Venus gleams brilliantly this evening in the southwestern sky, as seen from the Chicago area. Dimmer Mars is 10 degrees to the upper left of Venus. The planets are gradually moving towards each other in the sky, but they will not pass each other. The pair is closest on February 3. Watch them close the gap to about 5.5 degrees during the next few weeks.
For more information about the Venus-Mars encounters and other planet observations, see these articles: