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Finding Love on Valentine's Day 2011

Things to do this Valentine's Day in Chicago for couple and singles.


Looking for something to do this Valentine's Day last-minute? Check out our list of things happening on this Lover's Day, February 14, and all throughout the month of February.

Single this Valentine’s Day? Never fear. The Fedora Lounge is hosting a "Cupid is Stupid" party on Monday night (February 14), featuring specialty cocktails like Black Heart Shots, Black Mimosas and snacks like the Broken Heart-ichoke fritters. Pay a la carte for your drinks and food, starting at $2.

You can also sip Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails at the Martini Bar with a couples martini-making class. You and your sweetie can learn how to make a French Martini, a Rated X Martini and a Godiva Chocolate Martini. $30 per couple.

Check out the Field Museum’s All Need Love Festival, which includes music from the Funkadesi and exhibits like ancient Egyptian artifacts and Tibetan relics. Tickets range from $96-$260. After the festival, head to the Crimson Lounge at Hotel Sax for a post-party that will rage on until 2 a.m.

Enjoy a free bowl of vegetarian Pozole soup (which sounds nice on a cold Chicago day) with an entrée purchase at any Chipotle Mexican Grill in Illinois or Wisconsin. The complimentary soup will be available Monday, February 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Like” Spa Week’s Facebook page, which is giving away over $3,000 in prizes, and Spa Week will donate $0.25 to the American Heart Association for every new “Liker.”

Show your fury friend some love on Thursday, February 17th, when Hotel Allegro, as part of its Chocolate Month, hosts a complimentary Wine Hour with handmade chocolate marshmallows and heart-shaped carob doggie treats. The Wine Hour will also be the official debut of Sadie, Hotel Allegro’s new “Director of Pet Relations.” Sadie, a rescued Boston Terrier mix, will be taking on the duties of greeting pet travelers and “helping them get the most out of their stay” at the hotel.

The Yoga Boutique in Chicago is throwing a Date Night on Friday, February 25th. Cost is $50 per couple and includes a yoga class, drinks and food.

If being “green” is your thing (or makes your date happy), then treat your sweetheart to an organic meal at the eco-conscious prasino in LaGrange or St. Charles. (Tip: prasino will be opening a Bucktown location this summer.) Valentine’s Day menu highlights include: butternut squash ravioli (greens, parmesan, butternut squash, sage brown butter); braised beef short ribs (cauliflower cheddar gratin, greens, truffle mushroom cabernet sauce); grilled Thai curry pork loin (brown rice, mango salad, coconut cashew sauce); and rosemary broiled Tasmanian salmon (grilled eggplant, olive vierge, greens, chili beurre fondue). Pre-dinner, be sure and order prasino’s Tree-tini (Veev acai berry liqueur, white cranberry juice, fresh lime, fresh mint, and sparkling water). For every Tree-tini sold, prasino will plant a tree in the typhoon-ravaged Indian rain forest.

Get romantic at ZED451 on Valentine's Day with a Champagne toast and picture taken in ZED451's glass-enclosed Wine Room, which will be filled with candles and red roses. Dine on ZED451's Harvest Tables that include soups, salads, housemade charcuterie, pasta dishes and an “action station” with salmon en croute, creamed leaks and wild mushroom duxelle. Chocolates will also be part of the dining experience with heart-shaped chocolate crème brulee cake with lychee sorbet. Diners will also have the opportunity to win a staycation at the Westin Chicago River North, along with a complimentary dinner for two and Sunday brunch at ZED451. ZED451 will also provide the lucky couple with shuttle service to and from the restaurant. Cost for the Valentine's Day dinner is $44 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), which includes unlimited offerings of the Harvest Table, meat, fish and Market Side dishes. For those who wish to dine solely from the Harvest Table, cost is $25 per person.

Get pampered at the Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa with one of four Valetine’s Day-inspired packages in February, including:

  • American Beauty: 60-minute Swedish Massage, Signature Facial and Blow-Dry ($185).
  • Date Night: Spa Manicure & Pedicure with Chocolate Sugar Scrub ($72) or Organic SpaRitual Manicure & Pedicure ($75).
  • Romancing the Stone: One-Hour Hot Stone Massage, Target Face Exfoliation and Pedicure with Callus Treatment ($170).
  • Like Water For Chocolate: Chocolate Scrub, and Vichy Shower ($100), with Blow-Dry add $30.

RIA at the Elysian Hotel is serving a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner February 14th, including sea scallop with hakurei turnip, octopus, and fumet blanc; lobster with chestnut, fennel and orange; and by aged strip loin with bone marrow, potato and Périgord truffles. Cost is $135 per person and an additional $75 for wine pairing. The hotel’s Balsan restaurant is also serving a Valentine’s Day dinner served “couples style” (meaning on shared plates) that will include raw oysters; wood-fired beet salad; lobster and chicken fricassee; and puff pastry or steak au poivre with potatoes and spinach. Cost is $69 per person with a wine pairing offering for an addition $36 per person.

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