Be sure to bundle up in the chillier months, but it's always beautiful.
Be sure to bundle up in the chillier months, but it's always beautiful.

Best Things To Do in Chicago in February with Kids: Black History Month, Winter Games, and Drive-Ins

As Chicago begins to emerge from its COVID coma, outdoor activities still reign (or snow) supreme. Forest preserves and parks are offering unique story walks centered on Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month. And check out Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade, which will be converted to lion dancers visiting local businesses if the city can't close down streets this year. Museums are beginning to reopen safely (hallelujah!) giving families a chance to see the exhibits they may have missed in 2020 (including Bisa Butler Portraits at the Art Institute) and hosting fun events like Victorian Valentine making at the DuPage County Historical Museum or VIP private time at Kohl Children's Museum.

Look ahead to summer with Chi-Town Movies' Bring on Summer drive-in features, but don't forget to take part in all the traditional upper Midwest winter activities like sledding, tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. This winter, Chicagoans can even dine outside. Events are beginning to pop up again in Chicago! So stay safe and enjoy the winter as much as possible, as a better and busier 2021 begins to unfold.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

 

Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Northside Park
1300 N. West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Crestview Park
245 E. Crestview Ave.
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 Kline Creek Road
West Chicago, IL

Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60026

Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Midway Plaisance Ice Rink
1130 Midway Plaisance
Chicago, IL 60637

AT&T Store Magnificent Mile
600 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown Evanston
Main and Dempster
Evanston, IL 60201

McDonald Woods shelter
19611 W. Grass Lake Road
Lake Villa, IL 60022

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Central Park
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook , IL 60523

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Springbrook Nature Center
130 Forest Ave.
Itasca, IL 60143

Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S. Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn , IL 60137

Downtown Downers Grove
933 Curtiss Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473

Dan Ryan Woods
S Western Ave & W 87th St
Chicago, IL 60620

Purple Monkey Playroom
2040 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL

North Park Nature Sanctuary
2610 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center
7n749 IL Route 59
Bartlett , IL 60103

Dimenna / New York Historical Society Online
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Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473

Jewel-Osco
1655 E 95th St
Chicago, IL 60617

Woodstock Opera House
121 W. Van Buren
Woodstock, IL 60098

Trailside Museum of Natural History
738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473

Chinatown
24th Street and Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

The CORE
16028 W 127th St
Lemont, IL 60439

American Girl Place Chicago
835 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Spring Avenue Recreation Center
185 Spring Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Hemingway District
100 S. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473

The Duck Inn
2701 S. Eleanor
Chicago, IL 60608

Fiamme Pizza
19 N Washington st.
Naperville, IL 60540

Assembly American Bar and Cafe
2570 Hassell Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

DIGS on Canal
316 Canal St
Lemont, IL 60439

Happy Camper Wrigleyville
3458 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Frontier
1076 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

The Lakefront Restaurant
2401 N Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654

Superdawg
6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Beatrix Fulton Market
834 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

JoJo's Shake Bar
23 W. Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Aba
302 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607

The Lucky Monk
105 Hollywood Blvd
South Barrington, IL 60010

Stray Hen Cafe
105 S. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

ChiTown Futbol
2343 S. Throop St
Chicago, IL 60608

Freedom Brothers Pizzeria and Ale House
11914 S. ROUTE 59
Plainfield, IL 60585

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Humboldt Park
1440 N. Humboldt Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60622

Cricket HIll
4500 N. Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60607

Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Caldwell Woods
W Devon Ave & N Nagle Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

Dan Ryan Woods
S Western Ave & W 87th St
Chicago, IL 60620

Palmisano Park
2700 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

James Park
Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Caboose Park
37908 N. Fairfield Rd.
Lake Villa, IL 60046

Techny Park
1700 Techny Road
Northbrook , IL 60062

Flick Park
3600 Glenview Rd
Glenview , IL 60026

Eldridge Park
363 W. Commonwealth Ln.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Rotary Hill
443 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Northside Park
1300 N West St
Wheaton, IL 60187

Barrie Park
1011 S. Lombard
Oak Park , IL 60304

Blackwell Forest Preserve
28W600 Mack Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

Pioneer Woods
107th St, east of S Willow Springs Rd/Flavin Rd
Cook County, IL 60480

Kasey Meadow Park
8047 W. 91st Place
HIckory HIlls, IL 60457

50-Acre Park
91st and Rockwell
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Blackwell Forest Preserve
28W600 Mack Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

Villa Olivia
1401 W Lake St.
Bartlett, IL 60103

Wilmot Mountain
Intersection of County Hwy CK and Hwy W
Wilmot, WI 53192

Sunburst Winter
8355 Prospect Dr.
Kewaskum, WI 53040

Timber Ridge Park
07500 23 ½ St.
Gobles, MI 49055

Snowstar Winter Sports Park
9500 126th Street W.
Andalusia, IL 61232

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
1 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago , IL 60602

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field
3635 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613

Wicker Ice
1425 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Warren Ice Rink
6601 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645

The Peninsula Sky Rink
108 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Midway Plaisance Ice Rink
1130 Midway Plaisance
Chicago, IL 60637

Watts Center
305 Randolph Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink
15600 West Avenue
Orland Park , IL 60462

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Parkway Bank Park
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018

Lake Ellyn Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Centennial Park
500 W. Jackson Street
Naperville , IL 60540

Cicero Community Park
3400 S. 53rd Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

Central Athletic Complex- Ice Rink
500 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton , IL 60187
Sugar Bush Sunday Breakfast
Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm - 9:00 AM
Catch the Leprechaun Story Hunt
Trailside Museum of Natural History - 9:00 AM
Bisa Butler Portraits
Art Institute of Chicago - 10:00 AM
Winter Warm-Up
Crabtree Nature Center - 10:00 AM
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