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Get Started with Valentine's Day Planning!

Love is in the air and Soleil's To-Dos has sniffed out some great ways to celebrate Valentine's Day!  From cooking classes, intimate concerts, chocolate and Champagne, tango music and tango dance lessons, free events and galas - we have something for singles, couples, young and old To-Do!  Here is a sampling:

Tropical Treat Nights - Enjoy a tasty treat while learning about the "sweet plants" of the Garfield Park Conservatory. Fact and flavor stations will be staffed by educators throughout the Conservatory, featuring chocolate, chicle, vanilla, cinnamon, chewing gum, banana and more. Come taste your way through their tropical paradise!

Chocolate & Champagne Tour - Guests will sample chocolate treats with Champagne themes, as well as glasses of Champagne, and will meet special Visiting Chocolatiers, and will learn the history and fun facts about both chocolate and Champagne.

Odyssey Valentine's Dinner & Cruise - Nothing's more magnificent than a Valentine's Day Weekend celebration on the water aboard Chicago's most luxurious cruising vessel, Odyssey. Distinctive cuisine. Live entertainment. Dancing cheek to cheek. Breathtaking views. Laughter and intimate conversation. There are different packages; choose from dates on February 10-12 and 14.

Diego Amador Trio - Experience the passion of flamenco-infused jazz!

Love IsRiver North Dance Presents: "Love is . . . Celebration" - River North Dance Chicago, critically acclaimed for their athletic, sensual and dynamic repertoire, unveils two world premieres and invites audiences to discover what "Love is . . . " at the company's Valentine's Weekend engagement!

From Bean to Bar: The Science, History & Culture of Chocolate - This tantalizing adventure will surely have you looking at our favorite tropical treat - chocolate - with fresh eyes and taste buds! Participants will taste their way through the natural and cultural history of the cacao plant, and discover how we get from the fruit of a tropical tree to the tasty treat we all love. Impress your valentine with your new knowledge of chocolate or better yet, sign up together!

World Kitchen: From the Heart - Indulge in decadent dishes and sweet treats, made "From the Heart" and perfect for sharing with friends, family, or your special Valentine!

Tribute to Vesta WilliamsLegendary Songstress: A Tribute to Vesta Williams - Featuring Angela Winbush, Regina Belle, Shirley Murdock and Miki Howard.

Chicago WinterDance: Tangata - Vastly pared down from previous years, this will be one of two WinterDance sessions this year. :=( (The other is on February 18th). While you're there, peek in on Luminous Field by Luftwerk - a digital canvas of light and geometrical form! Musically choreographed lights and dramatic images will reflect off The Bean and surrounding buildings.

Valentine's Day Couples Cooking Class - Perfect for Valentine's Day: Join Parties That Cook at Charlie Baggs in the Belden Stratford, and get lucky by making a meal that's sure to be both romantic and memorable. You and your partner will heat up the kitchen as you learn cooking techniques, sip prosecco and prepare an array of international gourmet small plates with hands-on instruction.

Anti-Valentine's Day PartyAnti-Valentine's Day Party - Who knew bitter could be so fun! Chicago Reader makes it so at their third annual event - and for only $14!! The Chicago Reader teams with 2nd Story to bring you the best bad date stories to turn your Valentine's Day frown upside down. See someone you fancy? Buy them a valentine and a derby girl will deliver it for you!

Valentine's Love Affair: The Isley Brothers & Chrisette Michele - I think this is an extraordinarily odd combo - perfect for a May-December or Cougar relationship!

All About LoveAll About Love - f/ Keith Sweat, Fantasia and Eric Benet - Eric Benet, alone, makes this worth the price of admission!

Sex, Love & The Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy - From The Second City, the legendary comedy theatre and the creators of the touring hit Sex & The Second City, comes a play about relationships in the age of social networking. There are Plenty of Fish in the sea, but can we all live in eHarmony? Or are our lives too much of an open (Face)book? Find out in this hilarious new show at Up Comedy Club!

While this list should get you well on your way to planning a perfect evening, we will continue to update our Valentine's Day listings, so visit often!  Whatever you decide To-Do, have a fabulous Valentine's Day celebration!

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