Celebrate the sweetest holiday of the year, family style, with craft workshops, meals and parties bursting with creativity across town. Read on to find the events we’re totally crushing on this Valentine’s Day.

photo: courtesy of Maria Chambers

Still Life: Flowers and Hearts at Lillstreet Art Center
Lillstreet will set up the table with a bouquet of flowers and an arrangement of embellishments, teddy bears, chocolate hearts and more, and you can go to town decorating.

Date: Feb. 14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ravenswood
Online: lillstreet.com

I Heart Birds Valentine’s Dance
Lace up your dancing shoes and join in for a very special Valentine’s Day Dance—for the birds! Families are invited to party, as well as celebrate their new favorite feathered valentines. Meet live birds, learn all about their lives and habits, make a birdy valentine and then shake your tail feathers on the dance floor.

Date: Feb. 8; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 for adult members; $25 for adult non-members; $10/ages 2-18, free for ages 2 & under ($5 additional charge for door purchases)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park
Online: naturemuseum.org

photo: The Kids’ Table

Valentine’s Dinner at The Kids’ Table
Celebrate the holiday of love by making Heart Shaped Pizza, Salad Kabobs & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with the help of The Kids’ Table instructors.

Date: Feb. 8; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/family member
The Kids’ Table
2864 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview
Online: kids-table.com

Victorian Valentines
Learn about the history of Cupid’s favorite holiday as it was during the Victorian era and then craft your own Valentine reflective of the time. Valentines were considered treasured keepsakes and looked like mini works of art that incorporated feathers, beads and bits of fabric, so expect to create something elaborate and keepsake-worthy.

Dates: Feb. 9 & 10; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $3/participant suggested donation
DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton
Online: dupagemuseum.org

photo: The Laboratory

Valentine’s Night Out at The Laboratory
This Valentine’s Day weekend, while you enjoy a date night, your kids can spend an evening at The Laboratory with a pizza dinner and Spa Chemistry workshop. They’ll slip on their goggles and imagine, create, calculate and design their own unique scented products perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Dates: Feb. 10; 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Cost: $40/non-members, $20/members
The Laboratory Chicago
2349 W. North Ave.; Bucktown/Wicker Park
Online: thelaboratorychi.org

photo: courtesy of Alicia’s Photography

Valentine’s Day Party with Card Decorating
Celebrate love at Little Beans Cafe, a coffee shop and indoor playzone where kids can get their cabin-fever jiggles out while participating in fun Valentine’s Day crafting activities.


Date: Feb. 14
Cost: Included in playspace admission
Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
Online: littlebeanscafe.com

Kinderfest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Nothing says “I love you” like filling the bellies full of hearty goodness. Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the family friendly sister location to the legendary original in Munich, is erasing winter blues and getting in on the Valentine’s Day action with free activities including face painting, make your own valentine, a balloon artist, a parade and more.

Dates: Feb. 10; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
5500 Park Place
Online: hofbrauhauschicago.com

photo: Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group
Easily one of the most recognizable performances groups out there, the Blue Man Group performs high-energy percussive shows mixed with a little of their own brand of comedy. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound that will leave you with Valentine’s Day the kids will never forget.

Date: Feb. 14; 8 p.m.
Cost: $60-$110
Briar Street Theatre
3133 N. Halsted, Lakeview
Online: blueman.com/chicago

Valentine’s Day Photo Booth and Dance Party at Monica + Andy 
Monica + Andy invites you to fill your heart at their Valentine’s Day event with Sweetjory’s Instagrammable booth, live music from Tunes with Tim, cookies and snacks at their Lincoln Park location. For other sweetheart events, check their online calendar

Date: Feb. 14; 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Monica & Andy
2038 N. Halsted, Lincoln Park
Online: monicaandandy.com

— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri


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