Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us, even though the date never changes. Thankfully, Chicago makes it easy for 11th-hour Romeos (and Juliets) to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are some of the best ways to spend a romantic February 14 in Chicago without making it seem like you...um...forgot.
Dinner and a movie It’s hard to score a restaurant reservation at some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants on Valentine’s Day weekend, but Ada Street allows walk-ins after 6:30 p.m. Two four-course menus inspired by takeout fare—one Chinese and one Italian—will be available (think shortrib potstickers and house-made mozzarella sticks). Meanwhile, movies play on the restaurant’s projection screen. adastreetchicago.com
Photo courtesy of Lindsey Becker
When love is a joke Valentine’s Day coincides with Chicago Theatre Week (February 11-21) and among the 100-plus productions is #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment, a true story about 38 fake, “undateable” dating profiles and the real people who started interacting with them. Hilarity ensues, of course. upcomedyclub.com
Dine under the stars Couples snuggle up to dinner under the see-through dome of an insulated igloo at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's rooftop terrace. Make online reservations for the spendy experience (starting at $500) or take your chances and see if an igloo's available when you arrive. iogodfrey.com
Photo courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel
Off to the bedrooms There are few bedrooms as well known as the one depicted in Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom. But did you know there are three versions of his masterpiece? See all three at the Art Institute of Chicago from February 14 through May 10. It's the first time they'll be displayed together in North America. Free with general admission. artic.edu
Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom,1888. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
Flower power It’s one thing to be given cut flowers on Valentine’s Day (which we’ll never turn down); it’s another to enjoy them in their element. There’s something magical about visiting the Garfield Park Conservatory in the middle of winter. It’s warm, it’s green and it’s free. No lengthy lines, and no reservations required. garfieldconservatory.org
All the single ladies ... and gents For those whose Facebook status remains “single” or “it’s complicated,” we recommend grabbing your friends and booking a room ... for karaoke. Clark Street Karaoke provides bottle service and singles-friendly hits as well as a perfect spot to celebrate living solo. lowcountrychicago.com
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