Love is in the Air Everywhere – 2019 Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Navy Pier First Ride, Photo: Courtesy of Navy Pier

Here comes Valentine’s Day 2019, love is in the air. Looking for something to buy? Check the Splash Magazines World Wide Gift Guides. Looking for something to do? Read on. Navy Pier and much more.

Love is in the Air at Navy Pier This Valentine’s Day and National Ferris Wheel Day!

Love at Navy Pier, Photo credit: Heidi Zeiger

Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination to offer free rides on the iconic Centennial Wheel and treat one lucky couple to a complimentary date on February 14

Navy Pier is celebrating “wheel love” with free Centennial Wheel rides in honor of Valentine’s Day and National Ferris Wheel Day on Thursday, February 14. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., pre-registered guests will have the opportunity to take their Valentines for a romantic ride aboard the city’s beloved attraction, which features enclosed and heated gondolas and picturesque views of the lake and skyline from 200 feet above ground. In addition, one lucky couple will be treated to a complimentary Valentine’s Day date at the Pier that evening – complete with dinner, dessert, a caricature drawing, a gift basket and a cozy VIP ride on the Centennial Wheel.

Ferris wheel Navy Pier, Photo credit: Justin Evangelista

Those interested in taking advantage of the free Centennial Wheel ride offer must RSVP online in advance and present their reservation ticket at the Pier Park Box Office upon arrival to redeem the ride. Approximately 2,014 – in honor of 2/14 – complimentary tickets are available to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thereafter, tickets will be available for purchase on site. Discounted tickets are available to Illinois residents and U.S. military members upon presenting a valid ID at the Pier Park Box Office. For an extra special Valentine’s Day experience, guests can reserve the VIP gondola – featuring four plush seats, a glass bottom and other premium perks – by calling 312-595-5021.

Photo: Courtesy of Navy Pier

Navy Pier is also giving away a special date experience at the Pier to one deserving couple. The complimentary experience will include a dinner for two at Riva Crabhouse, dessert from Brown Sugar Bakery, a caricature drawing at Faces in Focus, a bouquet of flowers from the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, a gift basket featuring items from 77 Chicago Flavors, Art-K-Texture and The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, and a romantic VIP ride on the Centennial Wheel. Interested individuals can enter the giveaway by completing this form. The grand prize winning couple will be chosen by public votes via poll on Navy Pier’s Facebook page once the Pier has pre-selected three finalists. The runner-ups will also receive a small package to be redeemed at a later date. Refer to the form for full terms and conditions.

As part of other Pier-wide Valentine’s Day specials, select retailers – 77 Chicago Flavors, Art-K-Texture, Dockside, The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop and This Socks! – are offering a discount of $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. At Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Valentines can enjoy a four-course dinner for two for $59.99, along with a complimentary box of chocolates to take home. The offer is valid from February 14 through 17. Love birds who head to Riva Crabhouse will be treated to a special prix fixe dinner menu for two for $130 (excluding tax and gratuity), prepared with a little extra love by Executive Chef Octavio Reynoso on February 14. Valentines are also welcome to celebrate early with select bottles of wine at Riva for just $2.14, available from February 11 through 13 for lunch and dinner. Click here for a full listing of Pier-wide Valentine’s Day specials.

Photo: Courtesy of Navy Pier

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the Centennial Wheel may close temporarily for the safety of Navy Pier guests and staff. Guests are encouraged to check the operational status of the Wheel ahead of their visit by calling 312-595-PIER (7437) or following Navy Pier on Twitter (@NavyPier). For more information, visit or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

Navy Pier Mission Statement

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Books, anyone?

We’re feeling the love this February at Women & Children First with two Valentine’s Day event and a With Love from Andersonville supporting Chicago Books to Women in Prison. Feb. 14 through 17, 14% of profits will benefit this amazing volunteer-run organization that sends books to incarcerated women, trans, and nonbinary people nationwide. 

Photo: Courtesy of Porkchop

Bacon Bouquets and More at Porkchop

As if Bacon Roses ($25 for 6, $40 for a dozen) are not enough to make your Valentine’s heart go pitter-patter, throw in a three-course prix fixe feast for $33. The menu includes choice of any appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. Selections include: Southern Fried Chicken, Seafood Étouffée, Beef Short Ribs, BBQ Salmon, Chicken & Waffles and much more.

For locations and contact info visit Porkchop Restaurants website

Surf and Turf at Red Fish, Bleu Fish

If you and your partner like to mix and match, the Surf and Turf prix fixe dinner at Red Fish, Bleu Fish might be what floats your boat this Valentine’s Day. For $54.95/person or $95.95 for two, seafood lovers will get 8oz Lobster and Fillet, Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes, Key Lime Pie and a glass of ice-cold Champagne.

For more information and contact info visit redfishbluefish website h

St. Valentine’s Massacre Party, Photo: Courtesy of The Hyde

St. Valentine’s Massacre Party at The Hyde

With live music, a burlesque show and Valentine’s Day themed drink specials, the St. Valentine’s Massacre Party at The Hyde is the perfect way for couples and the happily single to spend Valentine’s Day. The $60 admission include two appetizers and two drinks.

For more information and the password visit the Hyde Room website

Celebrating our 15th Valentine’s Day at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook

Photo: Courtesy of Prairie Grass

Valentine’s day is a special holiday everywhere, but it is particularly near and dear to the hearts of Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris and Rohit Numbiar, owners of Prairie Grass Cafe. “This will be our 15th Valentine’s Day celebration,” said Stegner.  “Our business is a family affair. So many of our customers are regulars that they are like family to us, too. We wanted to do something extra special.”  

Guests celebrating Valentine’s Day at Prairie Grass (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) will enjoy fantastic specials along with their regular menu. Customers also will have the opportunity to win one of several prizes.

“We’ve created a promotion that will treat lucky winners to some of our favorite things, like our:

  •  Delicious chocolate cake (our assistant manager Faith’s favorite)
  • 4 all-natural steaks from L & L Packing to prepare at home (George’s favorite steaks)
  • A fantastic bottle of Patrick Bottex Bugey Cerdon Sparkling Rosé (Sarah, Helga (host), Christina (manager), and Cindy’s(PR) favorite toast)
  • Brunch at Prairie Grass Cafe valued at up to $50 (Francisco, our manager that works brunch every weekend)
  •  A bud vase made by our former manager and friend Dan Sviland, owner and artist of the Hot Shop Glass in Racine (Rohit always supports Dan and while he isn’t still at Prairie Grass, he’s a vital part of our family and friend) 
Photo: Courtesy of Prairie Grass Cafe

Beginning February 1 through the 14th, dine-in guests will be able to enter to win giveaways. The winners of the giveaway will be drawn at the end of the night on the 14th. Five different winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. 

DANCE CHICAGO presents DANCES FROM THE HEART 2019 A special Valentine’s Day weekend performance featuring
dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2018 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array of dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish,  hip-hop, urban/performance art and more!
Curated by John L. Schmitz.

Featured companies include: Visceral StudioCompany, Kate Jablonski Statement,Gus Giordano, Comedy Dance, Beyond Words, Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Viola/Funk Flow, Wheatland Dance Theatre, Aerial Dance Chicago, Tre Dumas,
Tap artist, Movement Revolution, Inside Out, North Shore
Rep and others!

Main Stage 2/16/19
desserts generously donated by Eli’s” for Dances
from the Heart.

A Perfect Retreat
Booking a Valentine’s Day getaway or date night
has never been easier thanks to new packages and events from Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive. From a couples’ spa retreat to a fondue party, guests can enjoy an effortless weekend away with their loved
Just in time for Valentine’s Day vacations, Fairmont Chicago is offering guests a new Romantic Escape Package, which includes overnight accommodation for two in a luxurious Fairmont Guestroom at 20% off the best available rate, late checkout, and a bottle of bubbles, starting at $189. Guests may
enhance their stay with a variety of amenities,
including one dozen roses delivered to the guest room uponcheck in, in-room blowouts and hair styling, ice-skating for
two at Maggie Daley Park, and breakfast in bed with
Guests looking to restore and reconnect this year can treat
themselves to a getaway at Fairmont Chicago’s luxurious
spa. mySpa’s Be Mine Package offers a champagne toast for two, 25-minute soakin the infinity tub with a seasonal bath bomb, 50-minute couples myMassages,and 50-minute couples signature facials starting at $500 per couple during the
week and $550 on weekends
(price represents 25% spa services) from February 1 –
February 28.
Fairmont Chicago is also inviting Fairmont Gold guests to a Valentine Soirée, the Some Like It Hot Fondue Party, in
the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge, February 15 -16,
featuring tableside fondue and signature cocktails crafted
from local distilleries. Pre-Dinner appetizers will be served
from 4 – 6 p.m., featuring cheese fondue, and desserts from 8 – 9 p.m., featuring chocolate fondue. Guests looking to take advantage of Fairmont Gold and join the Valentine Soirée may book the Gold Rush Package, receiving three nights
for the price of two.
Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Anti-VDay Party

In advance of one of the most romantic holidays, Columbus Tap, 200 N Columbus Dr, is hosting an Anti-VDay Party Thursday, February 14. Until 11:30 p.m., the elevated gastropub located at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will offer a specialty menu and a 14% discount off any single person’s bill. Here is Columbus Tap’s Anti-VDay Menu,

Convo Tart, Photo: Courtesy of Colombus Tap

·         The Burger for One, $21: Juicy Lucie – Cheddar stuffed 8oz patty, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, garlic aioli

·         Stupid Cupid Wings, $14: Honey Sriracha glazed chicken wings

·         Non-Conversational Tart Heart, $10: Lemon candy coated, raspberry jelly filling, no bake cheesecake.

CMX Aperol Spritz, Photo: Courtesy of CMX

CMX CinéBistro will be hosting a Valentine’s day special that will include an exclusive prix-fixe menu curated by the head chef that includes a “Truffles and Bubbles” dessert option that is $90 for two to make for a perfect dinner-and-a-movie. It is also opening night for “Isn’t It Romantic.” CMX CinéBistromakes for the perfect date night with an upscale and luxury ambiance including a full bar, comfy reclining seats, a chandelier entrance, superb service and gourmet menu options. 

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