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What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: February 12-14, 2021

Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend? This guide covers all the events, shows, concerts, and sporting contests taking place.

Chicago Events

While it stays freezing cold this weekend, here’s a look some events you can still partake in or add to your future plans for warmer days ahead.

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.

With that out of the way, let’s dive right into everything that’s going on in the Chicagoland area for the weekend of February 12-14, 2021.

Events

Immesrive Van Gough Chicago
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Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago

A breathtaking perspective of Van Gogh’s works, this digital art exhibition has already captivated cities around the globe. While this experience opened 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.

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
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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.

Monet Chicago

One of the best things to do in the winter for some warm fun is to hit up the Art Institute. Now through June 14th, 2021, they are hosting an exhibit on Monet.

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Shows

Laugh More Live (Cupid Edition)

Zanies is hosting a virtual live stream event featuring On Tap Sports Net’s very own Joe Kilgallon. Enjoy a great night of comedy while it is freezing outside.

ChiTown Movies Drive-In

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

Dennis Watkins
Photo: denniswatkins.net

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.


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 the Bulls, Blackhawks, and NCAA men’s basketball.

NBA

Bulls (10-14) vs. Clippers (18-8)

  • vs. Clippers: Friday 2/12 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls are coming off their best game of the year, as they handled the Pelicans 129-116 on Wednesday night. Zach LaVine and Coby White set an NBA record by making over eight threes each. The last time the Bulls and Clippers met, LA won a close affair by three points. Let’s see if Zach and Coby can continue their elevated play. 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 (6-5-4) vs. Blue Jackets (7-5-3)

  • vs. Bluejackets: Saturday 2/13 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

In the opener of their series against the Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks let multiple leads slip away and ultimately fell 6-5 in a barnburner affair. They’ll look to get back in the win column on Saturday night against Columbus. 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

 6 Illinois (13-5) at Nebraska (4-11)

  • Friday 2/12 at 8:00 PM on Big Ten Network

It’s been almost a week since the Illini took down Wisconsin in impressive fashion at home. Now they’ll travel to Nebraska to face a struggling Cornhuskers team on Friday night.

Northwestern (6-11) at 25 Rutgers (11-7)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 4:00 PM

Notre Dame (8-10) vs. Miami (7-11)

  • Sunday 2/14 at 5:00 PM on ACCN

DePaul (3-8) vs. Providence (10-10)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 7:00 PM

Loyola (17-3) at Drake (19-1)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 1a:00 AM on ESPN2
  • Sunday 2/14 at 2:00 PM on ESPN2

UIC (8-10) at IUPUI (6-8)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 11:00 AM on ESPN+

NIU (2-10) vs. Kent State (11-5)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 1:00 PM on ESPN3

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

Illinois State (5-14) at SIU (9-8)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/14 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3

SIU (9-8) vs. Illinois State (5-14)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 2/14 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3

Bradley (11-11) at Missouri State (12-5)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 5:00 PM on ESPN+
  • Sunday 2/14 at 3:00 PM on ESPN+

Valparaiso (7-13) vs. Northern Iowa (6-13)

  • Saturday 2/13 at 7:00 PM on ESPN+
  • Sunday 2/14 at 6:00 PM on ESPN+

Chicago State (0-7) – SEASON CANCELED

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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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