Weekend 101: Feb. 22-24

Weekend 101: Things to Do Around Chicago Feb. 22-24 (Andersonville Restaurant Week)

It’s a busy weekend ahead with a new exhibit at Northwestern, Andersonville Restaurant Week, a wine and whiskey festival at Brookfield Zoo, a new event at Chicago Children’s Museum, and more.

War Games

Weekend 101 (Chicago): "War Games" exhibit at Northwestern University
“In the Palm of His Hand” is part of Céline Browning’s exhibit “War Games” at Dittmar Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Northwestern University.)

Opens Feb. 20

Artist Céline Browning presents this exhibit, a look at the overlap between children’s toys and violence, at Northwestern University through March 25.

National Margarita Day at Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco

Weekend 101 (Chicago): National Margarita Day at Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco
Photo courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Feb. 22

Kick off the weekend, and celebrate National Margarita Day, with $6 margaritas or two tacos with a margarita for $12 at Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco.

Andersonville Restaurant Week

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Andersonville Restaurant Week — Lady Gregory's
Lady Gregory’s Chicken Pot Pie (Photo courtesy of Lady Gregory’s.)

Feb. 22 to March 3

Enjoy $10, $20, or $30 per person meals at 22 restaurants in Andersonville during this third annual restaurant week. Participants include Big Jones, Colectivo Coffee, Lady Gregory’s, Lost Larson, and more.

Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest at Brookfield Zoo
Photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society.

Feb. 23

Try samples of more than 30 wines and whiskeys at this Brookfield Zoo event also featuring live music and Animal Ambassadors meet and greets.

Chicago Children’s Museum SleepUnder

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Chicago Children's Museum SleepUnder
Image courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum.

Feb. 23

Chicago Children’s Museum’s first SleepUnder is an after-hours event featuring kid-friendly snacks, activities, and a bedtime story with the museum’s Story Time with Drag Queens program.

Extraordinary Artwork

Weekend 101 (Chicago): "Extraordinary Artwork" Exhibit at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Rachel Namingha Nampeyo (Hopi/Tewa) (Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Museum.)


The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian opened this exhibit featuring 26 new pieces from Native American artists around the U.S. earlier this month.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • Baroque chamber ensemble Trio Speranza will present “With Harp & Voice: Handel’s Muses” twice on Feb. 22 at both Chicago Temple and All Saints Episcopal Church.
  • Winnetka Community House’s annual Wine & Beer Tasting will take place Feb. 22 to benefit WCH.
  • Dreaming of spring? Heller Nature Center’s Ecological Sundays Series — Gardening for Pollinators on Feb. 24 will get you ready for a new season.
  • Kohl Children’s Museum’s pop-up museum in Waukegan will be open through March 23. Kids will be able to experience the Imagination Playground, Animal Secrets, an art studio, reading nook, and more.

Make a Difference:

  • The Harris Theater Founders Dinner on Feb. 22 will honor Sandra P. Guthman, Joan W. Harris, and Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin. Learn more. Make It Better is a proud sponsor of this event.
  • Join Let It Be Us, “a nonprofit dedicated to the adoption and support of children within the Illinois foster care system,” at its first Chicago fundraiser on Feb. 22 at Fig + Olive. Learn more about how this organization helps the approximately 18,000 children in Illinois foster care. Make It Better is a proud sponsor of this event.
  • Celebrate Highwood‘s 3rd Annual Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails Casino Night on Feb. 23 will benefit Midwest Young Artists Conservatory and Celebrate Highwood’s operating fund. Learn more about the event and beneficiaries, and purchase tickets for MYAC’s Winter Concert on Feb. 24. Make It Better is a proud sponsor of this event.
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope’s annual gala, this year themed Mardi Gras Soiree, will take place on Feb. 23. Learn more about the organization’s work.
  • Help raise funds for Children’s Home & Aid’s Rice Child + Family Center during Graze & Raise featuring Chef Gale Gand on Feb. 23.
  • The Cove School, which “offers highly-individualized instruction to children with learning disabilities from kindergarten through high school,” will host their annual benefit, Be the Spark, on Feb. 23.
  • For the 10th year, Solstice will present CHICAGO Dance Marathon, an eight-hour event featuring a talent show, face painting, photo booths, and, of course, dancing to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, on Feb. 23.
  • On Feb. 23, the St. Francis Xavier Church and St. Joseph Church Blood Drive will be held in memory of Kevin Joseph Smith Burke. Pre-register on Vitalant’s website (the group code is 750B).

Looking Ahead:

  • Temple Beth Israel will host a panel discussion, Responding to Domestic Violence & Homelessness, with WINGS and Connections for the Homeless on Feb. 26.
  • The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo will host its first Women Supporting Wildlife event on Feb. 28. Hear from Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., president, CEO, and chief scientific officer for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital






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