Valentine’s Day can be as frustrating for some as it is romantic. For a lot of locals who own Chicago condos, it can be a stressful city during this holiday of love. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with ideas (or perhaps, no ideas at all) this eclectic list of events can inspire you to create that perfect night for you and your sweetheart.
Romantic Or Relaxed? Take Your Pick.
Everyone is different – and that’s what makes this city perfect. Some people love getting dolled up for a night of champagne and fancy food, while others may prefer a pair of jeans and some world-renowned Chicago comedy. This weekend is about love, not stress, so we want to make it easy for couples to indulge in the evening that fits their lifestyle.
Here is a diverse list of Valentine’s Day events in Chicago:
Geja’s Café: Located at 340 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park, Chicago’s most romantic restaurant offers its guests a unique experience with fondue dining, an extensive wine list and live classical and flamenco guitar. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Geja’s offers a beautifully planned Valentine’s Dinner Package for $95 per person. The evening’s tantalizing menu includes a creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of sparkling Rose, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of beef tenderloin, lobster tail and jumbo shrimp, and a luscious flaming chocolate fondue and coffee for dessert. Reservations required. 773-281-9101.
Mystic Blue Dinner Cruise: Experience a romantic and innovative evening at sea with this Valentine’s weekend dinner cruise at Navy Pier. The Mystic Blue offers a wonderful ambience and an epic view of the famous skyline paired with food, dancing, DJ entertainment and great company. The event takes place on Saturday, February 12th from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and prices start at $79.90 per person. Enjoy an exclusive evening together or invite friends along for a group event, including a table for your party size, a rose for each couple and a complimentary champagne toast. Call 877-299-7783 to make reservations.
Cactus Bar and Grill Beer Tasting: If wine and fine dining isn’t your romantic evening of choice, perhaps this beer lovers’ event will leave you and your sweetheart swooning and satiated. Located in the Loop on 404 S. Wells, The Cactus Bar and Grill will be hosting this event on Monday, February 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The $30 evening includes a selection of fruits and chocolate, as well as a lively discussion with the brew master and a sampling of five spectacular beers to excite your senses during the cold weather. Register online or by calling 312-922-8025.
Stage 773 – Cupid Has A Heart On: There’s nothing better than a little bit of laughter to ignite the sparks in your relationship. On Monday, February 14th the Cupid Players, named “Best Sketch Comedy Group” by the Chicago Reader, will combine clever writing and catchy music to deliver a witty take on relationships, love and life. Located at Stage 773 on W. Belmont, this special Valentine’s Day performance is a must-see and even includes a Cupid gift bag for its audience. They claim it’s “the perfect way to celebrate your love, or scoff at someone else’s.” The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 773-327-5252.
Show Some Love For Local Businesses
If you’re feeling extra romantic this Valentine’s Day and decide to splurge on some traditional items like flowers and chocolates, try contacting these establishments and showing a little bit of love for these great, local Chicago businesses.
Ashland Addison Florists: Established in 1932 at the corner of Ashland and Addison, this local florist remains family-owned and operated. The company started with S. Roy Sheffield, who was paid with flowers instead of cash by local growers for carting flowers to market. He would then create magnificent bouquets and sell them for 10-25 cents at the corner of Ashland and Addison. As they continue to grow and expand, the family has recently welcomed the fourth generation Sheffield to join the business.
Belgian Chocolatier Piron: Two brothers work together to combine the flavor, richness and culture of fine Belgian chocolate. Located in Chicago’s North Shore, Piron is arguably one of the best, most charming European-style shops in the area. Having been in service for more than 20 years, the family takes pride in their inspired chocolates and sharing the tastes of Belgium. Piron offers exquisite individual chocolates, barks and toffees or specialty gift items, perfect for this Valentine’s season.