Well, Chicagoans, it's the last weekend before Valentine's Day, so if you are going to find a date, better do it now! There's never a dull moment in Chicago, and that statement rings true for this weekend. The Bulls and Blackhawks are out of town, but Chicago will be hosting a cider event, eating contests, and the largest auto show in America. Here are your events for February 8-10, 2013.
2526 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
$5 per parent/child couple
The Chicago Park District hosts a fun Valentine's event for parents and kids. It's a great way to teach your little ones about love and Valentine's Day. There will music and fun for all ages!
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago
$12 for adults; $6 for 62 and over; $6 for kids 7-12; kids under 7 are free with adult purchase
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest and longest running auto exposition. Approximately 1,000 vehicles will be on display, as well as some collector cars. There will be a complete range of domestic and imported vehicles. If you don't have time to make it there this weekend, the show is running until February 18, 2013.
Navy Pier, Lakeview Terrace Room
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
$20 advance, $25 at the door
At Chicago's first Cider Summit, you will find over 60 ciders from the United States, England, Scotland, France, Spain, and New Zealand. Sampling sizes range from 3 to 6 ounces. Food pairing will be provided by Fortune Gourmet. Admission to this 21-and-over event will get you a glass and 10 drink tickets. If you run out of tickets, each additional drink will be $2. Online ticket sales will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, but you will still be able to purchase at the door.
1000 Davis St., Evanston
Eight teams of two will try to down the most packzi (jelly-filled donuts) to win $300. Packzi Day is technically Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013, but why not celebrate early? And when ordering, don't forget they are pronounced "pooch-key" or "punch-key."
525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago
Have you ever seen roller derby? Try something new, and find out how fierce these girls are. It's the first game of the season that counts towards the season ranking, so come cheer them on!
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
$12 advance, $14 at the door
Warped Tour 2013 presents "The Acoustic Basement Tour." This 17-and-over event is a one-night stop at the Beat Kitchen. Performers will include Geoff Rickly, Vinnie Caruana, A Loss for Words, Koji, and Brian Marquis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
940 W. Weed St., Chicago
Joe's Bar is always a great time, so what better place to kick off Mardi Gras than here? The Beads and Brews event will have music from Dee Jay Silver and Sorry for Partying. Dee Jay Silver has worked with some of country music's greatest, including Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean. For a dancing good time, get your tickets now.
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
The Volunteer Expo is the best way to give back to the community and help make it better. It's also very rewarding to give your time to help others out of the goodness of your heart. Over 50 nonprofits will be in attendance and looking for helpful individuals to perform a wide range of duties.
3685 S. Archer Ave., Chicago
Want to see the guy who ate 287 wings on Super Bowl Sunday in action? Jamie "Bear" McDonald will be in town this weekend to see if he can eat the "Chili Monster." Don't miss him tackle the almost impossible, and pick up some chili for yourself, too.
Janoa Taylor is a freelance writer with a background in business and finance. She offers a unique local perspective gained from years as a Chicago resident.
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