The Calendar: Coming up in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Game Changers,’ North Shore Restaurant Month and more.

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February 9-19: Chicago Theatre Week
The League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago team up to celebrate the city’s booming stage scene for the fifth year. Spots like Goodman and Lookingglass Theatres, Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City offer discounted tickets for more than 100 productions over 10 days.
Cost: $15-$30. For a full list of participating theaters, visit

February 11-20: Chicago Auto Show
Come along for the ride: This year marks the city’s 109th Auto Show, and packs hundreds of vehicles — including 40 debut cars — into more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space. Look for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, 2017 Maserati Levante and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes at 8 p.m. Feb. 20)
Place: McCormick Place, 2301 S. King
Cost: $13, $7 kids 7-12. For tickets, visit


February 12: Love Dose
Whether you’re single or attached, celebrate the season of love with dozens of vendors at this installation of Dose Market. Create a painted valentine with Geneva-based stationery company Cake & Flower Paper, shop jewelry, lingerie and vintage pieces, or score delicious goodies from Rare Bird Preserves and others.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Place: Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan
Cost: $10. For tickets, visit

February 15-26: ‘Game Changers’
The Joffrey Ballet presents its annual winter program, featuring three modern ballets in 10 performances. The event marks the Chicago premiere of New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck’s “Year of the Rabbit.”
Place: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Cost: $34-$159. For tickets and a full schedule, visit

February 16: Barrel Night
Splash sister publication Chicago magazine hosts its second annual celebration of whiskey and fine spirits. Master distillers will be on hand at the adults-only event, which also features passed apps from Gibsons.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Montgomery Club, 500 W. Superior
Cost: $85. For tickets, visit


February 19: Ramenfest
Dig in for this third annual event, where 20 chefs compete in a ramen cook-off. Try dishes from Ada Street’s Joanna Stachon, Girl & the Goat’s Stephanie Izard, Sunda’s Jess de Guzman and more — all to benefit Inspiration Kitchens.
Time: Noon, 11 a.m. VIP
Place: urbanbelly, 1400 W. Randolph
Cost: $75. For tickets, visit

February 22: Black History Month Concert Series
The Chicago Children’s Choir celebrates African-Americans with this open-to-the-public showcase, presented by Target. More than 3,000 student singers join the Voice of Chicago in song.
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Place: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan
Cost: Free. For more information, visit

February 23: IronHorse Ball
Retired NFL player Steve Gleason gets the Grid Iron Horse award at this second annual gala benefiting the ALS Association. Guests can enjoy 15 tasting stations, cocktails and dancing, plus a live auction with items like a “Hamilton” VIP ticket package.
Time: 7 p.m.-midnight
Place: Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington
Cost: $200. For tickets, visit

February 24: Sleep In
Raising awareness for the thousands of homeless young adults in Chicago, this overnight event features activities, dozens of live performances and talks from affected teens. Thirteen organizations benefit, including Center on Halsted and Pride Action Tank.
Time: 6 p.m. (5 p.m. registration)-7 a.m. Feb. 25
Place: Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan
Cost: $75, $85 at the door. For tickets, visit


February 24: Tickled Pink
Party in pink at this 12th annual event, featuring chef stations from 50 restaurants, live music, dancing and more. The lively event — emceed by Splash’s Susanna Homan — benefits Bright Pink, the Chicago-based national nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers.
Time: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Place: Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan
Cost: $110 through Feb. 19, $125 after, $150 day of. For tickets, visit

February 26: Hollywood on State
Celebrate like a celebrity at this Oscars viewing party, complete with a red carpet hosted by designer Tommy Walton and actress NK Gutiérrez. This year, the Gene Siskel Film Center recognizes filmmakers Lonnie Edwards, Lori Felker, Jennifer Reeder and Michael Smith.
Time: 6:30 p.m. (telecast begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Place: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State
Cost: $100, $200 VIP, additional $50 for reserved seating. For tickets, visit


Through February 28: North Shore Restaurant Month
Escape the downtown culinary scene and try something new up north. Nearly 100 restaurants on the North Shore — including Glencoe’s Guildhall, Evanston’s Koi (pictured above) and Wheeling’s Tuscany — offer discounts, prix fixe menus and other treats through the end of the month (Feb. 14 excluded).
Cost: Varies. For a list of participating restaurants, visit

Through March 31: ‘Shamilton’
You’ve seen “Hamilton” … now see the Chicago-produced parody at the Apollo Theater. The improvised musical, directed by Peter Gwinn, is about a different historical figure each night — chosen by the audience.
Time: 10:30 p.m. Fridays
Place: The Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N. Lincoln
Cost: $15-$20. For tickets, visit

Patte Loper’s “Architecture Review 1978 (After the Shoot)” from the Art AIDS America exhibition

Patte Loper’s “Architecture Review 1978 (After the Shoot)” from the Art AIDS America exhibition

Through April 2: ‘Art AIDS America’
The traveling exhibition opened in Chicago as the last stop on its U.S. tour, incorporating pieces by local artists — Roger Brown, Patric McCoy, Israel Wright and others — into the display of more than 140 works. The show explores how AIDS has impacted art in America and is presented by the Alphawood Foundation, which helps protect the rights of LGBT citizens.
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Place: Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted
Cost: Free. For admission passes, visit

7-2_Jackson_Knuckles_2.jpg< Ongoing: ‘The Winner … of Our Discontent’
The Second City premiered its 105th Mainstage Revue last week, starring hilarious ensemble members Shantira Jackson (left), Paul Jurewicz, Martin Morrow and more.
Time: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 & 11 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays
Place: 1616 N. Wells
Cost: $19 and up. For tickets, visit