It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and the events are looking good! Whether you’re looking for something to do with a significant other or just have a good time by yourself, there’s tons to do from concerts, arts, comedy, and cars. So don’t hesitate, go out and enjoy everything Chicago has to offer!
So let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th
ClickHole Live: A Good Auction @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: ClickHole at The Hideout
SO WHAT: The Onion’s publication Clickhole, which satirizes sites like Buzzfeed and the culture surrounding “clickbait,” will be featuring its writers at the Hideout for a night of comedy that will include present stories, tales, and PowerPoint presentations. That’s right, PowerPoint presentations.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this comedy show. All proceeds benefit Sarah’s Circle
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th
Ruby Boots (Album Release Show) / Half Gringa @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: A Bloodshot Records album release show, so you know it’s going to be good!
SO WHAT: Ruby Boots has come a long way from the difficult times in her native Australia to her Nashville based musical career. Her new album “Don’t Talk About It” charts her journey by taking a country base and infuses it with fuzzy rock tones to great success. Joining her for this release show will be Chicago’s own folk rock marvel Half Gringa.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this great night of fantastic performers.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th and 10th
The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt @ Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave., 1:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Spice up your Art Institute visit with a scavenger hunt
SO WHAT: Watson Adventures sets out to shed a different light on the typical museum experience with unique and in this case scandalous scavenger hunts. During this trek into the Art Institute, you’ll be searching out the collection’s bathing beauties, sultry sirens, a woman enjoying a golden shower from Zeus and more provocative art at this Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt, You’ll learn about art history while enjoying some of the best nudes the Art Institute has to offer.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $38 for this fun way to experience this amazing museum.
Chicago Auto Show @ McCormick Place, 2301 S Martin Luther King Dr., 10:00AM – 10:00PM, All Ages
WHAT: The nation’s largest auto show
SO WHAT: A car lover’s favorite annual tradition is back as the Chicago Auto Show gives you a chance to check out what’s new in the world of automobiles. With nearly 1,000 different vehicles on display ranging from concept cars, soon-to-be-available consumer vehicles, competition vehicles, and collector cars, the auto show is always a treat. Check out their website for a taste at what will be on the floor!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+) and children (7-12).
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., Noon – 4:00PM
WHAT: Shopping, eating, and drinking all in one place
SO WHAT: Grab some food next door at Bite Cafe, maybe a drink from the Empty Bottle Bar, and start shopping the Handmade Market Chicago! They will be bringing over 30 makers of beautiful and unique items to the Empty Bottle! Join in and see what all the sellers will have to offer. You can check out some of the sellers that will be featured over on their Facebook events page.
NOW WHAT: This event as always is free!
Do the Winter Block Party Thing @ Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St., Noon – 10:00PM, All ages
WHAT: Do the Winter Block Party Thing: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Arts is a daylong celebration of hip-hop arts and culture at Metro Chicago. The theme is inspired by the iconic Spike Lee movie, Do the Right Thing. This 9th annual winter block party is sponsored by Vocalo, WBEZ and Young Chicago Authors (YCA).
SO WHAT: The day starts at noon and will showcase artists, musicians, poets, producers and dancers who “do right” by their communities by bringing people together through the power of hip-hop. Guests will be able to dance, view dance showcases and street-art battles and participate in hopscotch and double-dutch competitions. The evening concert starts at 6pm and will be hosted by Jill Hopkins and Matt Muse. Chicago hip-hop performers will include Ric Wilson, TheMind, Tasha and Secret Walls Battle.
NOW WHAT: The event is free with your RSVP. See the full day schedule and register here.
The 12th Annual Make-Out Party; “An Evening of Aural Intercourse” @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Making out, in party form
SO WHAT: This is the 12th Annual Hideout Makeout Party and it’s exactly what it says it is. You and your partner can make out as The Makeout Party Orchestra performs some original songs alongside film score arrangements and classic love themes. You’ll be treated to the sounds of Frank Zappa, Celine Dion, Rimsky-Korsakov, The Ventures, Herb Alpert, Scott Walker, Ennio Morricone and many more.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for this evening of locking lips.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th
The Funky Brunch @ Headquarters Beercade, 213 W Institute Pl., Noon – 8:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Spread the love with a Cherub DJ set
SO WHAT: The Funky Brunch, presented by Paradigm and Headquarters, is on a mission to make America funky again and for this Valentine’s Day affair they have enlisted the help of Cherub! Cherub creates some great electro indie vibes and their DJ set is poised to be the perfect way to spend the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. PHMN, Joe + Joey, and Greg Corner will also be DJing throughout the day!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are available for $25! Get on this day of brunch and dancing as quick as you can!
The Eighth Annual Chili-Synth Cook Off @ Empty Bottle,1035 N Western Ave., 8:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Chili by way of synths
SO WHAT: It took a while before Empty Bottle realized just how well synthesizers and chili went together, but since 2011’s inaugural Synthesizer Chili Cook Off, the pair have been a mainstay of aural/oral excellence. Each musician prepares a synth-based “sonic interpretation” of the chili they make and the audience decides whose pairing is most accurate (with the winner then being allowed to return for next year’s cook off). This year the show is hosted by Sarah Squirm and the contenders include Mike Broers (defending champ), Whitney Johnsonm Jordan Zawideh, and Tim Nordberg.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 dollars for this unique and irresistible pairing!
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