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Things to Do in Chicago - February 2018

Our Concierge team has compiled a list of their favorite things to do in Chicago this February.


The month of February in Chicago is packed with more than 50 openings across the city, loads of cultural celebrations, a free festival and even a few parades. The last month of winter is filled with more than enough things to do and places to explore, including a variety of activities that won’t cost you a thing.


Chinese New Year

February 25


Venture to Chicago’s Chinatown on Sunday, February 25 to watch the annual Lunar New Year parade. The parade will feature marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances and a special appearance by Ronald McDonald.


The parade will kick off at 1:00pm at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue.  The procession will head north up Wentworth to Cermak Road.


The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.


Getting to the parade is easy from the hotel. Just walk two blocks to the Chicago red line stop, take the red line train south to the Chinatown, then walk 4 blocks south to the beginning of the parade route.


Ask our Concierge team for recommendations on delicious places to eat while in Chinatown.


Standbeest – Moving Works of Art Figuratively and Literally

Starts February 6


The Chicago Cultural Center is opening Theo Jansen’s first major American exhibition tour on February 6. The exhibit is called Standbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen and is said to blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance.


In this exhibit, Jansen displays intricate sculptures formed by materials such as PVC pipes and bottles that harness the power of the wind to move on their own.


The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests’ locomotion and shows the processes that have driven their evolutionary development. The sculptures are accompanied by artist drawings, videos, daily demonstrations of the Strandbeests’ movements, a display of retired “fossils” as well as photography by Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the Strandbeests’ evolution.


Handlers will tend to the creatures and provide daily demonstrations of their animation and breath.


Admission is FREE.


Chicago Auto Show

February 10 – 19


First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

This monster sized show utilizes more than 1 million square feet of the McCormick Place complex.


Exhibitions include multiple world and North American introductions, a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles, and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display.


Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.


Tickets are available at the McCormick Place ticket booths on public show days or online at Please note that the show box office closes one hour before the show closes.


Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 years and older, $7 for children 7-12 years of age and free for children younger than 6 years.


Our team of knowledgeable Concierges is ready to assist you with recommendations on how to make your visit to Chicago the most memorable. Email them at or call at 312.324.4059.


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