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12 Great Anti-Valentine's Day Events in Chicago

Looking for something unromantic to do this February 14?

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Valentine's Day is only a few days away and if you're anti-candlelight dinners like many people, whether single or taken, there are plenty of other things to do in the city. From beer fests and social mixers to bar crawls and trivia night, there are many other options besides feigning romance. So make plans and bring some friends along because you don't have to be a hermit this year on February 14.

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1. Joe Fish

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445 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 832-7700
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Joe Fish invites singles to mix and mingle at an “It’s Just Brunch” social event beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14. Start with a glass of bubbly and freshly shucked oysters alongside other passed bites such as Bang Bang biscuits, pecan sea salt caramel French toast and bacon & egg sandwiches. The cost is $20 per person.

2. Filini Restaurant and Bar

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221 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 477-0234
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Filini will feature a Seven Deadly Sins menu perfect for a group of friends. Guests will discover their sultry, sensual side as they savor the flavors of the seven deadly sins with courses including Oysters, Tuna and Yellowfin Crudo (lust); Cucumber Mint Goat Cheese Panna Cotta (envy); Grilled Shark (wrath); Pork-Stuffed Pork Belly (gluttony); Tower of Babylon Layered Pasta (greed); Carrot Ginger Shooter (pride); and Macaroons (sloth). The cost is $95 per person or $125 with cocktail pairings.

3. Piggyback Tavern

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410 Circle Ave
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 689-8564
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Pig out on some barbecue this year at Piggyback Tavern. Anti-Valentine’s Day Plates include choice of baby back ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken or beef brisket and sides such as jalapeno-cheddar cornbread and mac ‘n’ cheese. The restaurant will also offer special “his and hers” cocktails. The price of each plate ranges from $14.95 to $26.95.

4. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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Who needs cupid when you have beer? Chop Shop will be hosting Brew of Hearts, a craft beer festival for beer lovers to come together to eat and sample several different brewers alongside live music by Jordan Years and some DJ sets. The event starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $35 and can be purchased online.

5. I|O Urban Roofscape

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127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 649-2000
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I|O Urban Roofscape and Chicago Scene are hosting a Valentine’s Day Party fit for singles to mingle under the stars. Enjoy a seated meal beginning at 7 p.m. featuring dishes like lamb lollipops, charred hamachi and vanilla bean cheesecake. Afterwards, a lively celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $25.

6. Mercat a la Planxa

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638 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524
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The modern tapas restaurant will offer a “Walk of Shame” brunch for hard-partying singles on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch tasting menu starts with a Bloody Mary served with a churro on the side. Guests can also look forward to charcuterie and Manchego cheese, a bikini sandwich, poutine eggs benedict and lobster revuelto. Anyone who shows up in last night’s outfit (with proof) will receive a 20 percent discount.

7. Alliance Bakery

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1736 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-0366
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Indulge the sweet tooth and pick up some anti-Valentine’s Day cookies for yourself from Alliance. Past years have included cynical messages such as “I love you more when I’m drunk” and “Really … stop calling.” Order just one or a dozen; it’s okay, nobody’s judging.

8. The River Valley Farmer's Table

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1820 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(872) 208-3267
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Gather some friends and family members and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Cupid, Dinner and Trivia at River Valley Farmer’s Table. Chicago Market will host an interactive food trivia dinner, complete with prizes and a menu of bites including Grass Run Farms pulled pork sliders and mini vegan mushroom and kale tamales. The cost is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased online.

9. McGee's Tavern & Grille

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950 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-8200
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The 16th Annual Screw Cupid Pub Crawl returns for another year on Feb. 14. Singles can come together from 8-11 p.m. at Redmond’s, Durkin’s, Duffy’s or McGee’s and enjoy a food buffet, domestic drafts, cupid punch and trolley transportation between all four bars. You can purchase your ticket for $25 online.

10. Woodhaven Bar and Kitchen

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712 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-9008
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Join Woodhaven for an anti-Valentine’s Day party starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. Drink specials will include $4 domestics, $5 Skyy cocktails and $6 Jameson and cinnamon whisky shots.

11. Twisted Spoke

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501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-1500
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Celebrate man’s best friend this Valentine’s Day with the annual Wicker Dog Park Fundrasier. Twisted Spoke is partnering with Three Floyds and all proceeds will benefit the Wicker Dog Park Fund. Guests can purchase pints from a specially donated keg by brewery and also participate in a silent auction bidding war where they can test their luck with a 50/50 pot raffle split. The event will take place from 7-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and there is no entry fee.

12. Western Exhibitions

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845 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 480-8390
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Marz Community Brewing is teaming with painter Paul Nudd for the Power of Sour at Western Exhibitions. Nudd’s work will be on display while attendees enjoy samplings of South Side Sours such as Bubbly Creek Berliner Weiss andThe Duchess de Bridgeport sour brown ale. Tickets can be purchased for $15, which includes admission and one reserved print.

1. Joe Fish

445 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Joe Fish invites singles to mix and mingle at an “It’s Just Brunch” social event beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14. Start with a glass of bubbly and freshly shucked oysters alongside other passed bites such as Bang Bang biscuits, pecan sea salt caramel French toast and bacon & egg sandwiches. The cost is $20 per person.

445 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Filini Restaurant and Bar

221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Filini will feature a Seven Deadly Sins menu perfect for a group of friends. Guests will discover their sultry, sensual side as they savor the flavors of the seven deadly sins with courses including Oysters, Tuna and Yellowfin Crudo (lust); Cucumber Mint Goat Cheese Panna Cotta (envy); Grilled Shark (wrath); Pork-Stuffed Pork Belly (gluttony); Tower of Babylon Layered Pasta (greed); Carrot Ginger Shooter (pride); and Macaroons (sloth). The cost is $95 per person or $125 with cocktail pairings.

221 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

3. Piggyback Tavern

410 Circle Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130

Pig out on some barbecue this year at Piggyback Tavern. Anti-Valentine’s Day Plates include choice of baby back ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken or beef brisket and sides such as jalapeno-cheddar cornbread and mac ‘n’ cheese. The restaurant will also offer special “his and hers” cocktails. The price of each plate ranges from $14.95 to $26.95.

410 Circle Ave
Forest Park, IL 60130

4. Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Who needs cupid when you have beer? Chop Shop will be hosting Brew of Hearts, a craft beer festival for beer lovers to come together to eat and sample several different brewers alongside live music by Jordan Years and some DJ sets. The event starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $35 and can be purchased online.

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. I|O Urban Roofscape

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

I|O Urban Roofscape and Chicago Scene are hosting a Valentine’s Day Party fit for singles to mingle under the stars. Enjoy a seated meal beginning at 7 p.m. featuring dishes like lamb lollipops, charred hamachi and vanilla bean cheesecake. Afterwards, a lively celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $25.

127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Mercat a la Planxa

638 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The modern tapas restaurant will offer a “Walk of Shame” brunch for hard-partying singles on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch tasting menu starts with a Bloody Mary served with a churro on the side. Guests can also look forward to charcuterie and Manchego cheese, a bikini sandwich, poutine eggs benedict and lobster revuelto. Anyone who shows up in last night’s outfit (with proof) will receive a 20 percent discount.

638 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

7. Alliance Bakery

1736 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Indulge the sweet tooth and pick up some anti-Valentine’s Day cookies for yourself from Alliance. Past years have included cynical messages such as “I love you more when I’m drunk” and “Really … stop calling.” Order just one or a dozen; it’s okay, nobody’s judging.

1736 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

8. The River Valley Farmer's Table

1820 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Gather some friends and family members and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Cupid, Dinner and Trivia at River Valley Farmer’s Table. Chicago Market will host an interactive food trivia dinner, complete with prizes and a menu of bites including Grass Run Farms pulled pork sliders and mini vegan mushroom and kale tamales. The cost is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased online.

1820 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

9. McGee's Tavern & Grille

950 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

The 16th Annual Screw Cupid Pub Crawl returns for another year on Feb. 14. Singles can come together from 8-11 p.m. at Redmond’s, Durkin’s, Duffy’s or McGee’s and enjoy a food buffet, domestic drafts, cupid punch and trolley transportation between all four bars. You can purchase your ticket for $25 online.

950 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Woodhaven Bar and Kitchen

712 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60654

Join Woodhaven for an anti-Valentine’s Day party starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. Drink specials will include $4 domestics, $5 Skyy cocktails and $6 Jameson and cinnamon whisky shots.

712 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Twisted Spoke

501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Celebrate man’s best friend this Valentine’s Day with the annual Wicker Dog Park Fundrasier. Twisted Spoke is partnering with Three Floyds and all proceeds will benefit the Wicker Dog Park Fund. Guests can purchase pints from a specially donated keg by brewery and also participate in a silent auction bidding war where they can test their luck with a 50/50 pot raffle split. The event will take place from 7-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and there is no entry fee.

501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Western Exhibitions

845 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607

Marz Community Brewing is teaming with painter Paul Nudd for the Power of Sour at Western Exhibitions. Nudd’s work will be on display while attendees enjoy samplings of South Side Sours such as Bubbly Creek Berliner Weiss andThe Duchess de Bridgeport sour brown ale. Tickets can be purchased for $15, which includes admission and one reserved print.

845 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60607

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