How to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago with our guide to romantic restaurants, date ideas and more

Heart-shaped macaron from La Boulangerie
Photograph: Martha Williams

If the shelves of heart-shaped boxes, giant stuffed animals and sappy cards didn't already tip you off, Valentine's Day is almost here. While you may not be able to book a table at one of the best restaurants in Chicago, that shouldn't stop you from treating your special someone to delivery and takeout. If you're single, you can always use the mooshy holiday as an excuse to practice self-care—and nobody will judge you if you order a heart-shaped pizza for one. No matter what your relationship status is, Valentine's Day presents a great opportunity to reach out to people you care about, even if your feelings for them aren't romantic. Here are our recommendations for surviving another Valentine's Day in Chicago.

How to spend Valentine's Day in Chicago

Pick up romantic Valentine’s Day meals from these Chicago restaurants
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Pick up romantic Valentine’s Day meals from these Chicago restaurants

Find dishes that you and your partner will absolutely love.

Where to find heart-shaped pizzas, cakes and tacos
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Where to find heart-shaped pizzas, cakes and tacos

Track down something cute to eat.

Find romantic things to do in Chicago
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Find romantic things to do in Chicago

Turn up the heat with some ideas for your next date night.

Order amazing delivery and takeout in Chicago
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Order amazing delivery and takeout in Chicago

Let someone else do the cooking so you can focus on setting the mood.

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Stay at the most romantic hotels in Chicago
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Stay at the most romantic hotels in Chicago

Pack your overnight bag and prepare for a night away.

Romantic Airbnb homes you can rent near Chicago
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Romantic Airbnb homes you can rent near Chicago

Sometimes sparking romance is as simple as changing your scenery.

The most romantic restaurants in Chicago
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The most romantic restaurants in Chicago

Set the mood with a meal from these steamy spots.

Romantic places in Chicago to visit with that special someone
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Romantic places in Chicago to visit with that special someone

Cozy up with your sweetheart at these surprisingly romantic spots.

Rent a movie from the Music Box and Theatre
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Rent a movie from the Music Box and Theatre

Curl up and watch arthouse movies, documentatries and more.

Where to shop

The best flower shops in Chicago
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The best flower shops in Chicago

Find the freshest arrangements for your special someone

The best flower delivery in Chicago
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The best flower delivery in Chicago

Get quality arrangements, fast and without hassle.

The best gift shops in Chicago
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The best gift shops in Chicago

Mark a romantic occasions with an amazing gift

The most decadent candy shops in Chicago
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The most decadent candy shops in Chicago

There's no sweeter gift than a box of chocolates

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Valentines for Chicago food lovers
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Valentines for Chicago food lovers

Printable valentines featuring Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, and other Chicago chefs and bartenders

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