So I mean, V-Day is right around the corner.
So buy yourself a box of chocolates and drink too much wine!
Well, that…or just go out and have some fun.
Fun Stuff To Do, People!
CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
February 8, 2014 – February 17, 2014
See nearly 1,000 domestic and imported introductions, plus concept and experimental vehicles, antique and collectors cars, new accessories, and much more at the largest and longest-running auto show in North America.
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
For more information: http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/
CHICAGO FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
February 14, 2014 – March 22, 2014
The Chicago Flamenco Festival’s impressive line-up spans the worlds of music and dance and features some of the art’s brightest rising stars as well as established, critically acclaimed artists. These distinctive events further the Instituto Cervantes’ dedication to bringing the finest of Spanish and Hispanic culture in Chicago. Festival attendees will find something to suit all tastes in the full range of Flamenco arts explored in the performances.
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
31 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654
For more information:
CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK
February 11, 2014 – February 16, 2014
Celebrate theatre in Chicago with more than 100 productions featuring the best of our city’s talent! Participating theaters and schedule to be announced.
New to this year’s Theatre Week is a partnership with area hotels, which will be offering Chicago Theatre Week packages to include a hotel room and a pair of tickets to one of ten productions.
Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago.
Tickets $15, $30
For more information: http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/arts-culture-and-entertainment/chicago-theatre-week/
A.W.E: THE ART OF SENSUALITY
February 14, 2014
A.W.E. (Art, Wine & Entertainment) offers you an evening of awe inspiring art work, uncommon wines, and eclectic entertainment. February’s event, The Art of Sensuality, artistically explores the five senses through live art demos, Tango Negro, spoken word, aromatherapy, music, and fun!
RSVP to 773-947-0600 Ext. 254
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60637
$20 at door
For more information: http://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/details/awe-the-art-of-sensuality
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER-ODYSSEY
February 14, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Nothing’s more magnificent than a Valentine’s Day celebration on the water aboard Chicago’s Odyssey. Distinctive cuisine. Upscale DJ entertainment. Dancing cheek to cheek. Breathtaking views. Includes complimentary rose and glass of champagne per couple.
6 – 10 p.m.
Chicago, IL 60611
Tickets start at $99.90
For more information: http://www.odysseycruises.com/Chicago/chicago-valentine-weekend-cruises
CHINA LANTERN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION
February 16, 2014
Navy Pier is proud to celebrate the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse ethnic communities in its fourth annual cultural tribute Neighborhoods of the World. On February 16, enjoy a China Lantern Festival Celebration with authentic live music, dance performances, cuisine and folk art.
12 – 3 p.m.
Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
For more information: http://www.navypier.com/things2do/entertainment/special_events.html
AND HERE ARE SOME MORE VALENTINE’S DAY IDEAS FROM THE BLOG “SHOW ME CHICAGO”
1. For the Romantic
Looking for romance, Geja’s Café knows the way to her/his heart–after all Geja’s has been in the business of romance for 49 years. Expect elegant decor, sparkling champagne, and sizzling fondue. Plus “Love Note Tuesday,” delivers live flamenco and classical guitarists and photo keepsakes along with fondue favorites. Eight consecutive days from Sunday, February 9th through Sunday, February 16th. 340 W. Armitage.
2. Sleep over…
Turn up the heat this Valentine’s day with a sleepover at The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Kick off the evening with a four-course dinner at aria restaurant, then head upstairs for an overnight. The Valentine package starts at $293 per room. The hotel, located adjacent to Millennium Park, offers signature hot chocolate for a cold Chicago winter. Then you’re ready to brave the cold for an afternoon of ice skating at Millennium Park or just exploring the beautiful winter landscape followed by a shopping trip on nearby Michigan Avenue. For reservations and information, call 312 565 8000 or click here.
3. Get Your Heart On
Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships offers a witty take on relationships and lots of laughs at Stage 773. Backed by a lively pianist, the comic musical performers of The Cupid Players perform songs and scenes developed by the cast. Stage 773 will host a special presentation of “Cupid Has a Heart On: The Musical Guide to Relationships” on February 14 at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 773 929 7367 orclick here.
4. Eat Your Heart Out…
Head out to Frontier for a Valentine’s Day four course “Hearts Dinner” created by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Chef Brian Jupiter:
- First Course: ”Cold Hearted” features bison heart pastrami, ground mustard, pickled tomato, truffle, grated duck egg.
- Second Course: “Cupid’s Arrow” features sugar cane skewered duck and chicken hearts, pita, tzatziki, smoked onion relish, tomato, crispy chickpeas, sumac
- Third Course: “Heart to Heart…to Heart” features veal heart stuffed with lamb heart stuffed with blood sausage, foraged mushroom ravioli, Urban Till micro scallion, fried hearts of palm, herbed brown butter
- Fourth Course “Bleeding Heart” features molten chocolate cake, raspberry chocolate ganache, burnt limequat ice cream, crispy sweet rice
For tickets, click here. Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for special reservations. Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 (dinner only). $40 per person and $60 per couple.
5. Say, “I DO” on Mystic Blue
Say I Do on Mystic Blue Valentine’s Day Las Vegas-Themed Wedding Extravaganza. The all-in-one package offers a cruise on Lake Michigan, a wedding ceremony and reception with the $500 ceremony package. Or, if you don’t want to tie the knot, for $85 you can just go along for the ride…no strings attached. Couples wanting to get married must provide their own wedding license and make reservations by February 4. Mystic Blue Cruise: Friday, February 14 Board at Navy Pier, 3 p.m. Ceremonies begin: 4 p.m. Reception: 4:30 – 10 p.m., Cruising: 7 to 9 p.m. Dockside: 9 to 10 p.m.
6. Taste the Forbidden Fruit
Throughout the month of February, Trump International Hotel & Tower’s chic lounge, Rebar, will offer a specialForbidden Fruit package for a romantic rendezvous.
The package includes a 350ml bottle of Veuve Cliquot, half dozen oysters, a deluxe fruit tree display, and exotic chocolates.
Plus on Valentine’s Day, guests will receive long stem roses and a live jazz duo will provide entertainment.
Regular package, $125, Valentine’s Day package costs $160, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 401 North Wabash, 312 588 8000.
7. Single Mingle
Being single on this day is no reason to be S.A.D.(Single Awareness Day)–instead it’s an excuse to celebrate. On Thursday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Alpana Singh offers just that opportunity with aWine Lover’s Soiree in the Bar at The Boarding House. Singles are invited to mingle with other oenophiles and taste Alpana’s most romantic wine picks, paired with passed appetizers. Click here for tickets to this Valentine’s Eve event priced at $45.
8. Naughty Valentines
The Kiss Kiss Cabaret burlesque troupe offers burlesque strip teases, bawdy comedy and inventive variety performers including jugglers, musicians and magicians along with dinner at Simply It; Cuisine of Vietnam. The Valentine’s Day package for two is available for $60.
9. Making Whoopie
Want to get lucky this Valentine’s Day, make some whoopie (pies, that is) at deca Restaurant. deca’s pastry team leads a hands-on Whoopie Pie Baking Class Valentine’s Day weekend. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Cost is $40 per person. Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres along with a glass of champagne before the class. For reservations or additional information, call 312 573 5160.
10. The Perfect Ticket
The 2014 Chicago Theatre Week, February 11 through February 16, will feature over 100 productions at bargain prices. Also, check out Theatre Week’s special hotel packages which include a hotel room and a pair of tickets to one of ten productions.
11. Cuddle Up at Home
Avoid the hassle and crowds and stay at home this Valentine’s Day. Order out or make your significant other’s favorite dish and then surprise him/her with a cuddly bear–part of the ADOPT gift package from Lincoln Park Zoo. The $55 package includes a cuddly plush of Anana, the zoo’s female polar bear, plus other fun keepsakes while supporting the zoo’s care and conservation efforts. It’s a loving gesture sure to last longer than flowers and less calories than a box of chocolate.
Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events! These are just some of my personal picks and the Valentine’s Day picks come from “SHOW ME CHICAGO”
LIKE ME. DO IT.