The snow is here! But that doesn't mean you should spend your weekend inside. If this week's tributes to Chicago's gritty legacy and silver-screen fame haven't tempted you to go out on the town, our top picks for this weekend's events should be enough to lure you out. We've got plenty of chances for you to woo or shop for your loved one before next week's big day--and a few rowdier options where you can snag a partner just in time. Shunning V-Day this year? Don't worry, we've got that covered too.
Chicago Auto Show
Whether you're dream-gift shopping or ready to wrap up something sparkly with a larger-than-life red bow, the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place is not to be missed. Featuring the newest innovations and the hottest rides headed for the market, car buffs and casual drivers alike will enjoy this preview of the next big things on wheels.
Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
When: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 12
Price: $11 adults, $7 seniors and children
The Vintage Bazaar
Got a quirky date? By them something to match at the Vintage Bazaar, returning to its roots at the historic German cultural center DANK Haus, home of the arts fair's very first sale. Browse vintage, retro and hand-made crafts and products from 35 vendors at the two-floor showcase, while Chicago's independent radio station CHIRP pumps in tunes to spice up your shopping trip.
Where: DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago
When: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
They say you can't rewrite Shakespeare--but that won't stop the iO from trying. Watch the Improvised Shakespeare Co. spin an Elizabethan web from an audience suggestion, complete with all the "thee's" and "thou's" fans of the bard have come to expect. The hour-long show also promises to bring sword-play, rhyming couplets and period insults worth saving up for any Feb. 14 altercations.
Where: Del Close Theater, 3541 N. Clark St., Chicago
When: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Glunz Beer Anti-Valentine's Day Pub Crawl
If you're not looking forward to Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, blacking out until Wednesday morning is one way to power through. Get a head start at the Glunz Beer Anti-Valentine's Day Pub Crawl, and drink for charity at Schubas, Southport Lanes, Mystic Celt and Toons. Specials are offered at each bar and proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Where: Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
Sunday Bloody Sunday Pub Crawl
In Chicago, Valentine's Day has special significance for its bloodier historical plot point--the famous gangster massacre arranged by kingpin Al Capone. Pay homage to the city's gorier V-Day story with the Chicago History Museum's Sunday Bloody Sunday Pub Crawl for a tour of the city's best bloody marys.
Where: Location announced after ticket purchase
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
Price: $30, $25 for museum members
THE WEEK AHEAD
Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams For Homos (And Their Fans)
Got some make-up work to do after the big day? Swing by the Whistler for a night of music dedicated to duets at this month's installment of Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams For Homos (And Their Fans). DJ Tess will be spinning vinyl grooves from the likes of Sonny and Cher, Mariah and Boyz II Men, J Lo and Ja Rule and more. Want to make sure your favorites get a nod? Submit a request on the event's Facebook page.
When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16