Valentine’s Day weekend is almost here, and if you’re looking for non-traditional things to do, you’ve come to the right place!
Check out these six super event recommendations from Reside Personal Concierge Daniela Man.
Bloomingdale’s Year of the Monkey Celebration (Now-Sun., Feb. 14)
Bloomingdale’s will ring in the Lunar New Year with unique merchandise, special events and cultural presentations through March 1, 2016. Shoppers can join the celebration and test their luck with the red envelope tradition of winning prizes, including gift cards.
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Sat., Feb. 13)
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra —led by guest conductor Edwin Outwater— performs a program inspired by Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece and featuring Mendelssohn’s brilliant incidental music. Actors join the fun at this party filled with fairy revelry to perform a condensed version of Shakespeare’s text.
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Start Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $14-$57 depending on seating
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (Now-Sun., Feb. 21)
See a live performance of the book written by John Gray— a New York Times bestseller for the last decade. This one-man show is a fusion of theatre and stand-up comedy. The show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Peter Story will have you laughing, crying and agreeing with him as he tells the story of our most realistic relationship behaviors. You may even leave the show with a clearer understanding of the opposite sex.
Water Tower Place | 175 E. Chestnut
Hours: Tuesday & Friday: 8 p.m.; Saturday: 2 & 6 p.m.; Sunday: 2 & 7 p.m.
Chicago Auto Show (Sat., Feb. 13-Sun., Feb. 21)
The largest auto show in North America features a range of domestic and imported cars and trucks, experimental and concept cars, and a number of auto-related exhibits. Plus, there are interactive displays geared especially toward kids. Some of the exhibits feature antique cars that will take you back in time while others feature the slickest designs and highlight advanced technologies. Sports cars, SUVs and minivans —you name it— will be on display.
McCormick Place Complex
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Admission: adults: $12; kids ages 7-12 & seniors: $6; kids under 6 get in free
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks (Sat., Feb. 13)
Watch the Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to play the Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks are stocked with young talent and are being quite productive this year. Loyal fans won’t want to miss the playoffs!
United Center | 1901 W Madison St.
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Starts at $50
Monster Jam Live (Fri., Feb. 12-Sun., Feb. 14)
Monster Jam mixes racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action-packed live show. Monster trucks and breathtaking stunts electrify the crowd and create a spectacle all members of the family can enjoy.
Allstate Arena | 6920 Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018
Hours: Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1 & 6 p.m.
Admission: Starts at $22
For more traditional Valentine’s Day celebration ideas, check out these fine recos!
Read 6 Things You Have To Do In Chicago This Weekend (Feb. 12-14) on Inside Reside.