HAPPENINGS

From The Frost: February in Chicago

Romance and citywide celebrations of culture warm up our city’s chilliest month of the year.


FEBRUARY 2020 — As Chicago winter continues to draw guests indoors: inside rules. Pop into the driver’s seat this month as Chicago hosts the nation’s largest auto show, sink into a velvet chair throughout a weeklong celebration of Chicago’s theatres, or simply settle into a cozy seat inside a Chicago Restaurant Week hotspot (Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room, anyone?). The (snow)ball is in your court.

Chicago Restaurant Week at Chicago Athletic Association
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 9
Cindy’s (13th Floor) & Cherry Circle Room (2nd Floor)
Our hotel is home base to two of the most popular and revered restaurants in Chicago, both participating in the 13th iteration of this event. Join other curious foodies and dive into streamlined menus curated to focus on house highlights and fan favorites.

Cocktail Workshop: Deconstructing the Martini 
Sunday, February 23 | 11:00AM & 1:30PM
$50 | Cindy’s (13th Floor)
Join Cindy’s Beverage Director, Scotty LoBianco, to answer the age old question: what makes a martini great? Snack on light bites throughout the class and then take home custom recipes to finally master your own martini.

Nevermore Park 
All month long | Various hours of operation Thursday – Sunday
$28 (949 W. 16th St.)
This 6,000 square foot immersive art experience now extends throughout February to give guests one last chance to visit Flyboy and Lil Mama’s alternative reality. From the mind of artist Hebru Brantley, unpack the sights and sounds of this “vibrant community filled with joy, hope, and wonder”.

Chicago Auto Show 
Friday, February 7 – Monday, February 17 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
$13 Adults, $8 Children & Seniors | McCormick Place (2301 S. King Dr.)
This year marks the 112th edition of the largest auto show in North America. Nearly 1,000 domestic and imported cars from antiques to experimental types pack into more than 1 million square feet of the McCormick Place halls.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week 
Sunday, February 9 – Sunday, February 16
Various Times & Locations
February marks Black History Month and with this week designed to celebrate African-American-owned eateries, discover hidden gems among the robust list of more than 35 restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Chicago Theatre Week
Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 23
Various Times & Locations
Value-priced tickets to more than 100 theatrical offerings take center stage at theatres throughout the city. These performances will make you laugh and they’ll make you cry — either way, they’ll have you out of your seat celebrating our city’s premiere theatre scene.

NBA Crossover
Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16
$20 Single Day Pass, $45 3-Day Pass | Navy Pier, Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Ave.)
In conjunction with the NBA Celebrity All Star Game (February 14) and the official NBA All Star Game (February 16), enjoy player appearances, music performances, and exclusive products as you explore this exhibit showcasing the NBA’s influence on “pop culture through the art, fashion, music, technology & entertainment that surround today’s game”.

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