm up with great perks at over a dozen local businesses in the area. For more details on the event and a list of participating businesses, visit the Bloomingdale Trail website.

Food + Drink: 

Sausage Fest 2019

Saturday | February 16th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery | 737 W Randolph St. | $60

Image | Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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+ selection of guest drafts. Check out the event page for more details including participating vendors and to purchase tickets.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Sunday – Saturday | February 10th – 17th | Time Varies

Location Varies | Price Varies

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Support Black owned businesses as you celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend in Chicago. Chicago Black Restaurant Week (CBRW) is a week-long celebration highlighting Chicago’s African- American restaurants and eateries in the Chicagoland area. Last year, CBRW patrons spent over 11,000 dollars at 26 participating restaurants and vendors. Check out my post about CBRW from 2017. Find participating restaurants for 2019’s CBRW by visiting the official Instagram page.


Random Acts of Love

Thursday | February 14th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Hairpin Arts Center | 2810 N Milwaukee Ave. | $10 – $15

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Image | Hairpin Arts Center

A day dedicated to the celebration of LOVE should be for everyone! You are invited to spend Valentine’s Day at the Hairpin Arts Center. Hairpin will host a special V-day party that will explore love in all its forms and expressions. Is love a feeling? An act? A state of being? Is love exclusively reserved for special people in your life, or an inclusive phenomenon shared among all of life? What has your experience of love been? Do you fall in love or leap into love? Does who you are affect how you love? The event will be full of art, music, libations, and of course, love! Purchase your tickets by visiting the website here.

Arts + Culture:

Skate Nights

Thursday – Friday | February 14th – 15th | 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 12 S Michigan Ave. | $20

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Image | Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Skate weekend is back at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel this February! We’ve got two different nights, with two different DJs – choose your vibe. Tickets to each session are $20. On February 14th, Singles, couples, trios and more, unite this Valentine’s Day to a live DJ setting the mood with swoon-worthy classic jams and songs to sing your heart out to. February 15th, Roll into the weekend with a little hip-hop – we’re flipping the script with a different DJ. For tickets to the event, visit the event page.

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

Image | Pancakes & Booze Art Show

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.

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