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28th Annual Chicago Motorcycle Show & Parts Expo, Feb. 3 & Feb. 4 at 1pm-6pm, Tinley Park Conventional Center, $10-$50
Details: World's largest indoor motorcycle show, parts expo, and motorcycles swap. See vendors from all over the country, a custom bike show, trophies, over $3,000 cash prizes, Opie Winston from Sons of Anarchy. Buy, sell and trade new, used and antique motorcycle parts.
Wine Tasting with Slow Wine Guide Producers in Chicago, Feb. 2 at 6pm, Spiaggia, $35
Details: Slow Food and Slow Food Chicago present the first-ever English publication of the Slow Wine guide at a walk-around wine tasting featuring over 100 wines from 45 Slow Wine producers. Admission includes copy of Slow Wine Guide, commemorative wine glass, and light food pairings provided.
Bachelorette, Feb. 2 at 7pm, Profiles Theatre, $25-$35
Details: Join Profiles this Thursday as it hosts it's new show Bachelorette. It's a play version of the movie that premiered at Sundance with Kirsten Dunce & Isla Fisher. With access code meetup, tickets to the event are $25 and include food, drinks, and show tickets.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS FOR BACHELORETTE!
El Mari Chi Chi: A Robert Rodriguez Burlesque, Feb. 4-Mar. 31 (every Saturday) at 7:30pm, Gorilla Tango Theater
Details: A new parody of Robert Rodriguez's film, Desperado, debuts this weekend! El Mari Chi Chi is about a guitar-playing mariachi man out for revenge.
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Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Parks, Feb. 2-14 at Various Times, Chicago Parks, Prices Vary
Details: Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Chicago Parks with numerous dances and parties.
Letters/X 2012, Feb. 2- Mar. 10 at 8pm, The Apollo Theater, $12-$15?
Details: Letters/X? is Chicago's original anti-Valentine's Day cabaret. This performance about relationships is comprised entirely of actual letters, emails, text messages, Facebook posts, and other ephemera submitted by the public and presented as monologues and original songs.
8minuteDating Speed Dating, Feb. 7 at 7:30pm, BlackFinn American Saloon, $34.88
Details: Join thousands of singles nationwide for the 10th annual Cupid Party. Eight dates, appetizers, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet someone in time for Valentine's day.
Break the World Record with Lil' Jon, Jon Cotay, Immerman Angels at 11:30pm, Enclave
Details: Attempt breaking Guinness World Record of "Most People Wearing Sunglasses In The Dark."
Chicago Literati Networking Event, Feb. 2 at 6pm, Hidden Shamrock, $15-$20
Details: Mingle, brainstorm and swap business cards with local literary professionals including Crimespree Magazine founders Jon and Ruth Jordan, author Sherrill Bodine ("Talk of the Town") and publisher Ben Leroy (Tyrus Books, F+W Crime). Includes appetizers. Register early--the first 30 registrants receive a swag bag.
Kevin Smith: Live From Behind, Feb. 2 at 8:30pm, AMC Showplace Naperville
Details: See Smith (Silent Bob) and Jason Mewes (Jay) host "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old". After there will be a Q&A session and you can submit your questions directly via social media.
Watch the Big Game, Feb. 5 at 6:30pm, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, $15-$75
Details: Come to Chicagoland's biggest sports bar to enjoy the game on a huge 60' screen while the Horseshoe Casino gives away $5,000 and two tickets to March Madness in Las Vegas on their charter plane.
First Bites Bash: Kick-Off to Chicago Restaurant Week, Feb. 2 at 6pm, Union Station, $125?
Details: United Airlines presents First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. Chicago restaurateur and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard will host this event, from which 100% of net proceeds will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Inside the magnificent Great Hall of Chicago Union Station, enjoy savory and sweet tastings from over 50 of Chicago's best chefs and restaurants.?
Garfunkel & Oats, Feb. 3-Feb 4. at 8pm & 10:30, UP Theatre, $25
Details: Garfunkel & Oats, LA's comedy/folk duo compiled of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micuci will be performing at the UP comedy club this Friday and Saturday. They will be participating in Chicago's Restaurant Week on the 3rd, at $44 per person. Includes 1 ticket and dinner.
Mid-West Craft Beer and Chili Pairings, Feb. 3 at 6:30-9pm, Now We're Cooking, $65
Details: Now We're Cooking 'beer-ologist' lets you sample a variety of new craft beers and chefs give you tips on making the best chili for your Sunday game nights.
Wicker Park/Bucktown First Friday, Feb. 3 at 6pm-10pm, Flat Iron Arts Building, FREE
Details: Enjoy the Flat Iron Artists exhibits for free during the first Friday of the month throughout the year. Explore two floors of art displayed, witness impromptu performances, and enjoy studio refreshments.
The Flesh Hungry Dog Show, Feb 3 at 9pm, Jackhammer, $8-$10
Details: Listen to awesome tunes from Fatally Cool, Dyke Van Dick, and Skinny Paul with special guest Andrea Sottovocce and enjoy a night of acoustic performances, mash-ups, folk, covers and original music.
Snowball 2012, Feb. 4 at 8pm, Great Hall at Union Station, $135
Details: Mingle with lively young professionals with a night of fun, dancing, and food. There will be a tasting buffet, live music, open bar, and silent auction.
Nite at the Net, Feb. at 4 6:30pm-10pm, Hinsdale Racquet Club, $95-$175
Details: Challenge a tennis rally on court with Coach Joel Quenneville or take on top-ranked table tennis player 'Biba' from Killerspin. There will be food, drinks, cocktails, ping-pong and beer-pong. Participate in raffles, live and silent auctions where you can win a trip to the Blackhawks locker room, tickets, and signed jerseys. All proceeds to to the Chicago Catholic Charities "Neighbor in Need" program. Each person that brings non-perishable food items will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 'Lettuce Entertain You' gift card.
The Science of a Cocktail Party, Feb. 4 at 8pm, DIRTT Environmental Solutions $70-$85
Details: Illinois Science Council provides a night of food, drink, entertainment and science. Sponsored by Metropolitan Brewery and Frederick Wildman & Sons Wine Merchants.
Greater Chicago K-12 Chess Championships, Feb. 4 at 10am, Hilton Hotel Northbrook, $35-$55
Details: The Midwest Chess Championship presented by: Kasparov Chess Foundation, USCF & Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation is a great competition for young players and the whole family. Trophies, medals, and free memeberships to USCF available. Round Times: 10AM, 11:30, 1PM, 2:30PM & 4:00PM Awards: 5:30 PM
The Annual Chicago Bass Festival, Feb. 5 at 8:30am, Ravinia, $75-$100
Details: The Chicago Bass Festival is a perfect event for the double bass community that highlights the talents of bassists in major performing organizations and teachers at academic institutions while fostering a learning event for the next generation of double bassists with master classes and clinics for all ages and ability levels.
Slider Bowl 2012, Feb 5 at 5:30pm, Moonshine Restaurant, $35
Details: Moonshine Brewing Company is hosting the First Annual Slider Bowl 2012, Enjoy the game over an All-American slider buffet topped off with all-you-can-drink Moonshine drafts and call drinks.
Blood/Stones: Burmese Rubies, Feb. 6- May 13, Field Museum, General Admission
Details: Photography by Christian Holst depicting the effect of the global trade of rubies and jade of Burma
IgniteChicago ,Feb. 6 at 7pm, Catalyst Ranch, $5
Details: IgniteChicago is a high-energy evening of five minute presentations by people who have an idea - and the guts to get onstage and share it with fellow creative folks. Each presentation is composed of 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Presentations can be about anything.
Midwest Independent Film, Feb. 7 at 6pm, Landmark Century Centre Cinema, $10-$15
Details: Solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, the Midwest Independent Film Festival presents audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month. The event is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Chicago and Midwest film community.
Green Drinks @ Google, Feb. 7 at 5:30pm, Google Chicago, $5.50-$20
Details: Google opens the doors of its Chicago office to Green Drinks for a panel discussion featuring inspiring stories of people intersecting their passion with their careers to create social impact in new and interesting ways.At this special all-ages Green Drinks (only soft drinks available tonight), hear the stories of three individuals who have used creativity and determination to acquire some of the most desirable, meaningful careers. Leave with their secrets to success in order to better inform your own journey.
The Feast: An Intimate Tempest, Feb. 7-Mar. 11, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, $30-$45
Details: A innovative retelling of Shakespeare's lyrical tale, darkly imagined. The Feast is brought to life by three actors, a menagerie of handcrafted puppets, original music and hypnotic animations.
Benefit for Jimmy Newcomer, Feb. 7, Texas Roadhouse
Details: Support this benefit for Jimmy Newcomer, a 19 yr old who was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. All of the servers tips and 10% of sales will go to him and there will be a silent auction! Some icehogs/Blackhawks players will be singing autographs too!
Love Potions, Aphrodisiac Truffles & Tarot Readings, Feb. 8 at 6pm, Vosges, $30
Details: Mingle with chocolate lovers and enjoy sensuous and adventurous truffles from the Aphrodisiac Collection. Sip oysters, jamaican mamajuana and absinthe while an astrologer gives you insight into love and life.
The Caretaker, Feb. 8- Mar. 25 Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Writer's Theatre, $35-$65
Details: A simple and strange tale of an old drifter and the two brothers who take him in to their home. Created by Harold Pinter maintains a sense of existential mystery, never lowering himself to the level of offering motivations.