February might be the shortest month of the year, but you'll still find lots to do throughout Chicago—even as many of the month's most notable annual gatherings host virtual editions (if they haven't been postponed). That means we're seeking out substitutes for some of our favorite February festivities. The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade is canceled this year, so we recommend ringing in the Year of the Ox with takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant in Chicago, or by taking a day to explore the neighborhood with a walk through Ping Tom Park. Similarly, you can celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago with love-themed virtual events like a lecture on the mating habits of T.rex from the Field Museum (seriously) or by taking a romantic spin around the best ice skating rinks in Chicago with your sweetheart. There are also new events to explore—pay a visit to the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit if you're craving a change of pace. Get ready to make the most out of the month of love with our February 2021 events guide.
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