Valentine’s Day 2014: Ten Ideas for Valentine Fun in Chicago

Valentine’s Day 2014: Ten Ideas for Valentine Fun in Chicago

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day 2014 is just around the corner and the pressure is on to find the perfect way to celebrate.  Valentine’s Day is a tough ticket…it can be costly, cliche and crowded.

SMC has put together 10 Valentine happenings in Chicago…plus a stay-at-home option (#11). If you are thinking about popping the question, check out option #5.

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 or click 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 emily@pioneertaverngroup.com 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.

forbiddenfruit6. Taste the Forbidden Fruit 

Throughout the month of February, Trump International Hotel & Tower's chic lounge, Rebar, will offer a special Forbidden 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

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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 a Wine 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

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Anana

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.

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