Is there a holiday more stressful than Valentine's Day? Even if you've only been dating for two weeks, the pressure is on to come up with things to do that are sweet, but not too cloying. Romantic, but not too over-the-top. Our Valentine's Day ideas can help alleviate the pressure: We've found the best romantic restaurants in Chicago, and we promise none of them will feature cupid-laden decor. When it comes to Valentine's Day gifts, we have you covered with presents that go way beyond chocolate and flowers. And if you're feeling the pressure for another reason (namely, you're single, and you loathe this holiday), we have a special gift for you: the best bars for the unattached.
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Valentine’s Day ideas for her
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Valentine’s Day ideas for him
Sweet gifts for less than $100 that won’t make him cringe
Valentines for Chicago food lovers
Printable valentines featuring Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, and other Chicago chefs and bartenders
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