Switch up your Valentine's Day with massacre reenactments and burlesque

Switch up your Valentine's Day with massacre reenactments and burlesque

Let's all be honest, Valentine's Day is lame. My husband and I have been together for over 10 years, and I never want anything to do with this fake "holiday." However, it is an excuse to go out and experience more of the quirky activities Chicago has to offer.

How about some blood with your romantic evening? For the 26th year in a row, Tommy Gun's Garage will perform a reenactment of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. (Never heard of it? It's the February 14, 1929 murder of seven gangsters as part of a war between the Al Capone and Bugs Moran gangs.) After you enjoy the very fun and cute singing and dancing throughout the show, you'll get to see one of the most convincing recreations of this tragedy. This is not for the faint of heart. It is extremely realistic - so much so, that The History Channel has filmed it several times for documentaries. (I worked there for three years, so trust me.)

If you're looking for a romantic movie tonight, skip the "27 Dresses" crap (okay, I love the movie), and head over to the Music Box Theatre for the annual Casablanca Sweethearts Sing-a-Long. Before you get to experience a big screen viewing of one of the greatest movies of all time, sing your heart out during the “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing Along.” The lyrics of famous love songs like "You are My Sunshine" will be projected on the screens and the famous Music Box organ will accompany your singing so you don't have to worry about sucking.

Valetine's Day is a fake holiday, so why not laugh about it? The Stand Up Stand Up Valentine's Day show at the Crocodile brings you four Chicago comics and free pizza. Admission is also free, so you can spend all your money on booze.

My epic girl crush on Michelle L'amour only gets worse with the 10th annual Big Sexy Show tonight at the Park West Theater. Enjoy the fabulousness that is L'amour and her Chicago Starlets as they show you the best burlesque in the city. But wait, it gets better!!! The hilarious Cameron Esposito is back in Chicago to host!! YAY!!

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