Submit your events

Winter Chilly Fest

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Enjoy a indoor chili dinner in the Program Room that overlooks our pond and woods, and then head outside for outdoor activities. There will be glittering lights and wildlife treat trees on display, skating on the frozen pond and a figure skating exhibition (weather-permitting), creative snow and ice games, snowshoeing and hayrides through the woodland, and a campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: $6; with dinner: $10, $8 kids under 10 in advance; $12; $10 kids under 10 after Feb. 7

Valentine’s Day Love Nature Celebration

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.


Offers an array of activities for all ages including a special performance of “A Valentine to the Earth”, a guided hike, crafts, games, music and some sweet treats.

When: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

FREEze Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.


Features wintry fun for the whole family, including dog-sledding demonstrations from members and their four-legged friends of the Green Valley Dog Drivers. Members of the organization will engage guests in games and musher talks with their canine teams. Guests can also learn about some of the animals that don’t seem to mind the colder temperatures during special zoo chats. At Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters and their families can meet Nature Cat, a costumed character from WTTW’s new animated series that encourages children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. Representatives from WTTW will be on hand at the event to engage kids in a variety of hands-on activities, including making bird feeders and playing tracking games. Other fun activities will feature mud play and creating Valentine’s Day cards for the animals.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, parking fee applies

Valentine Skate

Oak Lawn Ice Arena | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Enjoy a "sweet" afternoon of skating, raffles, music provided by a DJ and a treat for everyone.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 admission, $3 skate rental

Sweetheart Skate

Carlson Ice Arena | Loves Park, Ill.

Public ice skating session including games, prizes and more.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids 2 and younger

Chocolate Sundae Sunday

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and enjoy live music. Clifford, everyone's favorite Big Red Dog, will be stopping by.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 members; plus admission

Valentine's Day Skate

Aurora Roller Skate Center | Aurora, Ill.

Spend time with the ones you love and enjoy great prizes and tons of fun. For more information, call 312-722-3047.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $10 (includes skates)

Monster Jam

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

Experience the energy and excitement with this showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will watch competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative head-to-head racing action. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the Allstate Arena box office.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday
Cost: $22, $12 kids 12 and under


Wheeling Park District | Wheeling, Ill.


Celebration of winter fun includes ice skating at the hockey-sized rink (bring skates or limited quantities available for use), kids’ arts and craft making, complimentary hot chocolate, and more. Plus, snow painting and a snow obstacle course.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Art Party

Mosaic Therapy | Skokie, Ill.

Aopportunity for emerging artists to gain exposure in Chicago. Includes chocolate and fizzy drinks for kids and adults. All proceeds benefit Mosaic Therapy.


When: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Donations accepted

Copyright 2015 Wednesday Journal Inc. All rights reserved. Chicago web development by liQuidprint