Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Below, check out a round-up of holiday-themed theatre and more thorughout the Chicago area!
For the romantic dinner date:
Chicago's most romantic restaurant, Geja's Café, 340 W. Armitage Ave, sets hearts on fire with an eight day Valentine's Festival including Double Anniversary Discount on Monday, February 11th, where couples will receive a double discount on their food purchases with proof of total years married. On Love Note Tuesday on February 12th, all guests are encouraged to bring in a copy of their most meaningful love note that was written to their significant other at some point in the relationship. The writer of the most romantic and heartwarming love letter will win dinner for two, once a year for the number of years the note is old (limit $150 per visit). The Valentine's Day dinner package includes Geja's creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of champagne, Geja's salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Jumbo Shrimp, Geja's luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue with coffee. Tickets go on sale Sunday, January 13 at 9:00 a.m. For information, visit www.gejascafe.com.
To experience a 20-foot enchanted chocolate tree:
After recently completing the World's Longest Candy Cane at 51 feet on December 8, Chef Alain Roby is reaching new heights at his All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St in Geneva, on Valentine's Day, February 14, with a 20-foot enchanted chocolate tree in the middle of the store, made with 1,200 lbs of chocolate. The All Chocolate Kitchen is also offering a delicious Dessert & Coffee package for two, which includes raspberry crème brulee with a sugar rose for $14.99. Reservations are available by calling 630.232.2395. A Certified Master Chef of Pastry and Sugar Artistry, and Hall of Fame member in both Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier magazines, Chef Roby is internationally known for his talent in creating sugar and chocolate masterpieces. He also holds the record for World's Tallest Cooked Sugar Building and World's Tallest Chocolate Sculpture. For more information, visit www.AllChocolateKitchen.com.
For those who enjoy romantic musicals:
The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave in Chicago, begins its highly anticipated 2013 season with the exhilarating Broadway musical A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. A romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and the power of enduring love, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING features over 30 songs from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Performances on Valentine's Day are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 773-325-1700 or visit www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
For the Andrew Lloyd Webber fanatic:
With the permission of Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire, is the first to be granted full creative ability to produce NOW AND FOREVER, a spectacular theatrical event featuring legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Weber's greatest musical hits. NOW AND FOREVER will bring highlights from such beloved Weber musicals as EVITA, CATS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, and SUNSET BOULEVARD. NOW AND FOREVER also features music from the mega hit musical PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and its sequel LOVE NEVER DIES. The Valentine's Day performance is at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.
For the Broadway musical aficionado:
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, will present Andrew Lloyd Webber's triumphant Broadway musical, SUNSET BOULEVARD, which is the winner of seven Tony Awards in 1995. The New York Times praised "Scored with some of Lloyd Webber's loveliest " melodies and designed with an extravagance of mind!" SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. The Valentine's Day performances are at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets, call 630.530.011 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.