Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Feb. 28-March 1

Shannon Blum
February 28, 2020 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is Sunday! And if you love peanut butter, then I recommend you try a recently released peanut-butter whiskey named Skrewball. It’s super smooth and tastes just like a spoonful of peanut butter! You can enjoy it on the rocks, but if you are looking to mix it up, why not try a peanut butter old fashioned, made with Skrewball whiskey, rye whiskey, a dash of bitters, and a cherry on top! It’s perfect to get you through the month of February.

Besides the fun, national holiday, there are a lot of great events going on this weekend in and around Chicago. C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo returns to McCormick Place this weekend; the 20th annual Chicago Polar Plunge is Sunday at North Avenue Beach; Edison Park's annual Irish Sunday Funday returns; it is one of the final weekends to go ice skating downtown; plus, so much more.

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

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

You're invited to the only comic, cosplay, and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago! C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo is the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest. C2E2 espouses that all nerds need a place to call home. Whether you’re a fan of comic books, cosplay, video games, anime, TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, comedy, or anything else – C2E2 is your home for good and geeky times. More info.

Where: McCormick Place, South Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive., Chicago

When: Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1 (Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Polar Plunge

The Chicago Polar Plunge celebrates 20 years this year! Thousands will take a dip into the icy waters of Lake Michigan, to help raise money for Special Olympics Chicago. Everyone who jumps into the frigid lake is asked to raise $200 for the charity (though it's free to come out and watch the festivities on North Avenue Beach). Plus you never know who you will see taking a dip. Celebrities are known to take part in the event.  More info.

Where: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Edison Park Irish Sunday Funday
Edison Park

8th Annual Irish Sunday Funday

Edison Park is turning green on Sunday, March 1st! Come and support the local businesses. From live Irish music to green deals, you won't want to be anywhere else! More info.

Where: Edison Park

When: Sunday, all day

Cost: Free

Florida Keys Week Fundraiser
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Florida Keys Week Fundraiser at Onward

Are you dreaming of a vacation, but can’t getaway? Onward in Rogers Park is hosting a Florida Keys Week Fundraiser, bringing some of the warmth of Florida to Chicago. The restaurant has completely transformed its food and drink menu, transporting guests to the beach destination. The fundraising event benefits the Dolphin Research Center and Marathon Turtle Hospital. More info. 

Where: Onward, 6580 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago

When: now-March 8

Cost: Varies

Orchid

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

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 15 (weather permitting)

Cost: Free, skate rentals $13–$15