What's on your agenda this weekend in Chicago? Well we've got some Chicago events here that should be at the top of the list. From a grand celebration of Chinese New Year to a celebration of poetry, there's so much to do. OH, and it's Chicago Restaurant Week. Though if all-you-can-eat wings is your preferred menu, we have some options for Sunday's big game. It's time to make weekend plans, here's your gameplan!
Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
February 4 // FREE
Enjoy one of the many ways to celebrate Chinese New Year by taking part in a long-standing Argyle tradition and watch colorful lion and dragon dancers make their way through the Uptown neighborhood and along the main thoroughfare of Argyle Street to celebrate the start of the new Lunar Year — the year of the rooster!
Chicago Voices Gala Concert
Check out a unique, eclectic performance that is sure to be one of the highlights of Chicago's cultural season, join us for Chicago Voices Gala Concert, and celebrate the glory of the human voice in its many sounds and styles. This extraordinary evening of vocal artistry will include top singers in blues, jazz, rock, folk, hip-hop, gospel, and classical music. The evening will feature performances and musical collaborations by Shemekia Copeland, The Handsome Family, Jessie Mueller and many more.
Retro Ski Lodge Block Party
February 4 // $10
This is a winter block party with a retro ski-lodge theme is definitely one that you won't want to miss. Prepare to dress up for a wild time. Neon, spandex, goggles, ear muffs, and leg warmers welcome. Please watch out for Yeti sightings. The first 500 patrons to show will also receive up to $30 in local gift cards.
Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe
February 4 // Start at $33
The Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe is returning for one show only during the 2017 holiday celebration for Chinese New Year! Comprised of some of the best martial artists from across China, each performer was handpicked by Hollywood sensation, Jackie Chan, to create a new art form that melds martial arts with elegant traditional Chinese dance. Rarely seen outside of China, this troupe's artistry and athleticism is sure to take your breath away.
Arts & Culture Doc Fest - Edition Two
February 5 // FREE
Arts & Culture Doc Fest (ACDF) is an annual documentaries festival featuring some never-before-seen documentaries covering music, dance, art and history from China. A total of seven documentaries with running times vary from 25 to 50 minutes will be shown in either Mandarin with English subtitles or in English with Chinese subtitles. You can also check out the full schedule to plan ahead.
Pig out with a $20 All-You-Can-Eat Wings & Pizza Buffet at this massive hangout in Wicker Park/Bucktown, where if the big game doesn't hold your attention there is bowling, laser tag and the namesake game of WhirlyBall (a mashup of lacrosse and bumper cars). On The Magnificent Mile, Howells & Hood hosts a Super Chili Cook Off, though there's several top Chicago sports bars all across town to watch all the action.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
February 5 // FREE
Need another great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Head over to the Chinatown neighborhood for a grand celebration to welcome the Lunar New Year with "Fireworks," Marching Bands, Colorful Floats, Traditional dancing Lion and Dragon Teams.
Not enough? You still have time to check out the Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner, kick off Black History Month in Chicago, or visit our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month.