Fab February fests in Chicago for families


Go ahead and admit it: by the time Feb. 1 rolls around, you're officially over winter. Fortunately, Chicago's got four fun fests this month that are all about heading indoors.


Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Your kids can go hog wild at this celebration of all things two-wheeled, which features the Strider Adventure Zone and stunt shows. Mom and dad can test-drive motorcycles, meet celebs or daydream about life on the open road.

  • $6-$15; free kids 5 and under
  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    5555 N. River Road, Rosemont
  • (800) 331-5706
  • motorcycleshows.com

Chicago Maritime Festival

Lake Michigan usually is thought of as a warm-weather spot, but you can get a taste of its history this month. Kids can try out knot-tying, build a model ship to take home and sing some sailing tunes. Everyone together: "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me."

  • $14, free kids 12 and under; $20 concert, $15 kids 10-15
  • Chicago History Museum
    1601 N. Clark St., Chicago
  • (773) 575-7244
  • chicagomaritimefestival.org

Chicago Auto Show

We've got the tallest building in the U.S., why not the biggest auto show, too? While the nearly 1,000 cars definitely are the stars, there are family-friendly activities and appearances throughout the week, like mascot faves Tommy Hawk, and Benny the Bull.

  • $12, $6 seniors and kids 7-12, free kids 6 and under with adult
  • McCormick Place
    2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • chicagoautoshow.com

International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows

Dog lovers come together at this show to learn just who will be this year's top dog. Kids will love the unique events-doggie fashion show, anyone?-and the chance to pet some of the dogs. We can't wait for the "Best Puppy" competition on Saturday. The cuteness alone will chase away those winter blues.

  • $20, $14 seniors, free kids under 12
  • McCormick Place Lakeside Building
    2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • (773) 237-5100
  • ikcdogshow.com

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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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