Let us be clear: Valentine’s Day is not just for people in relationships. It’s a day to celebrate love in all forms! So as the holiday approaches, plan for a fun weekend with all the people you love, regardless of your relationship status. But because it’s sometimes tricky to find activities for the single set, we are rounding up the best Chicago spots and deals to celebrate Valentine’s Day in any relationship status. On Valentine’s Day-Eve head over The W Hotel to celebrate with the hot spot and Veuve Cliquot. The event starts right after quitting time and lasts throughout the evening with a DJ, sweet treats, and photobooth and a free class of bubbly for every guest. This is the perfect swanky but not stuffy place to go with a group of friends for a fun night of revelry. Start your actual Valentine’s Day with Firecakes Donuts (which is really how you should start every day anyway). From February 12-15 the delicious donut spot will deliver personalized “Donut Grams” of all your favorite artisanal donuts, including their seasonal special Strawberry Mascarpone.
During the day, treat yourself to some serious pampering heading to Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa for their Dream Retreat. We’re pretty sure this is meant for couples, but why should they have all the fun? Grab a girlfriend and sign up for two of their 60 minute massages (which you can have in separate rooms) and facials for $300. This means some serious spa time for both you and a friend for only $150 a piece. For dinner, you have a few options, depending on your mood. If you’re staying in for a more casual night, we recommend ordering a heart-shaped Giordano’s pizza. There is no deeper love than that of pizza love, and Giordano’s is a Chicago classic that will leave you heart-eyed like that little emoticon. But make sure you order by February 11th for guaranteed Valentine’s Day delivery! Another at-home option is treats from eMeals, an online meal planning service that’s perfect for anyone hosting a larger scale girls night in. Select from numerous recipes that can be sent to your email, including delicacies like these Chocolate Sweetheart Cakes, and the site will help you plan for your exact group size or dietary needs, then send you the recipes to amaze your guests with your Valentine’s Day culinary prowess. Plus they offer an organized grocery list, which can be coordinated by weekly sale items, so you don’t have to break the bank either. If you want to go out on the town, we recommend starting at either Troquet or Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Troquet is a great River North spot for a group of girlfriends getting cocktails before a night out on the town. You get a 1/2 price dessert, including their delicious bread pudding, with the purchase of any cocktail.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a more seductive experience thanks to their “Fifty Shades of Grey”-themed Aphrodisiac Dinner. Available until February 20th, it features a special blindfolded three-course aphrodisiac dinner. The blindfold is optional but you really should go for it to add some extra spice to your evening!
No matter how you spend the holiday, or with whom, just remember to enjoy yourself and fill your day with love!