• Stephanie Sarris

What to do on Valentines Day in Chicago

It’s almost time for that most romantic of all holidays. Or, at least an excuse to indulge in chocolate! In case you’re more ambitious than that, here’s a roundup of a few local events happening on or around Valentine’s Day.

Naked at the Museum

Let’s start with naked. Yes, that’s right, the Chicago Art Institute is having a “Naked at the Museum” scavenger hunt on Friday the 14th (5PM) Saturday the 15th (1PM) and Sunday the 16th (1PM). And the nakedness isn’t yours. This scavenger hunts sends you on a search for clues around the Art Institute’s nude paintings. It’s definitely a different way to experience this Chicago icon.

For more information: https://watsonadventures.com/location/chicago/art-institute-chicago/

Romantic Dinner with (still naked) Lincoln Park Zoo Animals

For those seeking a less rambunctious evening, take your Valentine to dinner at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer. The two seatings (6PM and 8PM) feature live music, unlimited drinks, romantic candle light seating, and an incredible dinner buffet.

To make your reservations: https://www.lpzoo.org/valentine

Orchids After Hours at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

For the flower lovers out there, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid show is February 8th through March 22nd. On Friday, February 14th, make a luminous night of it at Orchids After Hours with cocktails and light bites for purchase, and 10,000 blooming orchids at the Orchid Show. The Garden Shop will be open late on Thursdays, and will offer special deals. Enter any time between 4 and 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/orchids_after_hours?date=2020-02-13

For the Tweens You Know

Here in Hinsdale, for the teenage set, the Hinsdale Public Library is hosting its Teen Valentines Day Party. Festivities include watching the movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” decorating cookies, and treats will be provided. Join them Friday, February 14th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM.

To register: http://hinsdale.libnet.info/event/3331609

Kidsave's Chicago Community Fundraiser

If you seek to share the love this V-day, consider attending the Kidsave’s Chicago Community fundraiser. Join them Saturday the 15th at 7PM at DeSitter Room at the Park District in LaGrange for savory appetizers, desserts, live music, along with raffles and a silent auction.

To purchase tickets and for more information: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kidsavevalentinesfundraiser/full