Hearts swell in this month full of valentines and cuddling up. Feel the love across the North Shore bursting with flowers, feasts and sweets. You’ll find plenty to celebrate with your honey or your “galentines” in dynamite entertainment, meal deals and more when you see What’s There to Do in Chicago’s North Shore. Do it!
North Shore Restaurant Month
Feb. 1–28, 2022
February means North Shore Restaurant Month and a prime time to check out restaurants you’ve been meaning to visit and revisit some tempting specials at old favorites. This year eatery deals will run the gamut from in-person dining to take-out with restaurants of all kinds offering tasty spreads and prix fixe menus. Plan a celebration, round up family or pick a date to catch-up with friends and meet for a delicious night. Like we need a reason to skip cooking for a night or two.
Madison Grace, Evanston
Evanston Hygge Fest
Various locations, Downtown Evanston
Feb. 1–28, 2022
Nurture a snuggly atmosphere all February in Hygge Fest! Pronounced "hue-gah," this Danish notion emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. Rather than whine through winter, hygge celebrates coziness, warmth and family with gentle mindfulness. Downtown Evanston hosts the third annual Hygge Fest as local businesses offer a series of virtual and in-person events and DIY sessions, such as beading classes, wine tastings, knitting lessons, bouquet-making, woodworking and more. Area shops showcase everything you need to hunker in style (and taste!).
The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Untamed: The Orchid Show
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Feb. 12–Mar. 27, 2022
The power of plants to dazzle the senses and enrich our lives is never more apparent than in the popular Orchid Show. Each year, the exhibit surprises with a fresh twist: this time it’s the unexpected whims of wild orchids. See what happens when these tropical beauties overtake an old secret garden, twine around forgotten pillars, and break through the whimsical spaces of our imaginations. Bask in the extraordinary colors and fresh blooms of thousands of orchids and other sultry plants at this stunning display.
Blind Faith Cafe, Evanston
Celebrate Your Valentine
Feb. 14, 2022
Romance is in the air and what better way to show you care than a special time with that special someone. Sweet treats abound with chocolates, jewelry and other delights from local shops and artisans. Take your honey out for a Valentine dinner or pick up a thoughtfully-crafted spread for an intimate evening at home. Your night out can include music, movies and theatre wrapped up with an overnight stay at a local hotel with romantic trimmings (think breakfast, bubbly, chocolate).
Big Ten Basketball at Northwestern
Northwestern Men's Basketball, Northwestern University, Evanston
Giordano Dance Chicago, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Giordano Dance Chicago
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Feb. 5, 2022
America's original jazz dance company and Chicago darlings Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) returns to the North Shore Center with a dynamic and joyous program featuring a performance by South African composer Bongi Duma. Take a journey through GDC’s rich repertoire with the return of Kesha Lalama’s Alegría and Ray Leeper’s rousing showstopper Feelin’ Good Sweet. Enjoy the reprise of Joshua Blake Carter’s “stylish and exuberantly danced” (WTTW) Take A Gambol. Now in their 59th season, GDC continues to delight audiences worldwide.
Something Rotten, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, Evanston
Something Rotten: An Outrageous, Crowd-Pleasing Musical Farce
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, 30 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston
February 10-20, 2022
How doth one write the world’s very first musical? It’s the 1590s and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play. But they are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a soothsayer foretells that theater will evolve to mix singing, dancing AND acting, Nick and Nigel set out to do the impossible. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.
Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston
Winter Warm-Ups: A Local Weekend Getaway
Sure the weather might be a bit much, but you can find relaxation and renewal in a getaway…without going too far away. North Shore hotels offer respite with beautiful rooms and suites, excellent service and some with luxury amenities. Your partner will love a chance to disconnect from the day-to-day with a fabulous meal out on the town while you play tourist: check out legendary attractions in the arts, explore the local environment, and splurge with some top-notch shopping.