THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Spreading Some Love and Cheer!

This weekend offers us a chance to focus on something other than our current situation – Valentine’s Day! It’s a great opportunity to reach out to those you care about and spread some love and much needed cheer!!

If you have little ones at home, here are some recommendations to make this Valentine’s Day weekend special for them:

Color a Vintage Valentine is available for download through February 15th from the Wilmette Historical Museum’s website. There are several 1930’s valentines to choose from. Just have the kids color their favorites and share with family, friends, and neighbors to spread some love during this socially distanced winter!

ValenSLIME Party is scheduled for this Saturday (12 p.m.-1 p.m.) for kids ages 3-12. This party features a virtual valentine scavenger hunt, playing a valentine game, making a valentine card, and then making valentine slime!

Virtual Valentine’s Victorian Tea is scheduled for this Saturday (2 p.m.-3 p.m.). Families will learn the origins of tea, High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea, and the rules of the Victorian Tea. Paid participants will receive a vintage teacup and saucer along with individually wrapped sweets that will be available for contactless pick-up!

As for us big kids, here are just a few suggestions to make our Valentine’s weekend special:

This year’s Cupid’s Undie Run went virtual, giving participants creative control over the type of one mile run they chose to do, then filming and posting it to social media rather than meeting up at a local bar. For those who completed their #MileThatMatters, don’t forget you’re invited to the Cupid’s party you’ve come to know and expect but this year from the safety of your home. Join the fun at 3 p.m. this Saturday for plenty of dancing, live entertainment, drinks, drinking games, drink tutorials, and much more!

Spend your Saturday (4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.) in the Ravenswood neighborhood for Valentine’s Shopping and a Show at Hazel (1835 W. Montrose Ave.). 

Watch the window displays of this beloved gift and apparel store as it’s transformed into a stage for glamorous performances that can be enjoyed from outside or inside. And, since different performances are every 30 minutes, why not shop around Hazel for your Valentine’s gift and grab some sweet treats from local vendors while taking in the shows!

If you could use a good laugh these days, check out this Valentine’s Day Comedy Jam on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of laughs from two of America’s rising stars in comedy, Ana Belaval and Eli Castro. This is a family-friendly event with proceeds supporting Chicago’s La Casa Norte, a non-profit that helps individuals experiencing homelessness!

Chicago restaurants are serving some unbelievably cute Valentine’s Day Specials such as heart-shaped pizzas, cakes, tacos, and more! These specials can be found at Eli’s Cheesecake, Portillo’s, Tacotlán, Lou Malnati’s, West Town Bakery, Lottie’s Pub, Roots Handmade Pizza, and French Quiche!

Finally, check out this link for more Valentine’s Day in Chicago recommendations!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago