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February 2024

SO MUCH TO LOVE 

This month is the shortest but sweetest of the year. Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras, Black History Month and Bite the Burbs — there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this February, especially in the Oak Park area!

 

Read on to fall even further in love with the western suburbs and don't forget to mark these events, surrounded by a heart, on your calendar! 

 

CUPID SKATE ADORBS

Cupid Skate

Deb 2024

Join the Park District of Oak Park in a special public skate, as we celebrate Valentine's Day and love of all forms! Bring your valentine, galentine, and anyone you care about to Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex for a fun day of skating. 

Location:  Oak Park
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Black History Month

All month long

Honor and celebrate Black History Month with a visit to Maywood's historic Hampton House, where civil rights activist Fred Hampton lived during his youth. Inside the home is a museum dedicated to Hampton, who served as the deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party and chair of its Illinois chapter before he was drugged, then shot and killed in his bed during a raid of his Chicago apartment conducted by a tactical unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Make an appointment to visit the museum and learn more about the civil rights icon, who was considered a radical threat by the FBI for his anti-racist, anti-classist beliefs. The West Cook YMCA's aquatic center was named in his honor.

Location: Maywood

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Valentine's Market

Online Feb. 1-10, in person Feb. 13-14 

Shop for blooming gifts from the Oak Park Conservatory's greenhouse for your valentine or treat yourself! Order early for best selection online February 1-10. Visit the Conservatory on Feb 13 and Valentine’s Day to shop in person 10:00A-4:00P. Locally grown and full of love, choose from blooming plants and flowers such as succulents, tropical houseplants and more!

Location: Forest Park 

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Lunar New Year Event

Feb. 10

Join the Elmwood Park Public Library in celebrating the Lunar New Year with activities themed around the Asian holiday, including crafts, delicious snacks, a Lunar New Year story time and more! 

Location: Elmwood Park

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Mardi Gras

Feb. 13

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Get your beads out and head over to Fitzgerald's Feb. 13 for live jazz played by the Lowdown Brass Band in celebration of Mardi Gras. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Get tickets here. Grab some dinner before at Babygold's next door. 

Location: Berwyn

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Elmwood Park Fight Night

Feb. 16

Live Amateur Boxing at its best!! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Get tickets at Elmwood Park Village Hall, 11 Conti Parkway. Tickets are $50. Food, beverages and valet parking are available.

Location: Berwyn

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Lunar New Year Party

Feb. 16

Learn all about this important holiday and different cultures at the North Riverside Public Library's Lunar New Year Party. Test your luck in games and watch a performance from a real lion dance team. For families of all ages.

Location: North Riverside

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Bite the Burbs

Feb. 23-March 1

Round out the month with Bite the Burbs, a new restaurant week initiative showcasing the amazing restaurants in Oak Park, Forest Park, Riverside and River Forest. Stop by any participating restaurant  to take advantage of great food at great deals and support local business.

Location: Oak Park, Forest Park, Riverside

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Restaurant Week

Feb. 23-March 3

Bring your appetite to La Grange this winter as local restaurants are dishing up tasty and unique menus for you! The 2024 La Grange Restaurant Week will take place on Friday, February 23rd- Monday, March 3rd. This 10-day food holiday highlights great meals at affordable prices and the diverse meal options that will be offered to you! Participating restaurants will offer two value-based lunch meals and three value-based dinner meals.

Location: LaGrange

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