Betcha didn't know Chicago is a sister city to Paris. That's right, Paris, France. That means you don't have to trek to the City of Lights for romance if you're planning a memorable Valentine's Day. You can snuggle up in the Windy City with a significant other.
And though it's bone-chilling cold, there is so much more going on in February, including annual Black History Month celebrations at DuSable Museum of African-American History and Museum of Science and Industry.
We hope you enjoy your time in the city!
- Average High Temperature: 33°F (1°°C)
- Average Low Temperature: 17°F (-8°C)
- Average Snowfall: 8.0"
What To Wear
• Weather in February can get downright cold. Packing layers of clothing is definitely in order.
• We also recommend checking out Chicagoland shopping malls for additional apparel, including comfortable boots if you plan to walk a lot.
• During Black History Month, take A Tour of Black Chicago.
• Chicago Restaurant Week runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 4 and offers prix-fixe deals on more than 300 dining destinations.
• In addition to snow, extreme cold temperatures are expected throughout the month.
Chicago Restaurant Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 4)
Chicago Theater Week (Feb. 9-19)
Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 11-20)
Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown (TBA)
Black History Month offerings at DuSable Museum of African-American History
Top 5 Places To Stay In February
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: In its new life in the property that originally opened in 1890 as an exclusive men's club, CAAH operates as a lifestyle hotel catering to well-heeled men and women. In addition to 241 guest rooms, the biggest draws are its dining and drinking establishments that attract locals as well as tourists such Milk Room, an eight-seat microbar offering pastries and coffee during the day and high-concept cocktails by night; Game Room, which houses two bocce courts, pool tables and table games; and Cherry Circle Room, an all-day restaurant that's cocktail-focused. Rooms start at $229 a night. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-940-3552
Four Seasons Chicago: Those looking for a luxury experience with family should check into this top Magnificent Mile gem. The kids--whether they're toddlers, tykes or teenagers--should enjoy a number of premium perks. Everyone loves the Ice Cream Man, who rolls into each room with a cart full of goodies for the entire family to create custom-made sundaes. And have no fear if the weather is frightful outside: The Kids Clubroom features video games, foosball, board games, arts and crafts, a movie area and more.
Rooms range $341-$1,642 a night. 120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-8800
The Gwen: Also located right off the Mag Mile, the stylish Gwen hotel is tucked inside the massive Shops at North Bridge, which boasts the likes of Nordstrom, BOSS Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton. There are also a number of restaurants within the structure, and hotel, so guests never have to leave the building if it's excessively cold. Rooms range $193-$651 a night. 521 N. Rush St., 312-645-1500
House 5863 Chicago Bed and Breakfast: The modern-styled B&B is on a quiet street directly off the bustling Clark Street action in Andersonville. There are five rooms from which to choose, and there is a cleaning lady who cleans daily. A fully-equipped kitchen offers continental style breakfast with all the basics to allow guests to serve themselves on their schedules.
In addition to complimentary breakfast and snacks, there is free wifi. Rooms range $147-$187 a night. 5863 N. Glenwood Ave., 773-682-5217
Raffaello Hotel: The vintage Streeterville hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation of its 175 guest rooms and suites. It's managed, of course, to maintain that vintage charm, making it highly sought after for leisure and business travelers. After business there's pleasure, and Drumbar looks and feels like the type of place that would have gotten plenty of Don Draper action back in the 1960s. It’s located on the 18th floor of the hotel and features a fireplace and craft cocktails. Rooms range $160-$532 a night. 201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-943-5000