53RD ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO FOLK FESTIVAL: This three-day celebration brings together folk musicians from around the world and includes a music workshop or concerts. Friday, February 8 - Sunday, February 10. 1131 E. 57th Street. Admission: $10-$25.
CHICAGO AUTO SHOW 2013: It's the 105th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, with almost 1,000 different vehicles on display, including concept cars from Lexus and Ford. Saturday, February 9-Monday, February 18 (10 am-10 pm). 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Admission: $6-$12. (Also read: February 2013 Events in Chicago)
CHICAGO VOLUNTEER EXPO: Whether you love helping animals, feeding the homeless, or cleaning up the city, there are several opportunities for you to pitch in and give back during Chicago's annual Volunteer Expo on Sunday, February 10 (10 am-4 pm). 2430 N. Cannon Drive. Admission: Free. (Also read: Ways to Volunteer in Chicago)
CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK 2013: If you are a foodie and are in Chicago this February, you're in for some good news. Chicago's annual Restaurant Week 2013 kicks off on February 1 and will last for 10 days through February 10 with over 200 restaurants offering special prix fix menus starting at about $22. This is a great bargain considering that some of Chicago's top restaurants will be showcasing their best dishes and spirits with three-course lunches and dinners. Participating restaurants will offer lunch, dinner, or both at their discretion. Chicago Restaurant Week is a member-based program designed to promote the restaurant industry and drive traffic to participating establishments during a typically slow time of year (winter in Chicago). Restaurant Week is organized by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.
ICE SKATING AT MILLENNIUM PARK: Ice skating at Chicago's Millennium Park is one of Chicago's most popular winter activities with the rink's skyscraper views, festive music, and charm - the Millennium Park Ice Rink is outside along Michigan Avenue. The 2012/2013 Millennium Park Ice Skating season will run through March, weather permitting. Ice skating is free. Skate rentals are $10 a pair. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street (on the east side of Michigan Avenue).