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February 2016 events calendar for Chicago

Plan out your February in Chicago with our calendar of the best things to do, including picks from theater, art and music

Photograph: Max Herman
The Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place shows off what's new and next in the world of automobiles.

How does the shortest month of the year always drag on the longest? February means shit's getting drastic—and we're not talking about Valentine's Day looming. The winter blues have settled into your bones and life starts to seem like an endless journey through the arctic tundra. Warm up with a hot cocktail and find something awesome to do this month with our February 2016 events calendar.

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Featured February 2016 events

Valentine's Day ideas

Whether you're looking to make a grand romantic gesture or just don't want to spend another Valentine's Day alone on the couch, we've assembled a guide to dates, gifts and more for couples and singles.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

Critics' pick

Stave off the winter blues inside the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center, where the greenhouses and gallery will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an array of hybrids. On Saturday and Sundays, the Orchid Marketplace allows you an opportunity to purchase the plants.

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Chicago Botanic Garden , Glencoe Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday March 13 2016


Steppenwolf ensemble member Bruce Norris directs the Chicago premiere of his own dark comedy about a philandering politician and his good wife. Tom Irwin and Mary Beth Fisher lead the cast.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company , Lincoln Park Thursday December 3 2015 - Sunday February 7 2016

"Sing, America!"

Critics' pick

For one night only, Harris Theater hosts acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe to perform favorite pop standards like “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” “Always,” and  “By the Beautiful Sea.” This early February event makes the perfect Valentine’s Day sing-a-long date.

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Harris Theater , Loop Tuesday February 9 2016

Cupid's Undie Run

Dash through Wrigleyville in your unmentionables to raise dough for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Participants can raise funds to earn prizes, including shirts, undies and engraved flasks. There's also an afterparty at John Barleycorn where you can rub shoulders with people who have already seen you half-naked.

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John Barleycorn , Wrigleyville Saturday February 13 2016

Chicago Auto Show

Motorheads, here's your chance to check out what's new in the world of cars. At this annual showcase, close to 1,000 different vehicles will be on display, along with accessories, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and collector cars.

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McCormick Place , South Loop Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016

"Kathryn Andrews: Run for President"

Exploring the visual techniques used by advertisers, brands and politicians, Kathryn Andrews examines the way in which images can manipulate our desires. "Run for President" marks her first solo museum exhibition, centered around the narrative of a presidential election. Featuring a collection of Andrews' sculptures, the exhibit explores the constantly fluctuating meaning of cultural iconography.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Gold Coast Tuesday December 1 2015 - Sunday May 8 2016