Everything You Need to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Updated On 02/15/2018 at 05:00PM EST Updated On 02/15/2018 at 05:00PM EST
Sunday - Sunday
Feb 11-18
Various locations
Black Restaurant Week is a celebration of African-American culture, cuisines, and black-owned establishments in the Chicago area and its suburbs. Its goal is to highlight the history behind those restaurants and expose diners to delicious food from participating Chicago restaurants like Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes, Love Krave Cakes, Lem’s BBQ House, Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, and several others.
Cost: Prices and specials vary by location, but you can check out the full rundown at the official site.
Monday - Sunday
Feb 12-18
Various locations
It’s a full week of cider-themed activities centered around Saturday’s big Chicago Cider Summit at Navy Pier, with satellite events around the city including karaoke, dancing, dinner, and a post-summit hangover brunch.
Cost: Prices vary
Feb 16
East Room
Join in one of the few actually not-terrible Mardi Gras parties in town with Hurricanes, beads, feathers, masks, and a brass band second line parade plus live performance and DJ sets.
Cost: $10
Feb 16
Row 24
Join Atlas Obscura for one of the coolest throwback parties of the year at this weird history-themed night featuring drag queens, burlesque acts, casino games, “vice historians,” and a cocktail-slinging robot.
Cost: $55-$100
Friday - Saturday
Feb 16-17
Music Box
Watch porn in the company of strangers as the annual touring fest comes to Chicago with four sessions of short amateur porn that will change the way you look at adult entertainment.
Cost: $25 per session
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Friday - Thursday
Feb 16-25
Briar Street Theatre
The Blue Man Group is a music, theater, comedy, and performance arts show for all ages, and it's got several dates booked in Chicago this month. It's an unforgettable show and a great option for your lazy Presidents Day.
Cost: $39
Feb 17
Empty Bottle
Gather outside the Empty Bottle for this annual winter tradition to rock live sets in the cold by ADULT., Thee Oh Sees, and B Boys with the help of Goose Island beer, chili from the venue’s chili cook-off winner, and tropical tunes from Lumpen Radio DJs inside.
Cost: Free
Feb 17
Haymarket Pub
It’s an honest-to-goodness sausage fest at a local brewpub with 30+ house-made and guest sausages paired with 30+ beers and ciders, plus 10 cheeses. This event couldn’t be more Chicago if it tried.
Cost: $55
Feb 17
Trophy Room
This is a tequila fest in the middle of winter. Does anyone really need any more incentive than that?
Cost: $22.40-$100
Saturday - Monday
Feb 10-19
Various Wrigleyville bars
If you can’t wait for next year’s TBOX to act like a complete imbecile on the streets of Wrigleyville, this Mardi Gras-themed bar crawl from the TBOX crew is right up your puke-filled alley.
Cost: $25
Feb 17
Rock Bottom
If one Valentine’s Day just isn’t enough for you, extend the holiday at this post-V-Day bash featuring beer pong, quarters, bag toss, and trivia competitions for teams of two with live DJ and beer tastings throughout the competition.
Cost: $40
For the Love of Chocolate Foundation
For the Love of Chocolate Foundation
Feb 17
Palmer House Hilton
One of the biggest food events of the year features 100 different culinary presentations, an ice cream truck, a “cloud dance floor,” skating caterpillars, acrobatics, and an induction ceremony to the Chef’s Hall of Fame.
Cost: $10-$175