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Around Town Best of Chicago Special Occasions

February brings with it the last stretch of winter but not necessarily the best weather, especially in the
Midwest. Moreover, the fact that most people in Chicago are scouring the city for things they can do on Valentine’s Day can be an ordeal in itself. However, the shortest month of the year gives you plenty of reasons to celebrate, from bars to ice skating rinks. Community members should come out of their apartments in Chicago and check out some of the best events taking place this month in Illinois’ most charming city.



  • Chicago Auto Show – This is a chance for motor heads to check out the best and most unique cars in the world. More than 1000 vehicles are showcased along with auto-related exhibits, accessories, collector vehicles and competition cars.
  • Chinese New Year – This is great chance for those of you who are looking to get a new start on your yearly resolutions. February 8th, 2016 welcomes the Chinese New Year and festivities that continue throughout the month. You can usher in the Year of the Monkey with some authentic cuisine or witness the Oriental Carnival of the Dragon Dance.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – Their new after-hours series serves up a great selection of performing arts, live music, local food and film screenings making it one of the most exciting events in Chicago. Electronic artist Holly Herndon will be headlining a multimedia performance this month. The evening also features performances by The Bitchin’ Bajas and Jimmy Whispers. You also have DJ sets from Tim Kinsella and How to Dress Well.
  • Retro Ski Lodge Party – Bundle up in your best ski digs and go on a trek through the Gold Coast on a bar crawl. Fuzzy ear muffs, sea goggles, spandex and leg warmers are all recommended. The participating restaurants and bars include Coconutz, Butch McGuire’s, The Original Mother’s, Hopsmith Tavern, the Hangge Uppe and McFadden’s. Explore the best pubs and drinkeries while keeping nice and warm on your shuffle.

In a large metropolitan area like Chicago, Illinois, there is always something new and exciting going on. Events, shows, and local businesses are ever present and changing throughout the variety of neighborhoods in the city. Check out some of the events listed above and try something you’ve never visited before!

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