Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day outing or simply looking for a fun weekend festival, Chicago has plenty of February events to keep you entertained.
As residents of The Admiral at the Lake know, the neighborhoods of Edgewater and Andersonville offer a diverse variety of cultural activities and fun events. These February plays, festivals, and exhibits in the north end of Chicago will help you plan your coming month.
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Toast Chicago: Local Food and Drink
Chicago Restaurant Week began in January but don’t worry—if you haven’t had a chance to try some of the delicious samplings from Chicago’s best restaurants, you still have time. Of course, even after restaurant week ends, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Chicago cuisine.
January 26-February 8
Chicago Restaurant Week continues! Find a participating restaurant and enjoy delicious meals and delightful drinks during this yearly celebration of Chicago’s thriving restaurant scene.
Saturday, February 3
Old Crow Smokehouse River North, 149 West Kinzie Street
Calling all whiskey lovers! This festival celebrates whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches. You can enjoy over 30 varieties from around the world at this lively event.
Saturday, February 10
4043 North Ravenswood Avenue
Delight your inner child by attending this fun and lively adult pizza party. Enjoy pizza from 25 of Chicago’s top pizza restaurants and wash it down with samplings from some of the city’s best breweries. Just don’t forget to save room for dessert in the rooftop dessert lounge!
Saturday, February 17
600 East Grand Avenue
The 6th Annual Cider Summit will be held at Navy Pier. Grab some friends and choose from over 150 ciders that represent both regional and international blends.
No matter the time of year, Chicago always has an excellent array of live performances, from classic plays to the famous Second City Touring Company’s sketches. But February offers a unique opportunity for theater lovers, as Chicago Theater Week will be held throughout the second week of the month. Find your favorite and enjoy the show!
It’s Chicago Theater Week! Enjoy a wide range of comedies, dramas, musicals, and more at venues throughout the city. Participating theaters can be found here.
Friday, February 9
St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street
The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians feature six highly accomplished musicians from the Chicago area. Enjoy an evening of lively, emotional music at the stunning St. James Cathedral.
2350 North Racine Avenue
Get a peek at up and coming theater talent at the Theater School at DePaul University. From February 9-18, you can enjoy the stage adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel Native Son. Through the story of Bigger Thomas, the play explores the topics of systemic racism and poverty.
Saturday, February 10
Athenaeum Main Stage, 2936 North Southport Avenue
Looking for something fun to do for Valentine’s Day? Check out this dance show at the Athenaeum Theatre. It features 13 dynamic acts with numerous dance styles on display, including tap, ballet, urban fusion, Irish, Mexican folkloric, and musical theater.
February 21-April 15
800 East Grand Avenue
Enjoy the dramatization of the powerful clash between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, as the two royal women struggle over the right to rule.
Saturdays of February
The Second City Mainstage, 1616 North Wells Street
Every weekend you can enjoy “best of” performances by the legendary Second City Touring Company. Pulling from a 52-year history of sketches, songs, and improvisations, this comedy show has plenty of material to delight audiences.
Month of February
1650 North Halsted Street
The Steppenwolf has a full slate of performances scheduled for February, including You Got Older. You Got Older was written by Clare Barron and directed by Jonathan Berry. It follows Mae, a woman who returns home to care for her father and escape her former life.
Month of February
4802 North Broadway Avenue
Enjoy performances throughout the month at the Green Mill Jazz Club, which boasts “sophisticated informality.” Check their calendar of performances to see if anything catches your eye.
Chicago Film Scene
This is a great month to enjoy a film or two It’s a great way to take a break from the cold winds of winter and with a wide variety of both regional and national films, it’s easy to find something that interests you.
Tuesday, February 6
Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street
Dedicated to works from Midwest filmmakers, this cinema shows a regionally-produced film the first Tuesday of every month. It’s a great way to enjoy the Chicago independent film scene.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport Avenue
Presented by Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre Company, this film festival celebrates science fiction and fantasy films from around the world. Whether you’re a sci-fi enthusiast or not, it’s sure to be an entertaining time.
For all you history buffs, there are some February events you may want to check out. With a focus on both local Chicago history and broader topics, like the U.S. presidency, Chicago museums are presenting some fascinating exhibits this month.
Saturdays and Sundays of February
Edgewater Historical Society Museum, 5358 North Ashland Avenue
Running through April 2018, this exhibit is a hidden gem for Chicago history enthusiasts. Visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. to see a collection of artifacts from the Made in Chicago Museum.
Month of February
1601 North Clark Street
The Chicago History Museum has a lot of great exhibits and tours planned for February. They include “A Legacy Through Film: Executive Order 9066,” which details Japanese American incarceration during World War, a President’s Day event that takes a closer look at the U.S. presidency, and a Civic Talk led by Natalie Moore, a WBEZ South Side reporter. The museum will also be observing a Day of Remembrance to commemorate the anniversary of the Executive Order 9066.
Chicago Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering nurtures the soul. If you’re looking for ways to volunteer in your neighborhood, these events might be a good for you. And don’t forget, this month is the Chicago Volunteer Expo!
Monday, February 5
The Night Ministry
Help out with The Night Ministry’s Open Door Shelter Program by sharing some simple cooking skills with resident youth. Volunteers will work with residents to cook a meal, which they will then share. You can sign up here to receive more information regarding the full location and direction.
Monday, February 5
The Boys and Girls Club
Held at a local school community center, this is a great opportunity for those who love working with children. You’ll be paired up with a group of students to read a book and complete activities that teach things like self-awareness and responsible decision making. You can sign up here to receive the location of the event.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 North Cannon Drive
Looking for volunteer opportunities? This volunteer expo will have over 85 nonprofit organizations from all over Chicago for you to check out. You’ll find opportunities in a variety of fields, so whether your interest is in the environment, the arts, or social justice, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit.
Sunday, February 25
Join in as volunteers prepare and serve a meal to guests who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It’s a fun restaurant atmosphere that encourages fellowship. Sign up here for full location and directions.
Make the Most of Chicago Life at The Admiral at the Lake
At The Admiral at the Lake, there are many excellent activities and attractions within an easy walking distance. And for those who want to venture further out into the city, we’re only a 9-minute walk from the Red Line at Argyle. The whole city is open to us through the easily-accessible transit system.
Of course, there are so many things to do at The Admiral at the Lake, like classes, lectures, and social gatherings, that you can be entertained and stimulated without ever leaving the building. Since we’re a community-guided residence, the community members themselves have a say in what events and activities are offered. With their passion for lifelong learning and commitment to making the world a better place, not a day goes by without an educational or enriching opportunity.