Yea, yea, Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark Holiday created as a by-product of consumerism. Are we done being a negative Nancy now? Cool! While complaints about the holiday, from cynics to singles, may have their place, one of the other downfalls of this romantic celebration is falling into the same routine: wine, steak, and a cute couple’s dessert – from aw to yawn. So this Valentine’s Day may we suggest spicing things up? Skip the humdrum and try something new by checking out one of the proposals below!
For your first date the two of you went to that new and happening Indian Barbeque meets Ethiopian Fusion place, and it was love at first bite. Keep that flavor fresh with a sushi making class at Kamehachi in Old Town. Celebrate a few days early with their sushi making class on February 11. The two hour class includes learning to make maki and nigari, plus assorted appetizers! Doesn’t food taste better when you know it’s made with love?
Even if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, you can practice what it’s like to free-fall with the person you love (or just like a little). Tap into your adventurous side without leaving the city by checking out iFly in Lincoln Park. With multiple package options you can decide how thrilling or safe you want to play it, but we’d suggest taking a risk and letting the instructor flip and spin you so you get butterflies in your stomach all over again.
Whether you’re single or part of a power couple, the Cupid Undie Run is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. On February 10, put on your cutest skippies, or if you’re a little shy, dress up in a costume, and embark on a mile fun-run in Wrigleyville, then indulge in food and good cheer, all for charity. The fee for registration goes towards Neurofibromatosis research, so the Cupid Undie Run is a benevolent way to share the love.
We’re thinking this may be the perfect option for a recently single person. What better way to get over an ex than by throwing an axe? Get out all that anger by doing something fun and physical with your other single friends. Bad Axe Chicago in the West Loop has group and individual rates, plus walk-in hours on Valentine’s Day! Book it quickly, before your ex does!
Are you one of those couples that met while training for a marathon? Maybe during a volleyball league? That competitive spark is what drew you two together, and AceBounce in the Loop appreciates relationships like those. This Valentine’s Day they are offering a doubles tournament along with an amazing three-course meal, plus a bottle of wine. So be the ping to her pong, the backspin to his front-spin and register now!