It looks like it will be cold in the Windy City this weekend, so most What’s On Tap events in Chicago will be held indoors or in a virtual venue this weekend. But most importantly, it’s Super Bowl weekend!

Here is an introduction to this series for those of you just starting out:

Follow COVID-19 protocols for any event. Do only what you are most comfortable with during an ongoing pandemic.

It is expected that as the number and size of events increases, the relaxation of restrictions will make this set of articles more selective and targeted.

Immerse yourself in the New Year with all that is happening in the Chicagoland area over the weekend of February 5-7, 2021.



Van Gogh’s compelling exhibition in Chicago.

A fascinating look at the work of Van Gogh. This digital art exhibition has already thrilled cities around the world. Although this exhibition opens on February 11, the entire month of February is already sold out. By popular demand, the exhibition has been extended by one month until September 6. Buy your tickets now, as this world-class exhibition sells fast!

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

Ice skating at Maggie Daly Park.

Photo: Maggie Daly Park

While skating is closed at The Bean, skating is available at Maggie Daly Park. It requires non-transferable reserves. Skate rentals cost $16 and using your own skates $5.

Ice skating in Rosemont

Ice skating at the Chicago Wolves’ rink in Parkway Bank Park is available again this year. Admission to the rink is FREE, but reservations require a credit card. Guests who do not show up at the rink will be charged $8.00 per person. Skate rentals are $8.00 per person.

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

Ice castles on Lake Geneva


In Wisconsin, Lake Geneva is one of the best winter spectacles. Artists come to create amazing works of art and castles from the ice. These include beautiful LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, tunnels dug into the ice, slides, fountains and much more.

  • When: Now through February 15
  • Location: 11091 Hidden Cottage Cir. Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, USA.
  • Details and tickets

A journey through Wilmot Mountain’s snowpits and breweries


If you can ski, snowboard or tub in Wilmot, there is another way to make your weekend getaway more comfortable. There is a package that includes a bus that goes to downtown Chicago and takes you directly to Wilmot and back, where you can enjoy two hours of snow tubing. The cost is $149 and includes dinner and a free beer, as well as a tubing session and a round-trip bus ticket. Tickets for this weekend are sold out, but will still be available the other weekends in February.

  • Meeting room: 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Wilmot Mountain Location: 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192
  • Details and reservations

Ice and Fire Bar

While most winter/holiday pop-ups take place in December, this one opened in January in an alley in the West Loop. The patio features ice sculptures, fireplaces, s’mores and a cocktail included in the admission price.



Magic House Salon – Illusionist Dennis Watkins.

Dennis Watkins usually stays at the Palmer House, but this time it’s a virtual event thanks to COVID-19. His magic and illusions take place on the Internet. In some of his tricks, he plays cards while watching. Watkins’ show is number one on TripAdvisor.

Drive-in ChiTown Films

These screens will show classic films throughout the weekend. See the list of films and full details below.



Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events with Chicago teams taking place this weekend. Fans won’t be attending games in the country, so enjoy them from your couch. If you’re a player, check back often and follow us on Twitter for more #OnTapBets. Highlights include the Super Bowl, the NHL regular season, NBA games and men’s NCAA basketball.


Photo: ChicagoBulls/Twitter

Bulls (8-12) to Magic (8-14).

  • On Magic: Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.
  • on mag: Saturday, February 6 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Bulls split themselves in two against the Knicks this week. Although the Bulls looked good on paper in both of their performances, the team needs more consistency from their top players. The Magic are a young team that can compete with anyone. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to prepare for the weekend and follow the Bulls here for more analysis throughout the NBA season.


The Blackhawks (3-4-4) against the Stars (5-1-1).

  • On The Stars: Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

After finishing their first day at home against the Hurricanes on Thursday, the Blackhawks head to Dallas to visit the Hot Stars. Sunday’s game is at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), so get ready for the Super Bowl with this NHL Central Division game. Check out the Blackhawks tab here and listen to the Four Feathers podcast to stay up to date on the latest news from the Blackhawks this year.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

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

After a big win over Iowa on Friday and a win in overtime over Indiana earlier this week, Illini hosts the 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are near the top of the Big Ten standings, which should lead to a tough duel between the Big Ten in Champaign.

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

Notre Dame (7-9) to Georgia Tech (8-6).

  • Saturday, February 6 at 7 p.m. on ACCN.

DePaul (3-5) – AUS

  • Next game: at Xavier on Thursday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

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

  • Saturday, February 6 at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.
  • Sunday, February 7 at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.

UIC (8-7) v Wright State (13-4)

  • Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
  • Saturday 2/6 at 7pm on ESPN+.

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

  • Saturday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

For the latest news on athletics in Northern Illinois, listen to the Huskies On Tap podcast.

Illinois (5-12) against Missouri State (9-5)

  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday 2/6 at 14:00 on ESPN3

SIU (8-6) vs. Bradley (9-10).

  • Saturday, February 6 at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN3

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

  • Saturday, February 6 at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN3

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

  • Saturday, February 6 at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday 2/6 at 1 p.m. on ESPN3

Chicago State (0-7) – CLOSED SEASON


Photo: Getty Images | Edit: Sports 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 team behind Fantasy Hour On Tap, have listed everything surrounding the big game, including the stakes. Don’t forget to watch the latest episode before the big game.

You can also stay up to date on the latest news about bear season by listening to the podcast “Bears on Click” and by using the “Bears” tab here at .

That’s it for this edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. As you can see, there’s a lot to do in and around Chicago, so don’t let the ongoing pandemic throw you off guard! Don’t forget to check back each week for upcoming events.

Feel free to leave a comment if you think we should add to the list for this or future weekends!

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