Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Shannon Blum
January 31, 2020 - 7:56 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- January is finally out of here, as February begins Saturday! And to leap into the new month, there are plenty of events to keep you keep you going. Chinese New Year celebrations and Chicago Restaurant Week continue throughout this weekend; and if you want to stay active why not try a Pilates class at Lincoln Park Zoo or enjoy the weather and go ice skating at one of Chicago's many rinks? 

Plus, this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday! There are plenty of bars around Chicago hosting watch parties. Be sure to check out our complete list of where to watch.

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.

Lunar New Year parade
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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Chinatown at the neighborhood's official Lunar New Year parade. Attendees line Wentworth Avenue to see marching bands, decorated floats and traditional lion dancers. The colorful procession begins at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue, traveling north to Cermak Road. More info.

Where: Chinatown, Wentworth Avenue from 24th Street to Cermak Road

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Argyle Street Lunar New Year Celebration

A day before Chinatown celebrates the Lunar New Year, the party kicks off in Uptown! The annual Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade is decades-old local tradition. Floats, bandsm and lion dancers will begin the procession at Argyle Street and Winthrop Avenue, heading east along on Argyle Street, south along Sheridan Road, west along Ainslie Street and north along Broadway. Before and after the parade, families can stop by the Latin School of Chicago, the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library or Axis Lab to take part in activities. More info.

Where: Uptown, Argyle St. from Broadway to Sheridan Rd. to Ainslie

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Hot Chocolate

Andersonville Hygge Fest

The Danish concept of “hygge” has been around for ages. It refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of Hygge. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is bringing a weekend of Hygge to Andersonville during the month of February when folks need a little warming up. The weekend kicks off with a Pajama Fun Run, which takes off from Elixir Andersonville at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The weekend continues with a Coffee & Hot Cocoa Crawl, which allows visitors to enjoy warm beverages at a variety of local destinations. More info.

Where: Andersonville, various locations

When: Saturday & Sunday

Cost: Varies

Once On This Island
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Broadway in Chicago’s Once On This Island

It is the final weekend to see Once On This Island at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Once On This Island is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Grab your tickets before it’s gone! More info.

Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Cost: Varies


Pilates With The Primates

Experience a mat based Pilates class with a private viewing experience of the primates in the Regenstein Center for African Apes. This all levels mat Pilates class will include strength and stretching exercises. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m., class beings promptly at 9 a.m. and concludes at 10 a.m. Guests should bring their own mat and water bottle. More info.

Where: Regenstein Center for African Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive

When: Sunday, 9-10 a.m.

Cost: $25 ($20 for Members)

 A Stormtrooper on the red carpet at the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England.
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Chicago Steel’s Star Wars Night

On Saturday, February 1, join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for Star Wars Night at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva! Attendees can meet and take pictures with over 20 of their favorite Star Wars characters provided by 501st Legion Midwest Garrison. In addition, there will be fun themed promotions and contests for all ages. More info.

Where: Fox Valley Ice Arena, 1996 S. Kirk Rd., Geneva

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Restaurant Week

The 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene kicks off Friday. 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. During Chicago Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special prix fixe menus at more than 430 restaurants throughout Chicago and nearby suburbs. These multi-course meals are $24 for brunch or lunch, and $36 and/or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). More info.

Where: Varies

When: Friday, Jan. 24 – Feb. 9

Cost: Varies

Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm
Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm

Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm

There’s no need to head inside when the weather turns cold. The dropping temperatures, first snowfalls, and icy ambience awakens your need to go outside and play. And that's why winter is the best time to throw a massive, outdoor festival in downtown Chicago! The creative mastermind team behind Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up and Frosty’s Christmas Pop-Up Bar, are back for the first time ever, larger-than-life, multi-sensory spectacle of Holiday lights, unique winter Instagram photo opportunities, an Christmas Tree Farm and S-now much more! More info.

Where: 1455 N. Elston Ave.

When: Now through March; Monday-Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Millennium Park Ice Rink
Ice-skating at the Millennium Park ice rink (Mike Ramsey/WBBM Newsradio)

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Skate under the Chicago skyline and within eyeshot of the Chicago Christmas Tree at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Admission to the rink is free, and you can rent skates for $13–$15. The most popular time to hit the rink is in the evening, so show up earlier if you don't feel like waiting in line for your chance to slide around. Take advantage of free skating lessons on Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. If it seems too warm to skate, call ahead—this rink is open through March 8, weather permitting. More info.

Where: Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. 

When: Friday, Nov. 15-March 8 (weather permitting)

Cost: Free, skate rentals $13–$15

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Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, with the city's sweeping skyline as a backdrop, the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is a winter attraction 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. More info.

Where: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St. 

When: Friday, Nov. 15-March (weather permitting)

Cost: Free, skate rentals $13–$15

Winterland at Gallagher Way
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Winterland at Gallagher Way

The Cubs may be hibernating for the winter, but Gallagher Way provides some excellent reasons to hang out in Wrigleyville during baseball's off-season. The public square's Winterland event series offers an array of seasonal, family-friendly activities, including an 8,000-square-foot ice rink, curling and skating lessons, holiday movie screenings and more. More info.

Where: Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St.  

When: Wednesday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Feb. 16

Cost: Free, event/activity pricing varies

Cocktail of the Week: The Touchdown
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Cocktail of the Week: The Touchdown

If you are watching the game at home, then then I have the perfect drink for the big game – it’s called the Touchdown, made with bourbon whiskey, lemonade, and ice tea. It’s super simple to make and definitely quenches your thirst!


  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 4 oz lemonade
  • 4 oz unsweetened iced tea
  • Lemon wheel or sprig of mint for garnish


  1. Combine whiskey and iced tea in a mixing glass with ice
  2. Stir well
  3. Strain into a Highball glass filled with ice cubes
  4. Fill with lemonade to taste
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel or a sprig of mint before serving