Dinner and a movie can make for a great evening, but alternatives are usually better. Whether you’re single or one half of a couple, below are some events at and involving Chicago-area venues we love.
The Bonanza! Vintage Blowout Sale at Berlin Nightclub (you know, the one almost under the Belmont Red Line stop) will feature selections from The Sometimes Store, Knee Deep Vintage (one of Tara’s favorite Chicago vintage boutiques), Clothes Optional and Kokorokoko. (DITC will also be there with some non-vintage clothing.) Going broke? Don’t worry — there will be $5, $10 and $20 racks. The shopping event goes from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., but ’80s music will play until 4 a.m. There’s no cover so come and go as you please, but if you find yourself nearby at 9 p.m., stop in for a Valentine’s Day drag show! Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.
San Valentín Salsa Sunday at the Cubby Bear is a favorite Sunday night spot of ours, as we’ve told you before. But this Sunday, in honor of Valentine’s Day, extend your night into an epic salsa affair. If you’re going as a couple, head to Carnivale first (702 W. Fulton Market) for dinner specials and the music of Los Guitarristas, not to mention the killer mojitos and free roses. Afterward, bring your bill and three friends to the Cubby Bear (1049 W. Addison) and you’ll all get in free. Carnivale’s dinner specials and music run from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and the Cubby Bear has DJs working from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., along with some $3 drink specials. Click here for more info on Carnivale’s event, and here for the Cubby Bear event. If you’re headed to the Cubby Bear but not Carnivale, you can still get in without paying the cover if you fill out this form and print the email.
The Year of the Ox is on its way out; it’s the Year of the Tiger! OK, so not yet, but Chinese New Year just happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. At 1 p.m., the Lunar New Year Parade will head down Wentworth Avenue between 24th Street and Cermak. Don’t miss the 100-foot dragon! Other activities start at 11:30 a.m., but we recommend the Phoenix restaurant for some of the best dim sum in Chicago before watching the parade.
–Tara and Karina for TKGO