Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to share the love with the people who matter most. While this holiday will certainly look a little bit different this season, there are still lots of fun and creative ways to celebrate this special day — while staying safe along the way.
Looking for some intriguing new ways to celebrate Valentine’s in Chicago this year? Here are seven love-filled Valentine’s Day ideas that are adorable, safe, and fun for the whole family:
1.) Get Crafty at Home
You don’t have to be an artist to do something crafty. Crafts can be fun for adults and kids alike. Experts say that creating together as a family helps foster common ground, and it’s a great way to practice solving problems together.
Take a page from the very popular “paint and sip” classes you’ll find around Chicagoland and have everyone in the family paint the same thing. When you frame the pieces together and hang them on the wall, they will look like a masterpiece in a museum! Do some flower-arranging, paint mugs or pottery, or decorate your home with paper heart, ribbons, and other DIY creations.
And remember, your crafts don’t have to be artistic. You could build a marble obstacle course with recyclables, or even build a pillow fort perfect for watching a movie in style. Whatever you create, you’ll have fun and make the day feel extra special..
2.) Enjoy a Special Meal
This year, stay one step ahead of Chicago’s unpredictable weather and make plans for a special meal at home. Cooking together is a great way to bond as a couple or as a family, and is a soothing and fulfilling pastime to enjoy on your own as well.
You can cook a new recipe with ingredients you’ve never tried before, or spend the day making a fancy multi-course meal. Serve up a festive meal on your most extravagant dinnerware, or set up a rustic indoor picnic. No matter what meal you make, you’ll create lovely memories that will last forever.
Not feeling the kitchen calling your name? You can also support local restaurants by ordering up a Valentine’s Day feast. Many of Chicagoland’s most romantic and celebrated restaurants are offering Valentine’s takeout and delivery specials for 2021.
3.) Stream a Virtual Concert or Performance in Your Pajamas
This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a virtual concert with the ones you love in the best venue of all your own home.
This year, musicians including R&B artist Mario and singer-songwriter Josh Groban will perform events you can watch from the comfort of your couch. Many of Chicagoland’s best performance venues and cultural institutions will also be hosting live-streamed or recorded events you can enjoy at home, from virtual magic shows to digital offerings from the world-famous Steppenwolf Theatre.
Since you don’t have to get fancy or go anywhere to enjoy the show, you can get cozy and watch in your pajamas — or dress to the nines for your night in. Dance if you want to, or sit back and enjoy the fun, minus the crowds!
4.) Have an Indoor Picnic
No need to worry about ants at this picnic! An indoor picnic can be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun activity that keeps you warm, fills your belly, and helps you create great memories with the people who matter most..
To make things extra festive, you can give your picnic a theme and serve only red, pink, and white foods, or cut your dishes into heart shapes. Pop open a bottle of bubbly for the adults and sparkling pink lemonade for the kids, and toast to the year to come. Don’t forget to use a red-and-white picnic blanket! For an immersive feeling, play some soothing nature sounds in the background. For a more intimate night in, dim the lights and use electric candles. This could also be a great time to put your fireplace to good use!
5.) Deliver Valentine’s Cards to People You Love
We could all use a little more love in our lives, and Valentine’s Day is a great day to share your love with others.
Spread some love to your friends and neighbors by delivering cards with sweet messages inside. They’ll be delighted when they see your valentine in their mailbox. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own pop-up or 3D cards that your recipients will love.
If you’re feeling particularly generous, consider making Valentine’s care packages and delivering them to your friends and neighbors around Chicagoland. You can fill your packages with candy and Valentine’s goodies, as well as handy home staples like cleaning supplies. You can also ship flowers, food, and just about anything else you can imagine to your loved ones here in Chicagoland and around the country — so nobody gets left out of the celebration.
6.) Spend Some Time Outside
In February, you can expect the weather in Chicago to be cold and snowy, but that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying time outside. Make Valentine’s Day special by getting outdoors with the people you care about most.
Take a short drive to one of the Chicago area’s most beautiful winter landscapes, or just take a casual excursion through your neighborhood to marvel at the architecture, look for Valentine’s decorations, or just enjoy some fresh air.
Whatever you choose to do outside, just getting out into the sun and fresh air for 10-15 minutes can boost your mood, making you feel closer to the people you’re with.
7.) Turn on the Tunes and Have a Dance Party
Make a playlist of your favorite songs, turn up the volume, and move your feet!
Dancing is proven to help boost the feel-good brain chemicals that help you relax. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise and have fun!
If you have kids, you can teach them some of the greatest fad dances of all time, like the Macarena, YMCA, or The Cha Cha Slide. Try making a TikTok video together. You can also try learning the moves to some of your favorite music videos, or take a virtual dance class with one of Chicago’s legendary dance studios.
Give everyone a turn to play DJ and pick a tune, and have fun dancing the night away in the comfort of your living room.
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