We are officially hours away from Valentine’s Day, but there’s still plenty of time to pull together a memorable night out if you haven’t already made plans. And while you’re throwing together last-minute plans, why not skip the standard fancy dinner out and do something really memorable with your date? From concerts to classes, here are four events will help you break the romantic mold, and hide the fact that you waited until the last minute to make plans.
210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-0304
210 Restaurant recently reconcepted as a live music venue and you can check it out at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 when the spot hosts a Valentine’s Day celebration featuring a set from pianist Sasha Djordjevic followed by a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Tickets cost $65 and include a four-course dinner with chilled rose petal soup, chicken caprese and three-layer chocolate cake. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35.
Bottle & Bottega
1016 Davis St., Evanston, 847-416-2324
Couples can make an artistic match, with each person painting half of a painting on two panels that you can hang side-by-side or alone. The class runs from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, with the first half-hour devoted to drinking and mingling. BYOB and the shop will provide glasses, bottle openers and ice buckets. Tickets: bottleandbottega.com
Watts Ice Center
305 Randolph St., Glencoe, 847-835-4440
Bundle up for Skate Night Date Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, an adult’s only evening of ice skating with hot chocolate, mulled wine and dessert to warm you up. Tickets cost $20-$25 and include skate rental. If you’ve got a young one, sign them up for babysitting for an additional $10-$12. Tickets: glencoeparkdistrict.com
7155 Ogden Ave., Berwyn and 1204 75th St., Downers Grove, 708-458-4450
Keep it really casual at the fast food chain’s 27th annual Valentine’s Day dinner from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Make a reservation using OpenTable and a hostess will seat you and you’ll be served original and veggie sliders and other menu favorites at your table. You can also indulge with a special chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie, a blend of strawberries and vanilla yogurt topped with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce.