Chicago Rolls Celebrates Valentine’s Day Feb 10-19 With Sweet Deals, Special Events

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just heading out of town  for a long weekend with the kids, Chicago offers a wonderful setting to celebrate the  Valentine’s Day holiday. From Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 19, the city  offers more than a week of Cupid-inspired experiences, from special performances and dinner  dates, to outdoor fun and picturesque photo-ops.

Couples looking for a romantic rendezvous can steal away for a quiet moment with a stroll  through Millennium Park and its winter blooms in Lurie Garden or cozy up with a carriage  ride amidst the Magnificent Mile’s sparkling lights. Families will enjoy a lively getaway  with stops at Navy Pier for sky high views from the Ferris Wheel – or Lincoln Park Zoo for a  glimpse of lovebirds in their natural habitats.

With so many value-added hotel packages and dining deals to choose from, treat your loved  ones to an unforgettable Chicago experience this Valentine’s Day. For additional event and  attraction details, visit the city’s official tourism website www.ExploreChicago.org.
 
PERFORMANCES

Sex, Love & the Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy presented by UP Comedy Club
Now through February 29
From legendary comedy theatre The Second City comes a play about relationships in the age of  social networking. There are plenty of fish in the sea, but can we all live in eHarmony? Or  are our lives too much of an open (Face)book? Find out more in this hilarious new show!

Valentine’s Weekend Engagement presented by River North Dance Chicago
February 10, 11 and 12
This annual Valentine’s Weekend Engagement will feature the U.S. debut of Mauro Astolfi,  Artistic Director of Italy’s Spellbound Dance Company. The showcase, presented at Millennium  Park’s Harris Theater, will combine athletic and emotive contemporary dance styles. Frank  Chaves joins forces with conductor/composer Josephine Lee, Artistic Director of the Chicago  Children’s Choir, who will compose an original piano suite for his World Premiere.

My Funny Valentine presented by E. Faye Butler
February 13
Valentine’s Day comes a day early to Millennium Park when the popular series, Cabaret with a  View returns to the climate-controlled stage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the acclaimed  theater actress and singer E. Faye Butler in “My Funny Valentine.”  The evening will include  a night of romance, laughter and song by one of Chicago’s favorite leading ladies and will  feature classics from the great American songbook. Butler will be joined by Jeremy Kahn on  piano and Eric Schneider on saxophone.
 
Symphony Center Presents Passion World
February 14
Kurt Elling, one of the most recognizable voices in contemporary jazz, returns for an  enchanting performance with Passion World, a journey through love songs from around the  world. This special Valentine’s Day concert also features famed jazz violinist Regina Carter  and innovative clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Love Songs and Lights (FREE)
Now through February 19
Enjoy the sights and lights of State Street and the sound of love songs when the Chicago  Loop Alliance presents “Love Song and Lights” as part of Lightscape, a multisensory  experience. Visitors are encouraged to submit love songs dedicated to their loved ones  through Twitter, text messaging or the Lightscape website. The winning song will be chosen  at random and will play with a romantic-themed colored light show.

Skating in the Sky – John Hancock Observatory
Now through April 8
Take in awe-inspiring views of the city and beyond while twirling on a surface made of  synthetic ice at the world’s highest skating rink on the 94th floor of the John Hancock  Observatory. Located 1,000 feet off the ground, the rink will be open for skating daily from  9am–11pm. Last skating ticket is sold at 10pm.

Odyssey Valentine’s Weekend Dining Cruises
February 10, 11, 12 and 14
Nothing is more magnificent than a Valentine’s Day Weekend celebration on the water aboard  Odyssey, Chicago’s most luxurious cruising vessel. Choose from dining options that include a  Weekend Dinner, Sunday Brunch or Sunday Dinner Buffet.

Luminous Field Lights Up Millennium Park (FREE)
February 10–20: Fridays & Saturdays 6-10pm, Sunday-Thursday 6-9pm
Come see Millennium Park transformed into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form  with its first-ever site-specific video and sound installation by the Chicago-based artistic  ensemble Luftwerk. Created specifically for Millennium Park, the installation will  illuminate Cloud Gate – known by many Chicagoans as “The Bean” – and its surrounding AT&T  Plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon, of the  local avant-garde classical ensemble, Third Coast Percussion.

Winter Dance (FREE)
February 11: Dance lesson 5–6pm, open dancing 6–8pm
Enjoy dance lessons at this indoor dance party in an indoor heated tent before heading out  to see Luminous Field, the outdoor site-specific art installation by Luftwerk. Dancing is  preceded by a one-hour lesson led by professional instructors from the American Tango  Institute. Admission is free, food and beverages by Park Grill will be available for  purchase.

Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruises
February 11 and 14
Chicagoans are invited to make a romantic memory aboard the vibrant and festive Spirit of  Chicago and treat loved ones to a bountiful buffet, engaging DJ entertainment, dancing and  strolls beneath the stars.  On the warm and cozy climate-controlled decks, this special day  will be one to remember. Dinners include a complimentary champagne toast and a single rose  per couple.

Wine & Wildlife: Animal Attractions – Lincoln Park Zoo
February 14
Those who are wild at heart can woo their loved ones at the zoo on Valentine’s Day. This  adults-only event will take place inside Regenstein African Journey, with champagne and  chocolates being served as participants get the inside scoop on the risqué side of animal  courtship—the wild lives of wildlife.

Polar Adventure Days – Northerly Island (FREE)
February 18
Bundle up and head out to this annual event that celebrates a love of nature. Experience the  outdoors through animals, crafts and live music. Dress warm, grab hot chocolate and watch as  ice blocks transform into sculptures. Get into the action by snowshoeing when weather  permits.
 
CLASSES

Valentine’s Day Cooking Class – Kendall College
February 10 and 12
Hosted by Kendall College, Valentine’s Dinner Date Night and Couple’s Brunch creates a  unique romantic experience for couples to share. Have fun creating a delicious meal with the  freshest seasonal ingredients and share the experience with your significant other.

Making “Whoopie” at The Ritz – deca RESTAURANT + BAR
February 11 and 15
The deca team will lead a hands-on cooking class instructing couples how to make the latest  “it” dish, whoopie pies, in a variety of flavors. In addition, guests will enjoy passed hors  d’oeuvres along with a glass of champagne before the class.

“From the Heart” Cooking Class – World Kitchen
February 11
Indulge in decadent dishes and sweet treats, made “From the Heart” and perfect for sharing  with friends, family, or your special Valentine! This culinary class is part of the World  Kitchen Series, which explores Chicago’s diverse cultural heritage through ethnic cuisines  and focuses on culinary skills and techniques.

Sing or Swing with Your Sweetie – Old Town School of Music (FREE)
February 14
Spend Valentine’s Day learning a step or two at the Old Town School of Music. Classes in  dancing and duets allow visitors to share their love of music and dance with their  significant other.

DINING SPECIALS

Art Institute of Chicago’s Terzo Piano
February 11 and 14
Warm your hearts with a romantic evening at Terzo Piano. Enjoy a four-course dinner  featuring the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, cocktail service, a live band and one  of the best views in the city.

Atwood Café
Feb 10–14, dinner only
Chef Derek Simcik’s Valentine’s Day experience was inspired by the glamour and romance of  the roaring 20’s. Housed in the historic Hotel Burnham, dinner guests are invited to take a  flavorful journey back in time with dishes reminiscent of those served to the flappers and  gentlemen of the era.

Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand
This year-round market, which offers edible local products all produced within 250 miles of  Chicago, has everything you need for a romantic weekend brunch: Great River Milling waffle  mix, Wee Bee Jammin’ crepe mix and preserves, Burton’s maple syrup, Seedling Orchard cider,  TJ’s Free Range eggs and turkey sausage, Spice House hot cocoa mix, Tomato Mountain Farm  Bloody Mary mix, Quince & Apple preserves and more!

Geja’s Café’s – Eleven Day Valentine’s Festival Celebration
February 5–15
Geja’s Café will host its most romantic Valentine’s Day celebration yet. For eleven days,  the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature lavish  decorations, “Love Note Wednesday”, live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes  and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine.

Giordano’s
February 7–14
Chicagoans and visitors are invited to eat their hearts out with Giordano’s heart-shaped,  signature stuffed pizzas. Diners can order varieties to their hearts-content—Giordano’s  Heart-Shaped Pizzas are available for any stuffed pizza combination at all Chicagoland  locations for dine-in, carryout, delivery and shipping nationwide.  

The Signature Room at the 95th – Ultimate Romance Dinner
Throughout February, take romance to a new level with an Ultimate Dinner package which  includes a gourmet candlelit dinner with exclusive butler service in a private dining room  set for two, a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne upon arrival, one dozen red roses in a vase  to take home, private musical entertainment and more. Minimum cost is $2,000 plus gratuity.
 
HOTEL PACKAGES

Kiss & Tell Romantic Getaway Package – Affinia Chicago
Rates from $134/night
Guests will enjoy an upgrade to a suite, a list of recommended romantic spots to kiss,  Affinia signature “Kiss Me” mints and “Kisses Goodnight” Turndown with Hershey Kisses and a  split of bubbly.

Stupid Cupid Deluxe Package – Essex Inn
Rates from $159/night
Looking for a way to sweep your other half off their feet? The Essex Inn has taken care of  all the details from a red rose with a special note to a gift card and gift bag from the 900  Shops. End your night with a sip of Moet & Chandon champagne and mouth-watering chocolates.

Fairmont Chicago’s Ultimate Way to Say “I Love You”
Fairmont Chicago has created a once in a lifetime Valentine’s Day experience. The $100,000  Romantic Getaway Package offers guests everything their heart desires. A rose petal red  carpet greets guests upon arrival as they are whisked to their Presidential Suite and  indulged with a lavender-infused bubble bath. The experience does not end at the hotel, as a  $10,000 shopping spree and a beautiful diamond and sapphire necklace create an unforgettable  romantic getaway.

Suitehearts Package – Hotel Monaco Chicago
Indulge in a romantic three-course dinner before taking in gorgeous views from the plush,  oversized window seats, then unwind in a soaking tub for two. This package includes  luxurious accommodations in a Riverview Suite, complimentary champagne and strawberries, a  three-course VIP dinner at the adjoining South Water Kitchen, served personally by the chef,  and a late 2 pm checkout.

Celebrate Love at the JW Marriott
Want to relax this Valentine’s Day? The JW Marriott Chicago has a Romantic Spa reservation  waiting for you. The indulgent spa package offers couple’s massages, luxurious  accommodations and breakfast for two at The Florentine restaurant. The relaxing experience  does not end at the spa. Couples are treated to a drawn bath accompanied with a bottle of  Veuve Clicquot Champagne and strawberries delivered to their room.

Ooh Là Là Romance Package – Omni Chicago Hotel
Rates from $261/night
Enjoy sparkling wine, petit fours, French macaroons and more, all specially arranged by  Cupid (Omni’s concierge) to make everything just perfect. This package also includes daily  breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant or in-room dining, standard “romantic” turndown  service including robes, music and lighting.

DO NOT DISTURB Package – Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
This decadent package includes a one night stay for two in a Deluxe King Guestroom with a  bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries awaiting your arrival. Later that  night, return with a romantic turn down that includes a love poem, rose and bottle of  Kamasutra Chocolate Body Paint. The next morning, enjoy continental breakfast for two, as  well as a complimentary 2 pm late checkout based upon availability.

VISITOR INFORMATION RESOURCES
Visitors and Chicagoans planning to entertain out-of-town guests can receive trip-planning  assistance and information by visiting www.ExploreChicago.org. Brochures and information on  Chicago’s exciting events and activities are also available at the Visitor Information  Centers. Friendly Visitor Representatives can answer questions and assist in planning an  unforgettable itinerary. The visitor centers are located in two of the city’s most popular  areas: across from Millennium Park in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street;  and at the historic Water Works pumping station, 163 E. Pearson Street at Michigan Avenue.

For daily alerts about fun and FREE things to do in Chicago, follow Explore Chicago on  Twitter at twitter.com/explorechicago and on Facebook at facebook.com/explorechicago.  Discover fun itineraries on our blog at explorechicagotourism.com, and on Foursquare at  foursquare.com/explorechicago. Get answers to your Chicago questions on the go, restaurant  recommendations, and travel tips via the FREE Twitter Concierge Service @explorechicago.

The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier  cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative  visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. For more  information please visit www.ExploreChicago.org.

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