5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Feb. 3-5

Kick off February with a concert in Chicago, a play in Lake Forest, a new exhibit in Evanston, and a Super Bowl charity event with a former member of the Chicago Bears. Plus, find out how you can score dining deals and discounts around the North Shore all month long.

“Elemeno Pea”

Citadel Theatre: "Elemeno Pea"

Sarah Hecht and Maggie Kettering (Photo by North Shore Camera Club.)

Opens Feb. 3
Lake Forest

Citadel Theatre’s latest play centers around two sisters, one an assistant to a billionaire’s wife and the other a social worker. This comedic commentary on social class and sibling rivalry runs through March 5.

Chicago Voices Concert

Lyric Opera's Chicago Voices Concert

Image courtesy of Lyric Opera.

Feb. 4

Lyric Opera’s celebration of Chicago’s music scene will bring Renée Fleming, Kurt Elling, Jessie Mueller, John Prine, Michelle Williams and more together for one special evening. Before you go, read our interview with scheduled performer Shemekia Copeland.

“If You Remember, I’ll Remember”

Block Museum's "If You Remember, I'll Remember"

Marie Watt, Witness, 2015, 71 x 180.5 in. Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, thread. (Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Aaron Johanson.)

Opens Feb. 4

The latest exhibit at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art features pieces examining love, war, resistance, civil rights and more in the 19th and 20th centuries. Opening day events include a sewing circle with artist Marie Watt and an artist conversation.

Big Game Celebration at Kings Bowl

Otis Wilson

Photo courtesy of the Otis Wilson Charitable Association.

Feb. 5

1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion Otis Wilson will host this Super Bowl viewing party to raise money for the Otis Wilson Charitable Association. Enjoy bowling, food and football alongside celebrity bowlers Lance Briggs, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Mike Huff, Ray McElroy, Jason McKie, Adrian Peterson, Mike Richardson and more.

North Shore Restaurant Month

North Shore Restaurant Month: Boltwood

Photo courtesy of Boltwood.

Through Feb. 28

February is North Shore Restaurant Month. Take advantage of deals like free dessert with entree purchase at Boltwood, 15 percent off at Stacked & Folded, and a variety of prix fixe menus. Find a complete list of deals and a dining certificate here.


  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Grand Chefs Gala is Feb. 3 at Navy Pier. Fifty local chefs will share their best dishes, desserts and cocktails, and Lettuce Entertain You’s Richard Melman will be honored. Food Network’s Jeff Mauro will also serve as the evening’s host. Learn more and buy tickets here.
  • RPM Foundation is hosting a fundraiser and book signing with Lyn St. James and Bobby Rahal on Feb. 5 at Collectors’ Car Garage. Learn more and RSVP here.

Looking Ahead

  • Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Voices On Stage and Beyond, a four-part series taking place throughout Black History Month, begins Feb. 7 with a community read-in of “Gee’s Bend” by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Learn more about the series and upcoming events here.

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