A Big Sexy and/or Bitter Valentine's Day Weekend

A Big Sexy and/or Bitter Valentine's Day Weekend

As you can imagine, I'm not a fan of the typical "roses and champagne" Valentine's Day celebration. (See yesterday's White Castle post.) There's no reason why you can't add some quirk into your celebration. Check out some of the more unique ways to celebrate, or avoid, love.

If you're going to do desserts, go big. The Logan Square Kitchen presents its famous Pastry Market all weekend, giving you dozens of sweet options to fill up on. For $1 you get to pick and choose from Chicago's food artisans. (Gluten-free and vegan options too!)

Make your Valentine's Day weekend a bit more risque with Michelle's L'amour's Big Sexy Show on Saturday night. Enjoy the best of Chicago burlesque with striptease after striptease with a little bit of comedy and vaudeville sprinkled in.

Just reading about this makes me tear up! A filmmaker spent a memorable summer living next door to Mister Rogers. After he died, the filmmaker hit the road to trace and record Fred Rogers' legacy and documented it in the film "Mister Rogers & Me." Check out the film and meet the filmmaker this Sunday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

For a more bitter take on the weekend's festivities, Letters/X will have you laughing over other people's misery. This anti-Valentine's Day cabaret celebrates heartbreak through hilarious scenes and kicky songs. The show is created completely from real letters, text message, emails, phone messages and even Facebook posts submitted by the public and morphed into entertaining numbers by the show's talented cast. Check it out this weekend.

Be sure to tune in to the Mike McConnell show on WGN radio (720 AM) this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to hear me talk more about how the neighborhoods got their names!







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