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Weekly Round Up – Chicago Events – February 12 2018

Weekly Roundup - Chicago Events

Weekly Round Up

Chicago Events – February 12-18, 2018

Good Morning! I hope everyone survived all the snow this weekend. I know I’ve been bombarding your inboxes with Valentine’s Day events. Though not everyone celebrates the holiday, I still want to share a few more fun events in case some of you are still looking for something to do or a gift to buy.

I’ve been celebrating all weekend long with fun Galentine’s Day events celebrating the love of friendship. Saturday night, a group of girlfriends and I had a Drake on a Cake Galentine’s Day bash at UrbanBelly in Wicker Park. Food and company were both amazing.

Sunday, I was fortunate to be invited to another awesome Galentine’s Day party with some of my foodie friends. We had a taco bar, a bloody mary bar, made Valentine’s crafts, and more. On Wednesday night, I’ll be heading out to dinner with one of my close girlfriends to continue the friendship celebrations.

While I have my Valentine’s Day fun mapped out, I still have more events to share with you and some last minute gift ideas. Choosing the right Valentine’s Day gift can be stressful. Thankfully, Kurman Communications has put together a great gift guide that you can check out here, 11 ways to treat your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

I also wrote an article with some unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for Social Scene last year, 14 Creative Ways to Woo Your Valentine. I’m huge on creativity and thinking outside the box which is why I wrote the article. It may be cutting it too close now to score some of these awesome gift ideas but it’s worth checking out as many of the ideas are great beyond Valentine’s Day. Gifting a unique present to someone special goes a long way. 

Monday, February 12

Chicago Auto Show 2018 – First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability. More Details

Valentine’s Day Couple’s Cocktail Class at Bites Asian Kitchen – Learn to Make Libations with Your Love. Bites Asian Kitchen will hold a couple’s cocktail class in celebration of Valentine’s Day. On Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m., participating guests will learn to make three luscious libations at the bar, while noshing on a variety of bites. More Details

Ace Hotel Chicago Who Wants Love –  You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to want some love. West Loop’s Ace Hotel Chicago (311 N. Morgan St.) is hosting the third annual Who Wants Love? 826CHI Print Show, from 5-10 p.m.which will feature screen-printed posters (all $20 each) by local designers and illustrators inspired by 826CHI students’ stories about love. Find the perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone or treat yourself, with all sales and donations going towards 826CHI’s tuition-free tutoring and writing program. The pop-up show is free and open to the public in Ace Hotel Chicago’s Gallery space.

Tuesday, February 13

Chicago Auto Show 2018

Rémy Martin Opulence Revealed Cognac Tasting Experience – SOLD OUT – Be part of the ultimate cognac tasting experience curated by the house of Rémy Martin at the Rémy Martin Opulence Revealed Cognac Tasting Experience. During this exclusive educational and interactive event, you will master the art of tasting our exceptional cognacs, as our ambassador leads you through a unique multi-sensory journey. More Details

Wednesday, February 14

Chicago Auto Show 2018

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Celebrate your love over a delicious romantic dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-571-1808) this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14).  Perry’s has chosen a special Prix Fixe menu full of signature favorites that are sure to please. Find full details here.

Prairie Grass Cafe – Treat your better half to a delicious dinner and heartfelt gift this Valentine’s Day. Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) is teaming up with Dan Sviland at Hot Shop Glass in Racine, WI to give away a hand-blown glass heart. Find full details here.

Bowling for Love at 10pin Bowling Lounge – Whether you’re celebrating as a couple, in a group, or you just want to have fun being single this Valentine’s Day, we’re here to make sure you have a good time! On Wednesday February 14th, all are welcome at 10pin to enjoy bowling, a buffet, drinks, and a live DJ spinning nothing but love to set the mood! Tickets and details

RED HEARTS DAY– On Wednesday, February 14 from 5-8 pm three special chefs courses will be offered at Staytion inside the Renaissance Hotel. Each course will be paired with the perfect cocktail while local music duo Jenna & Max set the tone for the evening.

Thursday, February 15

Chicago Auto Show 2018

Macy’s Black History Month Celebration – Macy’s Black History Month Celebration invites you to celebrate Chicago’s own African-American business leaders and visionaries through an inspiring discussion and Q&A with Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation Melody Spann Cooper, Brand Manager of Luster Products Inc.Theresa B. Luster and Co-founder and CEO of Black Tech Mecca Fabian Elliot. The event will be hosted by Val Warner of Windy City LiveMore Details

Friday, February 16

Chicago Auto Show 2018

PAWS Chicago Animal Magnetism 2018 – Join us for the celebration that helps save lives! Hosted by the PAWS Chicago Professional Board, the 12th annual PAWS Chicago Animal Magnetism 2018 event will take place on March 16th, 2018. Located at Morgan Manufacturing in the Windy City’s West Loop neighborhood, Animal Magnetism welcomes more than 600 of Chicago’s urban professionals, animal lovers, and canine companions! More Details

Chicago Premium Outlets’ Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale – Chicago Premium Outlets is gearing up for its first major shopping event of the year, the Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale. From Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19, shoppers will find deep discounts, beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent, on winter merchandise and the latest trends for spring, at many of the center’s 170 popular designer and brand-name outlets. For more information on Chicago Premium Outlets, call (630) 585-2200, visit

Saturday, February 17

Chicago Auto Show 2018

Cider Summit Chicago 2018 at Navy Pier – The 6th annual Cider Summit returns to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Saturday, February 17. Cider Summit Chicago is the region’s largest cider tasting event featuring nearly 200 ciders and cider cocktails, including regional favorites and international classics.  General admission tickets are still available for each session – 11am-3pm or 4pm-8pm. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. This event is 21 & over only. More Details

Homewood Chocolate Fest 2018 – The Village of Homewood proudly hosts the 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest 2018 on February 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s festival is in two locations with artisan chocolatiers and bakeries, the Baking Demo and the annual Chocolate Bake-Off Contest in the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut. The kids activites and the PopUp SCIENCE activity are at the Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Hwy. Homewood Chocolate Fest features the always-popular Chocolate Bake-Off Contest where visitors get to sample the professional and amateur submissions for a small donation which benefits the Homewood Flossmoor High School Orchestra. Admission is free to this event. More Details

Chicago Premium Outlets’ Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale

Sunday, February 11

Chicago Auto Show 2018

Chicago Premium Outlets’ Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale

Katie Cahmann

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