Get Out! Surviving Winter in Chicago
“Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride.” – Men At Work
There are some that complain, and others that thrive, in this finger-numbing weather. Either way, those with a case of cabin fever, or simply in need of heading out, might find this list useful. We’ve gathered some events taking place through the end of February and, trust us, they’re definitely worth a trek in these sub-zero temperatures.
So bundle up, keep things layered and covered, and you’ll be fine. (Plus, it’s a great excuse for a hot toddy.)
JAN 22: Chicago Restaurant Week (1/22 – 2/4)
It may not yet be the time to be thinking about your diet during (the two weeks of) Chicago Restaurant Week, because it’s your opportunity to explore more than 350 restaurants featuring special prix fixe menus. Also, if you’re up for it, check out their current Instagram contest for your chance to win tickets to the First Bites Bash.
JAN 24: CumbiaSazo
If you’re looking to do some dancing and listen to new music, stop by CumbiaSazo at Double Door. This tropical bass dance party happens every fourth Saturday of the month and features plenty of cumbia and an array of global musicians, Chicago artists, DJs, and local vendors. It’s been named by Chicago Reader as a “Best of Chicago” pick and is considered the largest monthly global bass party in the US. RSVP here.
JAN 30: Polar Bear Plunge
We’re not saying you have to participate but it’s a fun event to watch and even better that it’s all for a good cause. The Lakeview Polar Bear Club continues to celebrate the excitement of jumping into Lake Michigan during one of the coldest months of the year. What started in 2001 as a challenge among friends is now an annual fundraiser helping families in need. To date, they’ve raised over $270,000.
FEB 7: Chicago Humanities Festival
While more CHF programs are announced for the new year, events in February include a conversation with artist Theo Jansen and Michael Eric Dyson. Jansen is the creator of the Strandbeest. Have you seen the beach creatures? Woah! CCC is hosting the exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, which is free and open to the general public. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the remarkable landmark building, especially those much talked about stained-glass domes. With free cultural events all year round, this is the perfect place to spend time on those cold winter days.
FEB 11: Chicago Theatre Week (2/11-21)
It’s a celebration of all things theatrical! In its fourth year, CTW offers the opportunity to sample more than 100 theatrical productions in Chicago at special prices. You can catch performances like Bold Moves by The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 2666 at Goodman Theatre or even Cabaret at Broadway of Chicago.
FEB 13: Chicago Auto Show (2/13-21)
Did you know this version of an auto show is the largest of its kind in North America? And, that it’s been held more than any other auto expo on the continent? That’s right! Check out this family-friendly event now in its 108th edition.
FEB 21: Neighborhoods of the World (2/21-4/17)
Navy Pier is hosting a weekly celebration of the culturally rich communities in our city. Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll be able to explore the many cultures of Chicago through music, dance, cuisine, and more. It’s free and open to the public!
FEB 28: Darkside
This event is perfect for craft beer and video game lovers. Starting at noon, Emporium Arcade Bar is exploring an array of dark beers, stouts, black saisons, IPAs and more. Plus, Johnny Van’s Smokehouse will be offering up delicious grilled treats. Tickets to the event include 32oz of your favorite drink and a bag of tokens. Score!
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