While being with the people we love and finding connection in the world is difficult right now, we can find ways to mark special occasions and let our loved ones know that we care. Maybe you’ve spent way more time than you ever imagined hanging out indoors in your pajamas with your significant other in the past year, but it’s still possible to find reasons to dress up, show up, and spend some quality time together. Here are six ways you can celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day in Chicago while still being safe and conscious of the times.
Go ice skating
There are several ice rinks maintained by the Chicago Park District, where you can wear your cutest winter hat and hold hands with your boo while you get used to your rented skates (available for a small fee). Just make sure you check the schedule for open skate times before you bundle up!
Get a couple’s massage
Considering the snow-shoveling tension (not to mention pandemic-related, existential tension) in your shoulders, you and your honey deserve a couple’s massage. Much-loved spots like Allyu Spa, Massage Evolved, and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa all offer couple’s massage packages.
Go to a drive-in movie
ChiTown Movies in Pilsen offers a fun, unique movie-going experience that offers both classic cinematic hits and more contemporary selections. It’s all upgraded by a straight-to-you-car food delivery service that promises popcorn, wings, and all sorts of other goodies.
Enjoy some romantic music
Fulton Street Collective continues to facilitate live-streaming performances by some of Chicago’s best musicians, including a special Valentine’s Day show by the Myles Hayes Quintet. The livestream is free, but tipping the band is one way to show some love this Valentine’s Day.
Have a (safe) dinner for two
You can have a delicious meal with your cuddle buddy without putting on your coat and shoes! Order a special Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two from Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar, a “Won’t You ‘Beef’ My Valentine?” Package from El Che Steakhouse, or endless combinations from the Valentine’s Day take-out menu at La Josie.
Make your own elixir of love
Play bartender(s) at home with to-go cocktails and kits! Follow provided recipes or go ham with an assortment of liquors, syrups, and other ingredients to create something that is sure to impress your S.O. Check out the goodies on offer at bars like The Whistler, The Violet Hour, and Lost Lake.