Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Feb. 7-9

Shannon Blum
February 07, 2020 - 7:39 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's a busy weekend in Chicago, which means there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. The Chicago Auto show revs up this weekend at McCormick Place, the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show is in full bloom, the Travel & Adventure Show returns, and so much more! 

Plus, Chinese New Year celebrations continue as the Lunar New Year comes to a close. And it is the final weekend to check out your favorite Chicago restaurants during Restaurant Week. 

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

Chicago Auto Show
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Chicago Auto Show

Go take a ride! The annual Chicago Auto Show roars back to McCormick Place to showcase the latest and greatest developments in the world of cars, trucks, SUVs, and 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. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. More info.

Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.  

When: Saturday, Feb. 8-Monday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (8 p.m. Feb. 17)

Cost: $13, kids and seniors $8, Free Admission for children 6 and younger


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: Adults $14 (members $12), seniors and children $11 (members $9)

Cupid’s Undie Run
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Cupid’s Undie Run

Join countless others this weekend at the Cupid’s Undie Run through Wrigleyville. The “brief” fun run raises money for neurofibromatosis research. NF is a genetic tumor disorder that affects one in every 3,000 births. Why undies? Because those affected with NF can't cover up their tumors to feel more comfortable. And after the mile run, there will dance party at Sluggers. So grab your favorite undies and go run for the cause. More info.

Where: Sluggers, 3540 N. Clark St.

When: Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

Cost: $45

Travel & Adventure Show

America's favorite travel show returns to Chicago this weekend. Explore endless vacation options, plan your trip face-to face with thousands of travel experts right on the show floor, meet travel celebrities Rick Steves, Josh Gates, Pauline Frommer and Peter Greenberg, attend dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy Traveler and Destination Theaters, discover over 250+ destinations from around the globe, immerse yourself in faraway cultures with song and dance on the Global Beats stage, enjoy fun for the whole family with camel rides, segway rides and an adrenaline rush obstacle course; and save BIG with exclusive show-only specials and trip giveaways. The best part? All of this is included with your ticket. More info. 

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (Hall F), 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Gallagher Way’s Chinese New Year “Year of the Rat” Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Chinatown at the Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration. 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 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 that they created. More info.

Where: Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St.

When: Saturday, 4-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Time Out Market Chicago
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Time Out Market Chicago’s First Fridays: Passport to Cuba

Time Out Market Chicago continues its First Fridays event series with a special pop-up from Otros Ojos, a Chicago-based travel company that hosts immersive retreats to Cuba. Guests will be transported to the Pearl of the Antilles with help from a Cuban-fusion flamenco band, a beautiful art gallery, cubanos from the Purple Pig and delicious coffee daiquiris. Plus, Otros Ojos will raffle off tickets to their Wicker Park supper club series and offer guests a special discount for their upcoming trips to Cuba. More info.

Where: Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market

When: Friday, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Free


Lunar New Year Celebration at The Art Institute of Chicago

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 p.m. head to Millennium Park for a special lantern procession, and continue the celebration at Maggie Daley Park. More info.

Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with museum admission

A Guide To Chinese New Year In Chicago

Chinese Lantern

Lunar New Year Celebration and Lantern Procession

After you celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Art Institute of Chicago, head across the street to Millennium Park at 5:30 p.m. 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. More info.

Where: Maggie Daley Park

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Designed to recognize African-American–owned eateries in the Chicagoland area, Chicago Black Restaurant Week returns Feb. 9-16. Coinciding with the end of Chicago Restaurant Week, diners can take advantage of discounts and special menus at more than 35 participating restaurants. More info.

Where: Various locations throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs

When: Sunday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 16

Cost: Varies


Chicago Restaurant Week

The 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene kicked off Friday, Jan. 24. 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: Now – Sunday, Feb. 9

Cost: Varies

Broadway in Chicago


See Riverdance, like you have never seen it before. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again. More info.

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

When: Now-Sunday, Feb. 9

Cost: Varies

Malin Akerman, Moana and Sebastian Zincone attend Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream Celebrity Skating Party at Staples Center on December 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures

Hit the road to adventure! Disney on Ice returns to the Allstate Arena this weekend with an all new show! 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. It’s 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. More info.

Where: Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont

When: Now-Sunday, 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 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