A Funny Thing Happened @ Wirtz Center at Northwestern University, Ethel M. Barber Theater
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

February 12, 2016 – February 21, 2016

a-funny-thing-happenedRome is flipped upside down when a quick-thinking slave named Pseudolus attempts to win freedom in a matchmaking scheme that sparks a vaudevillian romp of Grecian slaves, soldiers, and whores! Turning the ancient comedies of Plautus into a farce for the ages, House Theatre Company Member and Northwestern Theatre Adjunct Professor Matt Hawkins directs this satirical Tony Award-winning musical comedy with a reimagined take on gender stereotypes, social class, and the intersection of love and comedy.

Please Note: This event is located in Evanston and not downtown Chicago.


Friday, February 12, 2016: 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 13, 2016: 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2016: 2:00 PM

Friday, February 19, 2016: 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2016: 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016: 2:00 PM

Cocked @ Victory Gardens Theater
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

February 12, 2016 – March 13, 2016

cockedAttorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor’s troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens’ Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

Backstage at the Biograph – New Work: Realizing Sarah Gubbin’s Cocked – February 4

Victory Gardens Theater introduces Backstage at the Biograph, a new event series that takes audiences behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process of each production throughout the season.


Tuesdays: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 3 & 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: 3 p.m.

Previews: February 12 – 18


Backstage at the Biograph is free and open to the public. Space is limited and an RSVP is required.

Monster Jam @ Allstate Arena
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

monster jamMonster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show operated by Feld Entertainment. The series is sanctioned under the umbrella of the United States Hot Rod Association and takes place primarily in the United States.

Warren Wolf & Wolfpack @ Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

warren-wolfFollowing in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris, the phenomenal multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf is one of the most important and exciting young jazz artists performing today. Steeped in tradition with a progressive eye toward the evolving art form, Wolf makes his Chicago debut as a leader of his quintet, the Wolfpack.

Jerusalem @ Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

February 12, 2016 – April 3, 2016

jerusalemProfiles Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of Jerusalem. On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny “Rooster” Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of locals want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. A comic, contemporary vision of rural England, Jez Butterworth’s wildly original epic play is both a lament about the erosion of country life, as well as a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world.

Fun Fact: Following successful runs at London’s Royal Court Theatre and transfer to London’s West End, Jerusalem opened on Broadway in 2011 receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and the award for Best Actor in a Play for Mark Rylance


Thursdays & Fridays: 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 5 & 8 p.m.
Sundays: 7 p.m.

Previews: February 12 – 17


Parking is available for $14 – $16 at 4100 N. Clarendon (one block east of the theatre at the corner of Clarendon and Belle Plaine).

Chicago Automobile Show @ McCormick Place
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm

auto-show-chicagoFirst staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 107th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Symphony Center
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

CSOThe Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Edwin Outwater, performs a program inspired by Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Mendelssohn’s brilliant incidental music for the play. Actors join the fun at this party filled with fairy revelry to perform a condensed version of Shakespeare’s text.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of the Family A Series and Family B Series at the Symphony Center. Three unique programs explore how, when and why music is used as part of celebrations that bring communities, friends and families together. Each concert is designed to introduce children to great works of orchestral literature, igniting their imagination through an opportunity to hear some of the most dynamic, exciting music that they may have ever experienced.

11 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.

Cupid’s Undie Run @ John Barleycorn
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

cupids-undie-runDash through Wrigleyville in your unmentionables to raise dough for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Participants can raise funds to earn prizes, including shirts, undies and engraved flasks. There’s also an afterparty at John Barleycorn where you can rub shoulders with people who have already seen you half-naked.

Le Nu @ Carnivale
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

February 13, 2016 – February 14, 2016

le-nuFor more than a decade, Michelle L’amour has been bringing Chicago the sexiest productions and shows. From founding the internationally acclaimed Naked Girls Reading to producing and starring in last year’s Playboy Halloween party at the Soho House to consistently being one of the world’s top burlesque showgirls, her luxuriously sexy shows are not to be missed.

And now, Michelle L’amour brings you an entirely new show – Le Nu (Naked) – an intimate and daring European inspired evening like Chicago has never seen. Guests will be immersed in the sumptuous surroundings of Carnivale’s “Samba Room” and served decadent desserts while being tantalized by Miss L’amour and a hand selected group of the most amazing acts and musicians in the world.

Have an incredible dinner at Carnivale and then go upstairs for the hottest night of winter. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Date.


February 13: 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m.
February 14: 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m.


Ticket price includes a special chef’s selection dessert trio flight of: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cigar, Tres Leches with Espresso Fondant, and Passion Fruit Tart

Sixteen Candles @ House of Blues
Feb 13 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

sixteen-candlesEstablished in 2003. 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80’s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences.