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How To Celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  If you’re spending the romantic holiday in Chicago, you’ll have plenty of options for how to enjoy this special day, whether with a significant other, your loving family, or your closest friends.

Many Chicagoland restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day specials.  Be sure to book your reservations early so you don’t miss out!  Visit Open Table to see all of the sweet deals and save your spot for date night.  TimeOut Chicago also has several recommendations for those who love (or love to hate) this holiday!

Looking for a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day?  Why not try a BYOB painting party/class at the Chicago Art and Design Center?  You may not be able to make a trip to Paris, but you can paint the city of love together at Chicago Art and Design’s Valentine’s Day Paris party.

A romantic evening not for you?  Grab your best buds and strip down for charity at Cupid’s Undie Run in Wrigleyville.  Registration fees and donations for this fun run benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF).  Sport those cutesy holiday undergarments and participate in this one mile run and after-party to raise funds to support research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a debilitating genetic disorder which causes tumors to grow all over the nervous system.

If you’re looking for a more traditional but still entertaining way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, check out any of the love-themed plays or musicals that are a part of Chicago’s Theatre Week, February 11-16, offering discounted tickets to some of the best theatre in the city.   Swoon to the famous tunes of the Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace, or laugh the night away at Stage773 when you see Cupid Has a Heart On, a musical guide to relationships.  See the full list of plays participating in Chicago Theatre Week here or check out our blog post for neighborhood recommendations.

Whether you love cars, or your love loves cars, don’t miss the Chicago Auto Show.  North America's largest auto show takes over McCormick Place for the 106th Chicago Auto Show.  Nearly 1,000 vehicles will be on display including domestic and imported cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and more guaranteed to take your breath away.  Visitors of the show will see some cars introduced to the public for the first time!

Already have plans for Valentine’s Day in Chicago?  Let us know how you plan to spend the holiday!

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