What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL February 7th – 9th, 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this Weekend?

Choose from over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

 

Don’t miss What To Do With Kids for Valentine’s Day to start planning a family friendly Valentine Day adventure!

 

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

 

Chicago Auto Show

  • McCormick Place, Museum Campus
  • Feb 8th – Feb 17th; 10 am – 10 pm
  • “This year marks the 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.”
  • “All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.”

Chicago Restaurant Week

  • January 24th – February 9th
  • “Chicago Restaurant Week is a 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene. The 13th annual event brings together hundreds of the city’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines and making it the largest restaurant week in the nation.”

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

  • Feb 9th – 16th
  • “In 1926, Dr Carter G. Woodson founded “Negro History Week“, which fell on the second week of February. In 1976, February became Black History Month. While our Designer was busy creating Chicago Black Restaurant Week, she decided to honor Dr. Woodson’s initial legacy by placing CBRW during the second week of Black History Month…and it will be during the second week of Black History Month for years to come!”
  • 37 participating restaurants

The Orchid Show

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Feb 8th – March 22nd
  • “We play with color in artistic installations and feature 10,000 brilliant blooms in unexpected ways: via a towering kaleidoscope, a floating carpet, and a dramatic chandelier, designed to be lit and transformed by the winter sun.”

NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG

  • Feb 9th – Aug 16th
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • “Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. Whether you’re a fangirl or a legal scholar, don’t miss this blockbuster exhibit!”

Explore Ice Castles

  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Multiple dates and times
  • “Ice Castles is bringing fairy tales to life this season at Geneva National Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic!”

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures

  • Rosemont: Feb 6th – Feb 9th
  • “Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie — and you — embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. A fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions! See stars from Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, Frozen, The Lion King, Incredibles 2, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, your favorite Disney Princesses, and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.”

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • Sleeping Beauty (1959) – February 7 – 9
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Chicago Kids Company
  • Stahl Family Theatre, Chicago: Jan 16th – Feb 21st
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure

  • Filament Theatre
  • November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020: Saturday / Sunday @ 1pm & 3pm
  • “Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Snacks and drinks will be available.”

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • January 21st – February 16th
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am
  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”

Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • “The exhibit features 10 species of reptiles from around the world for you to see up close. Stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. The frilled dragon, blue-tongued skink, and the majestic uromastyx are ready to show you how these fierce creatures have inspired people throughout the ages. Through encounters with live collections and kid-friendly activities, the limited-time exhibit offers something for everyone. Let your imagination soar to new heights as you explore the exciting connections between dragons, people, and cultures!”

FRIDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Arts & Crafts at Wonderplay & Cafe

  • Algonquin
  • “Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be a part of our Valentine’s Day wall decor!”

10:30 AM: Broadway Storytime

  • HelloBaby
  • “Created by a professional performer turned an early childhood development specialist. Broadway & Me’s unique curriculum is both entertaining and developmentally appropriate.”
  • Feb 7th: Newsies

11:00 AM: Juicebox Children’s Series: Funkadesi

  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • “Chicago-based Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, Bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. The festive, virtuoso experience brings communities together while wowing crowds with danceable grooves. With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family.”

11:00 AM: Superhero Party with Captain America & Supergirl

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us on February 7th in the Live 360 Community Room for some fun with Captain America and Supergirl! There will be a dance party, free treat, and pictures. Activities available for open-play during event. Event is free. Registration encouraged but not required.”

11:00 AM: Weekly Tot Time at The Arb

  • Live 360° | Escape/Play
  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “These are indoor event, The Live 360 Studio is located between Georgio’s Pizzeria & Pub and Cooper’s Hawk.
    **FRIDAY 2/7- Superhero Party (rescheduled date)
    Come join Captain America and Supergirl in the Live 360 Studio for a dance party, treat, and pictures.”

5:30 PM: Ice Festival Downtown Downers Grove (Preview Night)

  • Main and Curtiss Street, Downers Grove
  • “The first live carving demonstration will be Friday, February 7th, under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss. The fun will continue on Saturday, February 8th, with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as directly south of 5150 Main Street.”

6:00 PM: Slime Time with Easypieces

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Commons, 2nd Floor East Side
  • “Inspired by the visceral and gooey works in Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces, the MCA is making slime! Come join us in the Commons to create your own slime and experience a tour of this second floor exhibition, led by two of our expert guides.”

SATURDAY

 

 

 

9:00 AM: Family Days at the Adler Planetarium

  • “Join us during regular museum open hours for family-friendly pop-ups, the opportunity to connect with community partners, and more. Plus, check out our new Community PlayLab for children 6 and under! Family Days are included with Museum Entry and free for members! Families get $2 off Museum Entry on Family Day—just mention this promotion at the Box Office when you purchase your tickets. Or purchase your tickets online on February 8 using code FAMILYDAY for $2 off Museum Entry

9:00 AM: Play For All: Adaptive Sports Day

  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • “Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to providing exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all families. During Play For All, we invite children and families with disabilities to come and experience CCM’s playful, multisensory exhibits and activities for a special private hour, beginning at 9AM inside the museum, along with our members. CCM opens up to the public at 10AM. Play For All families are welcome to stay and continue exploring the museum all day.”

10:00 AM: Hearts & Hops

  • The Lantern Haus, Forest Park
  • “Join us in the Haus as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family! WE Events crafts, drinks (kid and adult), snacks and more available for purchase. Free to come, pre-registration required!”

10:00 AM: Rescue Rangers: Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

10:00 AM: Winterfest

  • Bolingbrook Park District
  • “A free day of fun for everyone! Enjoy family-friendly activities like snow painting, snowball slingshot, a family photo station, food vendors, and MUCH more!”

10:00 AM: Jump Fest

  • Village of Shorewood
  • “Don’t let Winter bring you down, jump around at Jump Fest!
    This great event will feature various inflatables all located
    inside the warm Walnut Trails School Gym! Each Jumper will
    pay $10 for a wristband that gets you unlimited jumping
    fun until 4:00 pm! Yes, that means the only charge is to the
    jumpers, so, all of you non-jumping parents get in free!
    Savarinos pizza will be available for purchase.”

10:00 AM: CAC Family Day

  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • “The CAC’s monthly Family Day is a new opportunity for families with children ages 3+ to enhance their Center experience. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Use your imagination to build and make a take-home craft project too. Themes and activities change each month.”
  • February Theme: How Buildings Work

10:00 AM: UMOJA Black History Month Celebration

  • Horman Square Community Center Park
  • 10 – 4
  • “Come out and enjoy the annual UMOJA Black History Celebration at Homan Square Park. The free event features performances by children an adults in park programs, vendors of African American products and attire and food vendors featuring soul food menus. Enjoy music and informational vendors as well. Be a part of the village! Performances begin at 12 noon.”

10:00 AM: The Boy and the Violin: A Brazilian Folktale

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Buntrock Hall
  • “All alone in the world, a young boy sells his family’s meager belongings to buy a violin. The boy and the violin set out on a journey bringing joy and laughter to creatures big and small who hear the beautiful strains of the instrument.”

10:30 AM: Start Your Rockin’ Collection!

  • The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • “Create your personalized rock collection! Bring your own egg carton to repurpose into a collection box! Decoration materials are provided. Each child can choose several rocks, minerals and fossils to start or fill in their collection carton. Rocks from home can also
    be brought in for identification. Adult supervision is required.”

11:00 AM: MCA – Family Day: Junk Monster

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • “Where does the junk in our world come from and where does it go? Play with the absurdity of producing and consuming stuff with Chicago artists. Play a game about landfills with the WasteShed. Use recycled materials to make public art with Derric Clemmons. Explore the galleries through movement with Ione Sanders. Shake a box of stuff to make a beautiful painting with the Gharib family. And more.”

11:00 AM: Time Out Market Lunar New Year Celebration

  • Time Out Market Chicago: 916 W Fulton Market
  • 11 – 2
  • “Ring in the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Time Out Market Chicago! Join us for an afternoon of art, music and culture for the whole family. Kids and their parents will be able to paint handmade fans and have their names written by a Chinese calligrapher, and everyone will be able to watch vibrant lion dancers shimmy their way through the Market. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the first floor for special bites from Bill Kim and Mini Mott or a curated cocktail at the bar.”

11:00 AM: Ice Festival Downtown Downers Grove

  • “Enjoy nearly 50 pre-carved ice sculptures that will line the streets of Downtown Downers Grove. New this year, stop and play one of the ice games. There will be bozo buckets, penny pitch, bean bag toss and a ring toss to enjoy. These games are in addition to a variety of other pre-carved sculptures, including a kangaroo, an astronaut, diamond ring, castle, and so many more beautiful ice sculptures. Make sure to stop by and for a picture in the Kissing Booth on Main and head to Curtiss Street for a picture in the I Love Downtown Downers Grove Picture Frame.”

11:00 AM: Ice-A-Palooza

  • Central Athletic Complex, Wheaton Park District
  • Break your winter blues and experience Ice-A-Palooza! This is a FREE event.Enjoy:
    • Meet and Greet with Elsa and Anna
    • Face Painting (11:30A-1:30P)
    • Open skating
    • Hockey
    • Kids games
    • Ice skate rental and purchase on-site by Play It Again Sports – sizes are limited, it is suggested you bring your own skates.
    • Performances by Center Ice of DuPage
    • Concessions available – additional fees vary

11:00 AM: Ice Art Walk & Cocoa Crawl

  • Downtown Wheaton
  • “Enjoy a family winter tradition in Downtown Wheaton! Stroll through Downtown Wheaton to view the many custom-carved ice sculptures. Also, enjoy a live ice carving demonstration at Martin Memorial Plaza at noon.”

11:00 AM: Juicebox Children’s Series

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Chicago-based Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, Bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. The festive, virtuoso experience brings communities together while wowing crowds with danceable grooves. With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family.”

12:00 PM: Knuffle Bunny: Snack and a Show

  • Northbrook Theatre
  • “Double your Knuffle Bunny fun with our Snack and a Show! Join cooking instructor Jill Roter to make bunny cupcakes, watch the performance of Knuffle Bunny at 1pm, then return to decorate and eat cupcakes after the show. Registration includes two seats in our cooking class and two tickets to the show.”

1:00 PM: Lunar New Year Celebration

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • 1 – 4:30
  • “Celebrate the Lunar New Year with art-making activities, games, performances, an artist demonstration, and gallery talks in English, and also available in Mandarin. At 5:00 head to Millennium Park for a special lantern procession, and continue the celebration at Maggie Daley Park.”

1:00 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

1:10 PM: Valentine Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • “Public ice skating at Rocket Ice Skating Rink provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the ice together. It is a fun setting for beginners to give skating a try in a relaxed environment. The music rocks and the mood is friendly, so come out and join the fun!”

2:00 PM: Cosley Zoo Presents: Illinois Wildlife

  • “Join us at the library to discover the animals that call Illinois home. We will get to meet some of our furry friends live and in person! No registration needed.”

5:00 PM: Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
  • “Together with the Xilin Association of Naperville and the Chicago Huaxing Arts Group, Fox Valley Mall will welcome the Year of the Rat with a fun-filled Chinese New Year celebration. Throughout the event, there will be a number of activity and exploration booths. The event, held in Center Park on the Lower Level, will also feature an array of cultural activities and brief 5- to 10-minute live performances that will both educate and entertain guests.”

5:30 PM: Lunar New Year Lantern Procession

  • From The Art Institute head across the street at 5:30pm to light up the night with a lion-dance led lantern procession from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park, followed by more New Year’s activities, including a lion dance finale, arts and crafts, and ice skating.

4:00 PM: Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Gallagher Way: 3635 N. Clark Street
  • 4 – 8:30 PM
  • “Scare away evil spirits and bring good luck into the New Year as you enjoy traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon dances, learn more about your Chinese Zodiac, and watch in awe as the Winterland Ice Rink is taken over by a magical light performance with live dancers. Children may participate in the Chinese lantern-making workshop and march in the procession during the Lantern Parade around Gallagher Way, showcasing the lantern they created. This event is free and open to the public.”

4:00 PM: Winter Chilly Fest

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
  • “Come to Emily Oaks Nature Center for winter fun under the stars and a cozy indoor chili dinner! Winter Chilly Fest is held on both Saturday and Sunday night from 4-8 p.m. Play snow and ice games outdoors, along with a hay ride through the woodland with lighted trees, campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, snowshoeing, and ice skating on the pond (weather permitting).”

 

SUNDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Dragons Alive!

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • “Dragons await you at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Dragons Alive! the Science and Culture of Reptiles.
    The exhibit features 10 species of reptiles from around the world for you to see up close. Stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. The frilled dragon, blue-tongued skink, and the majestic uromastyx are ready to show you how these fierce creatures have inspired people throughout the ages.”

10:00 AM: Superfriends: Sunday Morning Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

11:00 AM: Miss Muffy’s Family Friendly Drag Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Grab your kids (or your chosen family) and come to the Carbon Arc Bar for Family Friendly Drag Queen Brunch!
    Muffy Fishbasket and two of her best gal pals will be there to perform, read a story, lead a sing-along and help you enjoy your Sunday afternoon!
    A Sunday Brunch for the WHOLE FAMILY! Hosted by Chicago’s own Muffy Fishbasket and featuring special guest starring queens!”

11:00 AM: Cookies With Princess Beauty

  • D’s Treats & Ice Cream, Bloomingdale
  • “Come decorate a cookie or two to take home with the lovely Princess Beauty! Meet and greet time, and of course time for photos! 4 time slots, but only 10 kids per slot. Tickets only sold at the door if spaces are open so book online to reserve your spot!”

12:00 PM: wndr x Smitten Boutique: Valentine’s Day Card Workshop

  • wndr museum
  • “On Sunday, February 9, join us at wndr from 12-4PM for Valentine’s Day-themed arts & crafts! Following your museum experience, spend some time crafting Valentine’s Day cards in our Food & Bev space. All materials provided.”

1:00 PM: Valentine Skate

  • Oak Lawn Park District
  • “Enjoy a “sweet” afternoon of skating, a visit from everyone’s favorite snowman, a balloon character from our balloon artist (time permitting), raffles and music provided by our DJ. The fee for this event is $7.00 for admission and $3.00 for skate rental. For more information, please contact 708-857-5173.”

1:30 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

2:00 PM: Chocolate Sundae Sunday

  • Discovery Center Museum
  • “Scoop up a scrumptious treat during this delicious event where you can select your own sundae toppings! Vote for your candy and rank your chocoholic tendencies while delighting in some toe-tapping music. Then come to the craft corner to design a dazzling Valentine! Museum admission is not required and not included.”

2:00 PM: Boystown Ice Follies

  • Gallagher Way
  • 2 – 5 PM
  • An outdoor skate party and drag show!
  • “It’s a Sunday Funday of skating hilarity, live DJ, hot drinks, cold beer/cocktails & drag entertainment. Featuring ice queen Denali Foxx, DJ CircuitMOM & host Alexis Bevels. Joined by the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. Presented by Boystown & CircuitMOM Productions.”

2:00 PM: Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Chinese American Museum of Chicago
  • “Please join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago in welcoming and celebrating the Year of the Rat at our Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The festive event will feature Chinese music, Chinese food, arts and crafts, and more! And what would a Chinese New Year Celebration be without a traditional Chinese Lion Dance! It’s a perfect event for the entire family!”

2:00 PM: Yin He Dance – Lunar New Year

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
  • “Come celebrate the new year with us at this all-ages family program featuring dances from China’s different regions and ethnic enclaves! Learn and play through performances, cultural lessons, and hands-on activities that are sure to thrill those both young and young-at-heart. We’ll see you there!”

4:00 PM: Winter Chilly Fest

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
  • “Come to Emily Oaks Nature Center for winter fun under the stars and a cozy indoor chili dinner! Winter Chilly Fest is held on both Saturday and Sunday night from 4-8 p.m. Play snow and ice games outdoors, along with a hay ride through the woodland with lighted trees, campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, snowshoeing, and ice skating on the pond (weather permitting).”


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