by Amy Cavanaugh

There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy event in Chicago. Check out this quick guide to our five can’t-miss picks for February.

Detail of Michael Rakowitz's working sketch for the Enemy Kitchen food truck (credit: Smart Museum of Art)

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

When: February 16-June 10

Where: Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Chicago, IL

Why: Public projects and art all about our favorite thing—eating


(credit: Joffrey Ballet)

The Joffrey Ballet’s On the Threshold

When: February 15-26

Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway Chicago, IL

Why: Three performances, including the U.S. premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Infra


Laura Letinsky. Untitled #3 (from the series Ill Form and Void Full), 2010. Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery and Valerie Carberry Gallery

Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky

When: February 7-April 17

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL

Why: The second installment of the Chicago Works series features unique still life


(credit: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When: February 7 – April 8

Where: Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, 800 East Grand Ave. Chicago, IL

Why: It’s the most magical of Shakespeare’s works


Jan Sadeler I, after Maarten de Vos, Astronomy, from the series The Seven Liberal Arts, after 1575, engraving. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall, R4919. Photo: Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources, Harvard Art Museums, © 2011 President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

When: Through April 8

Where: Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL

Why: An interesting history lesson for science buffs


Amy Cavanaugh, CBS Chicago