Fall in "Love" with the Chicago Southland!
By Katie Arvia published February 04, 2021
There are plenty of Valentine’s Day festivities taking place all over the Chicago Southland! Whether you’re spending the day with your sweetheart, a galentine or even some beloved family members, there’s so much to love locally!
Wine and dine your Valentine
Don’t worry about dinner reservations this year! Enjoy spending time with your Valentine at home and enjoy a delicious meal from a local Chicago Southland restaurant.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant can help you bring home the love with their heat and serve meal kits. For $109.99, each meal kit includes a charcuterie board for two, pretzel bread and butter, filet medallions, parmesan-crusted lobster tails, roasted broccolini, potatoes and a four-piece box of truffles. If you’d like a bottle of wine, add on a bottle of sparkling rosé for $19.99. Plus, each kit also comes with surprise activities to make your evening even more special! Kits must be ordered by Monday, February 8. Click here for more information or to order your meal kit!
Treat your sweetheart to a meal from Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank! This year, Chuck’s is offering a Valentine’s dinner for two that includes soup or salad, your choice of a shared appetizer, your choice of an entrée and dessert options such as peach cobbler, fudgy wudgy cake or chocolate cherry cheesecake. This dinner package is $70 plus tax, and is available for dine-in, curbside pick-up and delivery! Order ahead or make reservations by calling 708-229-8700.
Order curbside pick-up or enjoy a dine-in meal with your Valentine at The Carraig Irish Pub at Chicago Gaelic Park. For $80 per couple, you can enjoy stuffed mushrooms, pear and walnut salad, filet mignon with shrimp or grilled salmon, double baked potatoes, asparagus, apple cobbler and your choice of red or white wine. Curbside orders must be pre-ordered and paid for by Thursday, February 11. Reservations are required for dine-in. Order ahead or make your reservations today by calling 708-687-9323.
If you’d prefer to go out to celebrate, check out Vintrendi Wine Company’s Valentine’s Day brunch. Dine in Vintrendi’s socially distanced venue, designed to “whisk you away from the concerns of the day.” A curated menu consisting of fruit, sausage, bacon, hash browns, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, chicken etouffee and veggie eggs will be served, along with coffee and one glass of wine from Vintrendi’s portfolio. Additional wine and spirits will also be available for purchase. Plus, enjoy the jazzy R&B stylings of Vincent Abrams and The Matrix Band. Purchase tickets here, and don’t delay—space is limited!
Enjoy dinner and a show this Valentine’s Day at Culture in Homewood. Choose from two different times on either Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14. Saturday’s shows feature the Dynamic Sound Band and Sunday’s shows feature comedienne Lady Luncha’bell. Plus, enjoy a delicious dinner featuring a shared appetizer, salad, soup, entrée (including your choice of stuffed salmon, roasted chicken breast, lamb chops or vegetarian pasta) and your choice of dessert. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased ahead of time online. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Send a pizza to your Valentine, whether you’re near or far! Order a heart-shaped pizza from Lou Malnati’s Pizza and have it shipped anywhere in the Chicagoland area or beyond. Plus, each pizza comes with a giant, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie! Click here to order your pizza and cookie combo today for $62.99! Plus, if you order by February 7, use promo code “TCXSHIPLOVE” to receive 15% off your order.
Looking for something sweet for your sweetie? Grab a classic Portillo’s heart-shaped chocolate cake! Cakes can be ordered for $15.99 and picked up at your local Portillo’s location between February 8 and 17. You can also have a cake shipped to that special someone by pre-ordering online. Don’t delay! Cakes are only available for pre-order while supplies last.
Shower your sweetheart in gifts
Evil Horse Brewing Company is offering the perfect gift for your beer-loving Valentine. Grab a gift basket full of goodies (prices vary) or some Evil Horse merch, like beanies or hoodies. Stop by Evil Horse in Crete or check out their online store for more gift options.
Give your love a classic Valentine’s Day treat: chocolate! Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Co. is your one stop shop for all things sweet. From boxes of assorted chocolates to chocolate covered strawberries, satisfy your Valentine’s sweet tooth this year! Visit Gayety’s shop in Lansing for more choices. Don’t forget to order your sweet treats early!
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, check out the beautiful pieces created by Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios. Vases, paperweights, bowls, pendants and more are just some of the unique pieces available for purchase from Lotton. Be sure to stop by the studio in Crete to see the entire selection!
Have a wine lover in your life? Surprise them this Valentine's Day with a gift set from Vintrendi Wine Company. Choose from a standard or deluxe gift set, ranging in price from $50-$75. Sets include a keepsake gift tray or drawer, a scented candle, decorative firesticks, a jar of Hershey's kisses, shortbread cookies, other assorted candies and treats, wine glasses (deluxe sets only), festive holiday art and, of course, wine! Orders must be emailed to [email protected] by Saturday, February 6. Please be sure to indicate whether you would like a standard or deluxe gift set, along with your wine preferences.
Spend quality time together
“Share the love” with your Valentine this year by attending a virtual concert together! Join Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman for a live virtual concert that supports the arts during this challenging time. Concerts will take place February 12-14. Tickets are available now for $50. Use promo code “lovegsu” for $10 off your ticket! Each ticket supports Governors State University Center for Performing Arts. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly event this Valentine’s Day, head over to Tinley Park for the Sweetheart Swim. Open to both members and guests of Tinley Fitness, this event is a fun way to spend the afternoon with your little ones. This event is free to Tinley Fitness members and $5 for guests. Click here for more information.
Or spend some time apart!
Not lucky in love this year? Don’t let that stop you from celebrating! Brookfield Zoo is offering the chance to name a cockroach after that un-special someone in your life. For $15, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after an ex or anyone who may have wronged you. Each purchase includes a certificate of naming and a placement on the Cockroach Naming Board inside the Hamill Family Play Zoo. The board will officially be unveiled on February 14, so don’t delay! Plus, best of all, the $15 fee is a donation to Brookfield Zoo, and will go towards the zoo’s annual fund. Click here to name your cockroach today!
How ever you’re planning on celebrating this year, we hope you have a “sweet” time!