From Date Night To Girls Night, 5 Inspired Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Trump Hotel, Chicago
Whether you’re looking to spend the day with your sweetheart in Chicago or you’re still looking for some date-night inspiration, hopefully you’re planning something special! Who doesn’t love a day filled with red balloons, candy hearts, chocolate, and flowers?

In anticipation of the long-awaited holiday weekend, I’ve assembled a list of unforgettable Valentine’s Day options in the Windy City. Who could say no to any of these?

Trump Hotel Chicago  Spa Suite
Spend Valentine’s Day at the Trump Hotel Chicago with the Romance and Relaxation package (above, below). You’ll receive accommodations for one night, a 60-minute couples massage, Butler Bath at turndown, continental breakfast for two, an exclusive spa gift, and complimentary 2 p.m. checkout.
Trump Hotel for Valentine's Day 2015

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Cafe de Architectes for Valentine's Day in Chicago
Wine and dine your Valentine with French elegance at Café des Architectes. Executive Chef Greg Biggers has prepared a delectable five-course menu for Valentine’s Day in Café des Architectes’ chic ambiance with vibrant colors and modern art. On Friday, February 13, the menu price will include a champagne cocktail for each guest and a rose. On Saturday, February 14, the menu will be available for the special price of $69 per guest from 3-5 p.m. The regular price menu will be in effect from 5-10 p.m. Check out the full Valentine’s Day menu here.

Make your own wine at the Chicago Marriott.

Make your own Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, or Merlot together at the Chicago Marriott Downtown with Bev Art Brewer and Wine Maker Supply on The Magnificent Mile. Each couple gets to make their own 6-gallon vat of wine, stomp grapes to win prizes, an invite to a special bottling session, and an engraved set of wine glasses to take home. The price ($199.99) includes wine making, dinner at the gourmet Harvest Grill, and a bottling session at Chicago Marriott Downtown when the wine is ready to take home. Book: 773-233-7579

Want to spend V-Day with your girlfriends or get away from all the hype? The Peninsula Spa has created a luxurious treatment specifically for Valentine’s Day. The 75 minute Rose Petal Pedicure begins with a salt scrub, followed by a restorative bath soak and a wrap in warm towels infused with rose-oil. The Essential Moisturizing Balm infused with Rose Germanium is the final touch before applying your favorite polish color for just $95. Book: 312-573-6860

Scent Creation for Valentine's Day in Chicago
The Scent Creation for Two package is a wonderful couples experience. Whether you want to go with your significant other or with friends, it’s a fun and unique way to spend Valentine’s Day. Guests will explore the “Scent Bar” finding appealing scents, then the Perfumer will demonstrate complimentary combinations on paper strips and make suggestions as the process unfolds. The result is an amazing new fragrance that is carefully recorded for future refills. Each person will go home with a refillable 2.2 oz. classic atomizer for $120. Book: visit or call 773-871-1985

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you book any of these packages, or similar activities in your city, I would love to hear about it!

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After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in corporate communication, Ashley headed north to Chicago to pursue a career in public relations. She thrives on the energy that the Windy City provides through its eclectic offering of shopping, food, art, and events and is passionate about the inspiration that comes from shopping the Magnificent Mile to sipping a latte at New Wave Coffee. Whether she’s taking in a must-see exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago or searching Instagram for up-and-coming brands, she never turns down the opportunity to be exposed to something unique.
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