Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Feb. 21-23

Shannon Blum
February 21, 2020 - 7:31 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- National Margarita Day is Saturday! And what’s great about margaritas is that you can customize them however you like: on the rocks or frozen, salt, sugar or no rim, plus you can enjoy them in a variety of different flavors or just keep it classic. If you are looking for great places to go out and have a margarita, I have put together a list of where to celebrate!

Besides the fun, national holiday, there are a lot of great events going on this weekend in and around Chicago. The annual Cider Summit Chicago returns to Navy Pier on Saturday. It is the weekend before Fat Tuesday, so there are a lot of bars and restaurants hosting Mardi Gras celebrations.  The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show is in full bloom and Chicago Theatre Week wraps up this weekend, so if you want to see a show at a discounted price, now is the time to do it! Plus there is so much more.

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

Cider Summit Chicago
Cider Summit Chicago

Cider Summit Chicago

For those who prefer cider, head to the Cider Summit Chicago at Navy Pier on Saturday. Attendees will be able to sample nearly 200 ciders, cider cocktails and apple spirits from a variety of artisanal producers, including popular brands and new releases. There will be two time slots. Admission includes 16 tasting tickets, with more available for purchase during the event. More info.

Where: Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (VIP at 11 a.m.) and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (VIP at 4 p.m.).

Cost: $40-50 (plus fees)


Chicago Volunteer Expo

Alone, the challenge can feel overwhelming, but together there’s so much we can do. The eighth annual Chicago Volunteer Expo features 75 non-profit organizations from all over the city that are looking for help, from social-justice groups to environmental organizations. Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, find out what you can do to make a difference. More info.

Where: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

black and white kitten


CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, and each screening at the Music Box raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area. More info.

Where: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago

When: Saturday & Sunday, noon

Cost: general admission $12; seniors & children $9; members $8

Heaven On Seven
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Mardi Gras Celebrations at Heaven on Seven

Fat Tuesday is next week, but there are some big celebrations happening already this weekend. If you are seeking to be transported to New Orleans without leaving Chicago and are in search for some comfort food, then head to Heaven on Seven! The restaurant is celebrating 40 years and are going all out for Mardi Gras. Heaven on Seven will have pre-Mardi Gras celebrations on Friday and Saturday with live music and food and drink specials. Arcana will perform on Friday and Dibs Quintet Brass Band will perform on Saturday. More info.

Where: Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash - 7th Floor, Chicago

When: Friday & Saturday

Cost: Varies

French Korner at Houndstooth Saloon
Houndstooth Saloon

French Korner Pop-Up at Houndstooth Saloon

Houndstooth Saloon, for the first time ever, is transforming the corner of Clark and Roscoe into the French Korner, bringing a slice of the Big Easy to Chicago with 21 days of Mardi Gras music, food, drink, and merriment. The pop-up features wall-to-wall Mardi Gras décor, tons of masks and beads, multiple bars serving up New Orleans staples, Instagram-worthy photo-ops including a Mardi Gras parade float outside, and a whole lot of party! On Saturday, Houndstooth Saloon is hosting Houndapalooza! Spend Saturday at The French Korner at Houndstooth for a day filled with live music and an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil with Chef David Dickensauge. There will be two different styles of crawfish served: Vietnamese and Cajun-style. More info.

Where: Houndstooth Saloon, 3369 N. Clark St., Chicago

When: now-Tuesday, Feb. 25

Cost: Varies


Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

It may be cold outside, but it is warm inside at the Orchid Show! The Chicago Botanic Garden plays 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. Every weekend during the show, orchids are for sale at the Orchid Marketplace. And on Thursdays, check out Orchids After Hours. More info.

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

When: Saturday, Feb. 8-Sunday, March 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Chicago Theatre Week

Experience Chicago’s fearless theatre scene for just $15 or $30 (or less!) from Feb. 13 – 23, 2020. Chicago Theatre Week features value-priced tickets to more than 100 performances at theatres across the city, from musicals to improv to dramas and beyond. More info.

Where: Varies

When: Feb. 13-23

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 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