Though the shortest month of the year, February can feel like the longest due to its frigid weather. It is, however, a month packed with events.
Here is a list of things to do in Chicago in February to keep your spirits high and souls happy.
There’s no better way to combat the doom and gloom of winter than with some iconic ice skating experiences. Though Chicagoland has a wide range of ice rinks offering wonderful skating experiences during the winter months, there are none quite like the Maggie Daley Park ice rink.
One of Chicago’s best winter-time activities, the Maggie Daley ice rink offers an “alpine in the city” experience, skating down a quarter-mile rink in the heart of Chicago. The winding ribbon of ice curves up and down around a 40-foot climbing wall with the city’s stunning skyline in the backdrop.
Another brilliant Chicago experience comes in the form of a live Drunk Shakespeare show.
On a stage in a hidden speakeasy behind the Chicago Theater, guests will find a glam cocktail bar and library with over 10,000 books. Five classically-trained actors meet as members of “The Drunk Shakespeare Society.” One of them has had at least five shots of a strong spirit, and then they (quite over-confidently) attempt to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play!
Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking… and what they’re drinking!
If you’re looking for more laughs, there’s no place better for that than at a Chicago comedy show. Famous for its production of funny guys and girls, Chicago has some of the best places to see a comedy show in the country.
At Laugh Factory Chicago, some of today’s biggest names and local comedians are delivering something for every taste and style throughout the year.
Chicago is home to an array of unique movie theaters and while it is with a heavy heart we occasionally see some bite the dust, such as Rogers Park’s New 400 Theaters earlier this year, it is with reciprocal relief that we others live to see another day.
On the last day of 2023, Ramove Theatre in Bridgeport — one of Chicago’s long-standing vintage movie theaters — was reborn offering a multi-faceted revamped, and reimagined entertainment venue.
The landmark theater at 3520 South Halsted Street is now a live music venue complete with a brewery, beer garden, and grill in partnership with Other Half Brewing.
The Grammies and Oscars are fast approaching and award season is kicking off with so many fantastic movies of all kinds from across the planet highlighted. There are so many to see at the moment and there’s no place better to experience them than at AMC Theatres®.
Whether it’s a rainy afternoon or a special date night, all the best critically acclaimed creations, comedies, action flicks, and everything in between can be enjoyed at a discount in Chicago, and nationally, with an AMC black ticket.
If you’re the outdoorsy type who likes a thrill, you might be interested in testing your skydiving skills in one of Chicago’s state-of-the-art indoor skydiving centers. One of the best things you can do in Chicago in February is head to iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Lincoln Park or iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Rosemont..
Kids and adults can experience the same sensation you’d get 12,000 feet up in the sky. If you feel you have what it takes, you can test your vertigo above Chicago’s iconic skyline at Skydive Chicago, one of the world’s largest skydiving resorts.
With the turn of the year following the chaos of Christmas, there’s never been a better time to relax and reset. Add to that Chicago’s unforgiving frostiness, and you’ve got to consider your well-being during these hostile months. Luckily, Chicago is full of answers to combat the Christmas chaos and the numbing chill that settles into your bones.
There is simply no better place in Chicago for some rest than AIRE’s Ancient Baths located inside a restored historic River West factory. Inspired by the traditional Roman, Greek, and Ottoman bathing experience, this preserved structure has been restored to its original splendor. You can now find optimum relaxation within the building’s exposed brick, wooden beams, and industrial columns.
There are, however, an array of idyllic spas and bathhouses in Chicago all offering medicine for mind, body, and soul.
Ok, we know this one isn’t strictly in Chicago but with so much going on in the city, it can be nice to escape to the quiet of Illinois’ natural beauty.
Though our state may not boast wonders with the universal magnitude of the Grand Canyon nor the grandiose reputation of Niagra Falls, Illinois is teeming with diverse ecological landscapes that transform into incredible winter wonderlands this time of the year.
From monolithic marvels covered in snow to cascading waterfalls frozen in time, we’ve selected seven natural wonders of Illinois that you can visit while they’re a different beast in winter.
The wildly popular Lake Geneva Ice Castles have attracted tens of thousands to Wisconsin’s Geneva National Resort for years offering guests an astounding array of ice-carved activities and attractions in a life-size frozen playground created from over 10,000 icicles.
Due to an unfavorably short winter season last time around organizers have rung the changes and launched a new look experience under the new name “Winter Realms”.
Taking place a short journey from Chicago at the Geneva National Resort, Winter Relams has now opened offering a more weather-resistant experience that should guarantee more time to explore the reimagined “one-of-a-kind winter dreamscape”.
Attractions will include a Polar Pub ice bar, the Mystic Light Walk, and horse-drawn wagon rides as well as ice slides and a tubing hill.
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