The Best of February in Chicago
Ah, February in Chicago. We’re not quite out of the woods, i.e. winter. On the other hand, it’s a short month, the days are getting longer and there are plenty of ways to enjoy a culture-filled date night or three with your sweetheart beyond Valentine’s (and Galentine’s) Day.
But first: Arrange for a Talbott staycation and enjoy one of our cozy midwinter packages, such as the aptly named Bed & Brr-eakfast, which includes a $20 credit to use at 20 East. Brunch cocktails and our caramel-walnut Monkey Bread, perhaps?
Live music set amid the Monets at the Art Institute of Chicago is the idea behind Midwinter, an immersive three-day music festival debuting Feb. 15 that’s sure to inspire both art and music lovers. More than 30 artists will perform each day throughout the museum’s galleries, surrounded by some of the world’s most famous artwork. The innovative fest will also feature original soundscape compositions and surprise pop-up performances.
A quick 20-minute cab ride south from The Talbott takes you to Pilsen, a historic neighborhood with bohemian roots and an artsy, eclectic vibe. There, on the second Friday of every month, dip in and out of the more than 30 galleries and studios along Halsted Street that make up the Chicago Arts District. 2nd Fridays runs from 6 to 10 p.m., free and open to all. Pick up a map at the Arts District’s home base, 1945 S. Halsted St., and start exploring.
Take a stroll to the Museum of Contemporary Art just off Michigan Avenue. Cap off your tour of the cutting-edge exhibits with a meal¬ at the art-filled Marisol, headed by chef Jason Hammel, recently named Chef of the Year at Chicago’s Jean Banchet Awards. Marisol’s happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday is an especially cool way to end your visit—or start your evening.
The hottest ticket on Broadway is the hottest ticket in Chicago. Dear Evan Hansen opens Feb. 12 and runs through March 10 at the Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. The Tony-award winning musical is so deeply moving, you’ll forget all about February’s chill.