Surprise, surprise, I'm not a hopeless romantic. I'm not one for
mushy movies or books or gushy poems or sappy sentiments. I'm
pretty sure the only love letter I've ever written was to Joey of
New Kids on the Block when I was about 12. (Sorry, honey.)
But I always get a little goo-goo-eyed around Valentine's Day. I
like the idea of having one day dedicated to acknowledging the one
we love. However, in my house, Valentine's Day is pretty
much ignored. With our wedding anniversary in late February, the
day of red and pink roses usually takes a backseat.
But if we really lived it up on Feb. 14, I'd love a day like
this. A girl can dream, right?
Spa Day at the Peninsula Hotel
I can't think of a better way to start off Valentine's Day than
with a Spa Journey at the Peninsula Chicago. Spending half the day
at one of the city's most luxe hotels, using the hotel's fitness
center and taking a dip in the pool would certainly be the perfect
antidote to a long week with the kids.
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., (312)
Flowers from A New Leaf
With arrangements that go beyond long stems and baby's breath, I
wouldn't mind for a minute if a bouquet from A New Leaf appeared at
my doorstep. They only create bouquets from seasonal flowers, so my
ideal February bouquet might be full of tulips and calla lilies.
A New Leaf, 1818 N. Wells St., plus two other locations in
the city, anewleafchicago.com.
Lunch at RL Restaurant
After an indulgent spa morning, we'd walk north a couple of
blocks and dine in the wood-lined walls of RL. Not only is the food
delicious, but the club-cozy atmosphere adds a level of glamour and
intrigue to a regular old lunch date.
Ralph Lauren Restaurant, 115 E. Chicago Ave., (312)
Chocolate from Kilwins
No perfect Valentine's Day would be complete without a sweet
treat. Instead of fancy chocolate, go for a slab of delicious
Kilwins fudge, which comes in mouth-watering flavors like Chocolate
English Walnut. Nothing says I love you like that!
Kilwins, 1405 N. Wells St., (312) 654-1962.
Dinner at North Pond
I'd cap off my indulgent Valentine's experience with dinner at
what has to be Chicago's most romantic dinner spot-in the middle of
Lincoln Park-North Pond. Nestled among the vast trees and bodies of
water the park has to offer, North Pond's chef just was nominated
by the James Beard Foundation in the "Best Chef: Great Lakes
Region" category for 2011.
North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive, (773) 477-5845.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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