Our Picks: Top 9 February events


February may be the shortest month, but it's full of things to do, from a groundhog weather prediction to celebrations to Black History Month and Valentine's Day. Without further ado, our 9 not-to-miss February events.

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Celebrate Black History Month

Watch performances from local music and dance groups, make art, and create a memento to take home.


Celebrate Groundhog Day 2013 around Chicago

It's time for the big question: Will or won't the groundhog see his shadow? Chicago weather is so hard to predict but it would be nice to have the little guy's input on how many more weeks of winter we'll be shivering through.

Check out these family-friendly events around Chicagoland that celebrate Groundhog Day.


Downers Grove Ice Fest

Unique ice sculptures line the streets of downtown while visitors enjoy an array of events. Live ice carving demonstrations on Friday at 5:30 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, Pancake Breakfast, shopping and dining. Visit website for more details.


Special needs resource fair set for Feb. 10 in Chicago

Families touched by special needs can find resources and information all in one place at the annual NPN Developmental Differences Resources Fair. Chicago Parent is one of the sponsors.

Chinese New Year Kick-off Celebration

See exciting dance and music performances from Chinese folk artists from around the Chicago-area.


Valentine's Day Events in Chicago for kids and families

Celebrate Valentine's Day at one of these loveable events all around Chicagoland. From family dances to craft nights and cucpcake decorating, there's all sorts of ways to show your love this February.


Home Sweet Homewood Chocolate Fest

Features live music, children's activities, demos by professional chefs and vendor booths featuring sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. There will also be the 14th annual Chocolate Bake-off Contest for amateur bakers to be crowned "Home Sweet Homewood's Master Pastry Chef."


International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows

One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country that draws the top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." Plus dog fashion shows, meet the breeds, pet the dogs and Kid Zone.


Lantern Festival Celebration

See colorful performances and shop items made by local Chinese artisans in the New Year Marketplace. Plus, stop by the interactive area to make a Chinese craft art.


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