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ACTIVE: The Actors Gymnasium Circus School and Theatre Company’s got a class geared towards helping you increase your flexibility. You can always be more flexible, right?

CULTURE: The reliably very good ClickHole monthly live show at the Hideout’s doing something a bit different this time! It’s time for A Good Auction!

FILM: The Florida Project was the best movie of 2017 and if you haven’t seen it, fix that by seeing it today at the Siskel Film Center!

FOOD + DRINK: Your favorite notebook/journal/drawing pad makers Field Notes hosts Winter Pop-Up Dinner at their main offices, featuring a meal brought to you by the folks at Big Delicious Planet. BDP’s Urban Farm Dinner Series typically hosts outdoor popups during the precious few warm days here in Chicago, so it’s nice to see them coming inside!

FREE: The Chicago Literacy Alliance’s free gallery exhibition, The Evolution of Chicago Comics, opens tonight, and they’re throwing a party in celebration! Check it out if u like comics, Chicago, and comics made by Chicagoans!

MUSIC: High quality local gig at the Empty Bottle, featuring Justindemus, Laverne, and Hawley Shoffner. Solid group of folks here.

OUTSIDE: Get out and earn your drinks at the Open Outcry Brewing Company, with a nice Run to the Pub Fun Run. Run/walk a couple miles have some brews, why don’t you.

STAGE: Ever wonder what it would be like if the dad from Full House said cuss words? Find out by going to see Bob Saget at Thalia Hall!

STAY IN: It’s been snowy and not great out, maybe consider a night in with one of the most acclaimed books of 2018 (so far!). Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage is a super well received novel, a deeply empathetic story of redemption that you’ll have a hard time putting down.



ACTIVE: The folks behind the Chicago Athletic Association understand the power of a gimmick. They’re always cooking up something new within the bounds of their massive Loop hotel/event space. Their latest novelty funtime activity is a Valentines Day themed rollerskating night, with songs both romantic and brooding to soundtrack your skating fun.

CULTURE: The Black Arts Festival at Columbia College Chicago is a celebration of some of the biggest and most talented up-and-coming black artists from Chicago and beyond.

FILM: The A.V. Club’s midnight movie series at the Music Box continues tonight with a showing of the cult Japanese teen girl action flick Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter. With a name like that…

FOOD + DRINK: Hamburger Mary’s weekly drag show Dining With The Divas is a Chicago institution, go for dinner and drinks and watch some of the best drag queens in town show off their massive talents.

FREE: The newly-renovated Theatre On The Lake hosts a free jazz show featuring two quartets comprised of some of the most exciting young talents from Chicago’s massive jazz scene. Great excuse to go check out this new space!

MUSIC:  J Dilla’s Donuts is unquestionably one of the best albums of the 21st century. Local jazz/indie rock crossover fella Charlie Coffeen leads a 15-piece orchestra in a full band tribute to this mammoth achievement at Thalia Hall, for a show full of special guests and surprises!

OUTSIDE: It’s Valentine’s Weekend, so when better to get outside and enjoy some nature with your honey? Head out to Willow Springs’ Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Centre for a campfire and a nice Sweetheart Night Hike.

STAGE: The Art Institute of Chicago’s got a performance and lecture by Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh, whose work is influenced by the effects of the ongoing tumult in the Middle East.

STAY IN: New Netflix documentary, do three sweeter words exist? Seeing Allred is a profile of activist/attorney Gloria Allred, who has tirelessly worked to help victims of sexual assault by massive media moguls like Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.


ACTIVE: Cupid’s Undie Run in Wrigleyville. It’s like the no pants subway ride but with more running/vanity muscles!

CULTURE: The Empty Bottle’s new gallery exhibition, Power Suits and Selected Objects by Sara Enigmann opens tonight, with musical guests MC Malci, Wulfpac, and Choral Reefer soundtracking the reception.

FILM: Oscar season is upon us, so maybe revisit The Artist, which won the Oscar a few years ago and then everyone promptly forgot, at the Logan Theatre. It’s a nice reminder that a Best Picture win doesn’t guarantee a place in film history! (Lookin at you, The Kings Speech).

FOOD + DRINK: Hofbrauhaus Chicago’s got a nice Valentine’s Day weekend menu, helping you have a very romantic and German lover’s weekend. Nothing says true love like Borsctsh-Suppe.

FREE: Do The Winter Block Party Thing at the Metro is a free celebration of hip hop in Chicago. Expect performances from up-and-coming talent from around the city, surprises, and more!

MUSIC: The Hideout’s 12th-annual Make-Out Party has a massive orchestral supergroup of local musicians performing originals and covers in a bold big band style.

OUTSIDE: Take a self-guided tour through the woods at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center by lantern light! Tis the season for chilly, romantic walks thru nature, you know?

STAGE: Wildly popular showcase of the shameful ephemera of youth Mortified returns to Lincoln Hall for another evening of embarrassing stories, live readings of old journal entries, love notes, poetry, and more!

STAY IN: The second installation of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman features a long-form chat with George Clooney. Two nice and handsome men having a dang chat.


ACTIVE: Yoga and Craft Beer at the Rock Island Public House combines two different things into one very spiritually satisfying experience. Go get a buzz on while u center yourself.

CULTURE: Bucket O’Blood Books and Records hosts special Valentines Day edition of their Lady Killers author discussion series. Tori Telfer discusses her work profiling nearly forgotten female serial killers, offering up tales of torrid and bizarre crimes throughout history.

FILM: I haven’t seen Casablanca, is that bad? It’s apparently a very romantic piece of work, because the Music Box is doing a special sweetheart’s singalong screening of the film. Maybe I’ll go to this one and finally check it off my list!

FOOD + DRINK: The Empty Bottle’s well-loved winter tradition the Chili Synthesizer Cookoff celebrates it’s 8th year tonight. Sample some chilis paired with the sounds of analog synths from some of Chicago’s best cooks/gearheads. Nothing like this event.

FREE: Schubas’ recurring free local music showcase 100% Off Bands is back, with a bill featuring Flash Flash Comfort, Captain UFO, and more! Real good drink specials soundtracked by local rock bands. Nice.

MUSIC: The Jay Farrar Duo, one half of which is alt country hero Jay Farrar, comes through the Old Town School of Folk Music. Great news for all u Son Volt heads out there.

OUTSIDE: Free admission at the Brookfield Zoo! Go walk around and see some animals in the wintertime. Some animals like the cold!

STAGE: Experimental theatre troupe The Neo-Futurists’ new-ish show The Infinite Wrench 2018 has been getting a ton of good buzz and what better time to get over there to check it out than some random Sunday night!?!!?

STAY IN: The new Alan Ball show Here & Now premieres on HBO tonight. Find a friend with HBO and watch it! Let’s hope it’s more Six Feet Under than True Blood (sorry True Blood fans!)!