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Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet and so are you.
It’s that time of year where we show corny and cunning ways of how much we love our significant other. Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, so it’s nice that most of us have the day off as well.
The biographical status of St. Valentine’s Day derives from a Christian named Valentinus who was imprisoned for conducting weddings for soldiers. These soldiers were forbidden to marry.
Now we spend our time buying flowers, candies and more likely than not dinner for our loved ones. It’s also a good excuse to plan an elaborate date night that may have been shoved to the backburner because of family parties for the holidays in December.
Nevertheless, Lake County is an avid celebrator of Valentine’s Day. We wouldn’t dare break your heart, so here are the Valentine’s Day Celebrations in Lake County.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family with free games, crafts and activities! Enter a raffle & win great prizes. Kids receive a free goodie bag and a special Valentine’s Day cupcake. Make reservations by calling or through the website.
Treat your love bugs to a Sweetheart Breakfast, featuring a delicious buffet, plus raffle, free goodie bags for the kids, and of course a visit from Cha! Cha! & Friends. Reserve today! Please call for times and pricing.
11th Annual Valentine’s Dinner & Comedy Show @ Double Tree Mundelein
Saturday, February 13; 7 p.m.
Join 95 Will Rock for a great Valentines Dinner and Comedy show at the DoubleTree Mundelein. Enjoy a delicious plated dinner and comedy show with Tom Kief as the MC. Comedians Dwayne Perkins and Mike Preston will fill the night with laughs. Reservations required. Overnight packages available starting at $89 with code LEE.
Valentine’s Specials @ Lindy’s Landing
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
Lindy’s is celebrating Valentines with great dinner specials. Special menu includes Prime Rib, Lamb Chops and Surf & Turf.
Valentine’s Day @ Karma Restaurant
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
Spend Valentine’s Day with love ones at the Karma Restaurant. Enjoy Prixe Fixe 4-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner for 2 with a Champagne Toast for $85 a couple. Reservations required.
Valentine’s Day Weekend Specials @ Cadwell’s Grill
Friday – Sunday, February 12-14
Join us as we celebrate love at Cadwell’s Grille this Valentine’s Weekend with a limited-time three course prix fixe menu along with a bottle of wine. This specially crafted menu is available from February 12 – 14th and is $70 per couple. Call to make reservations for an evening that is sure to delight that special someone!
Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast @ Gurnee American Legion
Sunday, February 14; 8 a.m. – Noon
Bring a sweetheart and enjoy a delicious pancake and egg breakfast. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausages, biscuits and gravy, toppings, coffee and juices. Help us help the community! There will also be a chance to purchase some wonderful home baked goods from our Auxiliary.
Valentine’s Day @ David’s Bistro
Sunday, February 14; 5 & 7:30 p.m.
Bring that special someone to David’s Bistro for a 5-course meal and live entertainment. Cost is $79 per couple, excluding tax, gratuity and libations. Make reservations today for one of the 2 seatings 5pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9pm.
Valentine’s Day @ Sullivan Steakhouse
Sunday, February 14
Looking for the right way to show your Valentine your romantic side? Join us and enjoy our special three-course menu featuring a variety of Sullivan’s fan-favorites. $64 per guest excluding beverages, tax & gratuity. Call or visit the website for reservations.
Valentine’s Dinner for Two @ Wildfire
Friday-Monday, February 12-15
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at Wildfire! We will be offering a special four course Valentine’s Menu for Two that will be available from Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15. The menu includes a starter and salad to share, your choice of Wildfire signature main courses such as Cedar Planked Salmon, Feta Crusted New York Strip Steak or Spit Roasted Carved New York Roast, with choice of side, and decadent dessert to share for $90.00 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Our regular dinner menu will also be available.
The Real Downtown Abbey @ Grayslake Heritage
Saturday, February 13; 2-3 p.m.
Calling all Downton Abbey fans. As the series comes to its close, the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum has its own drama, as actress Lynn Rymarz portrays Catherine Carnarvon, the real Countess of Carnarvon Abbey where the series is filmed. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon.
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx @ Genesee
Saturday, Februrary 13; 8 p.m.
Go into Valentine’s Day Rockin’ the Paradise with Dennis DeYoung; who is a founding member of Styx, lead singer and song writer on seven of the bands Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all of the STYX greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s, including Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times and Mr. Roboto. On this day, ‘love shines in your eyes.’
Full Score Orchestra Presents ‘Timeless Classics’ @ Village Church of Gurnee
Saturday, February 13; 7:30 pm.
FullScore Chamber Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of professionals, teachers, and freelance musicians focused on bringing great music to their local community. Make your Valentines weekend one to remember with FullScore Chamber Orchestra. This year, get ready to impress that special Valentine with a romantic evening filled with beautiful music!
PM&L Theatre Presents Uncommon Women and Others
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14; Fri & Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.
This play is a dramatic comedy by Wendy Wasserstein. Eight women
alumni of Mount Holyoke College reunite six years after their 1978 graduation to catchup on life. The play recalls memories that contain flashbacks to the 1972-73 school year as seven seniors and one freshman try to discover their true path in during the second-wave feminism.
Three Brother’s Theatre Presents, ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’@ Three Brother’s
Friday – Saturday, February 12-13; Fri & Sat 8 p.m.
The darling elderly Brewster sisters have a wonderful hobby: they help lonely old men into the afterlife by poisoning their wine. When their nephew Mortimer finds one of those old men in the window seat the fun really begins. Watch Mortimer negotiate his murderous aunts. Teddy, his brother who believes he’s President Theodore Roosevelt. And his estranged brother, a face lifted murderer on the lamb who looks like Boris Karloff. All while trying to keep his new fiancée safe.
Mr. Benny @ the CLockwise
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14; Fri & Sat 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.
He remembers his childhood in Waukegan, his Jewish parents and humble origin, and the beginning of his show business career at Great Lakes Naval Base. He also recounts his years playing the violin professionally in Vaudeville, his radio career and the golden age of television. Throughout Newell often steps into scenes with the voices of such luminaries as Fred Allen, George Burns, Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, and even Marilyn Monroe. The play also shares inside stories like how he got his stage name (Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky) and what Benny really felt about his famous feud with Fred Allen.
Educating Rita @ the Citadel
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
Rita, a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant, a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite his personal problems, Dr. Bryant helps Rita realize her academic potential. In turn, her passion for learning revitalizes his love of teaching. However, when Rita’s blue-collar spouse learns that his wife is more interested in education than homemaking, he becomes frustrated.
Sister Act @ Marriott Theatre
How do you mix a Vegas singer with a nun? Sister Act! Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Ron Hawking’s Valentine Day Show @ Austin’s
Sunday February 14; 6:30 p.m.
You Haven’t seen Chicago Until You’ve seen Ron Hawking…His high-energy performance captivates audiences of all ages with a unique fusion of personality, music and class. It’s an unforgettable experience! His charisma pours over you like pure velvet. Chicago’s Entertainer, Ron Hawking, knows how to deliver a performance that truly comes from his heart. And, it’s that special quality of performance that allows him to touch the heart of his audience every time he walks onto the stage. Ticket prices include drinks, appetizers and entertainment.
Other Fun-Filled V-Day Events
ARTcetera Valentine’s Day Sale
Monday-Wednesday, February 8-10
Enjoy 10% off all items in Artcetera and 20% off for Friends of the Gallery and get the perfect gift for that special someone.
Senior Valentine’s Day Party @ Lippert Community Gym
Friday, February 12; 11:30 a.m.
Seniors come and join us for a Valentine’s Day get together with friends new and old. There will be games, prizes and fun. Bring a dish to pass or dessert. Register at the Lindenhurst Park District by February 5.
School Day-off Camp – Valentine’s & Violas @ Chicago Botanic
Friday, February 12; 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Your child might have a day off of school, but it is a day “on” at the Garden! Children will participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation.
Sweets for Sweetie @ Lambs Farm
Saturday, February 13; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy treats from the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery to make and buy special treats for the loved ones in your life. The cafe will be transformed into a boutique with delicious items that are perfect gifts for mom & dad, husband & wife, and even friends & siblings for Valentine’s Day. From 10am – 1pm decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies in the banquet room, have it beautifully packaged, and hand craft a Valentine card to be included for just $3. There will also be fresh baked Valentine specialties such as fudge, truffles and taffy apples available for purchase from the culinary team of Eurest Dining Services.
The Enchanted Princess Ball Dad & Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 13; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Girls ages 5-10, grab dad and pick a Friday or Saturday date. The popular dance is back with a new theme ‘The Enchanted Princess.’ Dads and their princesses can dance the night away with popular music spun by a DJ, sparkling lights and keepsake professional photos. Also enjoy sweets and pastries. Plus, every princess receives a flower at the end of the dance. Wear party or princess clothes, but dressing up is optional. Deadline to register: Feb. 4.
Valentine’s Day Weekend BOGO @ Tilt
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
Tilt Studio is the best place to bring a date, especially over Valentine’s Weekend. On Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, if you buy one attraction, get one attraction (of equal or lesser value) free for your “date”. Your “date” can be any age.
Wine and Paint Workshop
Sunday, February 14; 3-5 p.m.
Make it a wonderful Valentine’s Day in 2016 and create great memories while making a beautiful piece of artwork together. Wine & Paint with Daisy. 21 years & older, beginner painters, no experience necessary! Each couple will make two canvases into one painting! Different silhouettes will be available for personalization. Valentine’s Day inspired snacks provided, orange juice (for your sparkling white wine) and a corkscrew if you need it. Register 7 days prior. Fee includes all paint supplies.
Brew up a Great Date @ Sunset Valley
Sunday, February 14; 1-4 p.m.
Grab your sweetheart and get ready for a Valentine’s date that will last a lifetime. Learn all the basics of brewing beer at home from the pros at North Shore Brewing Supply! Taste samples, see demonstrations and get hands-on with the step-by-step process.
Romantic Night Hike @ Ryerson
Sunday, February 14; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Learn wildlife courtship behaviors in a guided hike or self-guided ski/hike, then warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Register online or by calling 847-968-3321. Must be 18 years old or older. Non-residents $8.
The Orchid Show @ Chicago Botanic
Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Orchid Show is the only one of its kind in the Chicago area. More than 12,000 brilliantly beautiful and unusual orchids from around the world will extend throughout the Regenstein Center, including lush presentations within the Greenhouses. There are several special events during the show including a Preview reception, Tuesday Morning music and more. Please visit the website more information. Members receive $2 off admission.
Valentine’s Day Party @ Goldfish Swim School
Sunday, February 14; 5-6:30 p.m.
Bring the family out for day of fun for a Valentine’s Day Party. There will be open family swim, snacks, raffles and much more.
42nd Annual Carmel Street Scenes “Toasts Mardi Gras”
Friday-Saturday, February 12-13; 6:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Part @ Mundelein