Night Skyline NAvy Pier Ferris Wheel

And just like that, we're already to the last full February weekend. But while it may be a short month, your Chicago to-do list for February is sure to keep you busy for the next week. For starters, Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island is back, Black History Month celebrations are in full swing at DuSable, and dogs are running the show this weekend in Chicago. Still want more? Check out everyone's favorite American Celtic band, walk the streets of North Halsted and get your culture on at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Black History Month Celebration and Annual Extravaganza at DuSable (2/21 & 2/22)

Celebrate the last weekend of Black History Month this weekend at the DuSable Museum with two exciting events! First, kick off the weekend with the Black History Month Celebration tomorrow night at 6 PM with none other than beloved recording artist and actress Jennifer Hudson to croone some sultry tunes to you! Tickets are just $20 - this is a steal and a fantastic opportunity to see Jennifer Hudson live and join in the celebrations. Come back on Saturday night for the Annual Black History Month Extravaganza!!! presented by the Najwa Dance Corps and enjoy the cotemporary African dance styles and rhythms by Seneke Inc. and Najwa Dance Corps. This dance concert is unlike any you've ever seen, and will feature the premiere of "The Legend of Henry Box Brown," The Slave Who Mailed Himself To Freedom. Join in the festivities!

International Kennel Club Dog Show (2/22-23)

Kennel Club Dog Show

Need a little puppy love in your life? Come down to McCormick Place this weekend for a very worthwhile cause: the International Kennel Club Dog Show. Watch purebred dogs compete for the prized title of "Best in Show,"  with Pro Plan Performance Team demonstrations of athleticism and skill by this talented pack of canines. You'll also find 125 vendors and a handful of service dog demos at this show that draws more than 10,000 dogs representing 160 breeds. Bring the whole family, or check it out solo: this show is sure to put a smile on your face and looking to adopt a dog the minute you walk out. 

Chicago Cultural Center's Winter Open House (2/22)

Cultural Center

This free event at the Chicago Cultural Center invites you to explore - or rediscover - the Cultural Center like you've never seen before. Take a look inside one of the city's most popular attractions with live entertainment, music, dance, art exhibitions, tours of the historic building, theater performances and evening receptions in two exhibit halls. Did you know there is a Tiffany dome ceiling at the heart of the Cultural Center? Learn more about it this weekend, and other treasures the Cultural Center has to offer the visitor and the local alike.

Northalsted Winter Fest (2/23, 12-6PM)


Street festivals aren't just for the summertime, and Northalsted Winter Fest and is proof. Stroll along North Halsted St from shop to restaurant to art gallery, all the while holding a streamy cup of soup from the Soup Walk. The Soup Walk pairs the neighborhood's restaurants with retailers, so no need to sacrifice the flavors while shopping along Halsted. Along the way you'll also see a live ice sculpting display at Halsted and Roscoe, a photo op as the ice king and queen at the Kit Kat Lounge Patio, fire dancers in live exhibitions at Taverna 750, and a 3D light show between Brompton and Cornelia. This Sunday Funday of fire and ice is a winter afternoon well spent! 

Dropkick Murphys at The Riviera (2/23)

Your favorite American Celtic punk band is here and get your Irish on just in time to start gearing up to St. Patrick's Day. Dropkick Murphys will be in the house (The Riviera house to be exact) for one night only this Sunday night with special guests Lucero and Skinny Lister. Join in the celtic fun on the Dropkick Murphy's St. Patrick's Day Tour 2014 this weekend!