Time to plan the most romantic (or depressing) weekend of the year! Here’s some of what we recommend:
Fri 2/12: The Bike Winter Art Show features artwork on bicycles. The night at Motor Gallery (2345 S. Michigan) includes music from DJ Jivefresh and drinks from Motor Row Brewing. 5:30-11 PM
Fri 2/12: The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) hosts The Brian Costello Show With Brian Costello, a live talk show featuring guests such as musician Tim Kinsella and the “inventors of Tinder,” George and Tammy Tinder. 6:30 PM
Through 6/12: “Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago” at the Smart Museum of Art (5550 S. Greenwood) is the first major survey of the era of Chicago artists who worked in an expressive, figurative style. Of the artists included in the exhibition, Leon Golub, Seymour Rosofsky, Nancy Spero, Cosmo Campoli, and Theodore Halkin get the most space, but others, such as June Leaf, H.C. Westermann, Irving Petlin, and George Cohen are also well represented.
Sat 2/13: At the Lunar New Year Parade floats and lion and dragon dancers make their way through Uptown (starting at 1121 W. Argyle) in celebration of the Year of the Monkey. Neighbors can enjoy face painting and lantern-making. 1 PM
Sun 2/14: Sure, Valentine’s Day often means drowning in candy hearts and teddy bears, but not all celebrations of love need to be so saccharine. This year the city has some more savory romantic offerings like a boozy brunch, lady arm wrestlers, and embarrassing entries from teenage diaries. Check out the full list of Valentine’s Day happenings here.
2/14-5/10: “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan) offers a collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of his bedroom in Arles, France, from 1888 to 1889.
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.