Showing Heart in Oak Park

candy hearts_photo by Dan Klimke

Are you bored of the usual fancy dinners, flowers, and chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry—The Oak Parker is here with 14 fun ways to celebrate February 14th in the OP.

Volunteer Together

A day that celebrates love is a great time to spread some of that goodwill to people who need it most. Find a local volunteering experience, whether it’s sorting donations at the Oak Park Food Pantry or helping neighbors find a new home at Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

Strike a Pose

It’s not that often that we get professional photos taken these days. Why not set up a shoot and get some flattering shots taken just because? Eileen Molony and Lisa Green are two fabulous photographer friends of The Oak Parker who can help you always remember this Valentine’s Day.

Make a Snow Fort

Put on your snow gear and head outside to roll around in the snow and build a fort. If you make it big enough, you can cuddle in it when you’re done.

Treat Yourself and Your Valentine at One of These Oak Park Favorites:

Caribou Coffee

Put some pick me up in your cup! Caribou Coffee on Harlem Avenue is offering a Buy 1, Get 1 Free drink special on Valentine’s Day.

Sushi House

Get cozy and sip the night away this V-Day at Sushi House. They’ll have three Valentine’s Day Drink Specials: the V-day Martini, select Merlot for $5.00/glass and select Chardonnay for $15/bottle.

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar

Whether you’re single or coupled, you can celebrate your love for Oak Park over complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, LSK + B chef specials, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

Puree’s Pizza

This is quite the local favorite. Only on Valentine’s Day, you can request a heart-shaped pizza for that special someone! Back when I was in high school, students would buy this pizza for their secret crushes.

The Book Table

The Book Table has Valentine’s Day cards and gift certificates designed by local artist, Chris Ware. You can also learn about personalized Valentine’s Day gift recommendations from Book Table staff.

Polished Nails & Day Spa

Relax this Valentine’s Day with a custom facial with a mini papaya peel for $85 or try their new BioActive peel for $100 with a free post-care kit.

Sugar Fixe Patisserie

Looking for sweet treats to give your sweetie? Sugar Fixe has Heart-shaped brownies, macaron gift boxes, red velvet cupcakes, and take-and-bake chocolate lava cake with crème anglaise sauce.

Lake Theatre

Catch a late night flick at the Lake Theater. Winter’s Tale will be opening on Valentine’s Day with Colin Farrel and Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey.” Can you say hubba-hubba?

Marion Street Cheese Market

Take your amour de ma vie (“love of my life” in French) to Parisian-inspired Marion Street Cheese Market. They will unveil a special Valentine’s Day menu and guests can enjoy live jazz music by Eric.

16th Street Theater

A night at the theater is always a good idea, especially when it’s to see the debut of the play, DoGooder. 16th Street Theater in Berwyn has a night production of their most recent play for only $18 per ticket.

Val’s Halla Records

Everyone loves a little mood music. Stop by Val’s Halla records for a romantic selection of music. Go old school and make your loved one a hip mix tape or buy your spouse their favorite song on vinyl.

By Morgan Davis

Photo by Dan Klimke