5 Things to Do: Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015

This weekend is all about love.

Couples can warm up in the Chicago Botanic Garden Greenhouses, which will be filled with stunning orchids, or meet local celebrities and get up close to new technology at the Chicago Auto Show. And if you prefer a more traditional evening out, get your tickets now for Chicago Theatre Week.

There are also plenty of ways to show love for your kids and friends. Spend time with everyone you love by shopping a favorite city market in the suburbs or painting masterpieces with the entire family.

Dose Market at Westfield Old Orchard

Photo courtesy of Dose Market.

Feb. 13-15

This Chicago favorite is making its way to the ‘burbs. Stop by the Westfield Old Orchard Cube to shop from retailers like Tonguespank Spice Co., Lily Dawson Designs, Cookieyum and more.

Family Day at Pinot’s Palette

Photo courtesy of Pinot’s Palette.

Feb. 14

This entire week is heART fest at Pinot’s Palette, but Saturday is all about families painting fun and abstract works of art. You can also visit the studio on Friday for the Date Night or BFF Night painting. Classes will sell out, so register today!

The Orchid Show

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Opens Feb. 14

If a warm-weather getaway isn’t in your immediate future, visit the Chicago Botanic Garden instead and surround yourself with more than 10,000 orange, red, yellow and blue (yes, blue) orchids.

Chicago Auto Show

Photo courtesy of Chicago Auto Show.

Opens Feb. 14

The country’s largest auto show is back at McCormick Place through Feb. 22, but this weekend you’ll have the chance to meet Jeremy Roenick, Eddie Olczyk, Frank Thomas, Stacey King, Dan Hampton and Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels.

Chicago Theatre Week

(L to R) Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard), Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) and Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior at Goodman Theatre (January 17 – February 22, 2015).

Through Feb. 22

For three years Chicago Theatre Week has given locals a chance to experience the city’s world-class theater at a discounted rate. With more than 100 productions ranging from drama to comedy, this is a great date night option.