Instead of spending Valentine’s Day eating a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and watching reruns of “CSI,” single guys and gals can enjoy the holiday with one of these Valentine’s Day events for singles in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago’s suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s calendar.
Valentine’s Day Special Event, 10 a.m. Feb. 14, Northfield
Celebrate Feb. 14 with a full day of Valentine’s events. Storyteller Debi Gajewski begins the day with the story of Jack Benny, one of the most popular Chicago area legends in comedy. Enjoy a Valentine’s Day lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and end the day with “Village Wooing” a romantic comedy by ShawChicago. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road. Full day $29-$35, single event $9-$15.
‘Donna & Rocco’s Big Fat Italian Wedding,’ 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Skokie
In this interactive show, Donna and Rocco are finally getting hitched after dating for 15 years and friends, family, dinner, drinks and dancing are all on the menu. Maggiano’s Little Italy Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Center. $60.
Bernadette Peters, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Waukegan
Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters presents a special Valentine’s Day performance. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. Free.
Valentine’s Day Lunch, 11 a.m. Feb. 14, Libertyville
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. Lunch options include a deep fried catfish filet, stuffed pork tenderloin and baked chicken and dumplings. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road. $8.95.
Valentine’s Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14, Wheeling
Seniors ages 60 and older can enjoy lunch followed by a Valentine’s Day program featuring singer Heather Braoudakis. Register at www.indiantrailslibrary.org or 847-279-2232. Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center, 199 N. First St. $15 for five meals.
Make an Old-Fashioned Valentine, 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Buffalo Grove
Celebrate the holiday by making an old-fashioned valentine. No registration required. Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane. Free.
Valentine’s Bingo, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Buffalo Grove
Enjoy sweet indulgences and join a fun-filled bingo game with gift card prizes. For more information or to RSVP, call Susan Kocanda at 847-537-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Belmont Village Senior Living of Buffalo Grove, 500 McHenry Road. Free.
El Barrio Restaurant Valentine’s Day Dinner and Margaritas, 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Mundelein
Dinner includes shrimp, chicken and steak fajitas for two, and margaritas will be on special. El Barrio Restaurant, 1122 Diamond Lake Road. Free.
Lake Barrington Shores Valentine Concert, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Lake Barrington
Camerata Chicago conductor and violinist Drostan Hall give a Valentine’s Day violin concert. The evening begins with dinner followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club, 40 Shoreline Road. $45, $15 for concert only.
Valentine’s Day Production of ‘Same Time Next Year’, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Libertyville
Liberty Town Productions presents a Valentine’s Day celebration beginning with cocktail hour with live jazz entertainment followed by a staged reading of Bernard Slade’s “Same Time Next Year.” Seating is limited. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St. $25.
Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Grayslake
Open dance for all styles. Wear red. Dress Up & Dance!, 34121 N. US Highway 45. $25 per couple, $15 singles, $10 members.
Nick Colionne, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Rosemont
The jazz, R&B and funk guitarist performs a special Valentine’s Day show. Saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly also performs as the opening act. InterContinental O’Hare Hotel and Gallery, 5300 N. River Road. $49-$69.
Valentines Party, 9 a.m. Feb. 14, Franklin Park
Featuring bingo at 9 a.m., lunch at noon (Italian wedding soup, Italian beef sandwiches, cole slaw and mini chocolate eclairs) and a 1 p.m. raffle. Reservations required. Centre at North Park, 10040 W. Addison Ave. $3.
Wine, Chocolate and Architecture, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Oak Park
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a wine and chocolate tasting followed by a tour. Unity Temple, 875 Lake St.
Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Oak Park
The public is invited to dance the night away with the Dick Elliot Band, and light refreshments will be served. Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Free.
Groovin’ The Sixties, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, St. Charles
The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett perform with a full symphony orchestra. Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main St. $49-$79.
Singles Valentine’s Day Party, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Elmhurst
Join the world’s largest singles Valentine’s day party. The night includes performances by “One Way,” free speed dating, romance psychics, flirting contest, cash bar, raffles and a free gift for every lady. Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave.
Valentine’s Night Out, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Oak Park
This event features a performance by the Oak Park Classical Guitar Ensemble, dessert and a glass of wine or coffee. Registration required. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave. $15.
Valentine’s Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Brookfield
The adventure begins with a cocktail reception at Seven Seas Underwater Viewing, home of the zoo’s bottlenose dolphins, then head to the Bocaditos dining room for a four-course meal. Full bar service and musical entertainment included. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St.
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