8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: February 9

We know it’s cold as ice in Chicago this weekend, but don’t let that stop you from attending some of the hottest events that the city has to offer.  From works of art to tasty treats, Chicago never stops putting on a great show, no matter the weather! 

Winter Market at Elawa Farm

Encompassing the historic buildings of an early 20th-century gentleman’s farm, Elawa Farm is a unique public-private partnership dedicated to preservation and stewardship. On select Fridays this winter, they’ll open their cozy Hay Barn for their first annual Winter Market, featuring seasonal produce, local meat and eggs, baked goods, prepared meals, and more. 

Date: February 9 
Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest 
More Info: elawafarm.org 

Welcome the Year of the Dragon 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon. With elements of power, nobility, honor and success, 2024 is forecasted to bring shifting challenges as well as opportunities for positive changes. Thrill to a spectacular Lion Dance at 3:00PM plus the ancient hongbao envelope tradition, music, and more. 

Date: February 11 
Time: 2:00 to 4:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Dempster St & Chicago Ave, Evanston 
More Info: evanstonaspa.org

One Life-Changing Night of Music 

Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “The Band’s Visit” tells the inspiring, heartwarming story of an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town. With no lodgings available, the locals take the musicians in for the night. Thanks to the power of music, surprising connections and friendships are forged by morning.

Date: February 8 – 11 (Show runs through March 17) 
Time: Thu, Fri & Sat 7:30PM; Sun 2:00PM 
Cost: From $35 
Location: Writers Theater, 325 Tudor Ct, Glencoe 
More Info: writerstheater.org

The Story of Romance – Circus Style

Hearts & Daggers is an unforgettable live-show experience featuring circus feats and dance performed by an intimate ensemble of mesmerizing performers from Mongolia, Canada and Las Vegas. Your admission also includes interactive stations, surprising treats and themed cocktails. 

Date: Feb 9-11 and Feb 16-18 
Time: Fri and Sat at 7:00PM; Sun at 6:00PM 
Cost: From $67 
Location: MSA & Circus Arts, 1934 N Campbell Ave, Chicago 
More Info: msacircusarts.org

You Say You Want a Revolution 

Come in from the cold and learn about the history and production of Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing, founded in Logan Square in February 2010. This 45-minute guided tour of their 90,000 square foot production facility includes a keepsake glass and tasting of unreleased beer at their Innovation Station – available only on brewery tours. 

Date: February 10 
Time: 1:45, 2:45, or 3:45PM 
Cost: $15 
Location: Revolution Taproom & Production Brewery, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago 
More Info: revbrew.com 

The Heart of Rock n’ Roll

Head up to Albany Park for a full night of Rock n’ Roll featuring Into the Heart, a local tribute band focused on the music and stories of U2. Also performing are Tele Moon and The Second Summer, a Chicago band known for their original high-powered pop, rock and Americana music. 

Date: February 10 
Time: 7:00PM 
Cost: $10 advance; $15 day of show 
Location: Montrose Saloon, 2933 W Montrose Ave, Chicago 
More Info: montrosesaloon.com 

Drivers, Start Your Engines!

The Chicago Auto Show returns this weekend for its 10-day run at McCormick Place. From concepts and crossovers to sporty coupes and supercars, you’ll find elaborate exhibits and interactive installations from more than 20 manufacturers from around the world. 

Date: February 10-19 
Time: Opens daily at 10:00AM 
Cost: $17 for adults; $12 for children 4-12 and seniors 62 and older 
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago
More Info: chicagoautoshow.com

A Night in Spain

Part of Good Company Chicago’s “Public Dinner Party Series,” this social dining experience features convivial open seating and terrific food. Inspired by the cuisines of Spain, dishes like baked goat cheese, shaved Brussels sprout salad and mouth-watering seafood paella are served family style. BYOB beer and wine. 

Date: February 9 
Time: 6:30 to 9:30PM 
Cost: $75 
Location: 4947 N Damen Ave, Chicago 
More Info: goodcompanychicago.com 

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