Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Wednesday is the first day of February and that means that I have Valentine’s Day on the mind. Yes, it’s still two weeks away but I figure you can’t plan soon enough! Scrambling to make plans when you’ve waited until the last minute is the WORST. All of the great restaurants get booked and then you’re stuck at home.

That being said, I wanted to share some great Valentine’s Day date ideas. Though I love recommending my favorite Chicago (and often Lincoln Park specific) spots, all three of these can truly be done anywhere. Click read more below to check them out!

1. Do dinner and a movie, updated.

Grabbing dinner and seeing a movie is a classic date for a reason. Whether it’s a first date with someone new or your boyfriend of a few years, it’s plain enjoyable. Dinner lets you talk and a movie lets you simply enjoy each other’s company.

When Austin and I want to do dinner and a movie, we head to NEWCITY in Lincoln Park, a gorgeous shopping center close to us. There are plenty of options for dining, but our favorites are Yard House (huge menu) and Nando’s. As for the movie, there’s a brand new ArcLight theater that puts others to shame. This past weekend, Austin and I saw Arrival with Amy Adams and it was absolutely incredible. What’s super cool is that ArcLight is showing all the best picture nominations, which makes for a unique dinner and movie date experience. Hello, award season!

2. Go on a second “first date.”

A second “first date” really only works if you have been dating a few months or longer, but it’s a super cute idea. Plus, there are a few options here. You could recreate your first date together. Go to the same restaurant or mimic your first kiss. If your first date perhaps wasn’t so great, you could simply do something completely different and make it your new “first date.” If you never had a proper first date with one another at all, this could be a wonderful opportunity to do so. Regardless of how you do it, you’ll create another beautiful memory together.

3. Book a couple’s appointment at the spa.

This isn’t super unconventional, but it still isn’t a traditional date by any means. If you have some money to spend, skip the gifts for each other and instead spend a day together at the spa. After all, relaxing with one another and forgetting about work and other obligations is exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Though I have yet to go myself, I’ve heard great things about the Spa@theWit downtown on State St.  They have a few special promotions for Valentine’s Day running from February 10th to 19th. I’m especially tempted by the cocoa facial (um, yum) and the sweetheart’s couple massage that comes with complimentary glasses of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

What are your favorite date ideas for Valentine’s Day? Do you prefer to stay in or go out? I think that Austin and I are going to stay in this year and cook something to enjoy together. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Have a great week, everyone!

Thanks so much to NEWCITY for partnering with me for this post!

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