Enjoying Valentine’s Day in the city can quickly become expensive if you take the traditional route of a dinner out on the town at one of Chicago’s amazing but pricey favorites. We propose a slightly different approach to the weekend that allows for fun, but won’t break the bank.
Cupid’s Undie Run
$55, February 13 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville
Cupid’s Undie Run is the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend activity, whether you’re in a relationship or not. The run features people of all ages and sizes in their undies – but feel free to cover up with a costume! It’s only a mile, and the festivities start and end in John Barleycorn Wrigleyville. All net proceeds go to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
FREE, The Field Museum
Spend your Valentine’s Day soaking up new knowledge. On February 14, the Field Museum has free admission for Illinois residents. Go early in the day and plan an early dinner (with reservations!) to beat the crowd. Finish off the night quietly, together at home. Garfield Park Conservatory also is offering free admission on Valentine’s Day, with a romantic flower backdrop.
Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to marry culture with fun (and nudity) this Valentine’s Day weekend. You’ll comb through the museum’s extensive collection of portraits, sculptures and more to try and complete the scavenger hunt on time! Admission is included in this offer, and teams can be from 2-6 (whether you want to complete it as a couple or as a team of friends).
Improv Date Night at Up Comedy Club
$35, Up Comedy Club
If you’ve ever used Tinder, Bumble, or any other dating app, you’ll love this show. With multiple showtimes on both February 13 and 14, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend activity for the couple with a funnybone. The show is based on actual research and development of fake characters. Act quickly and upgrade for an unlimited drinks package!
The Chicago Auto Show
$12, McCormick Place
This definitely falls under the category of “please your man,” but we see an opportunity for both parties to get what they want. Check out the Chicago Auto Show in the morning, then let the non-car loving party choose from one of these other activities, or a favorite dinner spot in the evening. Everybody wins and feels appreciated.
Take your sweetie ice skating for a romantic but cost-effective way to spend Valentine’s Day. Choose Chicago has a list of the city’s best rinks, when they’re open, and what you can expect to pay. Save more money (and time in line) by bringing your own skates. Check Amazon or Play It Again Sports if you don’t have any yet.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day, so pick according to you and your partner’s (or friend’s!) style. Will you be trying any of these Chicago Valentine’s Day activities that won’t break the bank?