02/24/2012 04:35 pm ET

Chicago Weekend Plans: Wine, Pups And Critical Mass (2/24-2/26)

Finally having fluff on the ground doesn't give you any excuse to stay snowed in this weekend. While you count down the days until you can see Brookfield Zoo's new aardvark baby in action, busy yourself with some of our top event picks this weekend--just be sure to steer clear of potholes while you're out on the town.

Chicago Restaurant Week
Chicago Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend, so now may be your last chance to try that dream meal at a fraction of the price. Many eateries are all RSVP'd out, but check OpenTable for available seats. Be sure to check out our cheat sheet to see some insiders' top picks.
Where: Varies
When: Varies
Price: $22 prix fixe lunch, $33/44 prix fixe dinner

International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show
You don't have to be Martha Stewart to have an award-worthy pup here in Chicago. Join the International Kennel Club of Chicago for their annual Dog Show Saturday. Whether you're window shopping, competing or shopping for your mutt back home, dog lovers of all kind will enjoy this event.
Where: McCormick Place Lakeside, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
When: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Price: $18

Monthly Beverage Dinner
Interested in a night on the town that's off the beaten restaurant week path? Join 2 Sparrows for a collaborative dinner with Girasole Vineyards. Learn about the California winery's sustainable production method and their organic varietals while enjoying a paired five-course meal from chef Gregory Ellis.
Where: 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey Pkwy.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Price: $75

Critical Mass
Ready for your first chance this season to flex that snow-biking muscle? If you're a pro, show off your skills at this month's Critical Mass Friday. First-timers would be wise to come along, too, and pick up some tips for weathering Chicago's icy streets on two wheels.
Where: Daley Plaza
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Price: Free

80s Dance Party
Oversized top? Check. Super-tight bottoms? Check. Throw on a side ponytail or any neon accessories you can find, and you're ready to head to the 80's party at Fat Cat, spun by DJ Julie B. Travel back in time with a night full of jell-o shots, themed cocktails and a photoshoot to help you remember any moments the drink deals may make you forget.
Where: Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 - 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Price: Free

Oscar Night Viewing Party
If you're going to be watching the Oscars on Sunday, you might as well do it in style. Head to Park West Theater for their "On The Red Carpet" Oscar Party, which benefits the Center on Halsted. The event features cocktails and a full dinner buffet, plus popcorn and candy, as well as a raffle and silent auction featuring over $25,000 worth of trips, hotel stays, theater tickets and other prizes. Plus, you'll be able to saunter the red carpet and chat about your dazzling outfit with Precious Jewel, the event's special guest carpet-side correspondent.
Where: Park West Theater, 322 W. Armitage Ave.
When: 6 p.m.
Price: $30 - $75