February in the Chicago Southland!
You won’t need to be hit by cupid’s arrow to fall in love with all the exciting activities and events in the Chicago Southland this February. Partake in National Plan For Vacation Day; enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner; participate in our Savor the Southland mobile passport program and earn double points for prizes during Restaurant Month; engage in Black History Month; read our blog on winter walks through Sand Ridge Nature Center; check out our travel inspiration on pizza; experience a virtual tour of Wintrust Sports Complex; take a look at our latest guide and check out some upcoming events.
National Plan for Vacation Day
Everyone needs a vacation from time to time, but no trip is successful without some pre-planning! On January 30th, participate in National Plan for Vacation Day, a day to look forward and plan some fun trips with family and friends – and what better place than the Chicago Southland? Take a look at our recently updated interactive video experience, and when you see something you like – click it! A sidebar will open, allowing you to click the attraction’s logo to access more information. Try it out and plan your Chicago Southland getaway today!
Dine with your Valentine
Looking for the right spot to take your Valentine? These restaurants will be holding special Valentine’s Day-themed dinners on February 14th.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery will be holding their Valentine’s Day at the Station with special drinks and menu items from 5 PM-9 PM.
La Voute at La Banque Hotel in Homewood will be holding a Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinner 6 PM-9 PM, with live music to enjoy and a fresh rose to take home!
And if you haven’t picked up a gift for that special someone yet, be sure to swing by UpsaDaisy Boutique in Homewood to check out their Valentine gift displays, open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM.
Savour the Southland in February – double points
Chicago Southland is home to a melting pot of incredible flavors. Asian fusion, delicious Italian and Mexican fare, Southern-style BBQ, sweet treats, craft brews and cocktails, and of course, deep dish pizza… Wouldn’t you like to try them all? Savor the Southland is our mobile passport program that highlights some of the best eateries around Chicago Southland and encourages visitors to sample everything our culinary scene offers. Each check-in at a participating restaurant earns you points that can be redeemed for excellent Southland-branded swag.
Black History Month
February is black history month, a time to celebrate African-American achievement in U.S. history. Check out these fantastic events that highlight African-American history, culture and achievement.
Muntu + Deeply Rooted at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts in University Park on February 3rd promises to bring two incredible Chicago-based companies, Muntu Dance Theatre and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, to showcase authentic contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and storytelling.
Also taking place on February 3rd, you can enjoy Melody Angel – Chicago Rock & Blues at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Melody Angel is an incredibly talented vocalist and guitarist that the Chicago Sun-Times has described as “Chicago’s next Blues Star, Big Mama Thornton meets Jimi Hendrix.”
On February 24th-25th, you can head out to the Sand Ridge Nature Center for the self-guided Underground Railroad Walks, an opportunity to walk along the Underground Railroad route connected to the Calumet Region during the mid-1800s.
You can find more information on Black History in the Chicago Southland here.
Walking in a winter wonderland
If you’ve ever thought that things seem quieter and more peaceful in a winter wonderland, that’s because they really are. There’s science behind it. Freshly fallen snow actually absorbs sound. One of the best spots to take a hike in that snowy silence is Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland. Check out our Winter Walk blog for all the need-to-know information before you head out on your trek.
Who doesn’t love pizza
“When the moon hits your eye like a great pizza pie… that’s amore!” The Chicago Southland is full of great pizza spots with a slice you’ll love. Take a peek at our That’s Amore! travel inspiration to check out some of our favorites.
Take a virtual tour
This month, take a virtual tour of the Wintrust Sports Complex in Bedford Park. Check out the courts, arcade, laser tag and on-site restaurant before heading out for your own excursion.
Fall/Winter Festivals & Events
Every month of the year, the Chicago Southland brings you fun and excitement! The Fall/Winter Festivals & Events Guide features 296 event listings, so there is no shortage of things to see and do in the Chicago Southland. The guide includes all of the need-to-know information on theatre, concerts, holiday traditions, ethnic celebrations and more. Order your copy today.