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What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: February 5-7, 2021

It may be snowy and cold, but there are plenty of indoor and virtual events taking place in Chicago this weekend.

Chicago Events

This weekend looks to be a cold one in the Windy City, so most of the What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend events will be indoor or virtual options. Most importantly, it’s Super Bowl weekend!

Here is the introduction to this series for those of you just joining:

Please follow COVID-19 protocols for each event. Do only what you feel is most comfortable during the ongoing pandemic.

As restrictions become more relaxed, this article series should get more selective and focused as the variety and volume of events add up.

Let’s dive right into the new year with everything that’s going on in the Chicagoland area for the weekend of February 5-7, 2021.

Events

Immesrive Van Gough Chicago
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Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago

A breathtaking perspective of Van Gogh’s works, this is a digital art exhibition has already captivated cities around the globe. While this experience opens on February 11th, the whole month of February is already sold out. Due to popular demand, the exhibit added additional months to run through September 6th. Get your tickets now because this world-class exhibit is selling quickly!

  • Location: 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago, IL
  • Price: $39.99 for adults and $24.99 for children 16 and under
  • Details

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating
Photo: Maggie Daley Park

While the ice skating at the “Bean” is closed, the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is open. It does require a non-transferable reservation. Skate rental is $16 and using your own skates is $5.

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Ice Skating at Rosemont

Skating at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park is also happening this year. Admission to the rink is FREE, however, a credit card is required to hold a reservation. Guests who fail to appear for their skate time will be charged $8 per person. Skate rental is $8.

  • Location: 5501 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • Details

Lake Geneva Ice Castles

Lake Geneva Ice Castles
Photo: statetrunktour.com

Up in Wisconsin, Lake Geneva hosts one of the best spectacles of the winter. Artists come in and create amazing art and castles out of ice. This includes breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains, and much more.

  • When: Now through February 15th
  • Location: 11091 Hidden Cottage Cir. Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, United States
  • Details and Tickets

Wilmot Mountain Snow Tubing and Brewery Trip

Wilmot Mountain
Photo: JSNonline.com

While you can go up to Wilmot for skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, there is another way to make it a more convenient weekend trip. There is a package that includes a coach bus that departs downtown Chicago and drives you straight to and from Wilmot, where you enjoy snow tubing for two hours. The trip package costs $149 and includes dinner plus one free beer along with the tubing session and round-trip bus ticket. Tickets are sold out for this weekend, but other weekends in February are available.

  • Pick-up Location: 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Wilmot Mountain Location: 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192
  • Details and Reservations

Fire and Ice Pop-up Bar

While most winter/holiday pop-ups take place in the month of December, this one opened in January at Recess in the West Loop. The patio contains ice sculptures, fire pits, s’mores, and a cocktail included in the cost of the ticket.

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Shows

Dennis Watkins
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The Magic Parlour at Home – Illusionist Dennis Watkins

Dennis Watkins typically does a residency at the Palmer House, but it is a virtual event this time around due to COVID-19. His magic and illusions will take place via the internet. Some of his tricks require a deck of cards while you are watching. Watkins’ show is ranked number one on TripAdvisor.

ChiTown Movies Drive-In

This drive-in screens some classic movies all weekend. Check out the movie listings and full details below.


Concerts

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Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events involving Chicago-affiliated teams taking place this weekend. There will be no fans in attendance at any games in the state, so please enjoy them from your couch. Additionally, if you are gambling, be sure to check back frequently for gambling articles and follow us on Twitter for even more #OnTapBets. The highlights include the Super Bowl, NHL regular-season action, NBA games, and NCAA men’s basketball.

NBA

Bulls
Photo: ChicagoBulls/ Twitter

Bulls (8-12) at Magic (8-14)

  • at Magic: Friday 2/5 at 6:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • at Magic: Saturday 2/6 at 6:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls split a two-game set against the Knicks this week. While the Bulls looked good on paper in both showings, the team needs more consistency out of its top players. The Magic are a young team that can compete with anyone. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to get ready for the weekend of games and head to the Bulls tab here at On Tap Sports Net for further analysis throughout the NBA season.

NHL

Blackhawks (3-4-4) at Stars (5-1-1)

  • at Stars: Sunday 2/7 at 2:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

After wrapping up their homestand against the Hurricanes on Thursday, the Blackhawks will take a trip down to Dallas to take on the smoking hot Stars. Sunday’s game will be at 2 PM CT, so warm up for the Super Bowl with this NHL Central Division showdown. Check out the Blackhawks tab here at On Tap Sports Net and tune in to the Four Feathers Podcast to stay up to date on the Blackhawks this year.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

 12 Illinois (12-5) vs. 19 Wisconsin (14-5)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 1:30 PM

After a huge win over Iowa last Friday and an early-week overtime victory at Indiana, the Illini will host the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon. Both teams sit near the top of the Big Ten standings, so it should make for a hard-fought Big Ten battle in Champaign.

Northwestern (6-9) at 24 Purdue (12-7)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 3:30 PM

Notre Dame (7-9) at Georgia Tech (8-6)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 7:00 PM on ACCN

DePaul (3-5) – OFF

  • Next game: at Xavier on Thursday 2/11 at 2:30 PM

Loyola (15-3) vs. Evansville (8-8)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 1:00 PM on ESPN+
  • Sunday 2/7 at 1:00 PM on ESPN+

UIC (8-7) vs. Wright State (13-4)

  • Friday 2/5 at 7:00 PM on ESPN+
  • Saturday 2/6 at 7:00 PM on ESPN+

NIU (2-10) vs. Central Michigan (6-11)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 1:30 PM on ESPN3

To stay up to date on all things Northern Illinois athletics, tune in to the Huskies On Tap podcast.

Illinois State (5-12) vs. Missouri State (9-5)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 2:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/6 at 2:00 PM on ESPN3

SIU (8-6) at Bradley (9-10)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/7 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3

Bradley (9-7) vs. SIU (8-6)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/7 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3

Valparaiso (6-11) vs. 25 Drake (17-0)

  • Saturday 2/6 at 1:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/6 at 1:00 PM on ESPN3

Chicago State (0-7) – SEASON CANCELED

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NFL

Photos: Getty Images | Edit: Sporting News
  • Super Bowl: Chiefs (14-2) vs. Buccaneers (11-5) Sunday 2/7 at 5:30 PM on CBS

It’s finally Super Bowl week! PremierAmp and Pat Boadway, the crew over at Fantasy Hour On Tap, broke down everything surrounding the big game, including betting. Be sure to check it out their latest episode before the big game gets underway.

You can also stay up to date on all Bears offseason news by tuning in to the Bears On Tap podcast and checking out the Bears tab here at On Tap Sports Net.


That will wrap things up for this edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. As you can see, there’s plenty to do in and around Chicago, so don’t let the ongoing pandemic get you down! Be sure to check back weekly for future events.

As always, drop a comment if there is something you think we should add to the list for this weekend or any upcoming ones!


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