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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February may be the shortest month, but it’s full of things to do. Here are our 9 not-to-miss February events.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at one of these loveable events allaround Chicagoland. From family dances to craft nights and cucpcakedecorating, there’s all sorts of ways to show your love thisFebruary.

Valentine’s Day Events in Chicago for kids and families

Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long with these lovableevents around Chicagoland.

Celebrate Black History Month

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

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.

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.

Special needs resource fair set for Feb. 10 in Chicago

Chicago mom Melanie Schlachter is passionate about helpingparents with children with special needs find the help theyneed.

And she knows first-hand how tough it canbe.

“As the parent of a child who was recentlydiagnosed with a developmental difference, I’ve just beenabsolutely amazed by all of the extraordinary resources that existto help kids with different challenges,” says Schlachter,Neighborhood Parents Network’s associate executive director andpoint person for this month’s NPN Developmental DifferencesResource Fair.

“As a parent it’s just a matter of findingthose resources,” she says. “I think (the fair) gives people theopportunity to explore some of those and make connections so theycan find the right resources for their family.”

Chicago Parent, which has a huge interest inhelping special needs families find the information they needthrough its semi-annual Chicago Special Parent magazine andthroughout the year, is one of the fair’s sponsors again thisyear.

More than 50 exhibitors are expected for thesecond annual event, including schools, businesses, speech andoccupational therapists and other therapeutic services.

The fair is aimed at families of children witha wide variety of special needs up to eighth grade, she says.

Multiple workshops are planned throughout theday, including one on health insurance, one on navigating the IEPprocess and one by LEEP Forward on how to set a child up forsuccess.

“It’s the only fair of its kind, so it is justsuch a unique offering,” Schlachter says.

Chinese New Year Kick-off Celebration

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

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 Chineseartisans in the New Year Marketplace. Plus, stop by the interactivearea to make a Chinese craft art.

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