With Valentine’s Day falling on a weekend this year, you bet it’s going to be pretty tough to make plans at this point. Restaurants and hotels are booked which means procrastinators are going to have to think a little bit outside of the box this year. No worries, for those of you who are single, taken, or in a complicated situation, there is plenty of time to celebrate Valentine’s Day so you don’t have to deal with that Saturday crowd. There is no shortage of activities  in Chicago this month, so you are off the hook if you couldn’t make plans in time.  Here are some selections both conventional and unconventional for a fun night out on the town.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Del Frisco’s

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With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s safe to assume that virtually every restaurant will be a madhouse.  For couples who want to avoid the crowds, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is offering a romantic weekend meal beginning Friday February 13th through Sunday February 15th.  The meal includes the scrumptious 8oz filet with buttered lobster. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. In addition to this offering, the regular restaurant menu will be offered so you can have quite the variety for your meal. Top off your meal with a selection of the finest wine. For $79 your meal at Del Frisco’s will make it look like you really broke the bank, but you don’t have to tell anyone how great of a deal you got.

Robot Date Night at Robot City Workshop

Sparks are flying and engines are whirring at Robot City Workshop for date night. The night will begin with a love tester to find out the compatibility of couples. Then you will enjoy a robot movie while being served popcorn and drinks from an Omnibot 2000. Select from 12 DIY robot kits as you will learn how to build your very own robot. Have fun with this unconventional activity, and who knows maybe you’ll have your own R2D2 right in your home when the night is over.  The cost of the workshop is $25 per person with an additional cost for the robot kit. Space fills up face so save your spot ASAP.

Argentine Tango at Artango Bistro

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Venture to South America for twist and turns (literally) on the classic romantic dinner for your Valentine. Add a little spice to your meal with a free tango lesson before or after your meal at South American Bistro Artango Bistro. You are getting the real deal with your classes as the instructors are from Buenos Aires, Argentina.   Classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening. Artango also has a BYOB candlelight dinner Valentine’s Day meal. The app Sosh currently has a deal for $30 for a prixe fix meal. This dinner and dance combo will surely add a little spice to your night.

Unbridled at Untitled

For those of you who are in the mood for a little deviant behavior, head to the speakeasy Untitled for a late night burlesque performers. Hosted by the larger than life Madame Barker your evening will be enchanted with fire dancers, snake charmers, acrobatic pole dancers, and human candelabras. From every corner of the room you will be amazed at the sights that you will see. For a night of “unbridled” fun head to Untitled every Thursday at 10:30pm. Since this show is highly popular arrive early to get a few drinks with your date so you can get a view of the show.

Signature Scent at Aroma Workshop

Photo Credit: Aroma Workshop
Photo Credit: Aroma Workshop

Love is certainly in the air at the Aroma Workshop. This quaint shop is where you can customize your very own fragrance just like your favorite celebrities.  After making your signature scent from the master perfumers at Aroma Workshop you will soon join the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce and even myself. Whether you want to make a romantic floral scent or a woodsy masculine aroma it is virtually impossible to not find your signature scent out of dozens of scent offerings. All you need to do is bring is your nose and an open mind and the experts will do the rest.  Groupon currently has a deal of $59 for two (regularly $120) I can’t think of anything more memorable than your very own scent to commemorate your special day.

Binge Watching With AMC Best Picture Showcase

For all of you movie lovers that just want a day to catch up on all of the best picture nominations, well now you will have your chance. AMC Theaters is having their Best Picture Showcase at select theaters. Make your Valentine’s Day a binge watching extravaganza by watching 2 days worth of all of the Oscar Best Picture Nominees. Make your predictions of which films you think are going to win before The Oscars air. Consider this an excuse to acceptably binge watch in public. Click the link above to find a AMC Theater near you that is hosting the best picture showcase.