Valentine’s Day in Chicago

General Valentine's ImageStill haven’t figured out what you and your sweetheart are going to do this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered with plenty of options, from sizzling cooking classes to gelato for two.
Romantic Events and Dining Options
In the City:

  • Create your own heart-shaped cookies and pizza at Harry Caray’s. This is great for kids and couples. Build a heart-shaped pizza for just $12.95 or design your own cookies for $3 each. Need to unwind a little further? Then toast to Valentine’s Day with a special Godiva Dark Chocolate Martini.
  • What better way for couples to connect than in the kitchen? The Chopping Block offers a variety of cooking and wine classes, ranging from pasta workshops to a “Some Like It Hot” class, which provides lessons on how to cook with jalapenos and habaneros.
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Art Institute of Chicago. After visiting the galleries, relax and enjoy a four-course dinner, live band, cocktails and romantic city views. Call 312-443-3600 for reservations.

In the Burbs:

  • Enjoy a dessert and coffee package for two at the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva for $14.99. Menu selections include homemade gelato, French crepes and Devil’s food cake. If you’re not interested in sweets and caffeine, at least stop by and check out the store’s enchanted chocolate tree, which is made from 1,200 pounds of chocolate.
  • Surprise Your Sweetie in Naperville. This Chicago suburb is all about spreading the love. It’s a Bling, one of suburban Chicago’s favorite fashion boutiques, is offering 25 percent off any type of heart jewelry. A variety of other downtown vendors, including spas and specialty shops, are offering gift cards wrapped in special Valentine’s boxes.
  • Laugh Out Loud Theatre Valentine’s Improv and Dinner. For $99 a couple, enjoy a hilarious improv show plus two drink tickets and a catered buffet.

Family-Friendly Events

  • Adopting a pet is a big commitment, but if you and your loved one want to start or expand your furry family, then February is a great time to adopt a shelter cat or dog! Many animal shelters hold special adoption events and promotions throughout February. The Anti-Cruelty Society, for example, recently launched a “Feel the Love” campaign that waives adoption fees for their long-time feline residents.
  • Many local park districts offer kid-friendly Valentine’s Events. Stanton Park, located at 618 W Scott St., is hosting a free dance party for kids of all ages at 5 p.m. on February 14. Check your local park district website for event listings.
  • Enjoy some quality family bonding time at the Daddy Daughter Valentine Dinner and Dance that includes dinner, dancing and a DJ. The event takes place on February 15 at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse and admission is only $7.
  • Bring your little ones to Pump it Up Chicago to enjoy pizza, interactive inflatable play structures and a 20-foot climbing wall. Admission is $10 for 90 minutes of fun time, and the event takes place all day long, so you still have plenty of time for other Valentine’s Day adventures.
  • Who wouldn’t want to enjoy ‘mocktails,’ crafts and dinner all while learning fun facts about the butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum? Tickets cost $45 for adult non-members and $40 for adult members. Admission is $5 for little ones three and under and $15 for all other ages.

Anti-Valentine’s Events
If you’re single and looking for a date or coupled and just not into Valentine’s Day this year, check out some of these alternative events.

  • Who needs chocolate and roses when you have board games? Join other Chicago area singles at the Nerd at Heart’s 6th Annual Love Fest for a night of games, giveaways and drink specials. Stop by the Rebel Bar & Grill on February 14 at 7 p.m. and let the games begin. The cost for the event is $30.
  • Not in the mood for VDay this year? Then you won’t want to miss Chicago Reader’s 4th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Party, where you can listen to others bad date horror stories,while enjoying drinks and live music.

So, whether Valentine’s Day gives you the warm fuzzies or not, there is certainly a Chicago area event for you!