What's On Dec w/ Billy Dec, February 21-27: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!
The Oscar Viewing Party, February 24th at 6:30pm, Rockit Bar and Grill, $50
Details: Richard Roeper and Billy Dec team up for their 3rd AnnualOscar Viewing Party! Test your movie knowledge for a good cause and join them for a VIP Reception, Red Carpet, and live telecast with a portion of the proceeds benefiting After School Matters!
International Kennel Club Dog Show, February 23rd at 8am, McCormick Place North, $14-25
Details: Over 150 breeds of top dogs from across the U.S. & Canada will be competing, performing, and dancing throughout theweekend at this family-friendly event! Come see which dog will win the coveted title of "Best in Show"!
Blind Tasting Competition, February 22nd at 7pm, The Poison Cup, $15
Details: Get your game face on and your palate ready for this Blind Tasting Challenge. 30 minutes and 6 wines- can you do it? The top taster receives the grand prize of a group tasting for four!! poisoncupwine.blogspot.com
Seventh Annual PAWS Chicago Animal Magnetism Event, February 22nd at 7pm, Galleria Marchetti, $125-150
Details: Dogs and their owners will put their bestpaws forward and hit the dance floor! Chicagoans can connect with fellow animal lovers and their furry loved ones while enjoying dinner, dancing, photos with their pet and a one-of-a-kind live and silent auction.
Adler After Dark, February 21st at 6:30pm, Adler Planetarium, $17
Details: Enjoy the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler! Explore exhibitions, peek through telescopes, and watch demonstrations! Enjoy the drink specials while you're at it, this is a 21+ event!
2nd Annual Chicago Mixtape Fundraiser, February 23rd at 9pm, Empty Bottle, $10
Details: This year's celebration will feature four great Chicago bands: Psalm One, The Congregation, Santah, and AnimalCity, that all bring their own flavor to our city's diverse music culture, as well as a DJ set by White Mystery and analog video art by brownshoesonly! There will even be a hosted bar from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. by Harmonica Dunn, Do312, and Old Style!
Comedy Mixer, February 28th at 5:30pm, The Second City Training Center, $35
Details: Learn to have more fun in a group setting using improvisation with Bela Gandhi from Smart Dating Academy and Jeff Gandy from The Second City Training Center. Partake in a workshop, mingle over cocktails, and watch Jeff's Award-Winning show "We're All in This Room Together."
"I Won't Stand For" USA Network's Characters Unite Experience, February 21st-22nd at 11am, Millenium Park, FREE
Details: The Characters Unite tour is making a stop in Chicago to spread the message to stop hate and all forms of discrimination. Participants can create a free shirt, get the chance to film a video, and also take photos with their gallery.
SXSW ChicagoPre-Game, February 25th at 5:30pm, Double Door, $5 suggested donation
Details: Heading to SXSW this March? Come out to the pregame to meet and mingle with other enthusiasts and enjoy some SXSW inspired music and food! Donation goes to EPIC, a Chicago non-profit.
World's Largest Indoor Bar Crawl, February 23rd at 12pm, Navy Pier, $20
Details: Take a break, escape the chilly weather and head to Navy Pier for The World's Largest Indoor Bar Crawl to join the Players Sport & Social Group along with seven bars and restaurants along the pier for an escape from winter with plenty of adult beverages.
Chicago Golf Show, February 22nd at 12pm, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, $5-10
Details: Get ready for your first tee time of the season! Practice with the newest equipment, take one-on-one swings and putting lessons, and check out all the bargains available!
Oscar Viewing Party, February 24th at 5:30pm, Cru Kitchen & Bar, FREE
Details: Cru invites guests to strap on their heels or put on their ties and head to a party all about the movies. Vote for your award picks for a chance to win prizes while sipping on themed cocktails such as the Zero Dark Thirty or the Lincoln.
On the Red Carpet Party, February 24th at 6pm, Park West Theater, $50
Details: View the Academy Awards in a festive 21+ atmosphere that includes cocktail service, a buffet dinner, a silent auction, and raffle drawings! The event raises money to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted.
Brew & View Triple Feature, February 21st at 6pm, The Vic Theatre, $5
Details: Enjoy cheap beer and order delivery to the theatrefrom local restaurants for back-to-back-to-back showings of 'Skyfall,' 'A Haunted House', and 'Not Fade Away'!
Accessory Fling Fashion Show for the A-21 Campaign, February 21st at 8pm, Board Room Chicago, $20
Details: Treat yourself to an accessory only fashion show featuring the latest accessory trends for spring 2013! All ticket sales will go to aid in the fight against human trafficking with the A-21 Campaign!
Tristan and Isolde, February 21st at 8pm, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $31-239
Details: This legendary tale of forbidden love hits the stage, while standout vocalists bring the performance to life.
Never a City So Reel, February 21st at 7pm, Block Museum of Art, FREE
Details: This program features five classic short documentaries involving Chicago neighborhoods and it's people with topics covering racism, gentrification, an early gay pride parade, and more. Directors Peter Kuttner and Tom Palazzolo are scheduled to attend in person.
Hot Chocolate Crawl, February 26th at 6:30pm, Hershey's Chicago, $45
Details: Have a case of Chocoholic Syndrome this winter? This event was MADE for you! Come out and treat those taste buds to a delectable treat at three chocolate hot spots!!
Designing for SCA Red Carpet Celebrity Hosted Fashion Fundraiser, February 23rd at 12pm, Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft, $30-50
Details: Come out for a Red Carpet Charity Fundraising Gala and Mini Fashion Show hosted by Chicago's own celebrity host, Jeff Conway. The event supports the Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Foundation featuring their wonderful design team!
Victor/Victoria, February 21st-23rd at 7:30pm, Getz Theatre, $10-15
Details: This Columbia College theatrical production revolves around a female entertainer who poses as a man impersonating a woman, an act that catches the eye of a big-time Chicago gangster.
Red Carpet Ready Event with Baileys + Benefit Cosmetics, February 21st at 6:30pm, Vertigo Lounge, $60
Details: Enjoy Baileys cocktails & inspired hors d'oeuvres, makeup applications, "red carpet ready" tips from a local lifestyle expert, giveaways including Benefit Cosmetic makeup & Gilt.com shoppingcredits, gift bags, and more! Uber will even provide credit to use getting to and from the event!
K. Flay, Add-2, and Team Bayside High, February 21st at 9pm, Subterranean, $10
Details: Don't miss out! Go see these Chicago native rappers as they hit the stage to do their thing.
WingFest, February 24th at 1pm, Bailey Auditorium, $25
Details: How many wings can you try?! Our city's best wing-slinging restaurants will compete under one roof to claim the title ofBest Wings in Chicago at this annual event! Fun fact: WingFest has raised over $135,000 for various charities, and this year Chicago Neighbors United will be the beneficiary!
Eriedescence: Shining Light on HIV/AIDS, February 21st at 6pm, Galleria Marchetti, $65
Details: Enjoy illuminating evening featuring unlimited beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, raffle and entertainment! All proceeds will benefit patients, most of whom are uninsured or underinsured, in Erie Family Health Center's award-winning HIV/AIDS program, Lending Hands for Life.
Fire is a Fact: An Evening with Karen Yasinsky, February 21st at 6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $11
Details: Artist Karen Yasinsky, known for her odd animated films featuring hand-made clay puppets and hand-drawn rotoscoping, presents a survey of films spanning hercareer, including the US premiere of her most recent endeavor, Life Is an Opinion, Fire a Fact.
Red Bull Thre3style-Midwest Regional Final, February 21st at 9pm, The Mid, $5
Details: The battle is winding down! Come see the five finalists go head-to-head while you enjoy a night of dancing and fun.
Rise of the Animals Art Auction & Reception, February 22nd at 6pm, SILO Art Space, FREE
Details: Come check out this solo exhibition and art auction by Schurz High School student Mario Rodriguez. The event will help raise public awareness of Autism and Aspergers, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Autism Society of Illinois, and will help to generate funds for Mario's college education.
The Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem's 6th Annual Bowling Night, February 22nd at 8pm, Seven Ten Lounge, $30-35
Details: Joinmembers and friends of The Associate Board for an open bar with light bites, bowling, and the opportunity to learn more about the organization. All proceeds from the event will support the patients and families in the Infant SpecialCare Unit (ISCU) at NorthShore Evanston Hospital.
Battle of the Cheesemakers: America vs. Europe, February 23th at 7pm, Pastoral Loop, $45
Details: Have a love affair with cheese? Don't we all! See just how well American cheese-makers stand up to Old World traditions!
Passion Pit with Matt and Kim; Icona Pop, February 22nd at 7:30pm, UIC Pavillion, $34
Details: Passion Pit, an American indie rock band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, comes to Chicago at the UIC Pavillion, with special guests Matt and Kim!
Meshuggah, February 22nd at 7pm, House of Blues, $27-30
Details: Come out to the House of Blues to see Meshuggah, an extreme Swedish metal band!
Conspirator-Break Science, February 22nd at 8pm, Vic Theater, $26
Details: Silver Wrapper and React present Conspirator and Break Science with special guest TBA at the Vic!
Dropkick Murphys, February 22nd at 7pm, Aragon Ballroom, $25.50
Details: Dropkick Murphys are coming to Chicago! Catch them at the Aragon Ballroom while you can!
Tracey Lawrence Concert, February 23rd at 6pm, Congress Theater, $20-100
Details: Come out and enjoy the tunes of country music singer Tracey Lawrence, featuring John Michael Montgomery and Joe Diffie!
Led Zeppelin 2- A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, February 23rd at 7:30pm, House of Blues, $23-25
Details: Love Led Zeppelin? Then you're sure to love Led Zeppelin 2's tribute, hosted at the House of Blues!
EELS, February 23rd at 8pm, The Vic Theatre, $27
Details: Come out for this 18+ show featuring this indie rock band on their 2013 world tour as they promote their 10th studio album entitled Wonderful, Glorious.
TEDxWindyCity, February 23rd at 9am, Northwestern Law's Thorne Auditorium, $95
Details: Enjoy speaker presentations, innovative entertainment, a networking lunch and reception, and a unique college commencement ceremony for a featured speaker.
Baby Loves Disco, February 23rd at 12pm, Lincoln Hall, $15-50
Details: Take your little one to dance their booty off to some real disco music at a nightclub transformed into a childproof dancefloor! Parents can sip on cocktails, munch on organic snacks and dance along with their kids.
Herbert Gronemeyer, February 23rd at 8pm, Chicago Theater, $39.50-79.50
Details: Over the course of the past three decades, Herbert Groenemeyer has established himself as Germany's most successful recording artist of all time, with album sales surpassing 18 million copies, and two of his albums becoming the biggest German-language releases in history!
Gramatik, February 23rd at 9pm, Riviera Theater, $25
Details: Rock out to Gramatik, featuring Minnesota and Manic Focus, at the Riviera!
Modern Luxury: Design for a Cure, February 23rd at 6pm, $35
Details: Design for a Cure is aiming to fund cutting-edge scientific and medical colon cancer research. Through events and fundraisers, they aredoing just that, so come out and support! Fashion partners include Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Jack Spade, Marc Jacobs and more!
Flamenco Dinner Show, February 25th at 6pm, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, $15
Details: Enjoy the traditional music and dancing of Spain at this Flamenco Dinner Show! Tapas and Spanish fare doesn't hurt either!
February Soiree: "The Gilded Age", February 26th at 7:30pm, Shop 1021, $5-10
Details: Join us every month for the latest fresh ideas from the best of the best Chicago wedding peeps. Think of this as a 3-dimensional Pinterest board- an entire Shop filled with specific ideas tailored to your wedding theme!
Shakers and Stirrers Chicago- Business Networking Mixer, February 26th at 5:30pm, Cityscape Bar, $10-20
Details: Mingle with top professionals and make quality business connections! Enjoy yummy appetizers and drinks as well.
Mingle Around- New Member Mixer, February 27th at 5:30pm, Kamehachi, FREE
Details: Thisevent is great for new Mingle Members to get to know the fun group, and great for regulars to hang out with old friends while meeting new people. We willhave singles of ALL ages, no such thing as you're too old or too young!
Echosmith, February 27th at 7pm, Schubas, $10
Details: The LA-basedalt-pop group, consisting of four teenage siblings, brings their energetic stage presence to Chicago!
After Work Wine Down, February 27th at 6pm, Tocco, FREE
Details: Take a break after work and mingle with others at Tocco! You will be provided with samples off the menu and have access to the full bar menu with an amazing wine selection!
The Pink Floyd Experience, February 26th at 8:00pm, Centre East Theatre: Skokie, $39-62
Details: Come out for a night to celebrate the music, themes, and innovation that this great band brought to its fans everywhere!