FlowersValentine’s Day is almost here, and the City of Big Shoulders shows even bigger heart when it comes to offering up ways to make your February 14th a memorable one. Here are some romantic ideas to consider as you plan your Chicago Valentine’s Day date with your special someone.

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Treats

Take your pick from across the city of romance-themed multi-course dinners (often complete with wine, champagne and dessert) over at Metromix’s list of Valentine’s Day dinner events. Book your reservations early as restaurants tend to fill up. Then, think outside the (heart-shaped) box with the selections from these Chicago sweet shops, wine cellars, and bakeries.

V-Day Massages for Two

Do the gray days of winter have you down, dinner is not enough, or you are simply feeling stressed? In that case, a Swedish couples massage with aromatherapy oil, Valentine’s Day cupcakes, and a bottle of red wine might be the perfect romantic retreat. That’s just what you’ll find at Lincoln Park Massage with their three separate holiday massage packages priced from $225 to $300, running from February 12th through 15th.

A Night (or Day) at the Museum

Valentine’s Day festivities are not just limited to restaurants. Chicago’s newest romantic hot spot, at the Art Institute of Chicago, is getting into the act! Enjoy light appetizers, drinks and dancing from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court on Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $35 per person and include a cash bar. Want to make an evening of it? For $75 a person, enjoy the party in Griffin Court plus a three-course prix fixe dinner in the museum’s new award-winning restaurant, Terzo Piano. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 443-8650.

Prefer a museum experience with some ancient mystique instead? Head on over to the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and walk among the hieroglyphics and relics of Egyptian and Persian empires past. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $7 per adult.

Strolling Chicago’s Conservatories and Gardens

Why settle on a single bouquet of overpriced roses when you can enjoy a quiet stroll through climate-controlled green houses lush with exotic plants and flowers? That’s the experience offered year-round and free of admission at Chicago’s fantastic Garfield Park and Lincoln Park conservatories. February 13 at the Garfield Park Conservatory is “Sweet Saturday” where visitors can sample natural flavors like the vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate grown there. And, if you’re open to venturing north of the city, the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe (free admission, $20 parking) boasts even more natural beauty, both indoors and out.

Romance on Lake Michigan

Another option is to get away from the city altogether with an afternoon or evening cruise. Enjoy a view of Chicago’s magnificent skyline as you dine in comfort on The Odyssey or The Spirit of Chicago. Both are offering Valentine’s Day brunch cruises at $55 a person and dinner cruises starting at $100.

Get Close in the Winter Chill

Finally, if you’re willing to brave the winter cold, nothing says old school romance like ice skating for two at an outdoor rink or taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage down Michigan Avenue. Skate rentals go for $10 a person at the Millennium Park and Wrigley Field rinks, while buggy rides are $40 per half hour.

Romantic Retreat

Looking for a more permanent way to get away with your loved one? Ask our team how we can help you find a pied-à-terre or city residence of your own in one of Chicago’s charming neighborhoods. That would be a Valentine’s Day gift your sweetheart would never forget!

Regardless of how you celebrate, Valentine’s Day offers an important opportunity to tell the people you love how you feel about them. Over the weekend, I ran over to Walgreens and picked up cards to send to my out-of-town parents and in-laws. Last night, I wrote notes thanking them for all the wonderful things they do for me and my family. I also found a couple of cute cards for my husband. (After seven years of marriage and three kids, the tone is predictably more humorous than romantic!) The bottom-line is that time passes far too quickly and we are all very busy, but we should never be too busy on Valentine’s Day or throughout the year to take a few minutes to offer a hug, a kiss, an “I love you” or a thank you to those special people who are a part of our lives.

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  • partybuschicago

    I ended up using your massage for two idea. It was different but glad I did it, I was very relaxed for the rest of the night and had a great time.

  • I ended up using your massage for two idea. It was different but glad I did it, I was very relaxed for the rest of the night and had a great time.