Chicago is alive and well with events all year long no matter how frigid those temperatures get. So, what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy our beautiful city. Can’t figure out where to start? Here are a couple of February recommendations from some places that I’ve recently hit and some that I’m still trying to get to.
- The 2010 Chicago Auto Show is here. The Chicago Auto Show continues to be the largest and longest-running auto show in North America and this year promises to reveal more than a dozen new products. McCormick Place, February 9 – February 11, 2010. Buy your tickets online, you’ll save time!
- What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Maybe start prepping by peeling away some winter harshness for you or with a loved one. Why not visit Mario Tricoci and experience Radiance Peel. I just had the opportunity to try this at the 900 N. Michigan location and noticed the instant glow on my face. This peel can also be done during lunch time and you even get a complimentary make-up application after your facial service so you can get back to what you’re doing after.
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- This year’s Chinese New Year (Lunar Year 4708 – Year of the Tiger ) happens to fall on Feb. 14th too. So why not join in some cultural festivities with the family.
Check out the Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 14th in Chinatown that starts at Wentworth from 24th St. to Cermak Rd. The parade will include marching bands, floats, lion teams, a100’ Mystical Dragon, and Miss Friendship Ambassador. Parade starts at 1:00pm but activities starting as early as 11:30am
Then on February 20th, St. Therese Chinatown School is hosting their Annual Chinese New Year Dinner complete with traditional Chinese banquet and entertainment. This year’s event will be emceed by Chicago’s TV News Anchor, Nancy Loo and Local Entertainer David Wong. Anyone can join in on this cultural experience.
- How about some Shakespeare fun with the family. Yes, even with the kids! Check out Short Shakespeare! Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. Comedy of Errors is story of love, life, and confusion! The language can be very hard to take especially at the beginning with the young ones, but the story lines were easy to follow and my 2 boys (10 and 6) laughed so much. A real treat for all ages.
- Restaurant Week is here again. This is the time to gastronomically tour all those restaurants that can be pretty hefty on the pocket. For a mere price of $22 / $35 Prix Fixe lunch and dinner your tummy and pocket will be both thanking you!
- Have you tried skating at Wrigley Field yet? Make sure to hit the last few “half price skate” Tuesdays and then head to Rockit Wrigley – (3700 N. Clark ) after! Receive 50% off their winter warm-up drinks, soup & kids menu items before or after “half price skate” night across the street at The Rink at Wrigley!
- And here are some free activities at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.
Ice Skating Lessons
Saturdays and Sundays, February 6 – 28, 8 – 10 am
Beginner lessons, 8 – 8:30 am and 9 – 9:30 am
Intermediate lessons, 8:30 am – 9 am and 9:30 am – 10 am
Learn the basics of ice skating and play fun and interactive games on the ice in the beauty of Millennium Park. These family friendly morning sessions are open to Chicagoans and visitors of all ages and skill levels.
Late Night Ice Dance Parties, Ice Dancing Demonstrations, and Extended Rink Hours for Public Skating
Fridays and Saturdays, February 5 – February 27, 7 – 11 pm
Ice Dancing Demonstrations at 7, 8:30 and 10 pm
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Weekend nights will offer spectacular ice dancing demonstrations, and extended ice rink hours for skating and late night dance parties on the ice.