''What's On Dec'' w/ Billy Dec, January 31 - February 6: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!
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Skate With The Greats, February 1st at 7pm, Soldier Field, $100
Details: Skate on the Soldier Field ice with Blackhawks legends, then meet current Blackhawks ambassadors at an exclusive autograph session!
Snowball, February 2nd at 8pm, Union Station, $125
Details: Join the Children's Memorial Junior Council and 1,600 of Chicago's young professionals for a night of live music, an open bar, a silent auction, and delicious bites from some of the best restaurants in town. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Yogev Treatment Fund, ensuring all children with HIV/AIDS have access to high quality pediatric healthcare.
Redbull Thre3Style, January 31st at 9pm, Reggie's Rock Club, $5
Details: It's the ultimate battle of the beats, giving highly skilled DJs a global platform to showcase their skills and gain recognition by rockin' the dance floor all night!
Foodlife Wine Down, February 1st at 6pm, Foodlife, $15
Details: Fifteen bucks gets you tastin' 20 wines and snackin' on yummy treats! Feeling the need for a larger meal? An additional $15 dollarsprovides an all-you-can-eat wristband for after the event.
artEdge, February 2nd at 7pm, MCA Warehouse, $150-1,000
Details:Experience a moveable feast as you wander through rooms and indulge all of your senses, at the MCA Warehouse where lively performances, tempting cuisine, soulful sounds, and visual surprises await you. A live performance by Fitz and The Tantrums adds the final twist to your night's journey.
Chicago Restaurant Week, February 1st-10th, Various Locations, $22-44
Details: Over 250 restaurants across the city are taking part in this yearly foodie-heaven event. Participating restaurants will have prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner allowing diners to sample the best of what the restaurant has to offer.
Angels and Kings Two Year Anniversary Event, February 2nd at 8pm, Angels and KingsChicago, FREE with RSVP
Details: This is a party that cannot be missed! Celebrate two years of music, mayhem, and mug shots with some of Chicago's hottest names like Kelly Zink of CelebTV.com, Jessica Zweig, and Kevin Aeh. Also expect a special guest appearance from Pete Wentz, along with sets from the cities hottest talent including DJ Rock City & DJ Dante.
Find Your Red Shopping Party, January 31st at 5:30pm, Macy's State St., FREE
Details: Kick-off Heart Month with the American Heart Association & Macy's in style at an exclusive shopping party. Wear red (or a red dress pin) and receive a discount on any purchase! Must RSVP for the event to attend.
Touchy Feely, January 31st at 7:30pm, Music Box Theatre, $15
Details: Sundance Film Festival is dispatching writer/director Lynn Shelton and Senior Programmer David Courier to the Windy City for a screening of this 2013 festival entry.
And Lose The Name of Action, January 31st-February 3rd at 7:30pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, $10-28
Details: Miguel Gutierrez, the Brooklyn-based dance artist, makes his Chicago debut with a new work inspired by the elusive logic of dance improvisation, studies ofhuman consciousness, and the 19th century spiritualist movement.
Four Girls (And a Guy), January 31st-March 2nd at 8pm, UP Comedy Club, $28
Details: The women of Second City (and a guy) will no doubt take UP Comedy Club by storm in this hilarious show about sex and other natural disasters.
Beers to Give Back, January 31st at 6pm, Goose Island Wrigleyville, FREE
Details: Network with other young leaders interested in learning about volunteer & professional development opportunities while enjoyingsome spectacular Goose Island beer.
Loudon Wainwright III, January 31st at 8pm, Old Town School of Folk Music, $36
Details: One of the greatest folk artists of all time is swinging by Chicago for an unforgettable show. With a career spanning over forty years that includes numerous Grammy wins, this will no doubt be a great time!
Comedy Central Showcase, January 31st at 9pm, The Lincoln Lodge, $5
Details: Don't miss your chance to watch some of Chicago's best stand-up talent audition to be the next star of Comedy Central! This behind-the-scenes peek is bound to sell out!
Cocktails & Cacti, January 31st at 6pm, Goodman Theatre, $60
Details:Join the artists from Other Desert Cities and Goodman Scenemakers for this exclusive behind-the-scenes event. Hear from director Henry Wishcamper before the show and mingle with the cast of Other Desert Cities over cactus- infused cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the rehearsal space.
African American Heritage Month Kickoff Party, February 1st at 12pm, Columbia College, FREE
Details: African American Cultural Affairs is throwing this celebration in conjunction with the Marvelous Freedom exhibit, a keynote address, live entertainment, and dishes of some of Chicago's finest African delicacies.
Chicago Duo Piano Winter Mini-Fest, February 1st-2nd at 7:30pm, Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall, $10- 30
Details: The popular music event is back, kicking off its 25th anniversary with an inspiring mini-series of concerts & activities.
Yo La Tengo, February 1st at 8:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $21.50
Details: Check out this indie rock band's adventurous eclecticism LIVE in the Windy City!
Kiss Kiss Cabaret, February 2nd at 11pm, Greenhouse Theater Center, $15-25
Details: Featuring The Flattery Brothers as hosts, The Claptrap Family Orchestra & The Kiss Kiss Coquettes come together to present a 90-minute, late-night adult cabaretwith comedy, music, magic, and beautiful girls in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the production!
Hamburg Ballet, February 1st-2nd at 7:30pm, The Harris Theater, $30
Details: Watch one of the world's greatest companies make its Chicago debut with a program based on the life & of the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky.
Bill Bellamy, February 1st-2nd at 8pm, Chicago Improv Comedy Club, $27
Details: His career spans TV, film & stand-up AND he has been involved with HBO's Def Comedy Jam & NBC's Last Comic Standing. Now, he's bringing his latest tour, Ladies Night Out, to the Chicagoland area.
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, February 1st-2nd at 8pm, Chicago Symphony Center, $35-125
Details: Hollywood great, John Malkovich, stars in this performance, which tells the darkly comic and true story of maniacal murderer, Jack Unterweger. The show features monologues and musical arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, and more!
Make Your Valentine Lunch Box With Mollie and Melissa, February 1st at 10am, Rogers Park Montessori School, $75
Details: Give your child a chance to explore their creative side for Valentine's Day this year! Students of RPMS will design lunch boxes for their classmates to exchanged this V-Day! Supplies included.
Caballero y Dama Azteca, February 1st at 6:30pm, Lobo de Mar Banquets, $50
Details: Join the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois for their awards ceremony during the Queen Coronation Aztec Gala. Those receiving the award have strived for the betterment of the Mexican and Mexican-American community.
They Shoot Indies, Don't They?, February 2nd at 7pm, The Hideout, $10-12
Details: With a name inspired by "They Shoot Horses, Don't They", this Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular is intended to raise awareness for the support of local filmmakers and is not about skill, nor does it span days. Support independent film with esteemed judges such as Ameena Matthews of "THE INTERRUPTERS" and a list of great local sponsors!
Art and Language, February 2nd at 10am, Columbia College, $75
Details: Learn developmentally appropriate methods for choosing, looking closely, and responding to art images with young children through discussion, writing, and art making.
2 1/2 Persians: More Funny People (Who Are Not Famous), February 2nd at 7pm, Lincoln Hall, $8-10
Details: After having each won weekly titles by way of audience judging panels, the finalists perform in this comedy showcase. Featuring Jeff Arcuri, Chris Bader, Kevin Brody, Elaine Osgood, Chris Paladino, Tom Fell, Andrew Sitter, and host Paul Farahvar.
El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, February 2nd at 7pm, El Circo Cheapo, $9.99-15
Details: A fun and unique date on the cheap! Enjoy a crazy circus performance and even bring your own wine & cheese to make a picnic out of it!
Dumpstaphunk & Dragon Smoke, February 2nd at 10pm, Metro, $24
Details: See one of New Orleans' most prestigious modern funk ensembles with special guest Dragon Smoke.
Dark Star Orchestra, February 2nd at 8pm, The Vic Theatre, $24
Details: This Grateful Dead tribute band will make you feel like you're "Sittin' On Top Of The World" Saturday night!
Chi-Town Big Game 5K/10K, February 3rd at 9am, Soldier Field, $40-60
Details: Kick off the most anticipated football game of the year with other Chicagoans who love to run in support of the charitable organization,Home 4 Heroes. All registered runners will receive a technical long sleeve shirt & an embroidered fleece beanie, and will be invited to take part in a fabulous post-run party!
Moonshine Brewing Company Slider Bowl, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Moonshine Brewing Company, $35
Details: Enjoy an all-American slider buffet with all-you-can-drink Moonshine drafts & call drinks while watching the BIG game!
Super Bowl XLVII, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Park Tavern Rosemont, FREE
Details: Party like a pro with some great game day specials!
The Big Game, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports, $75-200Packages
Details: Watch the Bowl WHILE you bowl! Also enjoy contests, prize giveaways, and great deals on pizza, wings, and domestic beer buckets!
Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Five Roses Pub, FREE
Details: Take part in a wing-eating contest for Bears' home opener tickets and enjoy some awesome food & drink specials!
Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: $2 Bud Lights all day and select half-price appetizers will be available during the game!
Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Adobe Gila's Margarita Fajita Cantina, FREE
Details: Watch the Super Bowl with great deals on domestic & import drafts, wing specials, and some post-game music entertainment by "Johnny Don't."
Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30pm, Hofbrauhaus Chicago, FREE
Details: Catch all of the game day action at this newly opened German microbrewery and restaurant, "where big screen TVs go perfectly with big brews and even bigger entertainment!"
Super Bowl XLVII With Factor Models & Rockit Ranch Productions, February 3rd at 4:30pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $20
Details: Arturo Gomez, Carlos R & Ryan Brooks are hosting the best Super Bowl viewing party complete with a buffet & numerous drink deals.
Divas of the Silver Screen, February 4th at 5:30pm, Glen 10 Movie Theater, $40
Details: Join the Heart of Glenview while enjoying delicious food tastings and music& dance performances that tie in with the evening's theme. Proceeds benefit various charities in the Glenview community.
Dr. Bill Miller, February 5th at 8:30pm, Zanies Chicago, $15
Details: Get the inside scoop on what really goes on in doctors' heads with this physician/comedian's one-man show, "Doctors Are People Too."
An Evening of Charcuterie at Urban Union, February 5th at 6pm, Urban Union, $50-55
Details: Join Chef Michael Schrader as he takes you through the history of charcuterie. You'll enjoy fun demos, delicious tastings, and Schrader's famous small plates paired with wine!
Bell's Brewery Four Course Prix Fixe Dinner, February 5th at 7pm, Riverview Tavern, $45
Details: Chef Frederick Keller will be on hand along with Bell's Brewery for a unique 4-course meal with beer pairings from the Michigan brewery. Look forward to duck confit, pork belly, and other stand-out dishes!
Winter Bonfire Series, February 5th at 5:30pm, Northerly Island, FREE
Details: Roast marshmallows over a fire and enjoy some family-friendly winter activities with Nature Oasis!
Stimulus Social Club, February 6th at 5:30pm, John Barleycorn River North, $10
Details: A network of socially conscious professionals are coming together to give back to local charities and Chicago restaurants by hosting an outing to benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County.
Filligar, February 6th at 7pm, Schuba's Tavern, $15
Details: Fresh off a nomination for Best Rock Album of 2012 and a tour with Counting Crows, see why this young rock quartet has been heralded as "one of the top 8 live acts in America."