With Valentine’s Day so close at hand, many students are rushing to make plans for themselves or their significant others. Luckily, the city offers a wide variety of options to appeal to every taste and relationship status.
Couples looking for a break from the traditional dinner-and-a-movie routine have a lot of different options. Those looking to splurge can check out one of the city’s many hands-on cooking classes and prepare a meal with their date.
The Chopping Block offers instruction in gourmet meals and has locations in both Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart. For students who miss out on the highly coveted reservation slots, the shop does offer a waitlist.
Those with a sweet tooth can check out deca Restaurant on the Near North Side for their Make Whoopie dessert class where students can make whoopie pies as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary champagne.
For couples looking to get a little bit more active, Ballroom Dance Chicago located in Lakeview offers an interesting alternative to traditional date night: Latin Dance Night. For the price of dinner and a movie, students can get professional instruction in both the rumba and salsa.
Creative types can take their dates to Lakeview’s Bottle & Bottega for an evening of live music and do-it-yourself art. The event includes a complimentary wine tasting and dessert, professional art instruction and a canvas of your work to take home.
Students opting out of a date situation this year need not worry — the city has plenty to offer for groups, as well. Old Town can offer the perfect outing for a small group of friends at a comedy show with Chicago’s famous Second City.
On Valentine’s Day, Second City is putting on two showings of their ensemble piece “The Second City’s Incomplete Guide to Everything.” The show is open to all ages, and patrons can enjoy a full food menu, as well as drinks throughout the performance.
Also good for groups is McGee’s Tavern in Lincoln Park. McGee’s is running their 14th annual Screw Cupid Pub Crawl. For$5, bar-hoppers can ride a trolley all night between the six participating bars, as well as partake in drink specials at each venue.
The Chicago Reader will host its fifth annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Logan Square Auditorium. The night will consist of live performances by Big Freedia and Swaguerilla, as well as a collection of reader-submitted “bad date stories.” If partygoers meet someone at the event, for $2 they can have a valentine hand-delivered to the object of their affection by a Windy City Rollers derby girl.
With all the events taking place around the city this Feb. 14, it’s easy to find something that anyone will enjoy. Try something more adventurous than the traditional dinner date this year — your valentine (or your friends) will thank you.