The best of what to do in and around Chicago this week
Theater is the thing to do this week, with Chicago Theatre Week beginning on February 9. Plus, the new, highly anticipated production of Uncle Vanya is opening at the Goodman Theatre, and an exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century French posters opens at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. For something a bit more modern, head to the Chicago Auto Show, where exotic—and even self-driving!—cars will be on display. Feeling adventurous? Spend the weekend learning to ice luge in Muskegon, Michigan.
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February 9 - 19 | Theater
Chicago Theatre Week
Now is the time to catch as many of your favorite theater performances as you can. For Chicago Theatre Week, many theaters and concerts halls throughout the area have reduced their prices to as low as $15 per show. Some plays—including Death of a Salesman and Carmen—are already sold out, but you can still snag tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sweeney Todd, the Blue Man Group, Straight White Men, and more.
Times & locations vary | From $15 | website
February 10 - 12 | Escape the city
Learn to Luge Weekend
Get a shot of adrenaline this weekend in Muskegon, Michigan. Located just three hours outside of Chicago, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is one of only four luge tracks in the United States that boasts a beginner (though still terrifying) 850-foot outdoor ice luge course. Get a lesson in how to luge; then speed down through a forest at 30 miles per hour. Afterward, you’ll deserve a drink at the nearby Bear Lake Tavern.
426 Scenic Dr., Muskegon, MI | From $49 | website
February 11 - 20 | Cars
Chicago Auto Show
Get your engines fired up: The largest auto show in North America is back with auto eye candy from the United States and across the globe. There will be exotic cars to drool over, as well as more experimental models (yes, we’re talking self-driving cars). Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle or simply want to window shop, there’s definitely going to be plenty to see.
10:00 AM | McCormick Place Complex, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago | $13 | website
February 11 - March 12 | Theater
Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Annie Baker is the mind behind this modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 masterpiece. Uncle Vanya follows an elderly professor, his much younger second wife, his brother-in-law from his first marriage, and a local doctor. The drama includes love triangles, money problems, and more twists and turns. Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours ASAP.
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago | From $15 | website
February 11 - January 7 | Art
“L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters”
Including 50 posters made between 1875 and 1910, L’Affichomania is an exhibit showcasing the crossover between commercialism and art in France during the Belle Epoque period. The uniquely artistic advertisements for cigarettes, milk, and establishments were coveted by collectors, and now is your chance to see them up close. The Dreihaus Museum is a reason to visit in itself: The repurposed 19th-century home features furniture and art from the era, and your admission price will allow you to wander. Take advantage.
Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., Chicago | $20 | website
Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.