Chicago Events to Beat the Winter Blues

Chicago Events to Beat the Winter Blues

As we reach the heart of winter, it's time to leave your humdrum routine and take advantage of all Chicago has to offer. Looking for something fun to do this weekend or need to celebrate (or forget about) those midterms? Look no further than our roundup of all the best events to beat your winter quarter slump!  

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Chicago Pizza Party 

2/10; Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N Ravenswood Ave.; 1-5 PM (all ages); 6-10PM (21 and up); $25 Cover

Ever wanted to go on a tour-de-Chicago-pizza? Well, this is your chance. Twenty of Chicago's top pizza restaurants will be at the event competing for the title of "Best Pie in Chi." On top of offering great pizza, this pizza party is hosted in a three floor event space with a rooftop dessert lounge, games, and DJs!

Randolph Street Market Festival

2/24-25 and 3/24-25; 1341 W Randolph St. 

Stop by for an urban antiques market with art, antiques, vintage, decor, fashion, jewelry, food, music, and fun!

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Chinese New Year Parade

2/25; 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue; starting at 1PM

Celebrating the Lunar New Year and the Year of the dog, the parade will feature marching bands, colorful floats, and traditional lion dances. 

Cupid's Undie Run


No pants, no problem! Cupid's Undie Run is the nation's largest pant-less party and mile(fish) run in your undies. The run is put on my Cupid's Charity, a charity that funds neurofibromatosis (NF) research. NF is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nervous system and affects 1 in every 3000 people. Currently, there is no cureβ€”Cupid's Charity hopes to change that.

Chicago Theater Week


Check out Chicago's Theater Week for all manner of thespian related fun! From smaller, experimental shows to Shakespearean classics, there's something for everyone. 

Black History Month at the DuSable Museum of African American History

Celebrate Black History Month with a visit to the DuSable Museum, which is offering a ton of exciting programming and events. See below for some of our highlights:

  • Lady Moses: The Life and Times of Harriet TubMan; 2/10, 12 PM
  • Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4; 2/11, 4-6PM
  • West Indian Dance Theater; 2/24, 12 PM
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American Writers Museum

Calling all bookworms and literary fanatics! Head on over to the American Writer's Museum for a range of engaging and unique events. 

  • Exhibit - Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers; ongoing until 3/31

  • Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart: Screening and Discussion; 2/9, 6PM

  • Read Dating; 2/15, 6:30PM. Read Dating is like speed dating, but with books! Come with your favorite book and meet other book lovers at the American Writers Museum. Mingle, talk books and maybe even find love. Bring a copy of your favorite book so you can sap it with your next date. RSVP required.

The Art Institute of Chicago 

A stroll through the Art Institute's impeccable collections and galleries is always guaranteed to make for a memorable day. If you're looking to spice up your art circuit, consider checking out some of the AIC's programming, which offers everything from lectures and private gallery tours to art workshops where you can hone your skills!

  • Lecture: Master Class in Architectural Prints and Drawings; 2/8, 6-7:45 PM

  • Beginners Sketching Workshop; 3/10, 1-4PM

Maxwell Street Market

Every Sunday, year-round from 7AM-3PM; South Loop 800 S. Desplaines St. 

The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor. The best part? You never know what you might find!

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